How Fix Common Bluetooth Printer Problems for Dummies



Becoming increasingly popular in this digital age, Bluetooth pairings between phones, computers, tablets or printers is the easiest way to collaborate as a professional whether it be in a work setting or a professional one. However, this sort of ground-breaking technology can be both a blessing and a curse. A common issue with Bluetooth pairings is the connection between a printer and its sending device. Thankfully there is a simple list that will solve most Bluetooth printer problems, even for the most primitive of technology users.

Most Bluetooth pairings fail due to a short list of problems. Differences in hardware and software manufacturers is a common one, sometimes hooking up Apple products with Microsoft ones. This problem is especially common with the new Bluetooth 4.0 software; each respective manufacturing company creates products that “speak” the new Bluetooth language differently. While there is no good way to solve a Bluetooth pairing problem between an Apple device and say, a Dell printer, besides buying devices from the same manufacturer there are other ways to solve similar problems.

Most Apple products are compatible with any Bluetooth program, 3.0 or 4.0. Changing or trading in a device that has become outdated, say at least two-years, is an easy fix to most of these Bluetooth pairings problems between devices and printers. Another plus for those who are not quite hip to the newest technologies of the day is that most devices, phones, printers and tablets, that have been shipped within or around the last eighteen months is that they all contain software radio that is compatible with the new and old versions of Bluetooth radio, 3.0 and 4.0.

If you are looking for a simplified list on how to correct pairing failures beyond different device manufacturers, here is an easy list. First, determine the pairing process each device uses. This might different between a phone and a printer so be sure to check in both places. Configuring the pairing process might just involve typing in a simple code or even physically touching the devices to one another to start up the connection process. Second, always make sure that the Bluetooth on your respective devices in turned on. A Bluetooth connection cannot happen without the Bluetooth capabilities being activated.

After activating the Bluetooth capabilities, some devices, printers included might prompt you to make a certain device “discoverable” in order to connect. Complete this action in order to completely set up a Bluetooth connection between a printer and another device. This action might also prompt you enter a device specific code to verify the action.

If an issue continues to persist, simply restarting one or both of the devices you are attempting to connect via Bluetooth might solve the connection problems you are having. Another quick solution to is to delete the discoverable action and re-do it, to effectively reboot the Bluetooth connection system. If a problem continues to persist, check your user manuals for both devices, perhaps the two devices, a printer and a phone, are not designed to be able to connect via Bluetooth. Alternatively, if you have lost the manual, googling the persisting problem can bring up a list of resources to solve the Bluetooth connection problem you are having.