Fix: Unable to connect car’s Media System and Android via Bluetooth

Pairing your Android phone and your car’s media system via Bluetooth is of great use, both for handsfree purposes and media streaming. But, we found reports of some awkward issues concerning playback while trying to connect Nougat 7.0 device with car media system.

Car and Android won’t connect via Bluetooth

One of the members of the XDA forum has stated that his Huawei Mate 9 can pair with his car but playback won’t start every time. He is concerned with its erratic behavior. Supposedly, phone pairs with every other device except the car.

Another member is having trouble with the similar problem. Devices can pair but, while music is playing, handsfree mode won’t react to incoming calls.

Well, there is one solution that can be of use if you have the same issue on your Android.

Swiftly delete the device from pairing list and retry

Sometimes the cure for the problem is easier than it seems. To do that follow these instructions.

1. Go to Settings > Wireless and Networks > Bluetooth

2. Turn your Bluetooth ON

3. In the list of paired devices select your car Bluetooth device

4. Select Forget

5. Then search for devices and select your car Bluetooth device

6. Tap Pair 

7. If you are prompted for four digits PIN, enter it

Have in mind that some cars board computers have a special button that enables Bluetooth connection.

If this solution is not helpful, don’t worry. There is probably a bug in Nougat 7.0 that is making all this trouble. Luckily, it is said that solution will be available in a first update . Nougat 7.11 is here today so we hope that unpleasant experience with this problem has come to an end.

If you are having the same problem, please inform us in the comment section. Also, if you managed to solve it, let us know. Traveling to work without your favorite playlist is a thing no one should endure for long.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. My huawei-mate 8 is not connecting to my car system, it says cant connect, but im able to see the car on the available devices list

  2. My mate 9 fails when trying to connect to my car hands free. I have spent hours doing all the recommended fixes. Nothing works. The phone connects to other phones. Other phones connect to the handsfree. So all devices are working. Just no communication between the handsfree and the Huawei. The mate 9 sees the handsfree, but can’t connect. It gives no reason. Just says can’t connect. Please assist.

  3. My mate 9 fails when trying to connect to my car hands free. I have spent hours doing all the recommended fixes. Nothing works. The phone connects to other phones. Other phones connect to the handsfree. So all devices are working. Just no communication between the handsfree and the Huawei. The mate 9 sees the handsfree, but can’t connect. It gives no reason. Just says can’t connect. Please assist.

  4. Hi
    For some reason I am unable to connect my Garmin Sports watches with the Honor 8 Pro. The BT pairing code keeps refreshing every second and hence I am unable to key it in before it refreshes again. Finally I get the Connection Timed Out Error. This happens only with the 8 Pro. All other phones I have tried have no issues at all.

    Am really frustrated now! Any help in resolving this is highly appreciated.

    Here’s a detailed video of the issue as well –
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9S4PMhapNo

  5. Hi
    For some reason I am unable to connect my Garmin Sports watches with the Honor 8 Pro. The BT pairing code keeps refreshing every second and hence I am unable to key it in before it refreshes again. Finally I get the Connection Timed Out Error. This happens only with the 8 Pro. All other phones I have tried have no issues at all.

    Am really frustrated now! Any help in resolving this is highly appreciated.

    Here’s a detailed video of the issue as well –
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9S4PMhapNo

  6. Just got a P20 lite and will pair with the car no problem, but won’t connect at all. The phone is listed in my paired devices in the car and My Radio is paired in my phone, but they just won’t connect, has anyone found a solution?

  7. FIXED – delete paired device from phone bluetooth, then switch bluetooth off and restarts your phone. Go to your car and select ‘paired devices’ and delete all of them, so it is empty. Then go to ‘pair device’ wait til it says ‘ready to pair with 4 digit pin code’, then switch on your bluetooth on your phone, it should show your car radio/media system, input the code, it’s paired, then should connect. It seems the first time you do it, it pairs but does not connect and then it doesn’t matter how many times you keep trying it won’t connect, until you have deleted ALL pairing devices on your car and your phone (so delete the one you already paired), then restart your phone and work through the above and mine has now connected 🙂

  8. New (October 2018) Xperia L1 running nougat. Pairs fine with my (new) Honda Civic but telephone audio is is extremely distorted, maps audio does not play on Honda media system, etc. I have not yet dared try streaming music audio and the phone appears unusable in this capacity… System worked great with my previous Samsung S4 (and other phones)…

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