6 Easy Fixes for Unfortunately Bluetooth Share Has Stopped on Galaxy S4
The Galaxy S is one of Samsung's most popular smartphone ranges that the brand has launched over the years. The range has won many hearts globally, from older models like S4 to the newest and most advanced ones like the S21 and S21+.
However, there is one message that all users have sighed at: "Unfortunately Bluetooth share has stopped" on Galaxy S4. Fortunately, I have considered the problem, analyzed it, and summarized all the solutions that I could find.
In this article, I cover:
Why the message "unfortunately Bluetooth share has stopped" pops up.
Why does “Unfortunately Bluetooth Share has Stopped” keep Popping up on your Samsung Galaxy S4
What the issue actually is
Bluetooth is a short-range, wireless connecting tool that links various compatible electronic devices. Bluetooth is commonly used for the following purposes, among others:
Connecting peripheral devices like headphones, mice, etc.
Tethering computers to phones and the other way around.
Samsung Galaxy S series smartphones are all equipped with this piece of basic technology. However, Bluetooth connectivity can be hampered on your smartphone for the following reasons.
Why the issue occurs
Low battery affects the performance of all electronic devices, and the Bluetooth on your Galaxy s4 is no different. Ensuring your device is charged can provide a seamless Bluetooth connectivity experience.
Interference of other devices
Bluetooth connectivity depends on the availability or visibility of devices. If there are too many Bluetooth devices around your phone, it might hamper its connection with the desired device.
The quality of the Bluetooth devices around your smartphone will also determine which one it connects to, and it might not necessarily be the right one.
Compatibility of the devices you want to connect
Sometimes, it can be as simple as you trying to connect your phone’s Bluetooth with an incompatible device, for example, a Bluetooth headset that may require a different version of Bluetooth to pair successfully.
Hence, ensuring proper research is always crucial for buying Bluetooth devices like headphones, speakers, mice, keyboards, etc.
Running too many apps in the background on your Samsung Galaxy S4 will invariably slow it down. One of the many functions affected by this is your Bluetooth connection.
One of the simpler explanations why your Bluetooth connectivity fails could be its range capacity. Almost every Bluetooth peripheral comes with an average range, beyond which its connection starts faltering and falls.
For example, for most Bluetooth headsets, the average range is close to 10 m or a little above 30 ft.
Sometimes, the initial connection made between the devices can be weaker than usual because of the reasons above. This can cause drops in Bluetooth connectivity and might require re-pairing to establish a stable connection.
The better your Bluetooth device’s quality, the better the connection established between itself and your Samsung Galaxy S4.
Here’s how to fix this issue!
Six Fixes to Prevent Loss of Bluetooth Connectivity on your Samsung Galaxy S4
While this problem is quite common given the many different Bluetooth devices in the market that you can opt for, the fixes are pretty simple and many. My research suggests that these six are the most convenient and common solution, which you can opt for every time “unfortunately Bluetooth share has stopped” pops up.
Solution 1: Clear cache and data of your Bluetooth app
At times, an overload of useless data and cache memory on your devices’ Bluetooth app can hamper its connectivity. A simple and effective way to solve this is to clear the cache memory from your phone settings.
Here’s how to do this:
Step 1: Go to the settings option on your Samsung Galaxy device
Step 2: Click on the ‘installed apps’ option
Step 3: Select Bluetooth from the list of apps
Step 4: Click on the ‘clear data’ option at the bottom
Step 5: Restart your device and re-pair your Bluetooth
Solution 2: Check for Android version update
Keeping your Android devices updated is of utmost importance to ensure peak performance.
One of the many reasons why the error message “unfortunately Bluetooth share has stopped” can appear is not having the updated version of Android.
One of the easiest ways to ensure your Android phone stays updated is to keep your automatic updating feature on. The following steps are for manually updating your phone in case that does not work.
Step 1: Go to your phone’s settings and select system settings
Step 2: In case your Android version is not updated, you will be prompted to update the Android manually
Step 3: Select the appropriate options and install the updates as directed
Step 4: After restarting your phone, re-pair the Bluetooth devices as needed
Solution 3: Reboot Android to safe mode
Sometimes it may be a challenge to stop background and third-party apps from running in the background. One easy way to locate any issue on your Android device is to use the safe mode on your Samsung Galaxy S device.
The main objective behind safe mode is to limit background activity to only in-built apps. The following easy steps will help you switch to safe mode:
Step 1: Long-press the power button to reboot your device
Step 2: Simultaneously press the lower volume button while your Android phone reboots to load only the in-built apps and services on your Samsung Galaxy device.
Step 3: Keeping the device in safe mode, re-pair the Bluetooth.
Solution 4: Re-pair Bluetooth device with Samsung Galaxy S4
Sometimes it may be the case that your Android phones/devices might not have successfully paired. The fix is equally simple.
Step 1: Turn on the Bluetooth on your phone from your notifications drop-down tab.
Step 2: Ensure your phone’s Bluetooth is discoverable by nearby Bluetooth devices.
Step 3: Select the device you want to pair your phone with via Bluetooth.
Step 4: Follow the prompts and pair the devices. You might need passcodes; the default is 1234; however, newer Galaxy S models will automatically generate passcodes and ask just for your approval.
Re-pairing the devices can often solve the issue that was returning the message, “unfortunately Bluetooth share has stopped,” on your smartphone.
Solution 5: Wipe data/Factory reset
This should be a contingency issue in case the error message is persistent. Factory resetting reverses all personalizations made to your Android device.
Nowadays, you have to activate the recovery mode on your Galaxy S smartphone and conduct the Factory Reset safely.
Remember, this will delete all data and reverse your Android phone to its out-of-the-box state.
However, This also solves Bluetooth connectivity errors.
Having said that, Android Data Recovery can come in handy when trying to restore your data.
Solution 6: Identify the source of interference
There can be several reasons for interference in the Bluetooth signal. This can either be an app interfering in the background or an external source of interference, such as Wi-Fi, other Bluetooth-enabled devices, etc. Identifying these sources of interference and countering them can help solve this issue.
Troubleshooting for Bluetooth Connectivity Loss
Close proximity to Wi-Fi channels can cause severe hindrance to your Bluetooth connectivity because the strong signal of the Wi-Fi hinders the Bluetooth channel. Multiple devices, such as smart home devices, connected to the Wi-Fi and transmitting at a similar frequency also cause the same issue, intensifying Bluetooth interference significantly.
Interestingly, some Bluetooth devices come with an internal antenna, which is hidden inside the device’s body.
As there is a layer, i.e., the device casing is already blocking out a bit of the connectivity, it is always advisable to be mindful of the distance between your Bluetooth devices and any external interference from things like Wi-Fi.
An excellent resource to read more about this is here.
FAQ : “Unfortunately Bluetooth share has stopped” Galaxy S4
What does it mean when your Bluetooth keeps stopping?
There can be several reasons for receiving ‘unfortunately Bluetooth has stopped’ pop-ups on your android phone. These include signal interference, Bluetooth pairing, system software version. You can fix this by:
Restarting your Android phone
Doing a factory reset/data wiping
Clearing app and cache data from Bluetooth
Installing Bluetooth fix re-pair apps
Pair with a different device to check if the issue is with your smartphone or another device
System software update
Rooting your phone and reconnecting the devices via Bluetooth
For more elaborate explanations on various Android Bluetooth fixes, check out my other article here.
How do I fix the ‘unfortunately Bluetooth has stopped’ pop-up on my Samsung device?
Reboot your Android device
Force stop Bluetooth app and try to re-pair with devices
Clear app data and cache
Uninstall recent WebView Android update
Ensure your phone is synced with your Google servers
Uninstall newly installed apps probably interfering with the Bluetooth
Clearing RAM using the task manager
Remove corrupt files that cause interference
Check and install any pending system updates
How do you reset Bluetooth on Android?
To fix Bluetooth problems that persist, you can try resetting your phone’s ‘Wi-Fi, mobile, and Bluetooth settings.’ Find this under advanced system settings.
How do I fix my Bluetooth from not working on Android?
To fix Bluetooth pairing issues, follow the steps given:
Charge and restart all the devices
Ensure Bluetooth is on and compatible with the intended device
Follow your Android device’s pairing instructions
Keep your devices visible, and the intended pairing device is within range
Remove unused Bluetooth pairings from your phone
Forget/delete and rediscover/re-pair with it
Move away from routers, smart home assistants, USB 3.0 ports
Enter safe mode
Update system software
Now It’s Your Turn
Now that you have all the solutions in your hand and additional help here on fixing Bluetooth issues on Android phones, let me know what worked out for you and other hacks to stabilize the Bluetooth connection, if you know any, in the comments below.