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How to Disconnect and Unpair Bluetooth Headphones

In this day and age, we can easily connect our wireless (or Bluetooth) headphones to our devices with the snap of a finger. However, connecting and pairing these devices may not be as simple as disconnecting and unpairing them after usage. Many people face issues because of this. As a result, this led people to ask: how to disconnect Bluetooth headphones.

For Android mobile phones and tablets, start by going to the settings option, then go to device connection, and select “Bluetooth.” Turn the Bluetooth setting on (only if it was turned off.) After that, select the desired device you wish to disconnect or unpair from the displayed list of previously paired devices. Finally, tap “Disconnect” and “Forget” to unpair the device.

But, if you want to disconnect and unpair Bluetooth headphones from other devices and operating systems, you will have to take different approaches! For instance, you might be facing problems with iOS phone devices (iPad and iPhone), Windows 7, 8, or even Windows 10 computers! Do not worry, however, because, in this guide, I will be going over all of them!

Ways To Disconnect And Unpair Bluetooth Headphones

Every device has a different configuration and operating system. As a result, all devices have a means of disconnecting and unpairing Bluetooth headsets that differ from the others. That is why I will be going over each one and providing steps that suit the specific device and operating systems in the discussion. Some of them include:

  1. Android mobiles
  2. Windows 10 computers
  3. iOS mobiles
  4. Windows 7 computers
  5. Windows 8.1 computers

Android Mobile Devices (Tablet and Phones) – 7 Steps

Here are a few simple easy steps on how to disconnect and unpair Bluetooth Headphones for android tablets and phones.

Step 1

Start from the bottom of the screen and swipe up to get to the apps. Or you could also swipe down from the notification bar – whatever is easiest!

Step 2

If you swipe down from the notification bar, you will find the very same icon on the top right of the screen. After you find it, simply tap it.

Step 3

Once you are in the settings app, go to device connection (or connected devices on some devices).

Step 4

In the device connection, you will come across either of the previously connected devices or just the Bluetooth icon. Tap it regardless of what icon you see.

Step 5

If you see that the Bluetooth feature is not turned on, turn it back on with one tap. After turning it on, you will see a list of several Bluetooth devices that were previously connected to your mobile device.

Step 6

In the list, find the name of your device that you wish to either disconnect or unpair. Select the gear/wrench icon right beside the name.

Step 7

Select disconnect and then FORGET to unpair the device from your mobile. And if another set of options comes on, tap Forget device.

Windows 10 Computers – 6 Steps

Disconnecting and unpairing headphones on Windows 10 computers can be a bummer, which is why this guide will clarify the steps for you in easy-to-understand language. Here’s how the entire process goes! 

Step 1

Go to the start menu and select the settings option with the gear icon (It is right above the power option.)

Step 2

Select “Devices.”

Step 3

After opening the Devices list, select Bluetooth & other devices.

Step 4

If the Bluetooth feature is set to OFF, set it back to ON. After setting it back on, several previously paired Bluetooth devices will come on display.

Step 5

Look for the device you wish to disconnect or unpair, and click on it.

Step 6

Once you click on it, select the option Remove device.

iOS Mobile Devices (iPad and iPhone) – 5 Steps

This goes out to all fellow iOS mobile users! Follow these easy steps to unpair your headphones with ease! 

Step 1

Switch your phone on and go to Settings (Look for the gear icon) from the Home screen.

Step 2

Among the top options on the settings menu, you see Bluetooth. Tap it.

Step 3

If the Bluetooth feature is disabled, set it to ON with one tap. After you set it to “ON,” you will see a list of several Bluetooth devices that you previously saved on the iOS device.

Step 4

In the list, find the name of your device that you wish to either disconnect or unpair. Go to the info icon (It is the lowercase letter “i” inside a circle.)

Step 5

You can now disconnect it from your iOS device or select “Forget this device” to fully unpair it. It means you will remove all the information your iOS device had from the Bluetooth headphone.

Windows 7 Computers – 3 Steps

I did not forget Windows 7 OS users while writing this article. This goes out to all the computer users who still prefer the classic feel of Windows 7. Here’s a little something to help you out!

Step 1

In the start menu, search for “Control Panel.” Click on it once you find it.

Step 2

On the control panel, you will find the hardware and sound list. And on that list, click on “Devices and Printers.”

Step 3

After clicking on it, you will see a list with the number of devices that you have previously paired. Find the desired device that you wish to disconnect and unpair. Right-click on the desired device and select “Remove device.”

Windows 8.1 Computers – 7 Steps

Last but not the least, I also have a little something for Windows 8.1 users. Follow these steps carefully to get the job done!

Step 1

Again, go to the start menu, and look for the setting application there (It is the gear icon.) After you find it, click on it.

Step 2

Once there, go to “Change PC settings”.

Step 3

You will come across “PC and devices” on the PC settings list. Click on it.

Step 4

After going to the PC and devices menu, click on Bluetooth.

Step 5

If you find the Bluetooth feature set to OFF, set it back to ON. As soon as you turn it on, some of the previously paired Bluetooth devices will come on display.

Step 6

Find the device you wish to disconnect or unpair, and click on it.

Step 7

After doing so, select “Remove device.”

How To Disconnect Bluetooth Headphones Without a Phone?

In case you didn’t know, Bluetooth headphones are super easy to unpair, even if you do not have the paired phone with you. The factory reset option is all you need to do.

Nowadays, pretty much all Bluetooth headphones have their own method of unpairing and factory resetting. However, the typical way to do it is to simultaneously press and hold the Bluetooth button and the power button.

Here are a few quick, super easy, and detailed steps for you to follow:

Step 1: Turn on Your Bluetooth Headphones

Firstly, make sure your Bluetooth headphones are turned on. This is because the headphones simply would not unpair as long as they are not turned off.

Step 2: Disconnect and Unpair from Previously Paired Devices

Do not forget to disconnect and unpair every previously paired device using each device. With the help of the mentioned steps above, you can now unpair the Bluetooth headphones without needing to break a sweat.

Step 3: Factory Resetting Your Bluetooth Headphone

Finally, perform the Bluetooth headphone factory reset by pressing and holding both the power and Bluetooth buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. Side note: bear in mind that in some cases, the buttons are substituted with the buttons for volume.

Conclusion

As easy as connecting these devices may seem, disconnecting and unpairing Bluetooth headphones can be a headache. However, the steps mentioned above are tested and guaranteed to work 100% of the time.

If it so happens that you are struggling to disconnect and unpair, please do not hesitate to contact the manufacturer.

After going through this step-by-step guide, you can rest assured now that you know how to disconnect bluetooth headphones. Thanks for reading, and I wish you all the best in your technical ventures ahead!