How to I force a bluetooth connection with a paired device while that device is currently connected with another paired device?

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2014-04
  • wirbly

    I have 3 jellybean devices (xoom, N7, & GNex) all paired with a single set of bluetooth headphones (Sony DR-BT21G). Occasionally I get settled in with a device to watch netflix, only to find that my headphones are currently connected to the last used device in another room. Right now I have to get up and find the other device and either shut it off, or manually disconnect the bluetooth connection with the headphones before I can manually connect with the device I want to use. Seems pretty clumsy, especially when I'm feeling exceptionally lazy.

    So.. How can I tell the device I'm holding to just "take over" the connection, forcing the other device to disconnect?

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  • danv

    I also have the proble second problem, and I found the skype staff said :Skype doesnt currently support routing the audio to a bluetooth device. http://forum.skype.com/index.php?showtopic=726263&st=0&gopid=3271265& Maybe this is the reason...

  • Sandy

    Glad to see someone else with the same ambition, however, I just received a samsung wep870 headset and it's not behaving any different. According to samsung support, in order to use a headset in the first place, the headset must support a2dp. Perhaps someone else well have some luck making this work.

  • Seasoned Advice (cooking)

    I have a Sony Stereo bluetooth that is working on all the audio apps so far, including Skype. It's the (Sony) DR-BT10CX. I hope this helps. fardroid