1. KingDustin007's Avatar
    Problem: Bluetooth not pairing

    Vehicle: 2015 Forester premium, non-nav

    Troubleshooting: Tried several phones, mixed results below:
    Droid Turbo, Android 4.4.4 - fails as soon as I tried connecting
    LG G2, Android 4.4.2 - Asked for pin but failed each time
    Samsung S5, Android 4.4.2 - Asked for pin but failed each time
    HTC One M8, Android 4.4.4 - Failed first time, worked second time
    This phone was rooted with a custom rom
    Iphone 4 - worked no problem

    I also tried changing the PIN to 0000 once we got one of the android phones paired. I then tried pairing my phone (turbo) and when it came to the pin, it defaulted back to 1234.

    I have paired both the Samsung and my turbo to our other car, 2013 Impreza with no problems.

    All of this information leads me to believe it's some sort of android problem, just wondering if anybody else has come across this and found a solution yet. I tried searching and I found a bunch on the Bluetooth dropping connectivity but I can't even get it paired.

    Any information is appreciated. Thanks!
    03-04-2015 06:33 PM
  2. pepsijunky's Avatar
    Funny, I also own a 2015 Forester, but mine does have Nav. That could make my experience totally different than yours.

    I haven't had any trouble pairing, but the dropping of connectivity and other glitches is constant. Really the worst part about this car.

    I wish I could be more help, but maybe you need to take it to the dealership and see if they can help?
    03-04-2015 06:57 PM
  3. Wasco Tokarchick's Avatar
    I have the same problem on my '14 Forester. Car Media rejects my LG G3. I've tried many times and failed. The dealer couldn't pair it, said my phone was too new, WHAT? Email Subaru customer support, no help. I've paired this phone with 7 other vehicles without a problem. Really getting frustrated. I'll get back if I ever find a solution.
    03-04-2015 08:06 PM
  4. KingDustin007's Avatar
    I took it to the dealership yesterday, they weren't sure why it wouldn't pair. We tried the salesman's iphone and it worked fine... I've heard doing just the voice commands might help so I'm going to try that again this afternoon. I'll keep this updated though, hopefully we can find a solution.
    03-05-2015 10:49 AM
  5. eabaggot's Avatar
    I have a 2014 Outback and can link my phone, but sometimes the BT link breaks and I have to reboot the car if I want it back. That's the main annoyance I have.
    But you should at least be able to get it to link. My dealership linked my phone for me when I bought the car.
    You might check your BT option to make the phone visible to all nearby devices.
    03-05-2015 12:12 PM
  6. KingDustin007's Avatar
    I finally got it working today. I ended using a friend's phone for the initial connection. Under the phone settings I changed the passkey to 0000, using the voice commands. (I was originally changing the pin under the security option) I was then able to pair my phone and delete my friends. I hope this helps anybody that runs into the same problem. I will let my local dealership know as they didn't have any ideas either.

    Thanks!
    03-05-2015 12:49 PM
  7. pihutch's Avatar
    I had the same problem with my '12 Outback and my wife's Lexus (see link below). Changing the PIN to 0000 also solved the problem for me, but I still can't keep both of them in my paired devices list at the same time (i.e. if I want to pair to my wife's car, I have to unpair my car). I'm hoping the Lollipop update will fix this problem because my old MaxHD didn't have this problem running 4.3.

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/mot...tooth-tip.html
    03-06-2015 06:35 PM
  8. Wasco Tokarchick's Avatar
    I've finally found that if I change the pin AND the Access code to 0000 using a different paired phone, then deleting that phone I can pair the LG. Then I can repair the other phone and they both stay paired.
    03-07-2015 12:08 PM
  9. linemane47's Avatar
    We purchased a 2015 forester and had no problem pairing our s4 Samsung, the problems with the standard radio is that its voice command system is useless. We at first thought it was the radio and after finally getting the radio replaced found the new was no better than the first. Subaru knows there is a problem with this system but all they say is it is working to the best of its ability. We are now started to file a lemmon law complaint with our state
    03-13-2015 10:17 AM
  10. STEVESKI07's Avatar
    I know this has been solved but I had a similar issue on my 2012 Forester and Galaxy S3. If I connected to bluetooth through the head unit, it would forget the connection the next time the car was started. If I connected it through the voice system, it would keep the connection. So now I just connect every phone through the annoying voice system. Just something else to try if someone in the future comes across this thread and is having this issue.
    03-17-2015 09:17 AM
  11. bigfatmouth's Avatar
    Wow. I cannot thank you enough! A lot of 2011-2014 WRX owners have been dumping their truly awful HU and buying the Forester or Impreza HUs in order to get the better screen (it's pretty much plug and play). I bought one off eBay, only to find that it would not pair with my MotoX. I was just about ready to pull the unit out and re-sell it on eBay, but then I found this thread.

    I set the code to 0000 and it paired in seconds.

    Thanks a bunch. This is awesome!

    Brett
    03-18-2015 09:29 PM
  12. teamreach's Avatar
    This worked! Thanks for posting how to change the code from 1234 to 0000 (Using a different phone that doesn't have BT connectivity problems) to pair a galaxy s5 to a subaru forester.
    03-22-2015 12:46 PM
  13. Delores White's Avatar
    Thanks for the tip on changing the code to 0000. My new forester (2015 touring with tech package) would not pair with my Samsung S3. I never had a problem with my 2011 Forester and was using the same phone. When the salesman did the new vehicle familiarization session with us, he offered to set up my phone several times but I declined as it was pretty easy to do before. Now I know why he was so insistant... thanks again for sharing
    04-29-2015 08:33 PM
  14. snppr22's Avatar
    I just bought a 2015 Forester 2.5i Premium and I am unable to pair my Note 4, my wife's Droid Mini, or my 2014 Moto X. The salesman tried to pair the N4 and Mini but he couldn't do it. We had no problem pairing in models with touch screen displays but can not connect in the standard setup. I was able to change the code to 0000 via the in-dash unit but after pairing with one device I was unable to then turn off the car, turn it back on and pair it with the same device or another device. I can't at this time try and make any changes via a connected phone since none of my three phones works to connect. At this point I am hoping the dealer will swap in a newer, nicer radio since they kind of forced us to take some addons we didn't want. If anyone has any other tips or thoughts I would love to hear them.
    05-24-2015 12:25 AM
  15. TvTechGuru's Avatar
    I have a 2014 Subaru Crosstrek and I just got a Droid Turbo. I was able to get it paired and connected once. But now every time I start up the Subaru and try to connect my Droid won't connect.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-25-2015 01:45 AM
  16. Lou Morda's Avatar
    My Motorola DROID4 could never keep a reliable connection with my Subaru Forester 2014. I switched to iPhone when I was eligible for a Verizon upgrade. I'll never buy another Android phone as long as I own this car. And I'm an Android mobile app developer.
    06-07-2015 11:07 AM
  17. geecka's Avatar
    Wow. I cannot thank you enough! A lot of 2011-2014 WRX owners have been dumping their truly awful HU and buying the Forester or Impreza HUs in order to get the better screen (it's pretty much plug and play). I bought one off eBay, only to find that it would not pair with my MotoX. I was just about ready to pull the unit out and re-sell it on eBay, but then I found this thread.

    I set the code to 0000 and it paired in seconds.

    Thanks a bunch. This is awesome!

    Brett

    I don't think this unit is any better than the one in our 2013 WRX, but I'm glad to hear this worked for you. I'll try after work. I thought it was jurlst the Moto X. I had trouble pairing it with my 2012 CC at one point.

    (Annoyed Subaru owner; only driving a 2015 Forester because the 2013 WRX is at the dealer, again, getting another - third! - engine head and another - fourth! - Turbo. Oh, five oxygen sensors, two clutches, and a couple valves. The '09 was perfect. Why did he want a 2013 instead, again?!?)
    06-26-2015 09:26 AM
  18. Libralinda's Avatar
    Vehicle: Subaru Forrester 2012
    Device: Motorola Moto X

    This is the third cell phone I paired with my Subaru Forrester 2012. After working on pairing my cell phone to the vehicle for probably about an hour over a period of several days, today I got it paired. I would like to say that the Subaru Owners Manual did not provide very much help at all. The directions for pairing were poorly written and confusing.

    Secondly, the pass key on the vehicle needs to be the same code that is on your cell phone.

    Note: I bought my Subaru new and noted that the sales person paired my cell phone the first time. I suspect the Subaru sales people know what a big headache it is to pair the cell phone to the vehicle.

    Although I like my Subaru very much, their Bluetooth feature leaves much to be desired.
    10-28-2015 04:53 PM
  19. mihai08's Avatar
    Dear friends in suffering )

    (Subaru Forester 2014) basic sound system with Bluetooth

    There are two different bluetooth connections in your vehicle BT-A stands for Bluetooth Audio and BT (phone)

    BT-A is activated and setup from the audio menu. You can connect your phone as well not only to play mudic but to answer your incoming calls.

    And then there is the phone BT activated from the steering wheel buttons. To pai your phone push the receiver up botton-give a name (vocal) to the connection/device 1st (like Samsung Galaxy S6 - then follow the step by step instructions. You can enter names and telephone numbers manualy with voice tags or import the. This connection also will connect to your phone automatically when you start your vehicle. Not like the first connection that required yoy to pair your phone every time.

    Hope it helps )
    11-01-2015 03:54 PM
  20. Forester2015's Avatar
    Hi friends,

    I bought my 2015 Forester last yeAR and all was fine, bluetooth worked like a charm. In the last 8 months, I was having issue with Bluetooth dropping. I got my system swapped out for a new one and now I can't connect at all. It's quite weird. I'm going to reach out to the dealership again and bug them. Sucks
    11-07-2015 11:38 PM
  21. BenL's Avatar
    I just got back from the Subaru dealership, again. The original radio in the 2013 Impreza stopped remembering our phones when we turned off the car. So last week, they installed a new radio (under warranty), but I couldn't pair my phone (5.1.1) and the service guy couldn't pair his radio so they ordered a new radio and installed it today. We had the same problem, but the tech could pair his two year old phone. After various failed tries, we went inside and the mechanic started searching the Subaru website for advice. He found a page that said if there is a problem with pairing Android phones, try changing the passkey from 1234 to 0000. As soon as he did that, my phone paired with the radio.
    03-03-2016 05:55 PM
  22. CTR5000's Avatar
    Thank you all for posting in this thread. I'll try the 1234 to 0000 Passcode suggestion tomorrow! 2015 Subaru Forester here. Original radio had my LG calls come through as if the other person sounded as if they were underwater. My husband's identical phone sounded fine. Dealer said we needed a new radio head. That was ordered and pit in. Didn't help. Then they decided it needed a new microphone. (Why a microphone would affect how incoming calls sound I have no idea.) That was ordered, switched out... and still no change. Except now the CD Player would never play a CD but only give a "Check Disc" message. They decided a whole new radio would solve the problem(s). That was switched out today. The whole new radio won't pair with my LG G5 at all. They tried other salesmen's phone. They paired just fine. Their "Bluetooth Expert" tried ... his paired fine... Mine didn't.

    The dealer called the Subaru Tech Department and was told that a newer software update is preventing the pairing and that I should contact LG for a fix.

    I needed to buy my husband a new phone anyway so went t T-Mobile for another G5 for him. The kind woman at T-Mobile tried pairing them... No go.

    So your 0000 Passcode suggestion is MOST welcome to stumble upon. I'll let you know how it goes!

    Thanks!
    09-15-2016 09:33 PM
  23. Jcos77's Avatar
    Problem: Bluetooth not pairing

    Vehicle: 2015 Forester premium, non-nav

    Troubleshooting: Tried several phones, mixed results below:
    Droid Turbo, Android 4.4.4 - fails as soon as I tried connecting
    LG G2, Android 4.4.2 - Asked for pin but failed each time
    Samsung S5, Android 4.4.2 - Asked for pin but failed each time
    HTC One M8, Android 4.4.4 - Failed first time, worked second time
    This phone was rooted with a custom rom
    Iphone 4 - worked no problem

    I also tried changing the PIN to 0000 once we got one of the android phones paired. I then tried pairing my phone (turbo) and when it came to the pin, it defaulted back to 1234.

    I have paired both the Samsung and my turbo to our other car, 2013 Impreza with no problems.

    All of this information leads me to believe it's some sort of android problem, just wondering if anybody else has come across this and found a solution yet. I tried searching and I found a bunch on the Bluetooth dropping connectivity but I can't even get it paired.

    Any information is appreciated. Thanks!
    10-22-2016 09:42 AM
  24. Jcos77's Avatar
    I had similar issue with my new Google pixel. I had to disconnect/forget my Samsung G2 and any other Bluetooth device first before it would pair with my phone. Someone else posted this and it worked
    10-22-2016 09:44 AM

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