Problem when 2 mobiles trying to connect same Bluetooth device

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I share a Bluetooth speaker booster with a colleague and every time I need it I have to ask my colleague to disconnect or “Forget this device” so I can use it.  How can I configure my mobile devices or the speaker to connect from one device and disconnect from the other?  (If possible)
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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So far as I know, you cannot do what you want. A Bluetooth device PAIRS with a host, not several hosts. So the other person must unpair.
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It depends on how the equipment is programmed.

I have a motorcycle helmet radio with Bluetooth that can pair with 2 phones. it will connect randomly with one of both phones if paired.  and stay with that phone.
I have a headset that can pair with two phones but can only use one at a time,
--- if phone 1 is in the neighbourhood it will connect with it, if phone 2 is in the neighbourhood and phone one is not, it will connect with phone 2, otherwise it will sit idle.
If connected to phone 2 but phone 1 is visible, then it will go to phone 1.

Most other equipment can handle one pairing at a time.

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Thank you never thought of that.  Went over the device and it does permit pairing, I just have to do it in a sequence.  Also my colleague sent for a Bluetooth splitter (if that makes sense) for the other devices that does not permit it.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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noci said "Most other equipment can handle one pairing at a time"  as I did above. In general, no way to have two devices on one host (only one Bluetooth radio)

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Actually you said “Bluetooth device PAIRS with a host, not several hosts. So the other person must unpair” and noci said “Bluetooth that can pair with 2 phones. it will connect randomly with one of both phones”.  With noci comments gave me the idea of making sure in pairing one by one and noticed that it did connect without “unpair”.  Noci comments really helped.

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(but thank you)
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The equipment that can pair to two phones does explicitely do so. The manual said it could be done.
You can't pair 3 devices with it... It will always only use ONE of the paired devices to connect to though.

Pairing = authorisation
connecting = actual use.

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Thanx! (FYI, my boss sent out for a bluetooth splitter for our other devises)

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