How to Kick Someone Off Your Bluetooth Speaker

You can kick someone off your Bluetooth speaker in multiple ways, including resetting the speaker, setting up a passcode for pairing, removing a paired device from a Bluetooth control app, or turning the speaker into undiscoverable mode. 

My name is Donovan, and I’m a home studio and general audio enthusiast. I’ve worked in the music industry for years and have lots of direct knowledge of various audio systems. I know through first-hand experience how to control Bluetooth access. 

This post will show you how to kick someone off your Bluetooth speaker. I’ll provide you with some tips and tricks on how to make this happen. I’ll also highlight other related information to help you keep your Bluetooth connections to yourself. 

Let’s get rolling. 

Key Takeaways

  • There are several ways you can kick someone off your Bluetooth speaker. 
  • Turning off and resetting your speaker will remove all currently paired connections but won’t prevent unauthorized people from connecting again. 
  • Using a passcode is a great way to keep people from pairing to your Bluetooth speaker when you don’t want them to, but it’s not an option on every speaker. 
  • Some Bluetooth speakers also come with apps that allow you to control what devices connect to them. You can drop unwanted connections from these apps. 

How to Kick Someone Off Your Bluetooth Speaker

Bluetooth speakers are super convenient to use, and one of their main features is easy connectivity. But this also means that just about anyone can connect to your speaker, whether you want them to or not. 

That makes knowing how to kick someone off your Bluetooth speaker essential. You never want someone you don’t know or trust to get control of your speaker, and you might just want exclusive access to all your music. 

Luckily, kicking someone off your Bluetooth speaker is not very difficult. There are several ways to go about this, so read through all of the tips and tricks below to determine which method makes the most sense in your situation. 

1. Turn Off Your Bluetooth Speaker

One of the simplest ways to kick someone off your Bluetooth speaker is to turn it off. This will remove any devices paired to the speaker, allowing you to remove any unwanted connections. 

You just need to press your speaker’s power button to make this happen. This button might not be in the same place on every speaker, so learn where yours is located and pay attention to any other steps required to power down the device.

When the speaker gets turned back on, it may automatically connect to devices nearby. This means it might connect again to the person you don’t want to be paired. I’ll address this issue in the section below, but turning the speaker off will kick them off quickly. 

2. Factory Reset the Speaker 

If you want to kick someone off your Bluetooth speaker and help prevent them from pairing with it again, you need to perform a factory reset on the speaker. This will reset the speaker to the original settings, and it will forget all known devices. 

The factory reset process can vary from speaker to speaker, so refer to your user’s manual for exact directions. But it typically involves pressing and holding the power and pairing buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. 

Once the reset is complete, you’ll need to connect your phone or other devices again because they won’t be remembered. But neither will the devices that you don’t want to be paired in the first place. 

3. Remove Unwanted Devices through Bluetooth or Speaker App

If your speaker has an associated app used to control it, you will likely be able to manage the paired device connections through it. If your speaker doesn’t have an app, you might be unable to use this method. 

Open the app associated with your Bluetooth speaker. Navigate to the portion of the app that lists the devices that are currently connected or saved. Locate the person or device you want to kick off your speaker. 

Once you locate the device, simply click Remove or Forget Device. This will kick the currently connected device off your speaker and also force your speaker to forget it as a saved device. 

Since various speaker models have different apps, you’ll want to refer to those apps or a user manual for instructions on forgetting or removing a device. 

4. Use or Change a Pairing Code

If your Bluetooth speaker gives you the option to set up a code for pairing, you should use it to help prevent unwanted users from connecting. And if someone is still connecting, they probably know this code, and you should change it. 

Not every speaker will have this passcode, but it’s a good feature to look for if you are buying a new Bluetooth speaker. Utilizing a passcode is an excellent security measure and will give you direct control over who accesses your Bluetooth connections. 

Follow the instructions that come with your speaker to change this code. Sometimes you’ll need to download an app to use the code, or you might need to do so online at a specific website associated with your speaker model. 

5. Move the Speaker Out of Range

Since many Bluetooth speakers are portable and small, you can also just pick them up and move to a different location to kick someone off. Bluetooth only works within a specific range of the speaker and audio source, and moving out of range will automatically kick devices off. 

You’ll probably need to move at least 100 feet away from the unwanted audio source because most Bluetooth signals have a range of around 30 meters (about 90 feet).

Moving to a different building or room will also help kick people off your speaker when out of range because Bluetooth signals don’t pass through walls as easily as they do through open air. 

Keep in mind that your speaker might reconnect with the unwanted device again if you ever get within range of it. 

How Do I Stop Someone from Using My Bluetooth Speaker?

The only ways you can stop someone from using your Bluetooth speaker outright is to set up a passcode with your speaker or set up your speaker as undiscoverable. 

Using both of these together is recommended because it will give you two layers of protection against anyone connecting without you knowing about it. You will need to set up both of these measures through an app or other means dictated by your speaker’s user manual.

Whenever someone tries to connect to your speaker, they will be required to enter the passcode. If they don’t have this code, they won’t be able to connect, and you’ll never need to kick them off. 

Setting your speaker to undiscoverable mode will mean that it won’t appear as an available Bluetooth device when others search for it. You’ll need to connect to the speaker before enabling this, or you won’t be able to see it either.    


Here are a few quick answers to some of the most commonly asked questions related to how to kick someone off your Bluetooth speaker. 

Is it illegal to connect to someone else’s Bluetooth? 

There aren’t any proper laws relating to connecting to Bluetooth, so it’s technically not illegal to connect to someone else’s Bluetooth. But you should not connect to another person’s Bluetooth unless you have their permission. 

How do I take someone off my Bluetooth? 

The easiest way to take someone off your Bluetooth is to disconnect that device directly. You can use your Bluetooth connections app on your phone or device to drop unwanted connections. You can also reset or turn off your device to make this happen. 

How do I remove a paired device from my Bluetooth speaker? 

The best way to remove a paired device from your Bluetooth speaker is to do a factory reset on your speaker. This will remove and forget any paired connections, and you’ll need to reconnect approved devices after the reset. You also might be able to do this from an app. 

Can you interrupt someone’s Bluetooth signal? 

You can interrupt unwanted Bluetooth connections by unpairing that device or turning the Bluetooth device off. You can also move out of range of the connection since Bluetooth only has a limited range where it will work properly. 

What material blocks Bluetooth signals? 

There are some products you can purchase to block Bluetooth signals, like copper or Faraday fabric. But thick walls and other parts of a building’s construction can also serve as a way to block wireless signals like Bluetooth. 

Final Thoughts

Kicking someone off your Bluetooth speaker is pretty straightforward, and there are several ways you can do it in several ways. Preventing them from connecting in the first place is a great solution to keep this problem from happening in the future. 

To prevent people from connecting to your speaker, you shouldn’t use it in public places or around anyone you suspect might be trying to access your device. It only takes a few steps to limit access to your speaker, and security should be an ongoing concern. 

Have you ever had anyone gain access to your Bluetooth speaker you didn’t want to? How did you deal with the situation? Let me know in the comments below. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Jaimee

    I’m having a really hard time with this I have a JBL 4 clip speaker. The way you do a reset on the speaker is you turn it on and you hold the volume up button and the Bluetooth pairing button and it shuts off in 15 seconds then when you turn it on it is back to automatically pairing again. On one of my phones it seems to still pull up the old JBL speaker listing on there. I don’t know how they are sabotaging it or getting into it I will clear the cache and data of all the Bluetooth Bluetooth midi and the Bluetooth volume and I will even do a network reset and they still somehow keep getting on it I don’t know how to keep them off please help.

    • Donovan

      Hi Jaimee,

      You should try to do a factory reset on the speaker. This will remove any saved connections and other data from the speaker, and it should be set up like it was when brand new. For the Clip 4, you need to hold down the power button and the volume up button for about 10 seconds, and you should be all set. If that doesn’t work, you might have a tech issue with your speaker and should contact JBL customer support.