Bluetooth issues with Nexus 4

My fiancée loves her the new Nexus 4 that I bought 3 weeks ago. It’s a remarkable step-up from her old Samsung Galaxy S, both in terms of speed and quality. However the move to the new handset hasn’t been without its teething problems.

Within a couple of days of use we realised that the Nexus 4 would not play nicely with her Bluetooth car kit. Whatever signal the phone was sending via Bluetooth would cause the car kit to constantly crash and reboot every few minutes or so – meaning that it was effectively useless.

At the time I did a quick bit of research online, and a couple of forum posts seemed to indicate that it was a bug in version 4.2 (Jelly Bean) of Android.

On the 11th February, Google released an updated version 4.22 of Android which claims to fix some Bluetooth issues, as well as some other stuff.  Well, having applied this update to the Nexus 4, the car kit no longer crashes, and we’re able to make and receive phone calls through it. However we still can’t seem to sync the phone’s contacts with the car kit, which makes dialling out a bit of a pain, as you have to type in phone numbers manually.

Posted by Richard

Richard has been blogging since 2000 about technology, cycling, singing, and life in general. Follow him @richbloomfield on Twitter.

2 Replies to “Bluetooth issues with Nexus 4”

  1. I keep experiencing BT problems, however as a tip. With carkits, you can just use the Phone itself as a dialpad 9 out of 10 times. So just get a good stand for it so you can press in names on the phone and call through it. As long as it’s connected to the BT carkit it should work fine.

    Does for me anyhow :P


  2. I solved my Bluetooth issues with my Nexus 4 with the 4.4.2 update – that is when I first started having any issue with this phone which I am still very happy with.

    Anyway, this is how I solved it, I made a Youtube video on the steps to fix it:

    Hope it helps!



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