One Possible Reason for Microsoft Band Pairing Problems with Android Phones

One Possible Reason for Microsoft Band Pairing Problems with Android Phones

With Microsoft’s Window Phone platform in a state of flux, many are choosing to investigate migrating to new platforms. I still use a Window Phone (Lumia 735 with Verizon) and will upgrade it to Windows 10 when its available. Rumors say the upgrade will still happen this month sometime. However, like many of you, I don’t want to be left holding an unsupported handset. Personally, I’ve already decided that if Windows Phone share doesn’t improve I’ll be migrating to an iPhone when its time. I’ve gone down the Android route before and it’s just not for me for a number of reasons. If (and possibly when) that day happens, it will be a sad day, for sure.

One interesting result from early switchers moving to Android is the inability to pair the Microsoft Band. Why? It apparently has to do with the length of the name given to the Microsoft Band.

The problem will exhibit itself when migrating from a Windows Phone to an Android phone. If you assign a longer name to your Microsoft Band on the “My Band” page and then go through the process of unpairing from the Windows Phone and then paring to the new Android phone, pairing will never complete. Instead it will go through a continuous and unending setup cycle.

To fix this, do this:

  1. Pair with the Windows Phone one last time.
  2. Change the “My Band” name to something short (even a single character will suffice).
  3. Pair with the Android phone and run through setup (setup should be successful this time).
  4. Rename your Microsoft Band in the “My Band” on the Android phone (it should accept any name you give it now).
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