On my Pixel 2 running Android 10, in the Bluetooth settings, there are several devices listed under Previously Connected Devices. My Bluetooth headphones are at the top of the list while my car's Bluetooth is at the bottom of the list.

I often listen to music on my headphones while walking to my car. When I start my car, my car's Bluetooth pairs with my phone and hijacks the audio so that it begins playing through my car's speakers.

Is there a way to establish connection priority with Bluetooth on Android so that if a higher priority device is already connected, then a lower priority device won't steal the connection?

Or is there a way to turn off auto-connect for some Bluetooth devices? After reading this, I assume that there is not: https://support.google.com/android/thread/41125271?hl=en

I'd like to keep my car as a paired device if possible so that if I ever do want to play music through my car speakers, I can manually re-connect to my car without having to pair first.

  • You might wish to disconnect your car from your device. I had to do this with one car (now gone) and I do not connect my phone anymore.
    – John
    Aug 18 '20 at 20:44
  • For the last part you can try automation with MacroDroid app, see this —haven't tested
    – beeshyams
    Aug 19 '20 at 5:54

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