Bluetooth Low Energy disconnects when entering sleep

REPRODUCIBILITY (% or how often): 100%
BUILD ID = OS VERSION (Settings > About product):
HARDWARE (XA2, X10, X10 II, …): XA2 Plus
UI LANGUAGE: Irrelevant
REGRESSION: (compared to previous public release: Yes, No, ?): Unknown


BLE devices disconnect when the device enters sleep mode. Noticed this with a PineTime device. When the phone screen stays on (e.g. when the phone is charging) the connection is rock-solid. When the phone enters sleep, though, the connection drops.

I’ve of course tried to set the suspend policy with mcetool. While this reduces the frequency of the disconnects, it doesn’t solve the issue entirely. Somehow, something is powered down that shouldn’t be.



  1. Connect a BLE device
  2. Turn off the screen
  3. Wait a few minutes


The connection is stable and is not interrupted


The connection is dropped


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Still experiencing very frequent disconects in 4.3

Still present in 4.4 unfortunately.

My headset is a BLE device (dont know if it is actually connected in BLE mode tho)
and it works flawlessly. Maybe there is a workaround for audio devices in place?

I didn’t have a problem in 4.3 with BLE headphones (except for having my phone in the wrong pocket etc). Oh and, the headphones snapped… New headphones work in the next room so I don’t think they’re BLE.