I recently struggled to re-pair a Bluetooth headset I was using, the “Mpow M5 Pro Bluetooth Headset“, also known as model BH231A and wanted to share the solution.
The Mpow M5 can be factory reset as follows:
- Turn off by holding down the button on the end of microphone for about 6 seconds – you will hear a “power down” sound.
- Hold down the button on the end of microphone and the Volume + button for at least 5 seconds
- The LED light will start flashing Blue/Red. This indicates it is ready to pair.
Why was this necessary? If the Mpow M5 headset has got paired with some other device that you’ve forgotten about, or you delete it from your device-side, it does not go into pairing mode the usual way, which is holding down the button on the microphone for 10 seconds.
According to instructions, the button – described as the MFB or “Multi Function Button” does a number of things.
|Function||Time Held||LED colour|
|Power On||3-5 seconds||Blue|
|Power Off||More than 5 seconds||Red|
|Pairing Mode||6 to 9 seconds||Red/Blue Flash|
|Play/Pause||Short press x 1|
|Mute Headphone||Short press x 2|
|Answer Call||Short press x 1|
|Hang up Call||Short press x 1|
|Mute Microphone||Long press 1-2 seconds|
The Mpow M5 headphones are a budget option but the audio quality is good enough for occasional use.
The included stand is heavy so they will not fall over when not in use, and the battery life is good.