Top 3 iPhone/iPad Bluetooth Problems & Fixes

Whether it’s your Iphone X, Iphone 7 Plus or good ol iPhone 4S, things can go wrong whether it’s a software glitch or connectivity issues such as Bluetooth. Most Apple devices rely on Bluetooth exclusively to connect with several other devices such as smartwatches, car infotainment systems and even headphones. So if you’re facing issues with your iPhone or iPad, you already know that is no easy task to fix. Good news however is that we’ve got 3 great solutions to fix iPhone Bluetooth problems without professional and what can be expensive professional help.

Part 1: iPhone Bluetooth not Discovering Devices

There may be rare occasions when your iPhone Bluetooth may not be able to discover compatible devices, and here are a few ways to try and resolve the issue.

1. Check iPhone Bluetooth Status

The first and foremost thing to do is check if the iPhone Bluetooth is turned on and is in active status, meaning discovery mode turned on. Tap on settings, and then head to Bluetooth. Once there, toggle the button to On, and make sure you see “discoverable as” your phone name!

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Alternatively and an easy shortcut to turn Bluetooth on in iPhones using all modern OS versions is to simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the control hub. Next, tab the Bluetooth icon and make sure it is turned on.

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Take note that once you’ve turned iPhone Bluetooth on, you will have to pair your iOS deice with the other Bluetooth enabled accessory. This is easily done by choosing the respective device from the list that appears. If the device that you wish to connect to doesn’t appear in the list, you may want to ensure that it is in working order such as turned on and Bluetooth discoverable.

2. Restart or Reset your iPhone

If your device doesn’t appear in the search list, and you’ve checked that Bluetooth is working on it, then restart and activate Bluetooth (if it isn’t already) on your iPhone. To restart iPhone, hold down the Home" and "Sleep/Wake" buttons together for roughly 10 seconds until you are greeted with the Apple logo. Once you’re phone restarts, check if Bluetooth is able to discover your Bluetooth enabled accessory.

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3. Factory Restore your iPhone

Before you perform this ultimate step to try and solve your Apple iPhone 7 Bluetooth issue, you may want to connect your accessory with another device to ensure its Bluetooth feature is fully functional. Take note that factory resetting an iPhone can very well solve your iPhone Bluetooth issue, but will also delete all your files and settings from your cell phone. It is wise to backup your phone to iCloud before performing a factory reset, so that all your data is available once your Bluetooth issues is resolved.

1. Start by going to settings on your iPhone or iPad, then General, Reset and lastly Erase All Content and Settings.

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2. You may be prompted to enter your passcode if you have one setup, so enter your passcode to complete the action.

Alternatively, you can also perform a factory reset by connecting your iPhone to iTunes, where once plugged in should provide you access to a Restore iPhone button in the dashboard.

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Part 2: iPhone/iPad Bluetooth not Connecting

If you’ve activated Bluetooth on your iPad or iPhone, and it still won’t connect to nearby devices, you can first try and connect it to two devices to see if the fault is with a specific device or with your Iphone itself. If it is indeed your Apple device that won’t connect to other Bluetooth devices, it is important to diagnose whether the underlying issue is being caused by your iPhone’s hardware or software. In terms of hardware, you iPhone or iPad is fitted with an antenna that gives it both its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality, so if your iPhone Wi-Fi isn’t working either, you device may have encountered a hardware issue.

1. Turn your iPhone off and back on Again

Performing this step can fix minor software glitches, one of which could very well be why your iPad wasn’t connecting to other devices. Start by pressing and holding down the power button until you see the “Slide to Power Off” option on your screen. Next, swipe the power icon from left to right to shut down the device, and then wait roughly another 30 seconds for it to completely shut down.

turn off iphone to fix iphone bluetooth not connecting

Turn on the phone by pressing and holding the power button again until you see the apple logo on your screen. Now try and connect your Iphone or iPad with your Bluetooth device to see if it works.

2. Turning Bluetooth off and back on Again

Just like restarting your Apple device, this solution can help you fix minor software glitches that may be present within your iPhone Bluetooth ecosystem. Bluetooth on your iPad or iPhone can be turned off and on in three separate ways namely:

From the Settings app, where you open the app, tab Bluetooth and the toggle it to on position. The second way to turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone is from the Control Center, where you swipe from the bottom of the screen to open the hub, tap the Bluetooth icon and then turn it on. Last way to turn on Bluetooth is with Siri, where you simply press and hold down the home button to turn Apple’s personal assistant on, then say ““Turn off Bluetooth” and then “Turn on Bluetooth” to turn it on.

3. Forget the Bluetooth Device

If you connected the Bluetooth device with your iPhone before, chances are that it will still be listed under My Devices, so this step will basically remove this device from the list and then connect again as it were the very first time.

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To forget the previously connected Bluetooth device, open the Settings app, tab Bluetooth, tap the blue “i” next to the device that you would like to forget, the Forget This Device and lastly confirm the action. The device has been forgotten when it no longer appears in the My Devices list. Once the device has been forgotten, switch on paring mode on your iPhone or iPad and try connecting to the Bluetooth device.

4. Reset network Settings

Take note that resetting network settings will get erase all data from your VPN (Virtual Private Network), Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices, so you get a fresh start when connecting with either of those channels. To reset network settings, fire up the Settings app, tap General, then Reset and Reset Network Settings. Enter your passcode when prompted, and your iPad or iPhone will reset the network settings and restart itself. Now that you’ve erased the previous network configuration, you can try to connect your Apple device with Bluetooth once again.

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If you’re iPhone or iPad still isn’t connecting with Bluetooth, you might want to perform a Device Firmware Update (DFU) restore. This solution is generally used for people looking to change the firmware on their device so for example, if you’ve got a specific version of iOS installed and decide you’d be better off with a previous iteration, you woul do this via DFU mode.

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To enter DFU mode, plug in your iPhone or iPad whether on or off into your computer and open iTunes. Next, press and hold the Sleep / Wake Button and Home Button (iPhone 6s and below) or volume down button (iPhone 7 and above) for roughly 10 seconds until iTunes has detected recovery mode. Now let go of the Home button or Volume down button, and if you see a completely black display, you have successfully entered DFU mode. Lastly restore your iPhone or iPad using iTunes.

Part 3: iPhone Bluetooth keeps Disconnecting from Car

With every major update of iOS, you may experience a few flaws with the system, one of the common issues being when your iPhone Bluetooth keeps disconnecting from car. If you’re facing this issue, the first thing you need to do is confirm that the connection problem is from your iPhone and not your car Bluetooth accessory. So start by connecting the car accessory with any other phone and check if it works smoothly. If it does, the first thing to do is turn off Bluetooth and restart your device. Now switch your device back on and check if it offers a solid connection with your Bluetooth car accessory.

If that didn’t work out well, forget the device altogether and then try and pair again with a fresh connection. Another great solution for an iPhone 7 Bluetooth fix for a smooth connection with your car accessory is to reset iPhone settings. And lastly, you should select Bluetooth Headset rather than Automatic from the General-> Accessibility -> Car Audio Routing menu in your iPhone, and check if your iPhone connectivity issue with your Bluetooth car accessory has been resolved.

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Your iPhone or iPad are not perfect devices, and in fact no device is perfect in that you will experience some flaw or the other. In terms if Apple devices, many users face issues with Bluetooth connectivity, but you now know that there are several ways to fix the iPhone Bluetooth problem. However, it is worth mentioning again that if you’re going to be restoring your iPhone, it is a good idea to back up your device with iCloud, and if you’re going to be resetting network settings, make sure you have your Wi-Fi credentials handy as you will need to input them again into the system.

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