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You are reading this article signifies that either you are facing the issue that your iPhone or iPad doesn’t connect to Bluetooth or you want to learn how to fix this particular issue. There are plenty of ways that you can apply to effectively resolve this issue. Such issue are usual and to fix them, you need to know the reason that is causing them. Sometimes this issue may arise because of software problems or sometimes because of hardware problems that you are not able to pair your iPad or iPhone with Apple watch, Bluetooth speakers or other devices.

iPhone or iPad Doesn’t Connect to Bluetooth

This guide will provide you a variety of solutions to fix the issue and set things back to normal in no time.

Before start fixing the problem keep few things in mind:

  • Verify that the Bluetooth is enabled. Go to Settings > Bluetooth.
  • Keep your iPhone/iPad and a device charged that you are trying to pair with.
  • Keep your iPhone and a Bluetooth device in the close proximity to each other.
  • Avoid the obstructions close to USB ports and a Wi-Fi router as USB ports and routers may cause Bluetooth interference.
  • If your Bluetooth device was recently paired with some other gadget, disable Bluetooth on it or turn off that device. Doing so will be helpful as many Bluetooth devices first try to pair with a device they were recently connected to.

Things to try to pair your iPhone/iPad to Bluetooth devices

  1. Toggle Bluetooth

Sometimes simple things can resolve the most complex issues. So start with the simple step, just turn off the Bluetooth and wait for a couple of seconds and turn it on again. To do so, swipe up from the bottom of any screen to open the control center and tap on the Bluetooth icon there to turn the Bluetooth off. Again tap on the Bluetooth icon again to turn it on.

Or, head to Settings > Bluetooth, turn it off, wait for few seconds and turn it on again.

Hopefully, performing this step will establish Bluetooth connection between devices.

  1. Toggle Wi-Fi and Airplane mode

Many a times, just performing a simple step like toggling the Wi-Fi and Airplane mode may fix the issue. Give it a try. Swipe up from the bottom of any screen to open the control center on your iPhone.

First, turn off the Wi-Fi by tapping on its icon then again tap on the Bluetooth icon to turn it back on. If this doesn’t help you out, turn off Wi-Fi and try pairing again.

If toggling and turning off Wi-Fi didn’t work, open the control center and turn the Airplane mode on by tapping on its icon. Leave the Airplane mode ON for some time and tap on the icon again to turn it off.

  1. Restart your your Bluetooth accessory and iPhone/iPad
  • Press and hold the sleep/wake button
  • Drag the slider when “Slide to power off” appears
  • Once your iPhone is off, press and hold the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears
  • Restart your Bluetooth accessory also
  • After performing just above mentioned steps, try to pair your iPhone and Bluetooth device
  1. Hard reset

Go for a hard reset if you have tried above mentioned steps and Bluetooth not working

  • Press and hold the Home button and the sleep/wake button simultaneously
  • Keep holding the buttons for 20 seconds at least that will show the Apple logo
  • Go to Settings, tap on Bluetooth icon and turn it off and on it again
  1. Forget a device

As stated earlier that Bluetooth problems are common irrespective of which iPhone or iPad you own. Any of the iPhone or iPad may experience Bluetooth connection issues. One solution that can work for you is, forget a device and pair it again. Let’s know how to do this:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Bluetooth icon
  • You will see the list of fetched and connected Bluetooth devices
  • Find the one you are not able to connect with and tap on the info button
  • Tap Forget this device
  • Now pair Bluetooth device and your iPhone again
  1. Reset network settings

Apply reset network settings is the option when nothing works and you experience Bluetooth connection problems. To reconnect to Bluetooth devices and Wi-Fi networks again, that you will have to connect follow the steps given below:

  • Open the iPhone Settings app
  • Tap General, then Reset
  • Choose the option Reset network settings
  • Input your passcode
  • Tap on the option Reset network settings.
  1. Update the software

In most cases, iPhone and iPad software update can fix the Bluetooth issues. Before updating the software of your device, make sure that your device has at least 50% battery. Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network for updating its software. To do so, follow the steps given below:

  • Head to Settings > General > Software Update
  • Tap Install Now
  1. Update the software using iTunes

Using iTunes, you can update your iPhone/iPad to the latest version of iOS. To avoid errors and other problems, install the latest version of iTunes before connecting your iPhone to your computer.

  • Connect your iPhone to your Mac computer
  • Launch iTunes and choose your iPhone in iTunes
  • Click on the option “Check for Update”
  • Click on the option Download and Update
  1. Upgrade the firmware on your Bluetooth device

The process of firmware upgrade varies as per the device you own and there is no specific guide for all devices to upgrade the firmware on your Bluetooth device. To upgrade the firmware on your Bluetooth device, see the manual that come along with your device or visit the manufacturer’s website and look for Firmware or Download section. Next follow the onscreen instructions.

  1. Erase all content and settings/ Reset all settings

Erase all content and settings option gives your device a fresh start. This step just not erases all settings, but wipe your iPhone/iPad including its apps and data. So it is advised to you, backup your files.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap General and then Reset
  • Choose the option Erase all content and settings
  • Input your passcode
  • Tap on the option Erase iPhone/Erase iPad
  • Set ypour iPhone up as a new device, once the erasing of your iPhone is completed.

Resetting all settings will not delete any of your data. Resetting all iPad or iPhone settings will restore to factory defaults. Follow the below given instructions to restore all iPad or iPhone settings to defaults:

  • Head to Settings
  • Tap General, next Reset
  • Choose the option Reset all settings
  • Input your passcode and tap Reset all settings

Restore your iPhone to factory settings using iTunes

  • Before heading ahead, make sure that you have installed the latest version of iTunes
  • Launch iTunes
  • Connect your Mac computer to iPhone
  • Choose your device once it appears in iTunes
  • In the summary panel, pick “Restore iPhone” or “Restore iPad” option
  • To confirm your action, click on the “Restore” option
  • iTunes will wipe your iPhone/iPad and install the latest iOS
  • Your device will restart and set it up as new.

How to connect to Bluetooth

  • Navigate to settings
  • Choose Bluetooth
  • Toggle on

What to do if iPhone or iPad doesn’t connect to Bluetooth after iOS update?

Upgrading your device to the latest version is very important as the latest version brings bug fixes and improves the security and the performance of your iPhone or iPad. However, sometimes upgrading to a new version may cause some issues Bluetooth connection issues are among them. After upgrade, give some time (for 24-48 hours) to get your device settled.