Nowadays, all our devices are Bluetooth enabled, including smartphones, laptops, desktops, and tablets. Wireless technology is evolving, and these days, we want to do away with wires in almost every way, including chargers. Headphones, car music systems, wireless keyboard and mouse all require Bluetooth technology for connectivity. With the iPhone 7, Apple did away with the headphone jack and included a wired headphone that connected to the lightning cable port which is also used for charging.
All future iPhones after the seven series resorted to a “no 3mm port design policy.” During the same keynote, Apple introduced AirPods; a Bluetooth enabled truly wireless headphones. AirPods were an instant hit and looking at their success all headphone manufacturers began launching Bluetooth enabled devices. As all software and hardware are prone to act difficult at times, Bluetooth is no exemption. You can try troubleshooting the following measures to resolve iPhone Bluetooth problems.
Check for Software Updates
New and additional features are introduced through OTA updates, and they also include Bug fixes and security updates which may cause connectivity issues. Open Settings > General > Software Update. If an update is available, download and install it. Post restarting, try reconnecting Bluetooth devices.
The traditional turn it off and on again method
Bluetooth uses an address similar to an IP address that’s shared between devices to make them visible. Sometimes, the device you want to connect fails to establish a link or visibility due to prolonged inactivity. To resolve this type of Bluetooth issue, turn off the device you wish to pair and your iPhone’s Bluetooth from Settings > Bluetooth > Toggle it off after a few seconds tap On. Scan for devices and select the name of the accessory you wish to pair.
Trouble connected an already paired device
The device you want to connect is already in your “My Devices” list but displays a notification “Connection Unsuccessful.” Make sure the paired accessory is turned on, in range and fully charged. Go to Settings > Bluetooth > Under My Devices tap the “(i)” icon next to the name of accessory > Tap Forget This Device. After the unpair, put the device in “discovery mode” and look for its name under the Other Devices section in the Bluetooth menu. Restart the pairing process. After trying all of the tricks as mentioned earlier, the desired device still fails to connect, try the next step.
Hard restart your iPhone
You may think the swipe-up Control Centre menu is the easiest way to turn your Bluetooth on and off, but this is just a temporary disconnection. Toggle off Bluetooth from the Settings app instead followed by a hard reset. To perform a forced restart on iPhones with Touch ID, press and hold the Lock key and Volume down key until the Apple logo is displayed. On iPhones with Face ID, press and release the Volume Up button then the Volume Down button and press and hold the Lock button until the Apple logo comes on the screen. After the phone starts, turn on Bluetooth and try reconnecting.
Reset Network Settings
You can try to resolve connectivity issues by resetting the network to factory defaults. This will not only reset Bluetooth but all your saved WiFi networks, and VPN configurations. Do this by heading to Settings > General > Scroll down to Reset > Select Reset Network Settings.
Pair the Bluetooth device to another iPhone
This is the best way to figure out if the problem is with your iPhone or the Bluetooth device. Pair the accessory you were trying to connect to your iPhone with another smartphone. If it connects without any trouble, it will be clear the problem is with your iPhone and if not the Bluetooth device needs to be checked.
Restore as a new iPhone
This is the last and final solution if your Bluetooth device connects with another iPhone and not yours. Do not jump into the restoring process without a full backup of your device. The process deletes everything from your iPhone including third-party app data, it is advisable to take a complete backup using a USB cable through iTunes or if you have iCloud Backup, launch the Settings app > Tap your name/Apple ID > iCloud > Scroll down and tap iCloud Backup > Tap Back Up Now. Wait for the upload to complete. Post-Back-Up move on to the restoring process.
Go to Settings > General > Scroll down to Reset > Select Erase All Content and Settings > Follow the onscreen instructions. It will take a few minutes before your phone restarts. Restore your Backup from your computer or iCloud then try reconnecting to Bluetooth devices.
Time to visit a Service Centre
If all of the tricks mentioned above fail, then you will have to visit an Apple Authorized Service Centre to rectify the Bluetooth of your device. Remember, try connecting other Bluetooth devices as well, and if all your measures go in vain, contact the service centre.
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