Are you experiencing Bluetooth issues on your iPhone? If so, most can be resolved with a simple troubleshooting step or two. Below I will explain a few possible fixes. If none of these work, your issue might be more serious, such as hardware damage. In those cases, you will want to consult a professional to help fix the issue.
Bring the transmitter and receiver closer
Bluetooth has a usable range of 30 feet. If the transmitter and receiver get too far apart, the connection will become unstable. For Bluetooth audio devices like headphones or speakrs, this results in audio becoming choppy and/or cutting off. For other devices like keyboards, this could result in the device not working at all or only intermittently. When we talk about transmitters and receivers, the iPhone is the transmitter, and the Bluetooth device is the receiver. Simply bring the two devices closer together and the connection issues should go away if they are related to distance.
The first solution simply involves turning Bluetooth off and back on. Go to Settings>Bluetooth and turn the switch off and back on. This resets all your Bluetooth connections and might fix the problem. You may have to manually tap on each device to connect it after performing this step.
Repair your device
If simply switching Bluetooth off and back on did not solve the issue, try to forget your device and pair it again. Go to Settings>Bluetooth and select the more icon next to your Bluetooth device. From this screen, select forget this device. Once this is done, put your Bluetooth device in pairing mode and pair it to your device again.
Restart your iOS device and/or Bluetooth device
Sometimes, all it takes is restarting your iOS device, Bluetooth device, or both to resolve the issue. Hold the lock side button on your iPhone and slide the power switch off. Hold the button down again to turn it back on. Consult the manual for your Bluetooth device to figure out how to turn it off and back on. Restarting forces everything to load from scratch which often fixes strange issues in the software.
If you are still experiencing issues, try updating iOS to the latest version. Updating all your software including operating systems to the latest version often fixes bugs, and your Bluetooth issue might be resolved with the updates. In order to update iOS, go to Settings>General>Software Update. The system will check for software updates and if any are found, you will be notified. Choose the download and install button and connect your device to a power source to prevent the battery from dying while the update is installing. Your device will download the update, prepare it, and then reboot to install it. Wait until your device reboots. Check your Bluetooth device and confirm everything is working as expected.
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Reset Network Settings
If you suffer from continued iOS Bluetooth issues, you can also try to reset network settings. But beware: along with completely wiping all Bluetooth information on your iPhone, this will erase other network settings including known Wi-Fi networks and VPN configurations.
To do this, head to Settings > General > Reset. On that page, select Reset Network Settings and type in your passcode. Then your iPhone will turn off and restart. After that, try to pair a Bluetooth device once more.
Restore as a New iPhone
A final step to take is restoring your iPhone, which is essentially a factory reset of your phone. This will erase all content and settings to restore your iPhone like it was out of the box.
Go to Settings > General > Reset and choose Erase All Content and Settings. Your iPhone passcode is required to start the process. Make sure you’ve backed up!
Time to Contact Apple
If these steps don’t help your iPhone Bluetooth issues, it’s time to contact Apple support to discuss repair options. Before doing that, it’s a good idea to check your Apple warranty status online.
If your device is within the usual one-year warranty period, or you’ve purchased AppleCare, a fix should cost little to nothing. Contact Apple Support online to discuss options.
The situation is murkier with an older device that is no longer covered by warranty, as a repair from Apple could be costly. Another option is a third-party repair center. Many times, they offer less expensive repairs for a variety of issues, including Bluetooth problems.
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While it’s never fun to troubleshoot, hopefully these tips and tricks will help get your iPhone Bluetooth working again.