If your iPhone won’t connect to Bluetooth, use these troubleshooting tips.

To fix an iPhone that won’t connect to Bluetooth, first make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
You should ensure the other device is connected to Bluetooth and forget other unnecessary devices.
You can also try updating the iPhone’s software, resetting network settings, and restarting the device.

Bluetooth is one of the great innovations with a smartphone — a quick network that allows you to connect your iPhone to everything from TV, to a computer, to your car’s stereo.

However, if it isn’t working for one reason or another, Bluetooth is worthless.

Here are six ways to troubleshoot your iPhone’s Bluetooth connection.

Turn on BluetoothTap on the toggle for “Bluetooth.”

The first step when encountering Bluetooth issues is to ensure your iPhone is transmitting its Bluetooth signal properly.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap Bluetooth.

3. Make sure the toggle next to Bluetooth is green. If not, tap on it so it turns green.

Quick tip: You can also turn on Bluetooth by bringing up the Control Center on your iPhone and tapping the Bluetooth icon so it turns blue.

Make sure your device is connected to BluetoothYou can also turn on Bluetooth in the Control Center.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap Bluetooth.

3. When the Bluetooth menu is opened, you should get a list of all the devices you’ve connected with before. If the particular device you want to connect to is not shown, make sure the device is set for pairing so it shows up in the list.

4. Tap on the device so it moves from Other Devices to My Devices.

5. Then tap on the device so it changes from Not Connected to Connected.

Quick tip: To quickly connect to a Bluetooth device, open the Control Center on your iPhone, and long press the Bluetooth icon. Then, long press the Bluetooth icon again to bring up a list of devices and tap on the one you want to connect to.

Delete other devices from BluetoothYou can delete Bluetooth devices you’re no longer going to connect to.

Sometimes Bluetooth can have an issue connecting with too many devices, or you can’t tell which device is the one you want, and you have to delete others.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap Bluetooth.

3. Tap on other devices to disconnect. If it’s a device you will never use again, tap on the i button on the right.

4. Tap Forget This Device.


Update your software to the most recent iOSTap “Software Update.”

Some functions, including Bluetooth, won’t work properly on your iPhone unless youriOS is up to date.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap General.

3. Tap Software Update. If there is a red circle in it, there is an update waiting.

4. Tap on Download and install the most recent iOS.

Reset your network settingsReset the network settings.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap General.

3. Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone at the bottom.

4. Tap Reset.

5. Tap Reset Network Settings. You may have to enter your passcode to proceed.

Restart your iPhone

Sometimes your iPhone simply needs to be turned off and on again to fix issues.

If the above steps don’t work, you should try turning your iPhone off and on again to refresh the software. Try connecting to Bluetooth again after you’ve done this.

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