How to Fix iPhone Can’t Connect to Bluetooth Device?

Is your Bluetooth Not Connecting or Working on iPhone or iPad? Here are the Best Solutions to Fix iPhone Cannot Connect to Bluetooth Devices.

Is your iPhone not being able to find out or connect to nearby Bluetooth devices.? Every time you are trying to connect to any device your iPhone is either not able to connect or cannot list the Bluetooth devices even though the latter is working just fine.

I will explain to you in this guide why iPhone is not able to connect to Bluetooth devices and what all troubleshooting you can follow to connect your iPhone and any Bluetooth gadget.

Why iPhone is Not Able to Connect to Any Bluetooth Device?

  • The Bluetooth device you are trying to connect to doesn’t have a battery charge.
  • The Bluetooth device may be faulty.
  • There may be a bug in the iOS usually in the beta version of the system software that may cause the Bluetooth connectivity issue.
  • The Bluetooth device is connected to another device and that’s why it’s not able to  connect to your iPhone
  • The Bluetooth device and the iPhone are not in a close range so the connection can’t be made.

Ways to Fix iPhone Cannot Find Bluetooth

Here are the solutions you should try to fix the problem when iPhone is not able to find or connect to nearby Bluetooth devices.

Reboot the iPhone

Of course, the first quick solution you should try is to restart the iPhone for if there is a minor software-related glitch rebooting the device can fix it.

  1. Press the power button.
  2. On the next screen switch off the iPhone by dragging the slider from left to right.
    switch off iPhone
  3. After a few seconds turn the iPhone on.

Is the iPhone on Flight Mode?

Do make sure that the iPhone is not on flight mode. Otherwise, that may cause Bluetooth connectivity issues.

enable flight mode

Is the Bluetooth Device in the Close Range of the iPhone?

It is a thumb rule that when trying to connect Bluetooth devices both the devices must be close to each other.

If both the devices are not in close range then the connectivity cannot be established between the Bluetooth device and the iPhone. You will see a prompt telling you about devices not being in close range.

Bluetooth device not in range

The more close the devices are the faster and better connectivity will be established. For instance, make sure that the iPhone and the Bluetooth device are in the same room.

Check if the Bluetooth Devices Have Battery Charge

Bluetooth devices as we know require to be charged well enough to be used. You must check that the Bluetooth device you are trying to connect to the iPhone has sufficient charge.

Is the Bluetooth Already Connected to Other Devices?

If the Bluetooth device is already connected to another device, it won’t be able to create a connection with the iPhone. So, you have to disconnect the Bluetooth device from the other device(for example a PC or other smartphone) and connect it with the iPhone.

Reset the Bluetooth Device

If upon repeated trial you are not being able to connect your iPhone and the Bluetooth device then you should try to reset the Bluetooth device.

To get the exact instructions for resetting the Bluetooth device you have to refer to the user manual booklet that accompanies the product.

Remove the Bluetooth Profile of the Device and  Create A New One

When you connect a Bluetooth device for the first time with an iPhone the latter creates a Bluetooth profile and saves it for future connections.

Later when you connect the Bluetooth device it connects immediately without having to spend time searching and pairing with the Bluetooth device.

In case, with an existing profile the Bluetooth connection is not being established then you can try to remove that profile.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Bluetooth and make sure it is enabled.
    iOS Bluetooth devices
  3. Under my devices click on the Bluetooth device name or the profile that you wish to remove.
    Bluetooth devices connected to iPhone
  4. Then tap on Forget this Device.
  5. To confirm tap Forget Device.
    forget bluetooth device
  6. Now reset the connection by freshly pairing the Bluetooth device with the iPhone.

Mostly after pairing it once again the Bluetooth device connects easily with the iPhone.

Update the System Software

This means you need to look for fresh system software ie iOS and install it to fix any bug that has been causing Bluetooth connectivity issues in the current version of iOS.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on General.
    tap on General
  3. Under that go to Software Update and tap on it.
    software update
  4. The system will check and let you Download and Install if a fresh update is available.

If the connectivity issue is due to an iOS bug then it should be fixed now.

Bluetooth Device May be Faulty and Require Replacement

Now, before claiming replacement from the Bluetooth device’s OEM make sure to check the Bluetooth device a few times by trying to connect with other phones or computers that you may have. If the Bluetooth device connects that means it is not faulty and there may be some software bug that is causing the connectivity issue with your iPhone.

So, these are the various troubleshooting methods you should try out if your iPhone is not able to connect to any Bluetooth devices.

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Swayam Prakash
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