How to Fix An iPhone That Won’t Connect to Bluetooth

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You have your headphones (or your car) nearby and you find that the moment you try to connect your iPhone to the Bluetooth so that you can listen to The Proclaimers, your iPhone just doesn’t want to pair up.

In this guide, I’ll show you how you can fix your iPhone that won’t connect to your Bluetooth with these quick and simple ways in just under 5 minutes of your time.

How to Fix An iPhone Won’t Connect to Bluetooth: 7 Ways 


1.  Try Connecting to Another Bluetooth device.

The first thing you should try and find out is whether the problem lies with your iPhone or your Bluetooth device.

So grab another Bluetooth device (it doesn’t have to be the same) and try connecting to both and see if whether of the devices manage to successfully connect with your iPhone. 

If you find that one Bluetooth device does manage to connect to your iPhone while the other does not, then that means the problem lies with the Bluetooth device and not your iPhone.

If you find that your iPhone does not manage to connect to both of the Bluetooth devices then that means the problem lies with your iPhone.



2.  Restarting Your iPhone

This is the de-facto method whenever you encounter a problem on your iPhone as it helps fix some of the many minor software glitches that your iPhone might get stuck with.

Here’s how you can turn off and back on your iPhone.

  1. Press and hold down the Power button to turn your iPhone off and it’ll show a Slide to power off your screen. Just swipe the power icon from left to right.
  2. Wait for around 20 seconds to make sure that your iPhone completely shuts down.
  3. Lastly, press and hold down the Power button once again to turn your iPhone back on again and it’ll show the Apple logo as it turns on. 

Now you can try connecting your iPhone to your Bluetooth device again to see if that has fixed the problem. 



3.  Restarting Bluetooth.

If you’ve tried turning off and back on your iPhone and you find that it didn’t seem to work then you can try to do the same by turning off and back on the Bluetooth setting on your iPhone.

This helps to fix some minor software glitches too that may be stopping your iPhone from pairing up with your Bluetooth device

There are a few ways you can do this. For the sake of simplicity of this guide, I’ll show you the manual way of resetting Bluetooth through the Settings app.

  1. Go ahead and jump into your Settings app and then tap Bluetooth.
  2. Next tap the switch next to Bluetooth. (Grey means the switch is turned off and hence Bluetooth is turned off).
  3. Lastly, tap on the switch again to turn Bluetooth back on.


After you’ve turned off your iPhone’s Bluetooth and back on again, try pairing your iPhone with your Bluetooth device again to see if it got the job done.



4. Sync/Pair Mode Switch.

If you’re using a pair of Bluetooth headphones then it’s likely that it has a switch or a button which makes it easy to pair it up (Pairing Mode).

For instance, if you have Bose QCs (as shown in the image below), the Sync/Pair button will appear as a button on top of it.


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Can you find the Sync/Pair switch for the headphones above?



Sometimes even if you’ve tried everything to fix the iPhone not connecting to the Bluetooth, the problem could very well be with the Bluetooth device itself and not your iPhone.

It could’ve got stuck with a minor glitch/bug or it just didn’t make a solid connection the first time around.

So here’s what you do.

  1. Go ahead and grab the Bluetooth device that you’re trying to pair up with your iPhone and look for either a switch or a button that you would press to sync/pair it.
  2. Found it? Great! Just press and hold that button or switch on your Bluetooth device to take it out of Bluetooth pairing mode.
  3. Wait for around 30 seconds and then press the button or flip the switch again to put back the device ready for pairing with your iPhone. Now try pairing the device up with your iPhone as you would always do using Bluetooth and see if that has solved the problem.



5.  Resetting Network Settings.

As suggested by Apple themselves, when you reset your iPhone’s network settings, it erases all the data it has on your Bluetooth devices that you have connected before.

This also means all the Wi-Fi networks and Virtual Private Networks (VPN) that you had connected with, including the passwords saved for those networks will get erased.

Resetting your network settings is a great way to remove unwanted networks and their passwords from clogging up your iPhone and as well help your iPhone establish newer connections.


Will my iPhone’s data get erased?

Your iPhone’s data that includes your apps, notes, contacts, photos will not be deleted. This is just resetting Network Settings, not your iPhone.

Here’s how you reset your iPhone’s network settings.

  1. Go ahead and jump into your Settings app and then tap General.
  2. Next, scroll all the way down and look for Reset. Tap on Reset.
  3. Now tap Reset Network Settings.
  4. You’ll be asked to enter your iPhone’s passcode to process. Once you’ve entered it, your iPhone will reset network settings and will follow up by restarting itself.
  5. Finally, once your iPhone has turned back on again, your network settings will have been reset.

You can try to pair up your Bluetooth device with your iPhone once again to see if your iPhone connects to Bluetooth. 



6.  Restore Your iPhone.

The final method you can try (which should be your last resort ) is a deep restore and it’s the most in-depth restore you can do on an iPhone and it should fix some of the more troublesome software issues.

Do make sure that before you perform a deep restore, you back up all your data on your iPhone using your iTunes or your iCloud.

Here’s how you can restore your iPhone.

  1. Go ahead plug your iPhone into your computer and open your iTunes. (it doesn’t matter whether your iPhone is on or off).
  2. Now press and hold the Power button and your Home button (if you’re on an iPhone 6S and prior) or the Power button and your Volume Down button (if you’re on iPhone 7) together for 10 seconds.


How do I restore on my iPhone X, or iPhone 8 (or 8 Plus)?

I’m currently finishing up the guide for this, but in the meantime, you can follow through with this great guide by Gadgethacks. 🙂


  1. After 10 seconds, release the Power button but make sure to keep holding down the Home button (if you’re on an iPhone 6S and prior) or your Volume Down button (iPhone 7 or 7 Plus) until you find it says “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode“.
  2. Now you can let go of your Home button or the Volume Down button as your iPhone’s screen will be completely black which means it will has entered restoration mode. If you find it’s not, try again from Step 1.
  3. Finally, restore your iPhone using your iTunes (where you have your backup stored).


Done! Try reconnecting your iPhone with your Bluetooth device and see if the above solution has gotten the job done. 



7.  Pay the Genius Bar a visit.

If worse comes to worst, and if you still find that the iPhone does not connect with your Bluetooth device then what you can try to do is head over to your nearest Apple Store and talk with the Genius Bar. 


Share this guide with someone who’s going through a rough day having their iPhone not connecting to Bluetooth.


    1. Completely failed to address the simplest fix; which is to add your phone through the ‘devices and printers’ tab on the laptop. No need to stuff around turning things off and on again or resetting anything, windows does everything for you.
      Devices and Printers.
      It’s all there and takes about 30 seconds to get paired and working.

      1. Sometimes there may be a problem with the iOS system. At this time, you can use RecoveryTool Fix Recovery to repair the problem.

  1. There’s a stage that you missed that worked for me when all else failed. Go to discoverable devices and then click forget device. Once it disappears, rediscover it and when it comes back it works.

  2. You rock! For some reason my iPhone quit hooking up with my car. I reset the network setting and redid my blue tooth connection. Problem solved!

  3. Missed my problem: Headset was paired with two devices – the second was within ‘earshot’ and for whatever reason the headphones preferred to connect to that device…
    However, this article did get me thinking and reminded me that I had paired the headphones with two iPad’s…

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