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 – I’m a Gonna Be”, 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.



Prep work.

  First things first, make sure that you have turned on your Bluetooth on your iPhone. To do that just swipe up from the very bottom of your screen to open the Control Centre and then tap on the Bluetooth icon  iphone wont connect to Bluetooth. (Blue means Bluetooth is turned on; Grey means that it may have accidentally disconnected from Bluetooth decides until the following day.)

  Second, you need to make sure that your Bluetooth device is close to your iPhone. Bluetooth devices depend on proximity and the range is usually within 30 feet, so if your and your iPhone are way beyond that range then the process to get both devices connected could prove troublesome.




How to Fix An iPhone That 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 any one or both of the devices manages 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. Keep reading to find out how you can fix it. 🙂




2.  Turn Your iPhone Off and Back On Again.

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.

Step 1:  Press and hold 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.


Step 2:  Wait for around 30 seconds to make sure that your iPhone completely shuts down. 


Step 3:  Lastly, press and hold the Power button 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.  Turn Bluetooth Off and Back On Again.

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 in 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 three ways you can do this (you don’t have to do all three). For the sake of simplicity you can choose any one that you find most comfortable doing.


  Turning Bluetooth Off in Your Settings app.

Step 1:  Go ahead and jump into your Settings app and then tap Bluetooth.

Step 2:  Next tap the switch next to Bluetooth. (Grey means the switch is turned off and hence Bluetooth is turned off).

Step 3:  Lastly, tap on the switch again to turn Bluetooth back on. 



  Turn Bluetooth Off in Your Control Center.

Step 1:  Swipe up from the very bottom of your screen to bring up your Control Center and then tap on the Bluetooth icon   iphone wont connect to Bluetooth  to turn it off. 

Step 2:  Next, tap on the Bluetooth icon again to turn it back on.  



  Turn Bluetooth Off Using Your Trusty Siri.

Step 1:  Go ahead and call Siri by pressing and holding your Home button (if you have one) or simply by saying “Hey, Siri.” (If you’re on iPhone X, you can also hold down the big Side button for two or three seconds to call Siri).

Step 2:  Next, Say “Turn off Bluetooth.” This will get Siri to turn Bluetooth off.

Step 3:  Lastly, say “Turn on Bluetooth.” This will as you have said will get Siri to turn Bluetooth on.


After you’ve tried any one of the above methods of turning off Bluetooth and back on again, try pairing your iPhone with your Bluetooth device again to see if it got the job done.




4.  Turn Pairing Mode on Your Bluetooth Device Off and Back On Again.

Almost every Bluetooth device will have a switch or a button which makes it easy to pair it up (Pairing Mode). 


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Can you find the switch?



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


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


So here’s what you do.

Step 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.


Step 2:  Found it? Great! Just press and hold that button or switch on your Bluetooth device to take it out of Bluetooth pairing mode.


Step 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 like you would always do using Bluetooth and see if that has solved the problem.




5.  Just Forget the Bluetooth Device. Wait. What?

Yeah. When you make your iPhone forget a Bluetooth device, it’s as if the device that you were trying so hard all this while to get connected remains in a way it was never connected to your iPhone in the first place.


The next time you try to pair up your iPhone with the Bluetooth device together, it will be like they’re connecting for the very first time. 


Here’s how you can do it.

Step 1:  Go ahead and jump into your Settings app and then tap Bluetooth.


Step 2:  Next, tap on the little blue i icon  iphone wont connect to Bluetooth  next to the Bluetooth device you want to forget. 


Step 3:  Now tap on Forget this Device. When you’re asked again, tap Forget Device.


Step 4:  You’ll know when the device has been forgotten since it will no longer appear under My Devices in your Settings  Bluetooth. 🙂


Once you’ve done making your iPhone forget the Bluetooth device, try reconnecting it again and see if that does the trick. If that still doesn’t fix the problem then you’ll need to do a bit of resetting some ‘stuff’.




6.  Time to Reset Network Settings.

When you reset your iPhone’s network settings, what it does is it erases all the data it has on your Bluetooth devices that you have connected before, all the Wi-Fi networks that you connected (this means it erases all the passwords saved for those Wi-Fi networks), and the VPN (Virtual Private Network) settings. 



Your iPhone’s data that includes your apps, notes, contacts, photos won’t be deleted. 


Resetting network settings helps give your iPhone a completely clean slate when trying to connect to Bluetooth devices which can most of the time fix some of the more complicated software problems.


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

Step 1:  Go ahead and jump into your Settings app and then tap General.


Step 2:  Next, scroll all the way down and look for Reset. Tap on Reset.


Step 3:  Now tap Reset Network Settings.


Step 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.


Step 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 and the problem should be solved right now. 🙂




7.  Then There’s the DFU Restore. 

The final method you can try (which should be your last resort ) is a Device Firmware Update (DFU) 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 DFU restore, you back up all your data on your iPhone using your iTunes or your iCloud.



If your iPhone is damaged in any way, a DFU restore can potentially break your iPhone.


Here’s how you can DFU restore your iPhone.

Step 1:  Go ahead plug your iPhone into your computer and open your iTunes. (it doesn’t matter whether your iPhone is on or off).


Step 2:  Now press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and your Home button (iPhone 6S and below) or the Sleep/Wake button and your Volume Down button (iPhone 7) together for around 8 seconds.


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

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



Step 3:  After 8 seconds, release the Sleep/Wake button but make sure to keep holding down the Home button (iPhone 6S and below) or your Volume Down button (iPhone 7 or 7 Plus) until you find it says “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode“.


Step 4:  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 DFU mode. If you find it’s not, try again from Step 1.


Step 5:  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 DFU restore has gotten the job done. 




8.  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. 


That’s it! 



Share this monster guide with anyone, your friends or your family and help them if their iPhone is not connecting to Bluetooth.
They’ll appreciate it. 🙂



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