5 Quick Ways to Fix iPhone Bluetooth Not Working in 2022

Is your Bluetooth unavailable? Or are you finding your Bluetooth won’t connect? Try these five tips to put an end to your Bluetooth blues.

Bluetooth is the wireless technology behind cable-free speakers, headphones, keyboards, and other devices that make modern life so mobile. When you experience your Bluetooth not working, basic activities like listening to music or using CarPlay become inconvenient and frustrating. I’ll cover how to reset Bluetooth on iPhones with and without a Home button.

Jump to:

5 Steps to Fix Bluetooth Not Working on iPhone

If you are experiencing Bluetooth not connecting or if your Bluetooth won’t stay connected follow these steps in order. If Bluetooth is unavailable on your device, skip to the final section to learn how to reset your network settings.

1. Turn Your iPhone Bluetooth Off & On Again

Very often just turning off your iPhone Bluetooth and then restarting your phone can get your Bluetooth connection working properly again. These are the steps to follow:

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Tap Bluetooth.


     
  3. Toggle Bluetooth off, so it goes from green to gray.

  4. Restart your iPhone.
  5. Return to Bluetooth Settings.
  6. Toggle Bluetooth on, so it goes from gray to green.

If you tried this and are wondering why is Bluetooth not finding devices? Skip to step 4.

Related: How to Add a Device to Bluetooth

Return to top

2. Disconnect the Bluetooth Device from Your iPhone

If turning your iPhone Bluetooth off and on again doesn't work, the next option is to disconnect and reconnect the device from your Bluetooth settings:

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Select Bluetooth.

  3. Find the device that is causing trouble and tap on the info icon next to it.

  4. Tap Disconnect.

  5. Turn the device off and back on.
  6. If the device doesn’t reconnect automatically, return to Bluetooth settings and tap the name of the device to reconnect.

Still experiencing troubles and wondering "why won't my Bluetooth connect?" We have three more steps for you to try!

Return to top

3. Unpair & Re-pair the Bluetooth Device to Your iPhone

If the device won't connect at all or it doesn't reconnect after you've turned it off and back on, try forgetting it and pairing again:

  1. From Bluetooth Settings, tap on the info icon next to the device.

  2. Tap Forget This Device.

  3. Confirm that you want your iPhone to forget the device.

  4. The device should reappear at the bottom (you may need to put it in pairing mode) and you can pair it to your iPhone again.

Still wondering, "why is my Bluetooth not working?" The next two steps should be able to help!

Return to top

4. Hard Restart If iPhone Bluetooth Is Still Not Connecting

Rebooting your iPhone is a basic troubleshooting step that often solves many common issues, including when your iPhone Bluetooth is not connecting.

To hard restart the iPhone X and later:

  1. Quickly click and release the Volume Up button.
  2. Quickly click and release the Volume Down button.
  3. Click and hold the Side button.


     

To hard restart iPhone 7 or 8:

  1. Simultaneously press and hold your Sleep/Wake button (located on the right side of the iPhone near the top) and your Volume Down button.
  2. Continue holding your Sleep/Wake button and down volume button until the Apple logo appears to power your iPhone back up.

To hard restart older iPhones with Home buttons:

  1. Press and hold the Home button and the Side button simultaneously.
  2. Hold both buttons down for at least ten seconds. You will see the white screen with a black Apple logo and then you can release the buttons.

For more troubleshooting solutions and iPhone tips, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

Return to top

5. Update Your iPhone's Software

If your Bluetooth is still not connecting don't give up just yet. It may be that your phone needs a software update. Here's how to do that:

  1. Make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, as updates require a Wi-Fi connection and more than 50 percent battery.

    bluetooth option not showing on iphone
  2. Go to Settings.

  3. Tap  General.

  4. Select Software Update.

    bluetooth not working iphone
  5. If there is an update available, tap Download and Install. If your software is up to date, skip to the next section.


     
  6. Once the software update has been completed, the new iOS will install automatically, and your phone will restart.

Keep in mind that if you are running beta software, you may experience unusual errors, including Bluetooth not working. Consider trying to remove beta software from your iPhone next. If your Bluetooth still won't work, there could be a more serious problem and you should contact Apple support directly.

Return to top

What to Do When iPhone Bluetooth Is Unavailable

When your iPhone Bluetooth appears unavailable in your Settings, and you've already updated your iPhone’s software, you may need to reset your Network Settings. This will cause your iPhone to forget all Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices you have previously connected to, so only do this as a last resort.

Reset your Network Settings:

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Tap General.

  3. Scroll down and tap Transfer or Reset iPhone.

    iphone not connecting to bluetooth
  4. Tap Reset, be careful not to tap any other settings as you could erase your iPhone.

    iphone won't connect to bluetooth
  5. Tap Reset Network Settings.

    iphone bluetooth not working
     
  6. You may need to enter your passcode and confirm that you want to reset your Network Settings on the following screen.

Return to top

It can be frustrating if your Bluetooth won't connect, so we hope our troubleshooting steps have fixed your problems once and for good! We hope you will never have to wonder why your Bluetooth isn't working again. Next, learn how to rename your AirPods on your iPhone.

Master your iPhone in one minute a day: Sign up here to get our FREE Tip of the Day delivered right to your inbox.

Topics

Author Details

Amy Spitzfaden–Both's picture

Author Details

Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.