5 Quick Ways to Fix iPhone Bluetooth Not Working

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.

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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:

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  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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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  2. Go to Settings.

  3. Tap  General.

  4. Select Software Update.

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  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.

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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.

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

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  5. Tap Reset Network Settings.

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  6. You may need to enter your passcode and confirm that you want to reset your Network Settings on the following screen.

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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.

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Amy Spitzfaden Both

Amy Spitzfaden-Both is the Managing Editor for iPhone Life magazine and an award-winning novelist, with over 10 years of experience in the publishing industry. She specializes in Apple news and rumors, health and fitness tech, and parenting in the digital age. She graduated from MIU with a BA in Literature and Writing.
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.