How to Fix iOS 12 Bluetooth Not Connecting & Bluetooth Icon Missing Issues

Looking for solutions to iOS 12 Bluetooth problems? You’ve come to the right page, this post will share you 6 useful tips to guide you walk through iOS 12 Bluetooth issues.

By iMobie | Posted on: Sep. 17, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 02, 2018
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Question 1: Bluetooth connectivity has weakened with Airpods after upgrading to iOS 12, even updated to iOS 12.1, the problem remains. I used to be able to walk a distance away from my devices and even have several walls between it and still could hear clear as a bell now if I’m 10 feet away I start hearing cracking and dead behind a wall.

Question 2: Headphones won’t connect over Bluetooth on iOS 12. I can’t connect my Bluetooth headphones to my iPhone X running iOS 12. The headphones will connect to my iPad (iOS 11.4) and my MacBook (High Sierra). Is anyone else having this issue? I’ve restarted multiple times, turned Bluetooth on and off, forgot the device under Bluetooth settings, etc. I can’t figure it out.

Question 3: I’m missing my Bluetooth icon in the status bar in iOS 12. How about anyone else?

—Users from Reddit

Accompanied by lots of new features, iOS 12 was released, and the first bug revision iOS 12.1 is also available now. It is known to all, the emergence of new iOS will inevitably bring new iOS update problems. As you can see from the beginning, many users reported iOS 12 Bluetooth issues.

Obviously, iOS 12 Bluetooth problem is one of the most prominent problems, which mainly manifests in these aspects: iOS 12 Bluetooth won’t connect or connectivity is weak, iOS 12 Bluetooth not working, iOS 12 Bluetooth icon always on, and the issue that people responded most is iOS 12 Bluetooth icon missing. If you’re in the same trouble with iOS 12 Bluetooth issues, don’t panic, this article will help you fix these issues.

iOS 12 Bluetooth Issues

iOS 12 Bluetooth Issues

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Part 1: How to Fix iOS 12 Bluetooth Icon Missing

After updating to iOS 12, more and more users found that the Bluetooth icon on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch has disappeared. Where is the Bluetooth icon on iOS 12 device?

iOS 12 Bluetooth Icon Missing

iOS 12 Bluetooth Icon Missing

Actually, it’s not a real problem of your iDevices and not a bug of iOS 12. We can even consider it as a new feature of iOS 12. Why iOS 12 Bluetooth icon disappeared? That is Apple mean to make it. Apple thinks that Bluetooth should always be turned on to be able to take advantage of features such as Continuity, Handoff, connection with Apple Watch etc. And they think the energy consumption is almost zero when it not be used. So, here comes the idea of removing the icon when it’s unused.

iOS 12 has been designed to almost completely disappear the Bluetooth icon from the status bar. It only appears in the status bar when you connect it to some accessory such as your headphones. Since it is not a bug, thus there is not the possibility of being able to rehabilitate it unless Apple wants to change it.

Part 2: Solutions to iOS 12 Bluetooth Not Connecting/Working Issues

Tip 1. Refresh the Bluetooth

Believe it or not, sometimes, simply refreshing the Bluetooth would fix Bluetooth issue easily. So, just have a try at first. But, not mean to turn on and turn off it from the home center because it’s not really to refresh it. You need to refresh it from Settings. Follow the steps below:

Step 1 On your iOS device, go to Settings > Bluetooth > Turn off the switch next to Bluetooth.

Step 2 Restart your device.

Step 3 Turn on Bluetooth again to see if it works.

Tip 2. Forget Bluetooth and Reconnect Again

Another way you can have a try to fix iOS 12 Bluetooth issues is disconnect all your devices and then reconnect to it again.

Step 1 Go to Settings > Select Bluetooth.

Step 2 Tap the “i” button next to the connected device. Then, tap “Forget this Device” and confirm.

Step 3 Turn off Bluetooth and restart your device, then turn on Bluetooth again and try to connect to the accessory.

Fix iOS 12 Bluetooth Issue - Disconnect and Reconnect Bluetooth

Fix iOS 12 Bluetooth Issue – Disconnect and Reconnect Bluetooth

Tip 3. Reset the Bluetooth Accessory

The Bluetooth problem could be caused by the problems of the Bluetooth accessory itself. So, it is necessary to make sure it is run properly. Otherwise, you can have a try to reset it to factory default. The process varies based on device, so take the help of individual user manual.

Tip 4. Reset Network Settings on iOS Device

Resetting network settings on your iPhone iPad and put it back to the initial state is one of the most reliable solutions, which can come handy in addressing iOS 12 Bluetooth connectivity issues. Here’s how to do:

Also go to Settings > General > Reset > Tap on the Reset Network settings.

Fix iOS 12 Bluetooth Issue by Resetting Network Settings

Fix iOS 12 Bluetooth Issue by Resetting Network Settings

1. Resetting network settings won’t remove your data, but all your Wi-Fi networks and passwords, cellular settings, and VPN and APN settings you’ve used before will be erased.

2. If resetting network settings can’t work, you can have a try to Reset All Settings. But notice that this process will erase all your data and settings.

Tip 5. Restore Your Device to Factory Settings

If nothing above works, you can have a try to restore your iOS device to factory settings with iTunes or iCloud. Before doing this, we must remind you that restore iPhone iPad to factory settings will erase all the data on your device. Thus, it’s very important to back up your device before restoring. For how to make it, follow the steps below (here take iPhone as an example):

Step 1 Open iTunes on your PC or Mac.

Step 2 Connect your iPhone or iPad via USB to the computer.

Step 3 Tap your iPhone icon when it appears in iTunes. Click Summary and tap “Restore iPhone”.

Step 4 A new box will open to ask to confirm the action. Tap “Restore”.

Then iTunes will restore your iPhone. When your phone restart, you can see a few options. Select “Set Up as New iPhone”.

Tip 6. Downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11

Finally, this is the lost tip for you to fix iOS 12 Bluetooth problem. After trying out all the above methods, if the problem remains, you can have a try to downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11 version. Also, you can contact Apple Support for help.

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The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to fix iOS 12 Bluetooth problems on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, hope one of the tips listed in this guide can help you fix it in the end. If you feel this article is helpful, you can share this post to help more people.


Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan as well as an anime lover. Like to share solutions on iOS and Android related problems.