Fix: iPhone Bluetooth Not Working in iOS 13/12/11

After updating to iOS 13 or iOS 12, the Bluetooth not working on iPhone and iPad? Read on this post to get some quick tips to fix the common Bluetooth issues in iOS 11/12/13.

By iMobie | Posted on: Sep. 12, 2018, Last Updated: Aug. 14, 2019

This post applies to almost all iPhone generations, including iPhone XS (Max), iPhone XR and iPhone X/8/7/6s/6/5s. It applies iOS from the old iOS 9 to iOS 13.

The iOS 13 (beta) is coming on the way for all iPhone iPad users, it’s powerful and said to be the fastest iOS ever released by Apple, and now most of the people are running iOS 12, which fixes some bugs that happened before. However there is no update that is perfect, and no one can promise you everything could be good even after your device is garbed the new iOS 13/12 update.

We previously showed you the possible message problemsiPhone no service you may meet after iOS update, and here we will talk about the common iPhone iPad Bluetooth issues you may meet after iOS update, and tell some tips to fix the iPhone iPad Bluetooth not working issue with ease.

Part 1. Common iPhone Bluetooth Issues after Update to iOS 13/12/11

In the beginning, Bluetooth may just work well on your iPhone iPad. But after upgrading to iOS 12 or the newest iOS 13 (beta), some unexpected problems may occur. Issues like broken Bluetooth connections, failed Bluetooth pairing, and Bluetooth audio in the car are frequently reported. We summarize the Bluetooth issues you may encounter.

Part 2. How to Fix: “iPhone Bluetooth Not Working”

We’ve listed the most common Bluetooth issues on your iPhone or iPad that you may meet after iOS 11/12/13 upgrade. In the following, we will walk you through the potential solutions to make Bluetooth workable again on your iPhone or iPad. Firstly, here are some basic tips to you can have a try:

Solution 1. Restart Your iPhone/iPad

Restart your iPhone X or later:

Step 1: Press and hold the Side button and either volume button until the power off slider appears on the screen.

Step 2: Drag the slider to turn your device completely off.

Step 3: After your device turns off, press and hold the Side button again until you see the Apple logo.

Restart your iPhone 8 or earlier or iPod touch:

Step 1: Press and hold the Top (or Side) button until the power off slider appears.

Step 2: Drag the slider to turn your device completely off.

Step 3: After your device turns off, press and hold the Top (or Side) button again until you see the Apple logo.

How to Restart an iPhone

How to Restart an iPhone

Solution 2. Update iOS Software

Make sure that you have the latest version of all the software on your iPhone or iPad. The outdated software would cause some compliable issues.

To update the software on your iPhone: Go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Update iPhone Software

Update iPhone Software

Solution 3. Turn Bluetooth Off and Back On Again

If the above two solutions fail to work, then trying to turn off and back on the Bluetooth setting in your iPhone or iPad.

Option 1: Swipe up from the bottom bezel of your iPhone or iPad to launch Control Center > Turn off Bluetooth and back on again.

Option 2: Go to Settings > Bluetooth > Turn off it and back on again.

Solution 4. Disconnect From the Current Bluetooth Device

Disconnect the current problematic device, and re-pair it again to see whether the problem has been solved.

Step 1: Open Settings > Bluetooth.

Step 2: Select the connected Bluetooth device and then choose Disconnect option.

Step 3: Turn off the Bluetooth device and then turn it back on to reconnect.

If this method also doesn’t work, you can try to forget the currently connected device completely, and then re-pair: Settings > Bluetooth > Choose the device you are having issues with > Tap on the info button next to the device > Tap on Forget This Device.

Solution 5. Reset Network Settings

Reset network settings on iPhone or iPad will reset all the network settings you used before, including Bluetooth settings, Wi-Fi networks and passwords, cellular settings, and VPN and APN settings, etc. Follow the below steps to reset your network settings:

Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Reset Network Settings on iPhone/iPad

Reset Network Settings on iPhone/iPad

Solution 6. Restore iPhone with iTunes

If all the above methods don’t help, then the last solution you can try is to restore your iPhone with iTunes. But you must clear that restoring with iTunes requires you to erase all previous data on your device, and these erased files can’t be recovered anymore. So, before trying this solution, you’d better make a full backup of your phone.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer (make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes) > Connect your device to the computer with its USB cable.

Step 2: Click on the device icon when it appears in iTunes > Choose “Restore iPhone” option to restore your device to factory resetting, choose “Restore Backup” option to restore your device from computer backup you made before.

Step 3: Click on Restore button and wait for the restore process to complete.

Restore iPhone with iTunes

Restore iPhone with iTunes

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The Bottom Line

The above are some Bluetooth issues on iPhone iPad running iOS 10/11/12/13 and the potential solutions to fix them. No matter what iOS devices you are using, whether the iPhone 6/6s/7/8/X or the new iPhone XR/iPhone XS (Max), you can have a try.

If you are suffering from some new Bluetooth issue or have some useful ideas, please share with us in the Comment Section. For more new iOS update problems, please refer to The Most Common iOS Update Problems.


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