How to Fix iPhone Bluetooth Not Working in iOS 14

After updating iOS 14, 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 14.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Dec. 16, 2020

The iOS 14 comes to users, it’s powerful and said to be the fastest iOS ever released by Apple, 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 14 update.

We previously showed you the possible message problemsiPhone no service, Siri problems you may meet after iOS update, and many iPhone 12 users or other iPhone models running iOS 14 have reported Bluetooth issues, like keeps disconnecting, cutting out suddenly, etc. 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.

Bluetooth Not Working on iOS Devices

Bluetooth Not Working on iOS Devices

Part 1. Common iPhone Bluetooth Issues after Update to iOS 14

In the beginning, Bluetooth may just work well on your iPhone/iPad. But after upgrading to iOS 14, 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.

  • iPhone Bluetooth Not Finding iPhone/iPad
  • Bluetooth Won’t Connect After iOS 14
  • Bluetooth Won’t Turn on on iPhone/iPad
  • Bluetooth Keeps Disconnecting iPhone
  • iPhone Bluetooth Not Connecting to Car
  • Bluetooth Audio Stutters on iPhone/iPad
  • Fail to Initiate Calls Over Bluetooth on iPhone/iPad
  • iPhone Bluetooth Suddenly Disconnecting on Car
  • iPhone Bluetooth Connection Drops Frequently
  • iPhone Bluetooth Keeps Disconnecting

Update: iOS 14 Bluetooth Fix

iOS 14.3 was released on Dec. 14, 2020, and Apple said it will fix Bluetooth could be unavailable in settings and more issues. So if you’ve ever met a problem like that, try to update to the latest iOS 14.3 and check if the Bluetooth problem was fixed. If some other issues still exist, please keep reading and find the solutions for you.

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Part 2. Possible Ways 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 14 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:

  • Check your Bluetooth on iPhone or iPad and make sure it is turned on.
  • Confirm your iOS device and Bluetooth accessory are close to each other.
  • Try connecting to another Bluetooth device.
  • Ensure your Bluetooth accessory is turned on and connected to power or fully charged.

Solution 1. Restart Your iPhone/iPad

Restart your iPhone X or later:

  1. Press and hold the Side button and either volume button until the power off slider appears on the screen.
  2. Drag the slider to turn your device completely off.
  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:

  1. Press and hold the Top (or Side) button until the power off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to turn your device completely off.
  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 on 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.

  1. Open Settings > Bluetooth.
  2. Select the connected Bluetooth device and then choose the Disconnect option.
  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. Try to Pair the Bluetooth Device to Another iPhone

Now if the above solutions didn’t work, you need to check whether your iPhone Bluetooth works. So a good way to check whether the Bluetooth issue is caused by the iPhone or the accessory is trying to pair the Bluetooth device to another iPhone. If it’s successful to pair with another iPhone, it means that the issue lies with your iPhone. Then it’s time to try the next solution to fix the possible iOS system problems.

Solution 7. Try an iOS System Recovery Tool to Fix

Here is a professional iOS system recovery tool that can help you to fix the most iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/tvOS issues. This tool is named AnyFix – iOS System Recovery. It’s designed to deal with iOS/iPadOS/tvOS problems in any sceneries. With any fix, you can fix many iOS devices stuck on issues, disabled, won’t charge or turn on/off, etc.

So, AnyFix is possible to get your iPhone Bluetooth back to normal. Just follow the steps below to do:

Step 1: Get the latest version of AnyFix – iOS System Recovery. Launch it on your computer > Choose System Repair from the home page. Don’t forget to connect your iPhone with the computer.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Tap on System Repair

Tap on System Repair

Step 2: Choose 50+ iPhone problems from the interface below > Tap on Start Now button.

Choose iPhone Problems and Start Now

Choose iPhone Problems and Start Now

Step 3: Select a mode to repair your iPhone. To get the highest success rate, AnyFix provides you three modes based on different situations.  Here we take Standard Repair as an example, which is the top choice to fix the most common system issues and no data will be erased. Choose it and tap the button to continue.

Choose One Repair Mode

Choose One Repair Mode

Step 4: Then AnyFix will detect your device > Tap on the Download button to add a matching firmware on your computer. Once the downloading finished, click Fix Now. (If your iPhone didn’t enter recovery mode, you need to put it into recovery mode before repairing)

Tap on Fix Now when Firmware Downloaded

Tap on Fix Now when Firmware Downloaded

Step 5: Then it will start repairing automatically. Once the repair process completed, you will see a completed page.

Solution 8. 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.

  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.
  2. Click on the device icon when it appears in iTunes > Choose the “Restore iPhone” option to restore your device to factory resetting, choose the “Restore Backup” option to restore your device from the computer backup you made before.
  3. Click on the Restore button and wait for the restore process to complete.

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The Bottom Line

The above are some Bluetooth issues on iPhone running iOS 14 and the potential solutions to fix them. No matter what iOS devices you are using, whether the iPhone or the new iPhone, 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.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.