The first time you use your iPhone with a Bluetooth headset, you need to sync the devices using a process called “Pairing.” Trouble with the pairing process can have many causes, so to rule out a few of the most common, make sure your iPhone and the Bluetooth headset are fully charged before you begin, and go into the Settings app to turn the “Bluetooth” setting on. Fix Bluetooth Pairing Problems in Iphone!!
You may not have full Bluetooth support if your iPhone’s software is out-of-date. Any phone running iOS 4 or later should support most Bluetooth headsets, but running the latest software updates can help prevent other problems from interfering with your Bluetooth connectivity. If your iPhone runs any version of iOS 4 or earlier, plug it into your computer to check for updates through iTunes. With iOS 5 and later operating systems, you can check for updates directly from the phone.
Pairing Apple IPhone Headsets
For Apple branded headsets designed specifically for the iPhone, your devices use your computer to configure the connection. Plug your iPhone into your computer with its sync cable, and then plug the headset into your computer. If this headset does not pair with the iPhone automatically, try using a different USB port, first for one device, then the other. Do not use the USB port in another accessory, such as a keyboard, and avoid using a USB hub if possible even if it requires unplugging other accessories. If the pairing still does not work, unplug both devices, power them off completely, and then turn them back on and plug them into your computer again.
Third-Party Bluetooth Headsets
Go into the “Settings” app and tap the “Bluetooth” setting. Any nearby devices, including your headset, should appear below the Bluetooth on/off switch. If your headset does not, turn off the Bluetooth setting and your headset’s power. Turn the iPhone Bluetooth setting back on, and then power up your headset. Tap the headset in the list when it appears, and enter the pairing code if your headset requires one. If you’ve lost the instructions for your headset that include the pairing code, contact the headset manufacturer to get a replacement code.
If Problems Persist
Try pairing the headset with another device, such as your computer or an iPad or iPod Touch, or a friend’s phone. If the headset does not work with another device, contact the manufacturer about repair or replacement. If the device works, try pairing your iPhone with a different Bluetooth device, such as a wireless keyboard. If the iPhone cannot sense the keyboard, consult an Apple specialist about repair.
My Bluetooth headset doesn’t sound good
This is another deal breaker. If your Bluetooth headset doesn’t sound up to par, you’ll be tempted to ditch it in the nearest trash can. But hiccups do happen: Sound might disappear for a few seconds or you might hear crackling noises.
What’s the problem?
Bluetooth is a wireless technology, so it has to navigate between the headset and the phone through the air. Even though most Bluetooth headsets have a range of about 10 meters (30 feet), this doesn’t account for stuff being in the way. Bluetooth isn’t super clever – it can’t sneak around an obstacle and find its way to your phone no matter what. So if there’s something solid between the two, Bluetooth connection may drop. Unfortunately, “something solid” can often be your own body.
Here’s how you solve it:
If Bluetooth seems to drop off occasionally, try placing your phone and your headset on the same side of your body. This way, Bluetooth has a better chance of having a “line of sight” to your phone and not dropping out. If you have a Bluetooth headset for running, it’s often a good idea to wear your phone in an armband close to it.
Also, make sure that your Bluetooth headset has the latest firmware. Manufacturers often release better firmware that takes care of certain sound issues like crackling, echo, and so on.
At times, there may simply be interference from other wireless devices around you, which can affect the quality of your Bluetooth connection. I’m not going to tell you where and when to use your Bluetooth headset, but sometimes you may need to find a place with less busy airwaves. That’s just the unfortunate reality of living in a world where stuff is competing for invisible radio frequencies.
Fix Bluetooth Connectivity Problems on your iPhone or iPad
If you find out that the problem lies with your iPhone or iPad, here are a few solutions you could try:
Turn off Bluetooth and Reboot
The first thing to try is to turn off your Bluetooth and restart your iPhone or iPad:
- Turn off Bluetooth from Control Center, or by going to Settings > Bluetooth and turning off the switch.
- Reboot your iPhone by holding the Home button and the Power button until you see the Apple logo.
- Now enable Bluetooth again from Control Center or Settings > Bluetooth.
- Try connecting to the device now. If the problem still isn’t solved, move on to the next step.
If the previous tip didn’t work for you, you can try forgetting the device you paired with from Settings, and then try reconnecting:
- Open Settings and go to Bluetooth
- Tap on the “i” icon against the device name you’re having problems connecting
- Tap on the “Forget This Device” button and confirm your action
- Now pair your iPhone or iPad with the device again, and see if the issue has been solved
Reset Network Settings
If none of the two tips worked, you could also try resetting your network settings. A side effect of doing this is that all your Wi-Fi settings will also be cleared, so you might have to rejoin Wi-Fi networks.
Here’s how to reset network settings:
- Open Settings and navigate to General > Reset
- Tap on Reset Network Settings
- You’ll be required to enter your passcode if you have one
- Confirm your action in the popup
Your iPhone will reboot. Once it starts up, try pairing to the device again. If your problem still isn’t solved, move to the next step.
Restore and Setup as new iPhone
If none of these tips fix your issues, the last resort is to restore your iPhone or iPad via iTunes and set it up as a new device. This way, you start afresh and get rid of possibly problematic customizations and settings on your device. Follow the instructions in the post linked below to do a clean restore to the latest version of iOS via iTunes.
If you have an iPhone SE and are facing audio issues with Bluetooth phone calls when it is paired with a vehicle or wireless headset, then install the latest iOS software update. Apple has fixed the Bluetooth problems for iPhone SE in iOS 9.3.2.
Try listening to music, making calls and using Siri (if these new headphones have a mic), etc. If everything works properly, then the problem is with your headphones.
If the problems are still present even with new headphones, move on to the next option.
2. Clean the Headphone Jack
Many people keep their iPhones in their pockets, which are full of lint that can find its way into the headphone jack. If enough lint or other gunk builds up, it can block the connection between the headphones and the jack, which can cause trouble. If you suspect lint is your problem:
- Look into the headphone jack to see if you can detect any lint. You may need to shine a light into the jack in order to get a good look
- If you see lint, blow into the headphone jack or shoot some compressed air into it
- If the lint is packed tightly and can’t be blown out, try a cotton swab. Remove most of the cotton from one end of the swab. Put a little bit of rubbing alcohol on the end you removed the cotton from and then insert that end into the headphone jack. Move it around gently and try to pull out the lint.
If the headphone jack is clean and still not working, try fixing the problem in software.
3. Restart the iPhone
It might not seem to have anything to do with problems with the headphone jack, but restarting the iPhone is often a key troubleshooting step. That’s because a restart clears the iPhone’s active memory (though not its permanent storage) and preferences, which could be the source of the problem. And since it’s easy and quick, there’s no real downside. To restart your iPhone:
- Hold down the on/off button (it’s at the top or corner of the iPhone, depending on your model) buttons at the same time
- Move the slide to power off slider left to right
- Wait for the iPhone to shut down
- Hold the on/off button again until the Apple logo appears. Let go of the button and let the phone start up again.
If holding down just the on/off button doesn’t restart the phone, try holding the Home button and on/off button at the same time.
4. Check AirPlay Output
One reason that audio might not be playing through your headphones is that your iPhone is sending the audio to another output. The iPhone is supposed to automatically recognize when headphones are plugged in and switch the audio to them, but it’s possible that that hasn’t happened in your case. One potential cause is that audio is being sent to an AirPlay-compatible speaker or AirPort Express. To check for that:
- Swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone’s screen to open Control Center
- Look for the AirPlay button just below the volume slider and above the bottom row of icons
- If AirPlay is being used, that option will be lit up and show the device audio is being sent to
- Tap the AirPlay button
- On the next screen, tap iPhone
- Tap Done.
With those settings changed, your iPhone’s audio is now being played through its speaker or headphones. If that doesn’t solve the problem, there’s another, similar setting to investigate.
5. Check Bluetooth Output
Just like audio can be sent to other devices over AirPlay, the same thing can happen over Bluetooth. If you’ve connected your iPhone to a Bluetooth device like a speaker, it’s possible the audio is still going there. The simplest way to test this is to:
- Open Control Center
- Tap the Bluetooth icon in the top row (it’s in the center) so that it’s not lit up. This turns Bluetooth off
- Try your headphones now. With Bluetooth off, the audio should play through your headphones and not any other device.
Your Headphone Jack is Broken. What Should You Do?
If, after trying all the options listed so far, your headphones still aren’t working, your headphone jack is probably broken and needs to be replaced.
If you’re very handy, you can probably do this yourself—but I wouldn’t recommend it. The iPhone is a complex and delicate device, which makes it hard for laypeople to repair. And, if your iPhone is still under warranty, fixing it yourself voids the warranty.
Visit an Apple Store
Even after performing all these steps, you’re still having problems, then you might want to visit your nearest Apple Store to know of any possible hardware related issues.
Have you faced any Bluetooth issues after updating to iOS 9 – iOS 9.3.2? Let us know in the comments below.
Bluetooth Connectivity Issues in iOS 8.3 on iPhone or iPad
Another iOS update and a slew of bugs! You guessed it, right. It seems as if no iOS update could ever remain away from issues. Just a week back when Apple released iOS 8.3, I was overwhelmed to see the number of enhancements and bug fixes that arrived with the update. However, hardly had I tried to update my iPhone to iOS 8.3, one of my friends reported that his Touch ID was not working while purchasing or downloading app in App Store after the iOS 8.3 update. In other words, his Touch ID got unauthorized without any valid reason.
And when Touch ID issue was somehow fixed, another bug surfaced-Bluetooth connectivity issue came to light on many media forums. A number of iPhone users have reported that they aren’t able to connect their device to Bluetooth based accessories such as, earphones, speakers or even car stereos. If you have also experienced with this Bluetooth pairing issue on your iPhone in iOS 8.3, here is how you can troubleshoot it. Let’s go!
How To Fix Bluetooth Connectivity Issues in iOS 8.3 on iPhone or iPad
Some iPhone owners who had encountered with this Bluetooth pairing issue reported to have fixed it by rebooting their device.
1. To reboot your device, hold on sleep/wake button and Home button simultaneously until Apple logo appears on your iPhone screen.
2. You can also toggle Bluetooth on/off a few times to fix this issue. Again, there are two ways you can turn on/off Bluetooth.
Go to Settings app → Tap on Bluetooth → Toggle on/off
There is an option in Bluetooth called Forget This Device which can be turned off in order to fix this issue. Of course, you would have to pair your device again but it can potentially solve this connectivity issue. Let’s check out!