iPhone 13 Bluetooth Not Working? 14 Tips to Fix the Issue

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If you are facing Bluetooth problems on your iPhone 13, there are a number of things you can try to fix the issue. In this article, I’ll explain what you can do to troubleshoot when Bluetooth is not working on your iPhone 13.

Bluetooth gives you the freedom to use accessories like Apple Watch and AirPods wirelessly, but every technology has its shortcomings, and Bluetooth may have a few issues that can be easily solved. If your iPhone 13 won’t connect or pair with Bluetooth and you are looking for the solutions to fix it, we have some tips for you. We will identify the reasons for iPhone 13 Bluetooth problems and look at the solutions that can help you fix the issue.

Some of the most common iPhone 13 Bluetooth issues include:

  • iPhone 13 Bluetooth not working
  • iPhone 13 Bluetooth not pairing
  • iPhone 13 Bluetooth not finding devices
  • iPhone 13 Bluetooth keeps disconnecting

Before you head to the Apple Store or start thinking about replacements, follow some of these more common troubleshooting steps to fix iPhone 13 Bluetooth issues. Many times, the most basic steps can resolve iPhone 13 Bluetooth connectivity issues.

Why Is My iPhone 13 Not Finding Bluetooth Devices?

Several things can prevent your iPhone 13 from finding Bluetooth devices that you want to connect to, including:

  • Bluetooth may be turned off.
  • Your Bluetooth device may be too far away.
  • The device you’re trying to connect to may not be sufficiently charged.
  • Software or firmware could be out of date on either the iPhone or the Bluetooth device.

How Do I Fix iPhone 13 Bluetooth issues?

If you’re having Bluetooth issues on your iPhone 13, the steps below might help. Try each one, in order until you find a solution that gets your iPhone 13 Bluetooth working again.

Before you start troubleshooting the iPhone 13, it is essential to rule out that the device is not the cause of the problem. To check if the device is working or not, connect it to another device like a different iPhone or a laptop and check if it works properly on the other devices. If the Bluetooth device is working fine on other iPhonss or iPads, then the problem lies in your phone, and further troubleshooting should be done on the iPhone 13. But suppose the device does not connect on a different phone or another device either. In that case, the problem lies with the device, and you may have to follow the device manual for troubleshooting the device, or you must take it to the manufacturer to get it checked or replaced. This is a critical step to ensure that further troubleshooting of the phone becomes a sensible step when looking for solutions for iPhone 13 Bluetooth problems.

1. Make sure your iPhone’s Bluetooth is turned on

It’s easy enough to accidently (or even on purpose) turn the Bluetooth on your iPhone off. Check to be sure it’s turned on, and then try connecting to your Bluetooth device again. You can do this by going to Settings > Bluetooth.

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2. Toggle The Bluetooth Connection

If the Bluetooth connection could not be established or you fail to pair two devices, then the first and most basic troubleshooting step is to toggle the Bluetooth connection. Bring up the Control Center of your phone and look for the Bluetooth icon. Switch Off the Bluetooth connection, wait for 10 seconds, and switch it On once again. Now try to check if your iPhone 13 can pair with the Bluetooth device or not.

3. Make sure your devices are compatible

It seems like a given, but believe it or not, not all devices are compatible. Make sure the Bluetooth device you’re using with your iPhone is actually compatible with the iPhone 13. You can usually check the packaging or the manufacturer’s website for details about compatibility.

4. Make sure your devices are close enough

A Bluetooth signal tends to have a very short range, so make sure your devices are close enough to connect. Usually 2-3 feet is good during the connection process, though you can often separate them by a greater distance once the connection is complete.

5. Make sure your iPhone and your Bluetooth device are both sufficiently charged

You wouldn’t think the charge level on an iPhone or on the Bluetooth device you’re connecting it to would matter, but it can. The more charged the devices are, the better the connection, so if you’re having trouble and either of the devices is less than 50 percent charged, try charging them both completely and starting again.

6. Make sure your Bluetooth device isn’t paired with something else

While it’s true some Bluetooth items will connect with more than one device, that’s not true for all of them. If you already have your Bluetooth device connected to something else, disconnect it and then re-try connecting it to the iPhone 13.

7. Restart Your iPhone And The Device

Start with restarting your iPhone. A restart fixes simple errors and helps your phone start afresh. You can restart your iPhone by going to Settings > General > Shut Down. Switch on Bluetooth by going to Settings > Bluetooth after your phone restarts. Make sure that the device is in pairing mode. Keep it close to your phone and give your phone some time to scan all the nearby devices.

Once your iPhone shows the name of a device on the screen, tap on it, and connect. If the connection is successful and the pairing works, then the problem is fixed, but if the problem persists, try restarting the device you are trying to connect. Restart the device and put it in pairing mode, and check if the connection is established and if your problem is fixed.

8. Forget the device, and then try to pair to it again

If you’ve previously connected your Bluetooth device to your iPhone 13, there could be some corruption with the connection. Try forgetting the device. Once you do, restart the iPhone, and then try to connect the Bluetooth device again. The fresh connection may solve iPhone 13 Bluetooth issues.

In the Settings > Bluetooth menu, select the device. On the next page, choose Forget This Device. Then go through the pairing process with the Bluetooth device again.

9. Remove All Paired Devices

Allow your iPhone 13 to get a fresh start by removing all the devices that had been paired before. The chances are that you are looking at a list that has devices that you paired with just once, and you would never be pairing again. It is best to remove such devices from your list and allow your phone to try and pair with the device all over again. To remove all paired devices:

  1. Start the Settings app of your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Bluetooth
  3. When your Bluetooth is On, you will see a list of devices that you had paired it with
  4. There is a settings icon next to the name of each device. Tap on the icon and press forget this device.
  5. Do this for all the devices till you have no devices on your list
  6. Once all the devices are removed, your iPhone will begin scanning again for devices to connect to. It should show the device you want to connect to. Try pairing now and check if it works.

10. Make sure your Bluetooth device is full updated

Outdated drivers, firmware, and software can create all manner of problems, including connection issues. Use the manufacturer’s directions for updating your specific Bluetooth device, they are usually available on the manufacturer’s website, and generally, you can go into the settings for the device to find the option to update it.

11. Make sure your iPhone is fully updated

Your iPhone 13 may be due to an update which can include updates for specific applications that may be causing a problem for the Bluetooth. There are a lot of things that can be fixed with the help of an update. Update your iPhone’s software to ensure that your Bluetooth works as expected. You can check for an iOS update by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

12. Reset your network settings

This is a little bit of a drastic step, as it will reset all your network settings, which means all your Bluetooth pairing and all your Wi-Fi networks will be removed. Once you reset the network settings, however, you may be able to connect to your Bluetooth device after you’ve reconnection to your mobile and Wi-Fi networks. To reset network settings go to: Settings > General > Transfer or reset iPhone > Reset and tap Reset Network Settings.

13. Factory reset your iPhone

As a last resort you can factory reset your iPhone. It’s unlikely this will make much of a difference for your Bluetooth connections, but there’s a slim possibility that something’s gotten corrupted in your Bluetooth capabilities, so if nothing else is working, a complete reset of your iPhone is worth a try.

However, be aware that if you reset your iPhone you’ll lose everything on it, so you might want to create a complete backup before you start. You can do this by going to Settings > General > transfer or Reset iPhone and choose Erase All Content and Settings. Your iPhone passcode is required to start the process.

14. Contact Apple

If you are still experiencing Bluetooth issues on your iPhone 13, it might be time to setup an appointment for a visit to the Apple Store, setup an appointment at the Genius Bar, or place a call to Apple Care.

See also: 30 Best iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Tips and Tricks

iPhone13 Bluetooth Problems: Fixed!

Your iPhone 13 Bluetooth is working once again and you can go back to using all of your wireless accessories. Have you faced Bluetooth problems on iPhone 13? Drop a comment and let us know.

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