Connecting Bluetooth Accessories to iOS 7 Devices

The world is full of Bluetooth accessories, products such as headphones, speakers, keyboards and mice. This is one of the most popular forms of wireless communication, and many users prefer Bluetooth peripherals over RF wireless as they don’t have a receiver dongle to deal with; they just connect it to their device and go.

But Bluetooth is a bit of a scary world for the uninitiated. Connecting and pairing Bluetooth devices to your computer, iPhone or iPad can be a confusing endeavor, but once you know how it works and the steps required to pair a Bluetooth device, it’s easy to set sail. In this guide, we will show you how to connect a Bluetooth accessory to your iOS 7 device.

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There are two ways to turn your iOS 7 device’s Bluetooth on or off. You can enter the app and tap on it to activate it, or open it via Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and tapping the Bluetooth logo above Control Center.

Setting Up Your Bluetooth Accessories

Connecting your Bluetooth accessories to your phone or tablet is called “pairing,” so that’s what it means every time you see this word. To pair a Bluetooth peripheral with your iOS 7 device, open the app and tap on it. Doing so will automatically make your device “discoverable” meaning your iOS 7 device can find any Bluetooth accessory that is in range, looking for a device to connect to.


But turning on your Bluetooth accessory isn’t enough to pair it with your iPhone or iPad. You should put it in what’s called “match mode”. This will allow it to connect to devices. Every Bluetooth product is different, but most require you to hold down the power button long enough for the lights to start flashing. This means it is in pairing mode. See the accessory’s manual for specific steps on how to put it into pairing mode.

While in pairing mode, you should see the accessory appear on your iPhone with the text “Not Paired” next to it. Just tap on that item and the two devices will start pairing with each other. Some Bluetooth accessories require a PIN to connect to your iPhone or iPad. You can find it in the Bluetooth accessory’s manual, but it’s usually an easy PIN like 0000 or 1234. Once you enter this, the two devices will pair successfully and you can start using them immediately.

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After that, you can turn Bluetooth on or off when not in use to save battery. Doing so will not delete any registered Bluetooth devices you have paired with your iOS device.