How to Fix Bluetooth Issues in iOS 13 on iPhone and iPad

When the “WiFi disconnects when iPhone crashes” issue popped up in iOS 13 recently, we didn’t find the issue surprising as Wi-Fi issues have been chronic (sort of) on iPhones and iPads for several years. And guess what, days after dealing with a long-standing problem, another one popped up. As you can imagine, many users encountered Bluetooth issues in iOS 13, which, despite its rapid adoption, has been tagged as one of the most unstable iOS updates ever. So, we have noted down some reliable solutions to fix Bluetooth issues in iOS 13 on iPhone and iPad. So, even if you are unable to connect your iPhone to a Bluetooth accessory or see the Bluetooth device, these tricks can help you fix the issues.

Tips to Fix Bluetooth Not Working Issues on iPhone and iPad

When I updated my iPhone to iOS 13.2, I couldn’t connect to Bluetooth devices. The smartphone would sometimes fail to discover out-of-the-box Bluetooth accessories. Other times, he couldn’t connect with them even after he discovered them. Luckily, one of the trusted hackers came to my rescue (more on that later). That said, let’s move on to the troubleshooting guide!

Give Bluetooth a Fresh Reboot

The first thing you should do is give Bluetooth a fresh reboot. It’s always been my number one when I run into Bluetooth issues with my iOS devices. Most of the time, it gets the job done. That’s why I put it at the top. To do this, open Settings app > Bluetooth and then turn off the switch. After that, force restart your iPhone. Note that turning off Bluetooth from Control Panel does not work, so you have to go to Settings to do this.

  • To force restart your iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus: Press and hold the home button and the sleep/wake button at the same time.
  • To hard reset iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the sleep/wake button and the volume down button at the same time.
  • To hard reset iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X, Xs or Xs Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max: Press and release the volume up button, press and release the volume down button. Then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

After your device restarts go back to Settings > Bluetooth and then turn on the switch. Now, try using Bluetooth as usual. If you can overcome the problem, rejoice. But if success has not yet smiled, then move on to the next trick.

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Forget Device and Reconnect

Another trick that has always worked for me to fix Bluetooth not working issue on iPhone or iPad is to forget the device and then reconnect the iOS device to Bluetooth accessories. So, I will also try this reliable troubleshooter. Simply open Settings app > Bluetooth > tap the “i” button Next to the Bluetooth accessory, tap on Now Forget This Device and confirm.

Forget This Device on iPhone and iPad in iOS 13

Reset Radios (All Network Settings)

Whenever I find my iPhone or iPad infected with network problems, the only trick I haven’t tried is resetting the network settings. And as you can imagine, considering it has a pretty good track record of fixing Bluetooth issues on iOS, I won’t miss it in this post either. But before doing so, be aware that it will delete all current network settings and return them to their factory defaults. get over your head Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Network Settings > Enter and confirm your device password.

Reset All Network Settings in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

Note: Fortunately, this trick worked for me to fix the problem on my device. Therefore, I expect you to be lucky too.

Reset Bluetooth Accessory

Still can’t fix Bluetooth problems on your iOS 13 device? Don’t worry, the problem may be with your Bluetooth accessory. So, try to reset the Bluetooth device. Note that the process varies from one device to another. So, if you don’t know how to reset the device, seek help from the user manual or contact the manufacturer for assistance.

Update the Software on Your iPhone or iPad

Today, the software update seems to be the ultimate savior for serious problems that not only occur on iOS devices, but also macOS and watchOS. While it sounds good in some ways, I don’t think it sets the right benchmark. As users have to wait for the next major iOS updates, which could be weeks away. Now, that’s not a good thing, is it?

Software Update on iPhone and iPad - Fix Bluetooth Issue

What if you suddenly run into a problem with your device while on the go, wouldn’t you have to live with it until your device meets all the basic software update requirements? Yep, you would have no choice but to either curse your device or despise bad times. I don’t know if it’s a smart move for Apple to force iPhone and iPad users to update their devices as soon as possible, or if we are entering a difficult stage in the Apple ecosystem. Anyway, let’s try updating the software. By doing so, Open the Settings app > General > Software Update.

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Restore Your iPhone or iPad As New

As someone who has encountered quite a few Bluetooth problems with my iPhone, I can say that you may rarely need to restore your device to fix such problems. But hey, weird things happen with software when you least expect it. And iOS or iPadOS is no exception for this kind of thing. So, if luck still isn’t on your face, why not try it, it’s often considered a last resort. Note that if your Mac is running macOS Catalina, you will need to use the Finder to perform all tasks, such as restoring or syncing your iPhone or iPad. But before you take that radical step, make sure you back up your device beforehand so your personal data stays on the safer side of streaming.

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Fix Bluetooth Issue on iPhone and iPad

Hopefully, the Bluetooth problems are now behind you. Although I can’t tell for how long it’s a common problem that keeps coming to everyone once in a while. But when you encounter them, come back to this troubleshooting guide to try the solutions mentioned above. In the meantime, share with us your thoughts on iOS 13 and the problems you encountered after migrating to the software.