A working Bluetooth connection is one of the most essential parts of your iPhone these days. All the major accessories – from AirPods to Apple Watch – rely on a stable Bluetooth connection for their intended use. Any minor problem with your iPhone’s Bluetooth can render those accessories useless. In this article, we bring you the top 9 ways to fix Bluetooth issues on iPhone 13 and iPhone 14.
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If the Bluetooth on your iPhone 13 or iPhone 14 crashed all of a sudden or unexpectedly started malfunctioning, try restarting it first before jumping into major fixes. You can toggle the Bluetooth on and off from the Control Centre or restart it from Settings. Here’s how.
Step 1: Go to Settings and select Bluetooth.
Step 2: Turn the toggle bar next to ‘Bluetooth’ off and then on.
Unpair the device and pair it again
If you’re experiencing any functional issues with the Bluetooth accessory, simply unpair it with your iPhone and then re-pair it. Go to Settings>Bluetooth, choose the device, and hit disconnect. Now, scan for nearby devices and connect to the Bluetooth accessory again.
Restart your iPhone
A quick restart takes care of all the background issues and software glitches that may be keeping your iPhone from functioning properly. If restarting your phone’s Bluetooth doesn’t work, try restarting your phone instead. This should be the first step in resolving any functional issue on your phone. To restart your iPhone, simply press one of the volume buttons along with the side key until the power slider appears on the screen. Drag the power slider to the right to turn off your iPhone. Power the phone back on by pressing and holding the side key.
Reset the Bluetooth accessory
If the issue still persists after restarting your iPhone, try resetting the Bluetooth accessory. Most TWS products have a pairing button that can also be used to reset the device. On AirPods, this button lies right below the hinge. Press and hold this button for around 15 seconds or until the notification light blinks multiple times. Once the device has been reset, you will need to pair it with your iPhone again.
Forget the Device
If you’re having trouble with a previously connected device, forget the device and pair it again. In order to do this, go to the Bluetooth menu in Settings and select the device that’s giving you issues. Tap on ‘Forget this device’ and try pairing it again with your iPhone. You will be asked to match the pin like the first time you paired the device.
Reset Network Settings
Resetting the network settings on your iPhone restores all connections to their default settings. Any devices paired to your Bluetooth and WiFi will be deleted and you will need to pair them again. Any customised settings will also be set to default. Here’s how you can reset network settings on your iPhone.
Step 1: Go to Settings and select General.
Step 2: Scroll down and select ‘Transfer or reset iPhone’.
Step 3: Select ‘Reset’ followed by ‘Reset Network Settings’.
Update your Bluetooth device’s firmware
Like your smartphone’s OS, the firmware of your Bluetooth headphones also receives periodic updates from the manufacturer. Apple AirPods automatically install any pending firmware updates as soon as they connect to your iPhone. This is not the case with other TWS products. To update the firmware of your TWS go to its support app (the one you use to customise the controls) and look for the update in the settings.
Update iOS Version
If the Bluetooth on your iPhone isn’t working due to a software bug, it will quickly be fixed in the next software update. It is highly likely that the update has already been published and is waiting to be downloaded to your phone. To update iOS to its latest version, go to Settings>General>Software Update and download the update.
Reset your iPhone to Factory Settings
You can try performing a factory settings reset on your iPhone to fix the Bluetooth issue. Before you proceed, make sure you back up all your personal data on the device as you will lose it in the process. Here’s how you can restore your iPhone 13 or 14 to its factory settings.
Step 1: Go to Settings and select General.
Step 2: Scroll down and select ‘Transfer or Reset iPhone’.
Step 3: Tap on ‘Reset’.
Step 4: In the following window, select ‘Reset All Settings’.
Step 5: Enter the Pin and confirm your selection.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I fix the functional issues with my AirPods?
If you’re facing functional issues like lags, stuttering, and inconsistent volume levels, simply disconnect your AirPods and pair them with your iPhone again.
Why won’t my iPhone scan my Bluetooth accessory?
If your iPhone does not recognise your TWS, simply reset the device by pressing and holding the pairing button.
How do I update my TWS’ firmware?
To perform a firmware update, launch your TWS’ mobile app and check the settings for firmware details.
These are the top 9 ways to fix any Bluetooth issues on your iPhone 13 or iPhone 14. If the problem still persists after trying these methods, it is likely a hardware-related issue. Take your iPhone to an Apple-authorised service centre for further diagnosis.
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