The iPhone can’t find Bluetooth devices. Here’s the solution!

Bluetooth is a special wireless communication system that allows completely different electronic devices to easily communicate with each other. Using a Bluetooth connection, you can listen to the iPhone on third-party wireless headphones, speakers, car kits, and more. Using Bluetooth one can easily connect to different wireless accessories, peripherals, and other wireless devices. And also it is a medium to connect your iPhone to a gaming controller, smartwatch, or listening devices too. But sometimes iPhone Bluetooth gives trouble to many users. As many iPhone users complain about the iPhone, they couldn’t find any Bluetooth devices or their iPhone is unable to find any Bluetooth devices. For example, you’re trying to connect your iPhone to the AirPods or any other Bluetooth device, but you can’t find the Bluetooth device in your phone’s Bluetooth settings menu. If your iPhone can’t find Bluetooth devices here are some Major troubleshooting steps you can try on to solve the issue.

What are the problems you may face?

  • iPhone can’t find Bluetooth devices or unable to find Bluetooth devices
  • iPhone not connecting to any Bluetooth devices or unable to pair.
  • iPhone automatically turnoff its Bluetooth
  • Unable to use Bluetooth features in iPhone

How to fix iPhone can’t find Bluetooth devices nearby?

In this step, simply Turn your Bluetooth off and wait for 10 to 15 seconds and Enable it again. By doing so it will refresh your Bluetooth settings and may help you to solve the issue.

Enable and disable airplane mode

Airplane Mode disables Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and turns off the cell phone’s ability to connect to cellular networks. So, By enabling and disabling Airplane mode on your iPhone, you’re effectively restarting features like cellular connection, Wi-Fi connection, and Bluetooth too. Here’s how you can do that,

  • Open iOS control center
  • You will see an airplane icon just toggle it on, wait for 30 seconds and then disabled it.

Restart your iPhone

Sometimes, all you need to do is simply Restart your device as Restarting your device might be helpful to clear some of the bugs and will definitely help you to deal with the issue. A normal restart is good where you have to switch off your device and again Restart it, but here we will suggest you do a hard restart as it is more effective!

Here’s how to do that,

For home button iPhone

  • Press and hold the side button or the Sleep/Wake button on the top of your phone (depending on your model).
  • Drag the slider.
  • And your iPhone will restart itself.

For iPhone without home button or Touch ID

  • Press and hold both the side button and either volume button until the slider appears on the screen.
  • Drag the slider.
  • And your iPhone will restart itself.

Restart your iPhone

Restart your Bluetooth device

In some cases, the problem is meaning might be on your Bluetooth device, rather than on your iPhone. You can turn off your Bluetooth device and then again turn on it. If that Bluetooth device is connected to another phone, tablet, or PC, it might not be visible on your iPhone’s settings menu. So, Restarting it is the best option available. Restart the Bluetooth device and immediately pair it with your iPhone when it comes back on.

Forget other Bluetooth Devices

If you are not using any other Bluetooth device currently and that other device is saved in your Bluetooth connection history then forgetting those other Bluetooth Devices might solve your issue. It’s just like forgetting your Ex to focus on current options. In this case, you can do that by Going to the iPhone Bluetooth settings menu. Here’s how,

  • Open your settings
  • Click on the Bluetooth
  • In the My Devices section, tap the info (i) icon next to a Bluetooth device which is not useful.
  • Select ‘Forget This Device’ and hit Forget Device on the prompt as a confirmation.

Forget Bluetooth device

Reset Network settings

If you reset your network settings it will erase your Bluetooth settings and make it default. It will Reset Wi-Fi settings too, so you’ll have to re-enter your passwords after the reset is complete. Keep in mind that this will also reset the Cellular, VPN, and APN settings on your iPhone.  So that all networks will start as new and this will definitely help you to solve the issue.

How to reset your network settings? Follow the steps,

  • Open your settings app
  • Tap on general settings
  • Tap on reset
  • Enter your iPhone’s passcode(if asked) Now tap on Reset Network Settings.

reset Network Settings iPhone

Update your iOS

Each iOS version has its individual problems that affect certain device functionalities. So your Bluetooth is not working on iPhone is also because you have an older version of iOS withs lots of bugs. Having up-to-date devices is one of the major prerequisites of every iPhone to work its features normally and properly.  Updating your iPhone iOS software is a major solution to all the minor and big bugs you have faced. As an update comes with loads of bug fixes. If you disabled automatic system software updates on your iPhone you can download it manually (if the update is available). Updating your iPhone iOS to the latest iOS 14 would be a great thing. Or else Update it whichever new software available. Here’s how,

  • Open your settings app on your iPhone.
  • Tap on general settings
  • Then click on Software Update
  • If you see an update listed, tap Download and Install to apply it.

Here a video explains what to do when iPhone can not find Bluetooth devices.

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