A beginner’s guide to using Bluetooth on your iPhone

Bluetooth has been around for decades, and the tool has become an important part of modern gadgets. You might benefit from learning how Bluetooth works on your iPhone, especially as the iPhone’s interface makes performing essential Bluetooth functions fairly easy.

In this guide, we’ll take a look at what Bluetooth is, what it can be used for, where to find it, and the basic operations that can be performed on an iPhone, including pairing, turning on, and renaming Bluetooth devices.


What can you use Bluetooth for?

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to communicate or connect to various devices using radio waves. When your iPhone is within 33 feet of a connected Bluetooth device, you can use Bluetooth on your iPhone to transfer tons of files, pictures, and more between the two devices.

You can also use Bluetooth to connect to third-party devices like speakers, AirPods, keyboards, gaming controllers, and headsets.

How to enable or disable Bluetooth on an iPhone

You can access Bluetooth from Control Center or from your iPhone’s Settings. You can turn Bluetooth on and off in the iPhone’s settings, while Control Center only allows you to turn it on.

Tapping the Bluetooth button in Control Center to turn it off will disconnect your iPhone from paired devices and stop new Bluetooth connections. This happens even though Bluetooth is still enabled in the settings. Below we describe both methods of enabling and disabling Bluetooth.

To turn Bluetooth on or off in Settings:

  1. Open settings and go to Bluetooth.
  2. Tap the switch next to Bluetooth to turn it on or off.

To disconnect Bluetooth from Control Center:

  1. If you have an iPhone with Face ID, swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen to access Control Center. For devices with a home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the Bluetooth icon to turn it on or disconnect devices.
  3. If the icon in Control Center is blue, it means Bluetooth is on. If the icon is grey, it means Bluetooth is disconnected from all devices. If it has a diagonal line across it, that means Bluetooth is disabled.

How to pair or unpair a Bluetooth device on an iPhone

Pairing a device is a quick and easy process. Follow these steps to pair or unpair a device with your iPhone’s Bluetooth:

  1. Open settings and go to Bluetooth.
  2. Assure yourself Bluetooth activated.
  3. If you’re pairing a new device, scroll down to other devices and tap the new device to pair it. Make sure the device is within range and in Bluetooth pairing mode.
  4. If you connect a previously paired device, you will find the device underneath my devices. Tap on it to connect. Depending on your device, you may be asked to enter a code that will appear on your screen.

To unpair a Bluetooth device from your iPhone, you should:

  1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth.
  2. Tap the the information next to the device and select Forget this device.
  3. To quickly unpair a paired device, disconnect Bluetooth devices from Control Center.

If a Bluetooth device moves out of range or if its Bluetooth is turned off, your iPhone will automatically disconnect. However, the device is not forgotten. If Bluetooth stays on, it will automatically reconnect to previously paired devices when they come within range again.

How to change the name of a Bluetooth device on an iPhone

To change the name of a Bluetooth device, you must first ensure that your iPhone is connected to the device. You cannot rename a device if it is not connected. To rename a Bluetooth device on your iPhone, you need to do the following:

  1. Open settings and go to Bluetooth.
  2. Tap the the information Icon for the connected device that you want to rename.
  3. Choose Surname.
  4. Enter your desired name and go back to the previous page to complete the process.

Changing the name of a Bluetooth device makes identification easier, creates an organized and accessible list, preserves individuality and increases efficiency.

What to do if Bluetooth is not working on your iPhone?

Bluetooth usually works smoothly and is easy to use. However, like all other technologies, it is not perfect and can become difficult to manage at some point. There are several obvious troubleshooting tips to help you get your Bluetooth working if you’re having trouble.

Here is a list of possible solutions for Bluetooth problems:

1. Update iOS

This can be done in Settings > General > Software update. If your software is already up to date, continue to the next step.

2. Forget a device and pair it again

This is one of the most popular fixes out there. Choose Forget this device In your Bluetooth settings, disable Bluetooth from devices, enable it again and try pairing as a brand new unrecognized device. Oftentimes, a fresh start is all your iPhone needs to find its way.

3. Pair the Bluetooth device with another iPhone

This will rule out defects in the device you are trying to pair. If the problem persists when connecting to another iPhone, there may be a Bluetooth issue within the device itself. You can also do this by trying to connect your iPhone to another Bluetooth device instead to see if your phone works.

4. Reset network settings

If all else fails or your Bluetooth problems are too frequent, you can reset the network settings by going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset network settings. This will erase all saved Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and VPN configurations on your iPhone. Just reestablish all those connections like you did when your phone was new.

Bluetooth can be found in your iPhone’s settings and there are a number of things you can do with it. On your iPhone, you can pair, unpair, rename devices, and turn Bluetooth on or off. You can also find Bluetooth in Control Center, which offers quick and easy access to connect or disconnect paired devices.

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