From an actual blue-lighted tooth-shaped device to an invisible part of our phones, over the years Bluetooth proved itself to be tricky at times. Being dependent on two or more devices, their connectivity levels and location proximity - often times intimidate the less tech savvy of us. But even those with lots of experience using Bluetooth can encounter issues.
Is your iPhone having Bluetooth problems? It's not just you. The iPhone 12 series has been experiencing some Bluetooth issues among its owners. There are a number of issues, such as difficulty connecting to Bluetooth devices, stuttering audio, and connection drops intermittently.
Here are some tips you can try if you're having Bluetooth problems on your phone (with specifications for iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, or 12 Pro Max)
A minor software glitch can sometimes be easily fixed by turning off and then turning back on Bluetooth. If the issue remains, turn the Bluetooth back on again.
For iPhone 12 Bluetooth issues that aren't resolved by the previous tips, you can try forgetting the device from the Settings app, then reconnect:
Aside from Bluetooth, airplane mode also solves many network-related problems. Sometimes switching from airplane mode to normal mode can help fix slow cellular connections. Similarly, Bluetooth glitches can be resolved by switching to airplane mode. When the phone is switched to airplane mode, it resets all its active network services, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular data.
Are you sure your phone or tablet is really the cause of this issue? Try pairing your iPhone with another Bluetooth accessory, and see if it works. You can also try connecting the problematic Bluetooth device to another phone, tablet or computer. If it fails, maybe the problem is not with your phone.
Alternatively, if the problem still persists even with another Bluetooth device, your iPhone may be the culprit and you will need to continue troubleshooting it.
If you are facing iPhone 12 Bluetooth issues, the initial step you have to do is rebooting your device. Follow the following steps to reboot your iPhone 12:
Test the Bluetooth connection again after the device has been rebooted.
The last but not the least option when all the other solutions fail is to reset your network. You will not only affect Bluetooth connectivity, but also Wi-Fi and cellular data if you reset the network to default. This action automatically deletes all the iPhone Bluetooth links, along with any other services such as Wi-Fi networks, eliminating any potential conflict or glitch on the network that may have led to the malfunction.
Follow these steps to reset your network settings to resolve iPhone 12 Bluetooth issues:
You should update your device every time you have a chance because every update includes a number of fixes. Follow these steps to update your device to the latest iOS:
Check if the Bluetooth works after the device restarts.
When none of the above solutions work, you can perform a factory reset, but be sure to make a backup of all your data and contacts before doing so since the factory restoration will erase everything. Follow these steps to perform a factory reset:
If you've reached this point, your Bluetooth device has failed all the suggested fixes, and the only solution is to have it checked by a technician at your Apple store. You can then determine whether the Bluetooth problems are related to the hardware or the software. As long as you're covered by warranty, you won't have to pay for a simple diagnostic because there's no physical damage.
If you're out of warranty you might want to look into other solutions as well and make your decision, since Apple's repair get pricey when out of warranty with no AppleCare.