A Beginner’s Guide to Using Bluetooth on Your iPhone

Bluetooth has been around for decades now, and the tool has become a vital part of modern gadgets. It might do you good to learn the workings of Bluetooth on your iPhone, especially since the iPhone’s user interface makes essential Bluetooth functions pretty easy to perform.

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


What Can You Use Bluetooth For?

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to communicate or connect with various devices through 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, images, and more between the two devices.

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

How to Enable or Disable Bluetooth on an iPhone

You can access the Bluetooth through the Control Center or through your iPhone’s settings. You can enable and disable Bluetooth in the iPhone’s Settings, while the Control Center will only allow you to enable it.

If you do tap on the Bluetooth button in the Control Center to turn it off, it will disconnect your iPhone from paired devices and stop new Bluetooth connections. This happens even though Bluetooth is still enabled in Settings. We’ll describe both methods of enabling and disabling Bluetooth below.

Here’s how you can enable or disable Bluetooth from Settings:

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

Here’s how you can 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 on the Bluetooth icon to enable it or disconnect devices.
  3. If the icon in the Control Center is blue, it indicates that Bluetooth is on. If the icon is gray, it indicates that Bluetooth is disconnected from all devices. If it has a diagonal line across it, it means that 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. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled.
  3. If you are pairing a new device, scroll down to Other Devices and tap on the new device to pair. Ensure the device is in range and in Bluetooth pairing mode.
  4. If you are connecting a device you have paired with before, you will find the device under My Devices. Tap on it to connect. Depending on your device, you may be prompted to enter a code that appears on your screen.

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

  1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth.
  2. Tap on the info button next to the device and select Forget this Device.
  3. For a quick way to unpair any paired device, disconnect Bluetooth devices from the Control Center.

If a Bluetooth device moves out of range, or if its Bluetooth is turned off, your iPhone will automatically disconnect from it. However, the device will not be forgotten. If Bluetooth remains enabled, it will automatically connect with previously paired devices when they come back into range.

How to Change the Name of a Bluetooth Device on an iPhone

To change the name of a Bluetooth device, you first need to ensure that your iPhone is connected to the device. You cannot rename a device if it isn’t connected. To rename a Bluetooth device on your iPhone, here’s what you’ll have to do:

  1. Open Settings and go to Bluetooth.
  2. Tap on the info icon for the connected device you want to rename.
  3. Select Name.
  4. Type in your desired name and go back to the previous page to finish the process.

Changing the name of a Bluetooth device will help make identification easier, create an organized and accessible list, maintain individuality, and increase efficiency.

What to Do if Bluetooth Isn’t Working on Your iPhone

Bluetooth tends to work seamlessly and is easy to operate. However, like all other technology, it isn’t perfect and might be difficult to work with at some point. There are several obvious troubleshooting tips that will help to get your Bluetooth up and running if you have any issues.

Here is a list of potential solutions to Bluetooth problems:

1. Update iOS

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

2. Forget a Device and Pair It Again

This is one of the most popular fixes out there. Select Forget this Device from your Bluetooth Settings, disable Bluetooth from devices, enable it again, and try pairing it as a completely new, unrecognized device. Oftentimes, a fresh start is all your iPhone needs to get its bearings.

3. Pair the Bluetooth Device to Another iPhone

This will rule out any defects in the device you’re trying to pair. If the problem persists while connecting with another iPhone, then there might be a Bluetooth issue in the device itself. You can also do this by attempting to connect your iPhone with another Bluetooth device instead to see if your phone is working.

4. Reset the Network Settings

When all else fails, or your Bluetooth problems get too frequent, you can reset the network settings by going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will wipe out all saved Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and VPN configurations on your iPhone. Just make all those connections again 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 enable or disable Bluetooth. You can also find Bluetooth in the Control Center, which provides quick and easy access to connect or disconnect from paired devices.

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