iPhone 7 Plus Not Connecting To Bluetooth? Here's Why & The Fix.

David Lynch

MARCH 9, 2017

Your iPhone 7 Plus won't connect to Bluetooth and you don't know what to do. Your iPhone 7 Plus is designed to easily connect to Bluetooth devices such as keyboards, headphones, or speakers. In this article, I'll explain what to do when your iPhone 7 Plus is not connecting to Bluetooth and show you how to fix the problem for good.

What's Causing My iPhone 7 Plus Bluetooth Problem?

To connect your iPhone 7 Plus to Bluetooth devices, we need to make sure you have a few things in place. First, make sure that you have your iPhone 7 Plus and Bluetooth device in range of each other. Most Bluetooth devices have a range of about 30 feet, but as you go through this article, keep your iPhone 7 Plus and Bluetooth device right next to each other.

Secondly, make sure that you've turned on Bluetooth on your iPhone. You can turn on Bluetooth in Control Center by swiping up from below the bottom of your iPhone 7 Plus screen and tapping the Bluetooth icon, which looks like a "B." You'll know Bluetooth is turned on when the icon is white inside of a blue circle. bluetooth on control center If you enjoy using Siri, you can also turn on Bluetooth by activating Siri and saying, "Turn on Bluetooth."

 

What's Really Causing My iPhone 7 Plus Bluetooth Problem?

At this point, we can't be sure. The Bluetooth functionality of your iPhone 7 Plus is controlled by the same antenna that helps your iPhone connect to Wi-Fi networks. So if you noticed that both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi stopped working around the same time, you may have a hardware issue. But, we can't be sure of this yet, so follow our step-by-step guide to diagnose what's causing your problem so you can fix it for good!

 

Fix An iPhone 7 Plus That Is Not Connecting To Bluetooth?

9 Steps Total
1.

Turn Your iPhone Off And Back On

When you turn off your iPhone, the operating system shuts down all the little background programs that keep your iPhone running. When you turn your iPhone back on, all those little background programs start fresh, and sometimes that’s enough to fix a simple software glitch.

How Do I Turn My iPhone Off And Back On?

  1. Press and hold the power button until "slide to power off" appears on the screen.
  2. Use your finger to swipe the red power button across the screen from left to right.
  3. Wait for your iPhone to turn all the way off. This may take up to 30 seconds.
  4. To turn your iPhone back on, press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
  5. Let go of the power button and wait for your iPhone to turn on.
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2.

Turn Bluetooth Off And Back On Again

Turning Bluetooth off and back on again is sometimes enough to fix simple connectivity issues between your iPhone and Bluetooth devices.

How Do I Turn Bluetooth Off And Back On Again?

There are three ways to turn Bluetooth off and back on:

With The Settings App

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Bluetooth.
  4. Use your finger to tap the green switch next to Bluetooth to turn it off. You'll know Bluetooth is off when the switch is gray.
  5. Tap the switch again to turn Bluetooth back on. You'll the Bluetooth is on when the switch turns green.

With Control Center

  1. Use your finger to swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center.
  2. Use your finger to tap the Bluetooth icon Bluetooth Icon, which looks like a "B" made of triangles. You'll know Bluetooth is off when the icon is black with a gray background.
  3. To turn Bluetooth back on, tap the Bluetooth icon once again. You'll know Bluetooth is on when the icon is white with a blue background.

Using Siri

  1. Open Siri by pressing and holding the Home button until Siri appears, or by saying, "Hey Siri."
  2. To turn off Bluetooth, say, "Turn off Bluetooth."
  3. To turn Bluetooth back on, say, "Turn on Bluetooth."
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3.

Turn Bluetooth Pairing Mode Off And Back On Again On Your Bluetooth Device

Turn pairing mode off and back on again on your Bluetooth device can sometimes fix minor software glitches and connectivity issues between your Bluetooth device and iPhone.

  1. Press and hold the Bluetooth pairing button or switch on your Bluetooth device until the device comes out of pairing mode.
  2. To put the device back in pairing mode, press and hold the Bluetooth pairing mode button.
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Try Pairing Your iPhone To A Different Bluetooth Device

When you have trouble connecting your iPhone to a Bluetooth device, you can diagnose whether the problem is coming from your iPhone or the Bluetooth device by attempting to pair your iPhone with a different Bluetooth device. If your iPhone connects to one device but not the other, then you've identified that the connectivity issue is being caused by the particular Bluetooth device, not your iPhone.

How Do I Try Pairing My iPhone To A Different Bluetooth Device?

  1. To pair your iPhone to a different Bluetooth device, make sure your iPhone has Bluetooth turned on and your Bluetooth device is in pairing mode.
  2. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  3. Tap Bluetooth.
  4. Under My Devices, tap the Bluetooth device you want to connect to.
  5. If the Bluetooth device and your iPhone paired properly, your original connectivity issue was being caused by the other Bluetooth device.
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5.

Forget The Bluetooth Device

When your iPhone forgets a Bluetooth device, it will be as if the two devices were never connected. Next time you pair the Bluetooth with your iPhone, it will be like pairing the devices for the first time, giving the connection a fresh start.

How Do I Forget The Bluetooth Device?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Tap on the blue "i" information iconnext to the Bluetooth device you want to forget.
  4. Tap Forget This Device.
  5. Tap Forget Device.
  6. You'll know the device has been forgotten when it doesn't appear under Devices in Bluetooth.
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6.

Reset Network Settings

Resetting the network settings can give your iPhone a “fresh start” and allow it to connect to Bluetooth devices or WiFi networks that may have been problematic.

How Do I Reset Network Settings?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to Reset. Reset is the final option in Settings -> General.
  4. Tap Reset Network Settings.
  5. Enter your passcode.
  6. When your iPhone restarts, the reset is complete.
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7.

DFU Restore Your iPhone

A DFU restore has the potential to fix software problems by completely erasing the code which may be causing your problem. The code is rewritten as if  your iPhone is brand new, so the software problem may get solved.

Think of it like a house that has cracks in the foundation. Rather than try and fix the cracks, we are building an entirely new foundation.

If you can, back up your iPhone before completing a DFU restore. Any time you do a restore, it erases everything from your iPhone. However, after the restore is completed, you restore all your backed up data back onto your iPhone.

How Do I DFU Restore My iPhone?

Watch our DFU restore video walkthrough on YouTube, or follow the steps below:

  1. Using a Lightning cable, plug your iPhone into a USB port on your computer.
  2. Open iTunes. It doesn’t matter if your iPhone is on or off.
  3. On an iPhone 6s or older, press and hold the Home button and the power button. On an iPhone 7, press and hold the power and volume down button.  
  4. After 8 seconds, release the Power Button, but continue to hold the power button (iPhone 6s or older) the volume down button (iPhone 7).
  5. Let go of the power button or volume down button when iTunes says “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.”
  6. Your iPhone’s display will be completely black if you’ve successfully entered DFU mode. If it’s not, try again from the beginning.
  7. Restore your iPhone using iTunes.
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8.

Repair Your iPhone With Apple

Apple repairs iPhones at the Genius Bar in Apple Stores and through their online mail-in repair service. Apple repairs are high-quality, but out-of-warranty repairs can be much more expensive than third-party solutions. If you're looking to save some money you're not covered by Apple's warranty, you may want to check out our other recommendations.

How Do I Repair My iPhone With Apple?

How To Repair Your iPhone With Apple's Mail-In Service

  1. Visit Apple's support website to begin the online mail-in repair process.
  2. Alternatively, call 1-800-MY-APPLE (1-800-692-7753) to set up a repair.

How To Repair Your iPhone At The Genius Bar Inside Your Local Apple Store

  1. Visit Apple's website to make a Genius Bar appointment before you go into the store. Apple Stores are extremely busy, and if you don't have an appointment, you may have to wait for hours or end up being turned away. (Editor's note: I'm a former Apple tech and we're not exaggerating — please, do yourself a favor and make an appointment first!)
  2. When you arrive, go to the Genius Bar to check in for your appointment.
  3. Genius Bar appointments always include free diagnosis. If you're under warranty, many repairs can be done on the spot, but it all depends upon which parts are in stock. If you're not under warranty, the Genius will give you a quote for the cost of a repair.
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Repair Your iPhone With Puls

Puls is a "we come to you" iPhone repair service that will meet you at your home, office, or Starbucks to repair your iPhone in as little as 30 minutes. Every Puls repair is backed by a lifetime warranty and their prices tend to be a lot less than Apple's.

Puls repairs broken iPhone screens, batteries, speakers, cameras, charging ports, and more. The only drawback at this point is that Puls isn't available everywhere (they're mostly in major US cities).

How Do I Repair My iPhone With Puls?

  1. Visit Puls.com.
  2. Select iPhone.
  3. Select the model of your iPhone.
  4. Enter your ZIP Code.
  5. Select the color of your iPhone.
  6. Select the repair you need completed and fill out any additional information you want the technician to know.
  7. Schedule a repair time and date.
  8. Enter your address and personal information.
  9. Click the button that says "Submit Repair Request".
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iPhone 7 Plus Bluetooth Problem: Fixed!

Your iPhone 7 Plus is connecting to Bluetooth and you can now pair it with your Bluetooth device. Now you'll know exactly what to do if your iPhone 7 Plus is not connecting to Bluetooth in the future. Thanks for taking the time to read our article and we hope you'll share it on social media, or leave us a comment down below if you want to ask us anything else!

AUTHOR

David Lynch

Hi, I'm David! I'm here to help you fix problems with your iPhone and help you find a better cell phone plan.

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