Is Bluetooth stuck in the off setting and are you not able to turn it on? When you try to turn Bluetooth on, do you see a spinning gear? Will your Bluetooth device not connect with your iPhone or iPad? Sometimes you may see a spinning wheel/gear instead of the on/off buttons. This article explains how to fix an iOS device (iPhone or iPad) when it’s Bluetooth feature won’t turn on. There can be a few things that can cause this. Follow these troubleshooting steps:
It is important that you fix this problem. You will not be able to pair or connect your Bluetooth device to your iPhone or iPad until it is fixed.
Please see this article if you are having Bluetooth problems on your Mac.
Unable To Turn Bluetooth On
Before you do anything, make sure that your iPad or iPhone is running the latest version of the iOS or iPadOS software. You can go to Settings > General and Software Update to check for updates. And if there is an update available, update your device.
Please try the tips below. And after each tip, try to turn on Bluetooth.
1-Restart Your Device
The simple solution to this problem may be to turn off and on your device. Different iOS devices require different steps. Here is how:
iPhone X, 11 or later and iPad with Face ID models:
- Press and hold the side and volume up (or down) buttons together until you see the red slider.
- Drag the slider. And wait about a minute.
- Then press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.
Other iPhone models e.g., iPhone 5, 6, 7 or 8 and iPad with a Home button models:
- Press and hold the on/off (sleep/wake – top or side) button until you see the slider saying “slide to power off”
- Slide the slider
- Wait a few seconds
- Then press and hold the on/off button (side or top) until you see the Apple logo.
This is very simple but may fix this issue. Turn on Airplane mode for a few seconds and then turn back off. To do that, go to Settings > Airplane Mode on your iPhone or iPad.
When you try to pair your iPhone or iPad with your Bluetooth device, you may see the loading spinning gear because your Bluetooth device and iOS device are not close enough to each other as this may impact signal strength if they are not in close proximity to each other. So make sure that they are close to each other. Further, make sure that your Bluetooth accessory is compatible with your iOS device. Also, try restarting your Bluetooth accessory. Also, ensure your Bluetooth accessory is “discoverable”. Simply put the accessory into discovery mode. The last thing you should check is to make sure that your Bluetooth accessory is charged. Fully charge your Bluetooth accessory.
Make sure you’re running the latest iOS software available. You may need to update your device. But this is a very simple process. Tap Settings > General > Software Update. If there is an update, simply tap “Download and Install”.
5-Force restart your device (aka Hard Reset)
You may want to force restart your device. Again different iOS devices require different steps. To do this:
iPad with Face ID models and iPhone 8 or later:
- Press and release the volume up and then volume down button.
- And then press and hold the power (os side) button until the Apple logo appears.
iPhone 7 models:
- Press and hold the volume down and top buttons together until you see the Apple logo.
iPhone 6s or earlier models and iPad with a Home button models:
- Press and hold the on/off and the home buttons together at the same time until you see the Apple logo
- When you see the Apple logo, let go
- Your device will restart
6-Reset Network Settings
Resetting network settings may fix this issue. Here is how:
- Tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings
- Enter your passcode.
- Tap Reset Network Settings.
NOTE: This will reset your network settings, like your Wi-Fi settings, and passwords, etc. This means that your Wi-Fi passwords etc will be deleted.
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