Bluetooth stopped working on iPhone after the iOS 13 update

The iOS 13 that has recently been rolled out for Apple devices have brought some really cool features and improved the functionality of the previous features and services. However, some users reported that the Bluetooth on their devices stopped working shortly after the update was installed. Some said that their iPhone can no longer pair with their car while others reported that their music started to stutter if channeled through Bluetooth. 

While this problem may seem very annoying, it’s actually not that serious. In fact, you may be able to fix it just by doing a few troubleshooting procedures. That’s what we’re going to do in this post. I will walk you through in troubleshooting your iPhone to fix the issue you might have with its Bluetooth service. We will try to look into all possibilities and rule them out one after another until we can figure out what the problem is and hopefully be able to fix it. So, continue reading this post as you may find helpful. 

Before we move on to our troubleshooting, if you happen to find this post while looking for a solution to a different problem, then visit our iPhone Help Guides page for we have already addressed some of the most common issues with this device. We may have already published articles that could help you fix your problem. Find issues that are similar to yours and feel free to use our solutions.

Troubleshooting an iPhone with Bluetooth that stopped working 

When troubleshooting an iPhone with a Bluetooth-related issue, you have to be thorough to know what the issue is all about and to accurately fix it. Don’t worry, you may only need a few procedures to get this problem sorted out. That said, here’s what you should do: 

First solution: Force restart your iPhone

If this issue occurred shortly after the iOS 13 was installed, then it’s probably just a glitch in the system. The forced restart is a simulated battery removal that refreshes your device’s memory as well as reloads its services. It’s very effective against minor firmware issue and if that’s the case here, then you should be able to use Bluetooth without any problems after this procedure: 

  1. Quickly press and release the Volume Up button, and then quickly press and release the Volume Down button. 
  2. The moment you release the volume down button, press and hold the Side or Power key until the Apple logo shows on the screen. 

Your iPhone will continue the usual boot process and once it has finished rebooting, try to see if the Bluetooth service is now working. If it’s not, then move on to the next solution. 

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Second solution: Disable Bluetooth and enable it back

Aside from system glitches, there are also other minor issues that affect your iPhone’s network services and more often than not, they can be fixed by simply disabling the service and re-enabling it. That’s what we’re going to do next. Here’s how: 

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Toggle the switch next to Bluetooth to turn the feature Off.
  4. After a few seconds, toggle the switch again to turn it On. 

After doing this, try to see if you can now play music through your Bluetooth device without stuttering. If the problem remains, then move on to the next solution. 

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Third solution: Reset the Network Settings of your iPhone

Resetting the network settings of your device will address any network-related issues, may it be WiFi, cellular data or Bluetooth. Actually, this procedure has already been proven to be effective against issues like this, and you don’t have to worry about your files and data because none of them will be deleted. To rule this possibility out, follow these steps: 

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and then touch Reset
  4. Touch Reset Network Settings. 
  5. If prompted, enter your security lock. 
  6. Tap Reset Network Settings at the bottom of the screen. 

Once the phone has finished the reboot, try to pair your iPhone with your Bluetooth device or accessory or your car and see if the problem still occurs. If it still does, then move on to the next solution. 

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Fourth solution: Factory reset your iPhone

Since the problem started after an update, it’s safe to assume that it’s a firmware-related problem. Needless to say, you should be able to fix the problem by simply doing the factory reset. However, make sure to backup all your important files and data prior to the reset because they will all be deleted. Once the backup is finished, follow these steps to reset your iPhone: 

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings
  2. Find and tap General
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and then touch Reset
  4. Tap Erase All Contents and Settings. 
  5. Tap Erase Now. 
  6. If prompted, enter your security lock. 
  7. Tap Erase iPhone at the bottom of the screen.  
  8. Tap Erase iPhone again to proceed with the reset.  

After the reset, set up your iPhone as a new device. I hope that we’ve been able to help you fix your iPhone with Bluetooth that stopped working after the iOS 13 update. We would appreciate it if you helped us spread the word so please share this post if you found it helpful. Thank you so much for reading!

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