How To Fix Bluetooth Pairing Problems on iPhone 13 Mini | iOS 15

This post will help you deal with Bluetooth pairing errors when attempting to pair your iPhone 13 mini with a Bluetooth accessory. Read on to learn how to fix Bluetooth pairing problems on iPhone 13 mini.

Pairing unsuccessful, accessory not supported, connection error, pairing failed, and unable to connect iPhone to Bluetooth device are just among the common error messages that denote a Bluetooth pairing problem.

If you’re getting any of the prompts when attempting to pair your iPhone 13 mini with a Bluetooth accessory, then you can refer to this guide and try the given solutions to deal with software-related Bluetooth pairing errors in iOS 15 devices.

Wireless File Sharing with Bluetooth

Wireless file  sharing/transfers are now becoming a trend in the mobile market. In fact, modern smartphones are already made to support different wireless file transfer or file sharing methods including Bluetooth. 

Normally,  your iPhone should be all set to pair with a Bluetooth accessory for as long as the Bluetooth switch is enabled, the Bluetooth device is compatible or supported by your iOS device, within range and turned on.

But unlike Wi-Fi, Bluetooth devices are reliant on proximity. The normal Bluetooth range is usually around 30 feet so make sure your devices are within the required distance.

Aside from proximity, there are also other factors that could hinder the normal Bluetooth pairing process and you’ll be prompted with an error to troubleshoot instead pairing the devices.

To give you some input on how to deal with common Bluetooth pairing errors affecting new iOS devices, particularly the recently released iPhone 13 mini series, I’ve mapped out a few potential solutions for you to try on.

Troubleshooting Bluetooth Pairing Problems on iPhone 13 Mini

The following solutions are also applicable when resolving Bluetooth pairing issues on other iOS devices running on the same software version with the iPhone 13 series. However, there may be some slight differences on the actual user interface as screens and menu items vary between iOS models.

Prerequisites:

Before you begin, verify and ensure that both devices are placed within the specified Bluetooth range. Or, you can just place both your devices next to each other just to be sure that distance isn’t the cause of the problem.

If you see any error prompts or messages when attempting to pair your devices, read and review the message as it usually tells you what went wrong and what must be done in order to correct it.

Also make sure that your Bluetooth device/accessory is sufficiently charged.

Furthermore, ensure that your devices are up-to-date. Outdated software may often result in some software conflicts due to un-optimized Bluetooth systems. As a result, Bluetooth pairing or file sharing would be unsuccessful.

After working on prior instructions, you may proceed and try these subsequent iOS 15 Bluetooth solutions.

First Solution: Reboot your devices.

Various types of software errors can be rectified with a simple system reboot. Thus, if you haven’t already, be sure to restart your iPhone as well as your Bluetooth accessory. Doing so will help rule out random software glitches that might have caused pairing conflicts.

Rebooting doesn’t affect user data so no files will be deleted in the process. Thus, creating backups beforehand won’t be needed.

On your iPhone, follow these steps to carry out a soft reset or safe system reboot:
  • Press and hold the Power/Side button and either Volume buttons for a few seconds and then release when the Power off slider appears.
  • Then, drag the slider to turn your iPhone completely off.
  • After 30 seconds, press and hold the Side button again until the Apple logo appears.

Be sure to check if Bluetooth is actually turned on or enabled on your iPhone. Otherwise, it won’t be able to connect to any Bluetooth-enabled devices within range.

Also reboot your Bluetooth device/accessory. Just like smartphones, Bluetooth accessories may also encounter random firmware glitches that make pairing errors inevitable. Thus, rebooting these devices from time to time is also imperative.

On your Bluetooth device/accessory, restarting is often done by pressing and holding on the power button until the device shuts down and then restarts. Or, you can just turn the device off for a few seconds and then turn it back on again.

When both devices are finished rebooting, put them in discoverable mode and retry pairing to see if it’s already successful this time.

Important Notes:
  • If prompted with the Bluetooth pairing request on your iPhone, be sure to tap Pair to confirm and accept pairing. 
  • Also ensure that the correct pairing code is entered.

Second solution: Refresh/optimize Bluetooth connection on your iPhone.

Just like other iOS features, your iPhone’s Bluetooth system may also experience minor glitches. If your iPhone normally paired with Bluetooth devices until now, then it could be just a random glitch. To correct it, just restart your iPhone’s Bluetooth system by turning Bluetooth off for a few seconds and then turn it back on again.

Here’s how:
  • Go to your Home screen and tap the Settings icon to launch the Settings app.
  • While on the main Settings menu, tap Bluetooth then toggle the switch to turn the feature OFF. 
  • After a few seconds, toggle the switch again to turn Bluetooth back on.

Alternatively, you can toggle the Bluetooth icon from the Control Center on and off.

Try doing the Airplane Mode tweak

Another tweak to refresh and optimize the iOS wireless features including Bluetooth is to perform the so-called airplane mode tweak. Surprisingly, many iPhone users have found wonders from this tweak when dealing with various wireless connectivity issues including Bluetooth pairing problems.

Here’s how it’s done on the iPhone 13 mini:
  • Go to  your Home screen and then tap Settings.
  • From the Settings app main screen, tap Airplane mode and then toggle the switch to turn the feature ON. All wireless features of your iPhone will then be disabled.
  • While Airplane mode is on, reboot/soft reset your iPhone to rectify minor software glitches transpiring on the Bluetooth system.
  • After the phone reboots, go back to the Airplane mode settings menu and then toggle the switch to turn Airplane Mode off again.

Wait for your iPhone to re-establish wireless signals and after that, turn on Bluetooth again and retry pairing your devices.

Third solution: Delete then re-add the Bluetooth device on your iPhone.

Deleting and re-adding the Bluetooth device on your iPhone may also help fix the problem if it’s associated with minor data corruption like when the Bluetooth connection got corrupted. To do this, you will need to use the preloaded iOS command called Forget Bluetooth.

Here’s how it’s done:
  • Go to your Home screen, navigate to Settings-> Bluetooth menu.
  • Make sure that the Bluetooth switch is turned on. Otherwise, toggle to turn it on.
  • Scroll down and select your Bluetooth device.
  • Tap the information (i) icon next to the name of your Bluetooth device.
  • Then select the option to Forget this device.
  • If prompted, enter your passcode to proceed.
  • Finally, tap the option to confirm that you want to forget the selected Bluetooth device. 

If you’re prompted to enter a Bluetooth password, just refer to the message prompt on either device to get all necessary information.

Fourth solution: Reset network settings on your iPhone.

Bluetooth pairing errors on an iPhone can also be due to some network problems from a faulty update, network settings overrides, and other software glitches causing wireless connection conflicts.

To deal with network-related errors like this, performing a network reset on your iPhone is recommended. Doing so will delete all current network changes and restore the default network options and values. It doesn’t affect any saved information so all your critical files are safe.

Just follow these steps if you wish to proceed:
  • Go to your Home screen and then open the Settings app.
  • Scroll to and tap General.
  • Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone to proceed.
  • Then tap on Reset. 
  • On the succeeding menu, tap Reset network settings from the given options.
  • Enter your device passcode if prompted.
  • Tap the option to confirm network settings reset on your iPhone.

After the reset, your phone reboots by itself and then loads up all default network settings and options. This means the need for you to reconnect to your Wi-Fi network and pair Bluetooth devices like the first time.

Fifth solution: Reset all settings.

If the network reset doesn’t solve the problem, the next reset you can try on is the iOS reset all settings command. This reset is usually recommended before performing a total system reset or factory reset. 

As the name implies, this reset deletes all system settings including custom networks, app permissions and preferences, custom app settings and other relevant information without deleting user data.

Should you wish to give it a shot, just refer to these steps to reset all settings on your iPhone 13 mini:
  • Go to your Home screen and then open the Settings app.
  • Scroll to and tap General.
  • Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone to proceed.
  • Then tap on Reset. 
  • On the succeeding menu, tap Reset all settings from the given options.
  • Enter your device passcode if prompted.
  • Tap the option to confirm all system settings reset on your iPhone.

When the reset is finished, the phone reboots automatically and then restores the default system settings and options. 

By then you can re-enable Bluetooth and pair your iPhone with your Bluetooth accessory with the initial pairing procedure.

Still Can’t Pair iPhone with a Bluetooth Device?

Minor software errors that prevented your iPhone 13 mini and Bluetooth accessory from pairing or connecting successfully are typically remedied with the aforementioned solutions unless complex system errors and stubborn bugs are to blame. 

To deal with complex system errors that cause fatal errors to the iOS Bluetooth system, resorting to a factory reset can be considered among the last resorts. 

Factory Reset your iPhone 13 mini

Performing a factory reset will wipe everything from your iPhone storage including downloaded apps and files, contacts, custom settings and other user data saved on the device. Any stubborn bugs will also be obliterated in the process and thereby fixes associated Bluetooth pairing problems. 

Just be sure to back up all important files from your iPhone storage to your iCloud account or to iTunes so  you can just retrieve the files later.

Once you’ve got everything set, you can perform a factory reset through your iPhone Settings or using iTunes on a computer.

After a factory reset, you can set up your iPhone as new or restore it from a previous backup available.

Reset your Bluetooth Device

If the Bluetooth device you’re trying to pair with your iPhone also has a reset button, then resetting the device is also a better option. This should help fix any fatal errors that might have prevented the device from pairing your iPhone 13 mini.

Isolate the Problem

Try pairing your iPhone with other compatible Bluetooth devices or accessories. If your phone successfully pairs with other devices, then that denotes a problem with the Bluetooth device you’re trying to pair.

If you have the user manual on that device, you can refer to the printed instructions to troubleshoot pairing issues. Else, just find and use another alternative Bluetooth device that serves the same purpose for your iPhone 13 mini.

Seek More Help

In the case where iPhone Bluetooth pairing errors suddenly occur and your phone was previously able to pair and connect to other Bluetooth devices until a new iOS update is installed, a post-update Bluetooth bug is likely the underlying cause of the problem. 

For post-update issues that aren’t resolved with the basic workarounds, escalating them to Apple Support is recommended. Doing so will let the support team know that such a problem exists following the recent update and the

Hope this helps!

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