How to fix Apple iPhone XS Bluetooth pairing problem, cannot pair iPhone with a Bluetooth accessory

The latest Bluetooth technology allows you to connect and sync devices and share their functionalities. For as long as device compatibility requirements are met, Bluetooth pairing and wireless file-sharing should be no sweat. But then again, Bluetooth pairing problems are inevitable. If you’re havin pag trouble pairing your iPhone XS with a Bluetooth accessory, then this post highlights some effective tweaks that can help solve the problem. Read on to learn what to do if for some reason, you cannot pair your iPhone XS with a Bluetooth device and get a Bluetooth pairing error instead.

Why does your iPhone unable to pair with a Bluetooth accessory?

There are many factors to consider when dealing with Bluetooth connectivity issues. First is the distance or proximity between the two devices. Note that Bluetooth connectivity works only within a specified distance. Thus, your devices must be within the Bluetooth range, if not close to each other. Aside from distance, you also have to consider device compatibility. There are some devices that aren’t compatible with your iPhone XS and iOS 12 platform in particular. If this is the case, your devices won’t pair or sync.

Network system issues on the phone and other sort of software glitches are also among other factors to consider when dealing with Bluetooth pairing problems. Generally, you’re likely dealing with a software issue, which is possible to fix at home.

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Should you wish to troubleshoot your device, then you can use the following procedures. Don’t forget to test your devices after performing each method to determine whether or not the problem is solved. If not, then you’ve got to try other options.

First solution: Restart your iPhone and Bluetooth accessory.

It could be that your iPhone or Bluetooth accessory may be experiencing some random glitches and so it failed to pair with or connect to Bluetooth. To clear such errors and glitches, performing a soft reset on your iPhone XS and restarting your Bluetooth accessory is recommended. To soft reset an iPhone XS, simply follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Side/Power button and either Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds.
  2. Release the buttons when the Slide to Power Off command appears and then drag the power off slider to the right.
  3. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power/Side button again until the iPhone reboots.

To restart your Bluetooth accessory, look for the Power button then press on it until the device shuts down. After a few seconds, press on the Power button to restart the device.

When both devices are finished rebooting, try pairing them again.

Second solution: Toggle Bluetooth off and on again to fix Bluetooth pairing problem.

To eliminate minor flaws affecting the phone’s Bluetooth feature, restarting turning Bluetooth off and on can help. It’s another way to restart and refresh your iPhone’s Bluetooth functions. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. From the Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select Bluetooth.
  3. Toggle the switch next to Bluetooth to disable or turn off the feature.
  4. After a few seconds, toggle the switch again to turn Bluetooth back ON. Your iPhone should now be on discoverable mode.

Alternatively, you can toggle the Bluetooth icon off and on from the Control Center. Just launch the Control Center on your iPhone XS and then choose the Bluetooth icon from the given controls.

To reconnect to your Bluetooth accessory, head down to the list of available Bluetooth devices from the Bluetooth menu on your iPhone and then select the Bluetooth-enabled accessory that you wish to pair with your iOS device.

Third solution: Enable/disable Airplane Mode on your phone.

Random issues affecting the iPhone’s wireless functions can also be remedied by performing the Airplane Mode trick. In fact, a lot of people have found wonders in resolving different types of wireless connectivity errors from resorting to this trick. If you wish to try your luck in this as well, then here’s what you should do:

  1. From the Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select Airplane Mode and then tap the switch to turn the feature ON. Doing so disables the phone’s wireless radios and relevant functions including Wi-Fi, cellular data, and Bluetooth.
  3. While Airplane Mode is turned ON, restart or soft reset your iPhone XS to clear out random software glitches that caused minor connectivity issues.
  4. After the phone restarts, go back to Settings-> Airplane Mode menu and then toggle the switch to turn Airplane Mode OFF again.

Allow your iPhone to re-establish wireless connections. To continue with Bluetooth pairing, navigate to Settings-> Bluetooth menu then tap the switch to enable Bluetooth.

Wait until all the list of available Bluetooth devices populates, then select your Bluetooth accessory. If you still can’t pair with the Bluetooth accessory, then you can proceed and try the next method.

Fourth solution: Forget Bluetooth devices from your iPhone to fix Bluetooth pairing problem.

By forgetting means you will delete the Bluetooth device from your iPhone. If your iPhone was previously paired with another Bluetooth device and that device is still in its Bluetooth directory, there is a tendency for it to cause conflict with your new connection. To rule this out, forgetting or deleting all Bluetooth devices from your iPhone is recommended. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. From the Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled, so you can view the list of Bluetooth devices in range.
  3. Select the Bluetooth device that you want to forget or delete.
  4. Then tap on the information “i” icon next to the name of the device.
  5. Tap Forget this Device then confirm action, when prompted.
  6. Follow the same steps to delete all other Bluetooth devices that are saved in your phone’s Bluetooth directory.

After forgetting/deleting all Bluetooth devices from your iPhone, turn off Bluetooth then restart your iPhone.

As soon as your phone boots up, head back to Settings-> Bluetooth menu, then toggle the switch to turn Bluetooth back on.

Make sure that your Bluetooth accessory is turned on and in discoverable mode so that your iPhone can see it. Select your Bluetooth device from your iPhone’s Bluetooth list and then retry pairing them.

Fifth solution: Update your device software to the latest version available.

Installing the latest iOS update available for your iPhone can also help solve the problem if system errors and bugs are to blame. The latest iOS version available for your iPhone XS is iOS 12.2. If you haven’t yet updated your device software, then you must do it now. If your iPhone has stable Wi-Fi Internet access, ample of battery life and storage space, then you can get the new update via over-the-air.

On your iPhone, go to Settings-> General-> Software Update menu. If you see an update notification, then you can download and install the update on your phone right away.

If possible, also consider updating your Bluetooth accessory. Some Bluetooth devices like the Apple watch or other smart watches are programmed with an option to reset. You can use that command to reset the device, if necessary.

Also consider installing all pending app updates on your device to ensure that all your apps are optimal and to prevent them from causing conflict with your phone’s Bluetooth function.

Sixth solution: Reset network settings on your phone.

To clear out network-related errors caused by invalid settings and incorrect network configuration on the phone, performing a network settings reset can be considered a key solution. Performing this reset deletes all your current network settings including saved Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices, along with APNs and other relevant information. Any erratic setting will also be obliterated. This however does not affect any saved data on the phone’s internal memory, so you don’t need to create backups beforehand. Here’s how to reset network settings on your iPhone XS:

  1. From the Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Reset.
  4. Select the option to Reset network settings.
  5. If prompted, enter your device passcode to continue.
  6. Then tap Reset settings to confirm.

After the reset, your phone should reboot automatically. Wait until it’s finished booting up and then head over to its Settings menu to enable necessary features including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Turn on your Bluetooth accessory and put it in discoverable mode. And if possible, position the accessory next to your iPhone XS to ensure that distance won’t cause any problem.

Still cannot pair your iPhone XS with your Bluetooth accessory?

If you’ve gone through all the above procedures and nothing seems to work, then you may have to consider performing a full system reset or factory reset on your iPhone XS. Doing so will help eliminate complex system issues that might have hindered your phone from connecting to your Bluetooth device. But before you do, be sure to back up all your personal information and other important data from your iPhone XS to iCloud or iTunes. A factory reset will erase your device so you could lose all your files permanently if you don’t back them up beforehand.

If your Bluetooth accessory has a reset button, then you can also try resetting the accessory by pressing on the reset button and then retry pairing them.

Alternatively, you can try pairing your iPhone XS with other Bluetooth devices to determine whether or not the problem is isolated to the Bluetooth accessory that you’re trying to pair with your iPhone. If the pairing is successful with other devices, then something is wrong with the Bluetooth accessory and not on your iPhone. Perhaps, that device isn’t supported or incompatible with your iPhone.

You can contact Apple Support for further assistance and recommendations if your iPhone XS cannot pair with any Bluetooth-enabled devices.

I hope that we’ve been able to help you fix the problem with your device. 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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