How to Fix Bluetooth Pairing Error on iPhone 12

Bluetooth has played an important role on iPhone devices. It allows you to share files and apps instantly. However, some users have reported a bluetooth pairing error on iPhone 12. 

In this post, we will tackle the possible workarounds to fix the problem with iPhone 12 bluetooth pairing error. Read further and find out how to do it. 

How to Fix iPhone 12 Experiencing Bluetooth Pairing Error

Connectivity problems such as bluetooth pairing error would normally occur due to bugs and glitches that a device may acquire throughout its usage. Some of them are just minor glitches and could be fixed easily. While some are tough errors and may be hard to rectify. 

Found out below are common fixes to connection problems caused by a software glitch on iPhone 12. Feel free to follow and fix the bluetooth pairing error on iPhone 12.

First Solution: Soft Reset your iPhone 12

Normally, when our phone experiences an issue, a reset would do just fine in fixing it. But some would refuse to do this simple procedure and neglect its potential in resolving minor glitches that may have been causing the bluetooth pairing error on the iPhone 12. If you haven’t performed this yet, feel free to give this a try. 

  1. Press and hold the Power/Side button and either of the Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. 
  2. Release both buttons once the Slide to Power off prompt appears on the screen.
  3. Drag the Power off slider to the right to turn off your phone.
  4. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power/Side button again until you see the Apple logo.

Once the phone has fully restarted, test if the bluetooth function has resumed to its intended operation. 

Second Solution: Enable then Disable Airplane Mode on your iPhone 12

Connectivity problems may reside on the devices due to conflicts from other radio transmitting functions such as WiFi on your iPhone 12. Enabling airplane mode would cut off all radio transmissions temporarily and activating it would restart them automatically, thus, giving a quick refresh to the functions and may resolve the bluetooth pairing error on the device. 

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Check Airplane mode. If toggle is currently turned on, tap on it to switch it off. If not, tap the toggle to turn it on.
  3. While the Airplane mode is enabled, perform a soft reset on your device. 
  4. Wait for your phone to go back online after the reset then access Settings > Airplane mode. Tap the switch to disable the feature. 

Just test the bluetooth function on your iPhone 12 and see if it connects properly after this procedure. 

Third Solution: Reset Network Settings on your iPhone 12

If turning the airplane mode on and off did not fix the problem, you might need to erase the saved network configurations on your iPhone 12 and revert them to their default values and options. This procedure won’t affect your personal information and will only delete those manually configured network details such as WiFi networks and saved bluetooth devices. 

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Reset Network Settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm network settings reset.

Once the procedure is done, try to connect your bluetooth device and verify it still provides an error message. 

Fourth Solution: Factory Reset your iPhone 12

Erasing contents and data on your device is your next step should the problem persist. The bluetooth pairing error might have been caused by a tough bug on the iPhone 12, thus the previous procedures were nullified. Make sure to create a backup prior to performing this process. 

To create a backup via iTunes:

  1. Prepare a Mac or Windows computer with the latest iTunes installed.
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer using the Apple-supplied USB/lightning cable. 
  3. Open iTunes on your computer. Then allow iTunes to sync with your iPhone and backup files.

To Factory Reset your iPhone 12:

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Erase all contents and settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset.

Set up your iPhone 12 after erasing its contents and check if the issue has been rectified. 

Fifth Solution: Restore your iPhone 12 via Recovery Mode

An advanced solution to deal with fatal errors that may have been hindering the bluetooth function is needed if the previous procedures did not resolve the problem. To carry out this process, you’ll need to prepare a Mac or Windows computer with the latest iTunes installed and with good internet connection. Also ensure that your computer runs on the latest operating system that is compatible with your iPhone 12. 

If all requirements are met, connect your device to the computer using the Apple-supplied USB/lightning cable. Then allow iTunes to sync with your iPhone and backup files, if possible. Once the backup is secured, follow these steps to put your iPhone 12 in recovery mode and then restore iOS in iTunes:

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly.
  3. Then press and hold the Power/Side button once prompted with Connect to iTunes screen. Do not release the button when the Apple logo appears as you will need to enter recovery mode state.
  4. Once you enter the recovery mode, you’ll see either Update or Restore option.
  5. Select Restore if you want to reinstall and download iOS on your device without erasing data. 

Do not disconnect your phone and keep it connected until the entire restore process is finished.

Still Getting a Bluetooth Pairing Error with iPhone 12

If the issue persists up to this point, it is time to consult with an Apple technician and have your device checked. This problem might be due to a bad hardware like a defective Bluetooth chip. Visit the nearest Apple service center in your area for proper device checking and official recommendations on how to deal with the Bluetooth error on your iPhone 12.

Also Read: How to Fix iPhone 12 Connected to WiFi but No Internet

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