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Apple iPhone 6s Plus Connectivity Guide: Use and Manage Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Network Settings

This post highlights two of the most commonly used connectivity features of Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus (#Apple #iPhone6sPlus) device – the #Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. We intend to make this guide as simple as possible, so that those who are new to the iOS platform will find it easier to comprehend and follow.

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Read on if you need to learn how to use and configure Bluetooth and Wireless (Wi-Fi) settings on this new iPhone.

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How to enable/disable Bluetooth on your iPhone 6s Plus

Bluetooth is a global wireless communication standard that serves as medium for connecting devices over a certain distance (short range) via radio waves. With Bluetooth technology, you can wirelessly connect your phone to your car, computer, speakers, headsets, and other devices with Bluetooth support.

For those who are still familiarizing the iOS platform and need help in using Bluetooth feature on their new iPhone, here’s a quick guide for your reference. Just follow these steps and you’re good to go.

The quickest way to access your phone’s Bluetooth panel is through the Control Center.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Start by navigating to the Home screen.
  2. Swipe your finger up from the bottom of the Home screen. Doing so will open the Control Center.
  • If you see a small arrow, just slide your finger up again.
  1. From the Control Center screen, tap the Bluetooth icon to turn the feature on or off.
  • Alternatively, you can enable Bluetooth on the iPhone 6s Plus by navigating to the Home screen, tap Settings->Bluetooth, and then toggle the slider to turn Bluetooth ON.

Once Bluetooth is enabled, you can now start pairing your iPhone with other Bluetooth-enabled devices nearby.

How to pair your iPhone 6s Plus with other Bluetooth devices

Follow these steps to pair your iPhone with a Bluetooth headset or other compatible devices:

  1. Turn on or enable Bluetooth on both devices.
  • Please refer to the previous steps on how to enable or activate Bluetooth your iPhone 6s Plus.
  1. Allow your iPhone to automatically scan for available Bluetooth-enabled devices.
  • If you initiate pairing from your phone, make sure the other Bluetooth device is turned on and set to visible or pairing mode.
  1. When prompted with the list of Bluetooth devices, tap the device with which you want to pair with your iPhone.
  2. If prompted, tap the option to Pair or enter the PIN, and then tap OK to proceed.
  3. On the other device, accept the pairing.

When both devices are successfully paired, you’re all set to use Bluetooth with these devices.

How to enable/disable Wi-Fi on your iPhone 6s Plus

You can connect to an open, secure, and hidden wireless networks with your new iPhone. The following contents will help you learn more on how to use and configure wireless network settings on this Apple device.

Follow these steps to activate Wi-Fi, scan for and connect to available Wi-Fi networks on your iPhone:

  1. Navigate to the Home screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Wi-Fi.
  4. Toggle the Wi-Fi slider to turn the feature ON, if disabled.
  • Your iPhone will automatically search for available wireless networks.
  1. Scroll to and tap to connect to your preferred wireless network.
  2. Tap Join to proceed.
  • All known networks will be joined automatically. If there are no available known networks, you can manually select a network to connect to.

The Wi-Fi icon will help you determine if you already have an active Wi-Fi connection and your phone is already connected to a wireless network.

How to connect your iPhone 6s Plus to a Secured Wi-Fi network

To evade from security threats and unauthorized access, keeping wireless networks protected is highly recommended. If you don’t want anyone nearby to gain access/use your wireless network then you might as well consider making your network private or protected. Protected networks typically require a correct password entry before anyone can access to and use them.

Here’s how to connect to a secured wireless network with your iPhone 6s Plus:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  • Ensure Wi-Fi is enabled on your device. Otherwise, toggle the Wi-Fi switch to enable the feature.
  1. Tap the name of the wireless network you would want to connect to.
  • Password-protected networks usually have the Lock icon by their names.
  1. If prompted, enter the correct password.
  2. Tap Join to proceed.
  • If tapping Join doesn’t work, it denotes that the password you entered is too short or incorrect. Re-enter the correct password and retry to connect to the selected network.

A checkmark beside the name of the selected Wi-Fi network indicates that you’re already connected to that network.

How to Connect your iPhone 6s Plus to a Hidden Wi-Fi Network

Since hidden networks won’t appear in your phone’s list of available networks, knowing the exact name of the network you are trying to join is a requisite. Here’s how it works:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi and ensure Wi-Fi is enabled.
  3. Under Choose a Network section, tap Other.
  4. Key in the exact network name or SSID in the name field.
  5. Tap Security.
  6. Tap to select the correct security type.
  • Not all hidden networks are secured. If the hidden network you’re trying to connect is not secure, tap NONE.
  1. Tap Other Network located on the upper-left side of the screen to go back to the previous screen.
  2. Tap the Password field and enter the correct network password.
  3. Tap Join to proceed.

Once you’ve successfully joined the network, you should see a checkmark next to the network and the active Wi-Fi icon displays as well.

How to use Wi-Fi Assist on your iPhone 6s Plus

The Wi-Fi Assist tool enables your iPhone to automatically switch from Wi-Fi to cellular data, especially if the wireless internet connection is poor. The feature is enabled by default, and can result to an increased cellular data usage since you will stay connected to the Internet over cellular.

The following steps will help you turn Wi-Fi Assist on or off, when necessary.

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Cellular.
  3. Scroll to and tap Wi-Fi Assist.
  4. Toggle the switch to turn the feature ON or OFF.

When enabled, Wi-Fi Assist will let you stay connected to the Internet even if your Wi-Fi connection is poor. You will know if this feature is active if you see a cellular data icon in the status bar on your device.

How to Set Up Wi-Fi (Mobile) Hotspot with your iPhone 6s Plus

With mobile hotspot, you can share your mobile internet connection with other devices. All you have to do is set up or configure a mobile hotspot over Wi-Fi on your phone beforehand. Here’s how:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Personal Hotspot.
  • If this option is not available, tap Cellular, and then select the option to Set Up Personal Hotspot to turn the feature on.

Note: If the Mobile Hotspot feature is not active on your account, the Personal Hotspot option may not show on your device. In this case, just follow the onscreen prompts to set up the Mobile Hotspot feature on your iPhone.

  1. Tap the Personal Hotspot switch to enable the feature.
  • If prompted, turn on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and then tap the preferred option.
  1. Tap Wi-Fi Password, and then enter a password.
  • The name of the Wi-Fi network is similar to the device name. You can find this information by navigating to your phone’s Settings-> General-> About.
  1. Tap Done to complete the process.

When Personal Hotspot is active on your iPhone, you can now let other devices to connect through Wi-Fi.

If you no longer wish to use mobile hotspot, then simply disable the feature with the following steps:

  • Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  • Tap Personal Hotspot.
  • Toggle the Personal Hotspot switch to turn the feature OFF.

Having trouble connecting to a wireless network with your iPhone 6s Plus? Here are a few helpful tips you can try on.

Delete Wi-Fi Network Profile (Forget Network) on your iPhone 6s Plus

There are some instances when you will be required to delete a saved Wi-Fi network profile for your iPhone to successfully connect to a wireless network. And here’s how it’s done:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap the blue “i” (information icon) located next to the wireless network you want to delete.
  4. Tap Forget this Network.
  5. Tap Forget to confirm action.
  6. Reconnect to the preferred wireless network.

If the wireless network password changes or is incorrect, there’s a chance that your iPhone 6s Plus won’t be able to connect to the Wi-Fi network. Forgetting the network often does wonder in cases like this.

Reset Network Settings on your iPhone 6s Plus

Resetting the network settings on your phone may be necessary for you to resolve pertinent issues like if you’re unable to connect to the Internet, send or receive emails, SMS and/or MMS. The process will wipe all the current network settings and restore them to default. Here’s how it works:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Scroll to and tap General.
  3. Tap Reset.
  4. Tap to select Reset Network Settings from the given options.
  5. To confirm action, tap Reset Network Settings.
  6. Wait for your iPhone to reboot.

All your previous configurations including saved Wi-Fi networks and passwords, cellular settings, VPN and APN settings will be erased, and default network settings are restored once your phone turns back on.

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