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Apple iPhone 8 Network Connectivity Guide: How to use and manage Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi features on iPhone 8 [Tutorials]

Need help with your new iPhone 8 connectivity setup? We’ve got your back. Read on and find help in getting started with the iOS 11 Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi settings management and make the most out of the advanced connectivity features entrenched in this newest iOS smartphone.

How to setup and use Bluetooth on iPhone 8?

Apple’s latest flagship smartphones the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X integrate the latest Bluetooth technology that promises more (four times) range than the prior Bluetooth version 4.2. This means that you can now pair and connect to other compatible Bluetooth devices that are 800 feet farther from your new iPhone. Aside from augmented connectivity range, Bluetooth 5.0 also offers faster data transfer speed that is twice faster than the prior Bluetooth version. This allows you to transfer more contents. The following steps will help you get started in using Bluetooth on your iPhone 8 handset.

Steps to Enable/Disable Bluetooth on your iPhone 8:

You can connect your new iPhone with other compatible devices like car stereo with Bluetooth. Here’s how it works.

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Toggle the Bluetooth switch to turn the feature ON/OFF.

Alternatively, you can use the Control Center to turn Bluetooth ON or OFF. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Navigate to the Home screen or any screen on your iPhone.
  2. Slide your finger up from the bottom of the screen. Doing so will open the Control Center.
  3. If you see a small arrow, slide your finger up again.
  4. On the Control Center, locate the Bluetooth icon (looks like letter B).
  5. Tap the Bluetooth icon to enable or disable Bluetooth on your iPhone 8.

When enabled, you will be prompted with a list of available Bluetooth devices in range. If you wish to connect to or pair your iPhone 8 with other device, refer to the next steps.

Steps to Pair your iPhone 8 with other compatible Bluetooth devices:

You can start pairing your new iPhone with other compatible devices or accessories when Bluetooth is enabled on the iPhone. Here’s how:

  1. Navigate to Settings-> Bluetooth.
  2. If necessary, toggle the switch to enable or turn on Bluetooth.
  3. Scroll to and tap to select the device with which you want to pair.
  4. If prompted, enter the PIN or tap Pair then tap OK to confirm action.
  5. Go to your other device then select the option to accept the pairing.

Once your devices are successfully paired, you may begin transferring files in between your paired devices.

How to disconnect or unpair a Bluetooth accessory from your iPhone 8?

Follow these steps to temporarily disconnect a Bluetooth accessory from your new iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the blue “i” icon located next to the Bluetooth accessory that you want to disconnect.
  4. Tap Disconnect.

Alternatively, you can use these steps to unpair a Bluetooth accessory from your iPhone 8:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Locate the Bluetooth device you want to unpair.
  4. Tap the blue “i” icon next to the Bluetooth device.
  5. Tap Forget this Device.

The selected accessory will then be removed from the list of available Bluetooth devices on your iPhone 8. To add it again, put it back in discovery mode and then repeat the steps to pair it with your iPhone 8 again. A Bluetooth accessory will still be paired with your iPhone even if it’s turned off. However, you will need to turn it back on to use it.

Having problems with your iPhone 8 Bluetooth? Here’s what to do first:

If by any chance, you will encounter problems with your iPhone 8 Bluetooth, like you cannot connect to other Bluetooth devices, try to toggle the Bluetooth switch off or on.

  1. To do so, head over to Settings-> Bluetooth-> then turn off Bluetooth. After a few seconds, tap the switch to turn Bluetooth back ON.

If that won’t work, try to restart your iPhone 8 then enable Bluetooth. Try to connect or pair your iPhone 8 with your other device and see if it’s now able to do so.

How to use and manage GPS settings on your iPhone 8?

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are schemed with more advanced GPS feature. Each of these new iOS devices have support for Europe’s Global Satellite Navigation System called Galileo. The Galileo support embedded into the new iPhones will purportedly allow users to benefit from more accurate or precise positioning with the combined GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo signals. This multi-satellite support likewise offers an increased signal availability in urban areas despite the tall buildings that can obstruct the sky and limit the number of visible satellites. Learn how to connect to GPS on your iPhone 8 with the subsequent procedures.

Steps to enable GPS on your iPhone 8:

You can turn Location Services on your new iPhone on during the Initial Setup Assistant process or later through the Settings menu with the following steps.

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Privacy.
  3. Select Location Services.
  4. Tap the switch for Location Services to enable or disable the feature. To activate GPS functions on your iPhone, enable or turn Location Services ON.
  5. Tap the individual apps to select or set permissions for that app. Among the available options are Never, While Using the App, and Always.

With your permission, you can allow apps and websites to use information from cellular, Wi-Fi, GPS networks and Bluetooth to determine your approximate locations all through your iPhone 8 Location Services. You will know when Location Services is active if you see a black or white arrow icon showing in the status bar on your iPhone.

Having problems with your iPhone 8 GPS? Here’s what to do first:

If you encounter problems with your iPhone 8 GPS, verify and ensure that the date, time, and time zone are correctly configured on your device.

  • To do so, navigate to Settings-> General-> Date & Time-> then select Set Automatically.

Doing so will ensure that the date and time settings on your iPhone are correct.

How to use and manage Wi-Fi settings on your iPhone 8?

Apple’s recently rolled out iOS 11 brings a lot of new features to iOS devices including the revamped Control Center. However, many users are confused as to how controls particularly Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are designed to work when managed through the Control Center. It turns out that toggling the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi icons in the Control Center won’t really disable the features themselves. Tapping on the Bluetooth icon on the Control Center will only disconnect your device from any Bluetooth accessory it is connected to except for Apple Watch, Instant Hotspot, Apple Pencil, Handoff and other Continuity features. This means that Bluetooth is still active or enabled on your iPhone unless you turn the feature off in the Settings menu. The same thing goes with Wi-Fi. You may the Control Center to turn on Wi-Fi and turn it off through your iPhone 8 settings. Here’s how it’s done.

Steps to enable or disable Wi-Fi on your iPhone 8:

  1. Navigate to the Home screen or any screen.
  2. Slide your finger up from the bottom of the screen. Doing so will open the Control Center.
  3. If you see a small arrow, slide your finger up again.
  4. Tap the Wi-Fi icon to enable Wi-Fi on your iPhone.

Alternatively, you can navigate to your iPhone Settings-> Wi-Fi-> then toggle the Wi-Fi switch to turn Wi-Fi on.

Steps to scan and connect to a Wi-Fi network on your iPhone 8:

  1. Enable Wi-Fi through the Control Center or Settings menu. Please refer to the previous steps.
  2. When Wi-Fi is enabled, your device will automatically scan for available Wi-Fi networks within range of your iPhone 8.
  3. Scroll to and tap to select the network that you want to connect to.
  4. If prompted, enter the password for your preferred network.
  5. Tap Join.

Your iPhone is now connected to the Wi-Fi network. You can now access the Internet through the selected Wi-Fi network on your device.

Steps to delete or forget network on your iPhone 8:

In case you’ll have some trouble using Wi-Fi on your iPhone 8, deleting or forgetting network might be able to help. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap the blue “i” located next to the Wi-Fi network you want to delete.
  4. Tap to select the option to Forget this Network.

The selected network will then be removed from the list of available networks. You will need to set up the network on your device for you to connect to it again.

How to use or join a captive Wi-Fi network on your iPhone 8?

Captive networks refer to Wi-Fi Hotspots or subscription networks, which are public networks that you pay for or subscribe to.These networks are usually found in coffee shops, hotels, airports, Internet cafes, and other public locations. The following steps will walk you through joining a captive Wi-Fi network:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap the name of the network.
  4. Wait for a login screen to display or tap the “i” icon next to the network’s name then tap Join Network.
  5. If prompted, enter a username and password or other necessary login credentials.

If necessary, you may ask further assistance from the network administrator for login details. Also note that fees and other charges might apply when using captive Wi-Fi networks so be sure to verify these matters beforehand.

You can also set your iPhone 8 to join Wi-Fi networks including a captive Wi-Fi network automatically. Here’s how:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap the “i” icon next to the network name.
  4. Tap Auto-Join to enable the feature.

Doing so will let your iPhone 8 automatically connect to that network when you’re in range.

Having problems with Wi-Fi connection on your iPhone 8? Here’s what to do first:

If by any chance you will have some trouble connecting to a wireless network or experience wireless connectivity issues such slow, intermittent, limited, or no connectivity at all, try to turn off your wireless router or modem for a few seconds and then turn it back on. Reboot your iPhone 8 and then try to connect to your wireless network again.

And that covers everything in this guide. Keep posted for more iOS 11 walkthroughs and iPhone 8 tutorials. Or you may likewise visit our dedicated troubleshooting page more relevant information.

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If you need more help with the use of certain functions and features of the new Apple iPhone 8 smartphone, feel free to visit our Tutorial Page. There you can find a list of how-to contents, step-by-step tutorials, as well as answers to FAQs regarding iPhone 8. If you have other concerns or encountered some troubles while using the phone, you can reach us through this form. Just be sure to tell us more details of the problem or device issue(s) you may have and we will be more than happy to assist you further.

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