How To Deal With Bluetooth Pairing Issues On iPhone 11 Pro

When dealing with Bluetooth problems with your iPhone, you’ll have to scrutinize both the phone and Bluetooth device/accessory that you’re having trouble pairing with or connected to. If all Bluetooth requirements are met, pairing should be easy as pie. However, there are also a lot of factors that can trigger some issues and you will just realize that something is wrong because you can’t get your phone to connect to or pair with a Bluetooth device. Tackled in this post is a relevant issue in which the iPhone 11 Pro cannot pair with a third-party Bluetooth accessory. Read on to find out why this happens and what must be done on your end to fix the problem.


Possible causes

Many iPhone owners were able to resolve Bluetooth pairing issues by eliminating the common factors. And here are the factors that you should consider looking into.

  • Proximity. Distance between your iPhone and Bluetooth matters when pairing. Devices that support Bluetooth 5.0 can communicate over distances of up to 800 feet or 240 meters. Hence, make sure your devices are within that range, if not next to each other.
  • Incompatibility. For your device to sync via Bluetooth, they must be compatible. If you are attempting to pair with a third-party Bluetooth device, make sure it’s compatible with your iPhone 11 Pro and vice versa.
  • Settings errors. In order to use Bluetooth pairing features, you need to enable or disable some settings on your iPhone beforehand.
  • Software-related issues. When your iPhone is enduring some  minor system issues, there’s a higher chance that other built-in features like Bluetooth are adversely affected.

Hardware damage is also another factor to consider ruling out. Your iPhone won’t be able to pair or sync if the Bluetooth device you’re trying to connect to is damaged.

Troubleshooting an iPhone that can’t connect to a Bluetooth device

Bluetooth pairing problems that are attributed to software glitches are typically resolved by carrying out some tweaks. In case you need more input when troubleshooting a similar issue on the same iOS device, I’ve lined up the basic solutions. Keep your devices close to each other when troubleshooting to ensure that distance isn’t the cause of the problem. Also ensure that the third-party Bluetooth device you are trying to pair with your iPhone 11 is supported. If your devices aren’t compatible, then Bluetooth pairing will never be successful.

First solution: Restart your iPhone and Bluetooth device

If this is the first pairing attempt you’ve made and that it failed, try to reboot your devices. Either the iPhone or the Bluetooth device might be enduring some random system glitches and is therefore not working as intended. On your iPhone, follow these steps to soft reset:

  1. Press and hold the Side/Power button and either of the Volume button at the side of your phone for a few seconds.
  2. When the Slide to Power Off appears on your screen, release both buttons.
  3. Drag the power off slider to the right to turn off the phone.
  4. Wait for about 30 seconds then press and hold the Side/Power button until you see the Apple logo.

On your Bluetooth device, find the Power switch then press and hold on it until the device powers off. Keep it turned off for about 30 seconds and then turn it back on again.

Retry pairing when both devices are back up and running again.

Second solution: Turn Bluetooth off and on

Random Bluetooth pairing errors are usually due to some minor glitches affecting the iPhone’s Bluetooth system. To rectify these minor system flaws, refreshing the Bluetooth connection can help. So here’s what you can try doing next:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Select Bluetooth.
  3. Toggle the Bluetooth switch to turn the feature OFF.
  4. After a few seconds toggle the switch again to turn Bluetooth back ON.

Another way to refresh wireless connections including Bluetooth is through the so-called Airplane Mode trick. It works by simultaneously turning of wireless radios and relevant features of your iPhone and thereby eliminates any associated errors. Here’s how it works:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Select Airplane Mode.
  3. Toggle the switch next to Airplane Mode to turn on. Doing so simultaneously disables the wireless radios and relevant features of your iPhone.
  4. While Airplane mode is turned on, restart or soft reset your iPhone to dump cache.
  5. After your phone reboots, go back to Settings-> Airplane Mode menu.
  6. Then toggle the Airplane Mode switch to turn the feature OFF again.

It will take a few moments for your iPhone to re-establish wireless connections. By then you can start re-enabling necessary wireless features on your iPhone including Bluetooth.

Third solution: Forget Bluetooth then re-add Bluetooth device

If you already have used or paired the device with your iPhone but then suddenly they don’t pair, chances are that the previous connection was corrupted and thus no longer working. To fix the problem, you’ll need to remove the corrupted Bluetooth connection to set it up as new. So here’s what you should do next:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Tap Bluetooth and make sure that the switch is enabled.
  3. Scroll down to the My Devices section then select the device that you’re having trouble pairing with your iPhone 11 at the moment. If the device doesn’t appear in the list, it’s likely not place in discoverable mode or probably turned off and thus your iPhone cannot see it.
  4. Tap the information “i” icon next to the device name.
  5. Then tap Forget This Device.
  6. If prompted, tap Forget Device to confirm deletion of the selected device from your iPhone’s Bluetooth directory.

The selected device/accessory will then be removed from the list. You can also delete other unused Bluetooth devices using the same steps to prevent any of them from causing conflict with your current Bluetooth connection.

Fourth solution: Update your iPhone software to the latest version available

System issues inflicted by stubborn bugs and glitches can also be dealt with by installing an update. Software updates rolled out by Apple periodically not only deliver new features but also embed some dedicated fix patches that are programmed to eliminate bug-inflicted system flaws. If your iPhone doesn’t have any trouble connecting to Wi-Fi internet and it is sufficiently charged, try to check for any available software update to download and install over the air. Just follow these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Tap Software Update.

You will see a notification if a new iOS version is available for your iPhone. Before downloading the update, be sure to read and review the details. Also consider backing up all important files you’ve saved on your iPhone storage for safekeeping.

Fifth solution: Reset network settings on your iPhone 11 Pro

Network-related issues including Bluetooth pairing errors that could not be remedied by the previous methods may be dealt with by a network settings reset. This reset will erase your current network configuration and customized network settings. Any associated errors will also be eliminated. Just be sure to note your Wi-Fi password beforehand because all saved network connections and pertinent information will be deleted in the process. No need to back up critical files though because this reset does not affect the internal data. Just follow these steps if you wish to continue:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and tap Reset.
  4. Select the option to Reset network settings.
  5. Enter your passcode if prompted to continue.
  6. Then tap Reset network settings again to confirm that you want to reset your iPhone’s network settings to defaults.

When the reset is finished, your iPhone reboots on its own and then loads up the default network settings and preferences.

By then you can start re-enabling network features including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so you can use them on your phone again.

Last resort: Factory reset your iPhone and Bluetooth device

A factory reset is usually deemed among the last options when dealing with major system problems. That said, performing a factory reset will be the next option you’ve got if none of the previous methods is able to fix the problem and your iPhone is still not pairing with your Bluetooth device. Just be sure to back up all important data from your iPhone storage beforehand so you’d still be able to recover them later. Just follow these steps to proceed with a factory reset whenever everything is set:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and tap Reset.
  4. Select the option to Erase all content and settings.
  5. Enter your passcode if prompted to continue.
  6. Then tap the option to confirm that you want to erase and factory reset your iPhone 11 Pro.

On your Bluetooth device, try to find the reset button and do a long-press on it to reset the device. Doing so will erase all existing customized settings and data then restores the Bluetooth device to its factory default settings.

Once you’re done resetting your devices, set up all necessary features and create a new Bluetooth connection.

Is Bluetooth still not working on your iPhone 11 Pro

If you have any other Bluetooth device or accessory that is compatible with your iPhone 11 Pro, try to pair your iOS device with it and see if that will work. But before you do, unpair your iPhone from any other device you have previously paired or connect to. If your iPhone does not pair with any other Bluetooth devices, then your iOS device is apparently the problem. In this case, you report the issue to your device carrier or visit the nearest Apple-authorized service center in your place so an iPhone technician can run some thorough assessment on your device. There might be some damaged component affecting the phone’s Bluetooth functions.