How to fix Bluetooth pairing error on iPhone XS after iOS 13 update [Troubleshooting Guide] 

Dealing with Bluetooth pairing error on your iPhone XS after updating to iOS 13? If so, then this post is for you. Keep reading for more information on how to fix the issue on your device.

iOS 13 has been released with so much excitement that some users were very eager to test out the beta programs. However, this bliss did not last due to various issues encountered after its official release. Apple pushed several updates to fix reported problems or at least relieve the extremity of the problems. One of the commonly reported issues that plagued iOS 13 update is an error with Bluetooth pairing. Some say that their iPhones just can’t connect to other Bluetooth-supported devices. 

If you’ve experienced the same kind of issue after iOS 13 update on your iPhone XS, you might want to check the currently released iOS 13 version – the iOS 13.1.3 which aims to resolve Bluetooth problems. However, if you’ve got the latest iOS 13 version and still experienced a Bluetooth pairing error on iPhone XS after iOS 13 update, I’ve got you covered. Simply follow the procedures that you can find as you read further. 

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Troubleshooting Bluetooth pairing error on iPhone XS in iOS 13

Prior performing the indicated steps below, ensure that your device was able to connect to a Bluetooth accessory before. These solutions are created to provide quick yet effective outcome as long as they’re being followed diligently.


First solution: Restart your iPhone XS and the Bluetooth accessory. 

Restarting your device is an essential procedure that heals various system glitches. Updating to a new software may let your phone succumb to minor glitches that affect its overall performance. That’s where a reboot will help. It eliminates dump cache and refreshes the system. Doing so will force close rogue apps that could also cause issues on your device. To perform a reboot, you may execute a soft reset with these steps: 

  1. Press and hold the Power/Side button and either of the Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. 
  2. Release both buttons once 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.

On your Bluetooth accessory, look for the Power button or switch then toggle it to power off for a few seconds and then toggle it again to turn back on. 

Once both devices are up and running, just try pairing your iPhone XS to the Bluetooth accessory to check if this resolves the issue. 


Second solution: Refresh connections on your iPhone XS. 

Connectivity errors inflicted by the recent software update can be dealt by simply refreshing the connections on your iPhone XS. Bluetooth pairing error might be resolved by turning the Bluetooth function on and off. Here’s how: 

  1. Select Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap on Bluetooth
  3. Toggle the Bluetooth switch to turn the feature off for a few seconds and then tap the switch again to turn it on. 

Also, an alternative method proven by many that’s effective in removing errors related to connectivity issues is by enabling and disabling airplane mode. Turning airplane mode will disable all wireless radio connections on your device while disabling it after will resume all radios, providing a holistic connection refresh. You may check these steps on how to enable and disable airplane mode: 

  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 wait for the connections to be re-established and check if Bluetooth pairing will be successful. 


Third solution: Forget Bluetooth devices on your iPhone XS. 

Saved Bluetooth devices on your iPhone XS can cause conflicts if they’ve been a target of software bugs from the recent software update. This might be the reason why you’re encountering a Bluetooth pairing error after iOS 13. In that case, it will help if you remove all Bluetooth devices by following these steps: 

  1. From the Home screen, access Settings
  2. Select Bluetooth
  3. Look for the connected Bluetooth device that you want to forget then tap the information (i) icon next to the device name.
  4. Tap Forget This Device
  5. Read the warning prompt then tap Forget to confirm. If you see multiple devices, just perform the same steps to remove all connected devices and remove conflicts on the device you’re going to use.
  6. After forgetting all Bluetooth devices, turn off the Bluetooth feature then restart your iPhone XS. 
  7. Head back to Settings > Bluetooth menu.
  8. Toggle the switch to turn Bluetooth on. 
  9. Reattempt to connect your iPhone XS to the Bluetooth accessory. 

If this process fail in fixing the problem, you still have a couple of options to try on. 


Fourth solution: Reset network settings to fix Bluetooth pairing error on your iPhone XS. 

During major software updates, information like network settings could be a target of iOS overrides. This is an instance where settings are being altered automatically and might cause some to go invalid. Incorrect settings affect your phone’s functionality and could result for relevant errors to occur. Removing all customized network settings by performing reset network settings will also eliminate iOS overrides and revert them to the default values and options. This should resolve the issue if it is caused by those triggers. To perform this process, here’s how: 

  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.

No personal information will be deleted as it will not affect your phone’s internal memory. After the reset is done, your phone will restart automatically. Just allow for a complete boot up process and check if the Bluetooth pairing error has been resolved. 


Fifth solution: Restore your iPhone to its default factory configurations. 

There are occasions where glitches could lure deep on your phone’s system. If that happens, it may not be enough to execute simple procedures to fix the problem. Performing a factory reset might do the trick in fixing the Bluetooth pairing error on your iPhone XS. Just be reminded to create backups through iTunes or iCloud beforehand as this will delete all contents on your device and restore the default factory settings. If you’re ready, here’s how it’s done: 

  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.

Your phone will reboot automatically after the factory reset is done. You’ll need to setup your iPhone XS like a new one in order to use it again. 

Still having Bluetooth pairing error on your iPhone XS?

If all else fails and you’re not able to fix the Bluetooth pairing error on iPhone XS after performing all indicated methods, you might be dealing with a complex system error that needs advanced solutions. Performing recovery mode restore or DFU mode restore might come in handy as they’re best in dealing with problems caused by fatal system glitches. 

Connecting your Bluetooth accessory to a different phone might also help you isolate the case if the problem is with the device or your iPhone XS. Contacting Apple support will also give beneficial outcome as they can provide you with more updated information and official recommendations on how to fix the Bluetooth pairing error on iPhone XS after iOS 13 update. 


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