How To Fix Bluetooth Connectivity Problem After iPadOS Update

Both the new iPadOS and iOS 13 updates have more or less the same new features and improvements. Although there are other features only specific for iPadOS. With all the new features and app improvements, there have been reports of connectivity issues. Bluetooth Connectivity Problem after iPadOS Update is perhaps one of the most reported problems with iPadOS. Some of the Bluetooth Connectivity Problem after iPadOS Update reported by iPad users on iPadOS: 

  1. Bluetooth is not available
  2. Cannot connect to a Bluetooth Accessory
  3. Bluetooth accessory not detected
  4. Problems with AirPods connected to an iPad.


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Before anything else, make sure to check whether the connectivity problem is on your end and not on the Bluetooth accessory you are trying to connect it to. In order to do this, connect your Bluetooth accessory with any device such as your Mac or iPhone to check if its not the accessory that’s causing the problem. 

If after connecting the Bluetooth accessory and nothing is wrong with it, the problem is probably on your iPad. A few solutions will be discussed below for you to try that hopes to resolve Bluetooth Connectivity Problems

Solution 1: Turn Off and Turn On Bluetooth

The easiest and simplest method to refresh your Bluetooth settings. You can do this by: 

  1. Launch Settings App from the Home Screen of your iPad
  2. Tap on Bluetooth tab
  3. Toggle OFF Bluetooth
  4. After a few seconds, Toggle ON Bluetooth.
  5. Try to connect Bluetooth Accessory

Solution 2: Force restart iPad (Soft reset)

This is as simple as turning your iPad ON and turning it back again after a few seconds. The steps to do this solution varies with the iPad Model that you are using since iPad models have different locations for each of the buttons to be mentioned below. 

For iPad with Home Button: Press and hold down the Power Button and Home Button together at the same time. Release the buttons when an Apple Logo appears. iPad will now restart. After iPad starts normally, try to connect again to Bluetooth.

For iPad with FaceID: First, press and quickly release the Volume Up Button, then press and quickly release the Volume Down Button and finally press and hold the Power Button until iPad restarts. 

Once the iPad  has restarted, try to enable Bluetooth from the control center. 

Solution 3: Forget Device

Forgetting the device that you once paired your Bluetooth with can sometimes help with Bluetooth connectivity problems. There have been reports that the issue was resolved. To forget device:

  1. Go to Settings App from the Home Screen of your iPad.
  2. Tap on Bluetooth
  3. Choose the device you want to forget then tap  “i” on the icon located on the right side of the device name you are experiencing connection problems. 
  4. Tap on Forget Device tab
  5. A prompt will appear “Forget (device name)?”, tap on Forget Device to confirm.
  6. Reconnect device again if the problem has been resolved. 

Solution 4:  Reset Network Settings

If at some point the above mentioned solutions didn’t resolved the problem, you may need to reset your network settings. This solution does not deletes your data and content on your iPad but WiFI settings i.e. password will be removed. Thereby you have to make sure to remember the WiFi problems to prevent problems from logging in to WiFi later on. 

To reset network settings, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings from the Home Screen of your iPad
  2. Tap on General
  3. Tap on Reset. It is located at the far bottom so you have to scroll down from the list of options and tabs
  4. Tap on Reset Network Settings
  5. Enter Passcode when required to confirm action

Solution 5:Restore and Setup as a new iPad

This solution is considered to be the least of all solutions and should only be done as a last resort. Which means if all else fails. This will technically start your iPad fresh and removes the customization and settings on your iPad that might have caused Bluetooth connectivity issues after update to iPadOS.

One thing to keep in mind to back up everything on your iPadOS before restoring it as it deletes all contents and data such as photos, videos, music  on your iPad including all downloaded apps. It basically deletes everything. You can restore iPad in 2 ways, via your iPad and via iTunes. 

Restore via iPad: 

  1. Go to Settings from the Home Screen of your iPad.
  2. Tap of General 
  3. Tap on Reset
  4. Then tap Erase All Content and Settings
  5. If requires, Enter your Passcode to confirm action
  6. iPad will restart when the restore is complete

Restore via iTunes: Make sure iTunes on the computer is updated or on its latest version. 

  1. Connect your iPad to your computer using a charger/USB lightning cable
  2. Enter Passcode when a prompt appears
  3. Tap on Trust This Computer
  4. Select “the iPad” on your iTunes
  5. Then on the Summary option, click on Restore iPad
  6. Click on Restore Device to confirm action and start restore process.

Always remember not to disconnect the iPad from the computer once the restore process has started until the restore is complete 

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