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Troubleshooting Bluetooth pairing error on your iPhone 11 Pro
First, make sure your devices are within range. In other words, distance between your iPhone and Bluetooth device really matters. To ensure proximity isn’t the problem, place your devices next to each other while you troubleshoot. Another thing to check is compatibility. Is your iPhone 11 Pro compatible with that Bluetooth accessory or vice versa? You may have to consider doing some research to confirm the compatibility of your devices. Once you have configured your Bluetooth device is compatible with your iPhone, you may start eliminating software-related factors that might have interceded the Bluetooth pairing process.
First solution: Restart your iPhone and Bluetooth device.
When random system glitches occur, certain features may be affected and thus they stopped working. To clear out random system glitches from your iPhone, restarting or a soft reset can help. And here’s how it’s done:
- Simultaneously press and hold the Side and Volume Up buttons for a few seconds.
- Release both buttons when the Slide to Power off bar appears.
- Swipe or drag the bar to turn your device off.
- After about 30 seconds, press and hold the Side button and then release when the Apple logo appears.
On your Bluetooth device, find the power button and then press or hold down until it powers off. After a few seconds, press that button again to turn the device back on.
Second solution: Disable then re-enable Bluetooth feature of your iPhone.
Minor Bluetooth pairing errors are likewise typically remedied by turning the Bluetooth feature off and on again. If you haven’t already, then you should consider giving it a try and see what happens. Just follow these steps to restart and refresh Bluetooth functions of your iPhone 11 Pro:
- Tap Settings from the Home screen.
- Select Bluetooth.
- Then toggle the switch to turn Bluetooth off for a few seconds and then tap to turn it back on again.
Random Bluetooth connection errors can also be addressed by the Airplane mode trick. Here’s how it works:
- To get started, head over to Settings-> Airplane mode menu.
- Then toggle the switch to turn Airplane Mode on. This will turn off wireless radios and associated features of your phone.
- While Airplane mode is enabled, restart or soft reset your iPhone.
- Once your phone is done rebooting, head back to the Airplane Mode menu from Settings and then toggle the switch to turn Airplane mode off again.
You will need to re-enable Bluetooth in order to view all list of devices and then retry pairing your iPhone with your preferred Bluetooth accessory.
Third solution: Forget Bluetooth device from your iPhone.
If you were able to connect and have paired your iPhone with that Bluetooth device and then suddenly you’re getting an error on your next pairing attempt, it could be because the existing connection got corrupted. In this case, deleting the corrupted Bluetooth connection would be necessary in order to start a new flawless connection. So here’s what you should do then:
- To get started, go to your iPhone Settings-> Bluetooth menu and make sure that the Bluetooth switch is turned on.
- Scroll down to the list of available Bluetooth devices then select the device that you’re having trouble pairing with your phone.
- Tap the information “i” icon next to the name of the Bluetooth device.
- Then tap the option to Forget this Device.
- If prompted, tap Forget device to confirm.
Follow the same steps to forget any other saved Bluetooth devices that aren’t needed on your phone. This will help prevent any of these devices from interfering with your current Bluetooth connection.
Turn off Bluetooth after forgetting all saved devices and then restart your iPhone. After your phone reboots, go back to Settings-> Bluetooth menu to re-enable the feature. Then select the Bluetooth device and retry pairing.
Fourth solution: Install new firmware update to fix Bluetooth pairing error on your iPhone 11 Pro.
Should the Bluetooth pairing error be attributed to some software bugs or malware on your iPhone 11 Pro, installing the latest iOS update will likely be able to address the problem. Software updates usually embed fix patches to get rid of existing bugs and malware that caused various types of errors on the device. If you haven’t already, then you should consider checking your iPhone and see if a new iOS version is up for grabs. Just follow these steps if you’re already connected to the Internet:
- From the Home screen, tap Settings.
- Select General.
- Tap About.
- If an update is available, you’ll be prompted with an option to select OK or Update.
Wait until the update is completely installed then restart your iPhone to apply the recent system changes and bug fixes.
Retry pairing your iPhone with your Bluetooth device afterward and see if the pairing is already successful.
Fifth solution: Reset network settings on your iPhone 11 Pro.
Network-related errors that caused Bluetooth pairing error on your iPhone usually require a network reset in order to be totally obliterated. Thus you may consider this as the next option if the problem continues up to this point. This reset doesn’t affect the internal data of your phone but it will delete all your current network configurations including saved Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth connections, along with any existing errors. Just take note of your Wi-Fi password and then follow these steps to start resetting your iPhone’s network settings:
- Tap Settings from the Home screen.
- Scroll down to and select General.
- Tap Reset then select Reset network settings option.
- Enter your device passcode if prompted.
- Tap Reset network settings again to confirm.
After the reset, the phone restarts on its own and then loads up the default network values. This means the need for you to re-enable necessary features that are disabled by default. That said, be sure to have Bluetooth enabled on your iPhone 11 Pro and then retry pairing.
What to do if Bluetooth pairing error persists and still can’t pair your iPhone 11 Pro with your Bluetooth device?
Resetting your Bluetooth device (if possible) and restoring factory default settings on your iPhone can be considered among the last options if all else failed to fix the error. Doing so can help get rid of any complex errors that might have corrupted the Bluetooth pairing system on your iPhone or Bluetooth device that you’re trying to pair with. Pairing devices usually have a dedicated reset button for you to press if things get muddled and the device doesn’t work as it should. Just locate that button and long-press on it until the device resets. Meanwhile on your iPhone 11 Pro, you can carry out a factory reset through settings menu or using iTunes on a computer.
You can also try pairing your iPhone 11 Pro to other compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices. This will help determine whether or not the problem is isolated to the device you’ve been trying to pair with your phone. If your iPhone has no problem pairing with other Bluetooth devices, then that’s a clear indication that the problem is not with your phone but rather with the device you are having trouble pairing with. In this case, opting for other brands that serve the same purpose will be the ultimate solution.
If your iPhone doesn’t pair with any Bluetooth devices, then you better have it escalated to Apple Support for further assistance. Or better yet, have your iPhone scrutinized by an authorized technician from the nearest Apple genius bar in your area.
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