How to fix Bluetooth pairing error on your Apple iPad Air 3

Many people are into using Bluetooth devices with their smartphones and tablets. With the latest Bluetooth technology entrenched into new mobile devices, features and files from one device can be shared or transferred to other devices that support the same Bluetooth technology. But despite the latest Bluetooth system enhancements, random flaws–such as Bluetooth pairing errors–still managed to penetrate. 

Thus Bluetooth problems and pairing errors still exist even to the latest and most powered smart devices. Tackled in this post is a relevant issue on the new iPad Air 3 device, which cannot pair with a Bluetooth accessory. Read on to learn how to deal with this Bluetooth pairing error on your new iOS tablet.

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Troubleshooting iPad Air 3 with Bluetooth pairing errors

Before troubleshooting, make sure your devices are within short-range wireless standard or close to each other. Proximity is among the requisites for Bluetooth pairing to be successful so your devices must be placed within the 100-meter range and without any possible obstructions or barriers. Also make sure that your devices are turned on and in discoverable mode. If either device is running low on power, allow it to charge up and then retry pairing again.

If the problem continues even if all the requisites are complied, then you can go ahead and troubleshoot to rule software-related factors that hinder your iPad Air 3 from pairing with your Bluetooth accessory.

First solution: Reboot your iPad and Bluetooth device.

A simple restart on the phone or Bluetooth device could straight things up and could get the simple Bluetooth pairing done in no time. This is likely all you need if the Bluetooth pairing error you encountered is just inflicted by minor software glitches on the iOS device or Bluetooth device involved. Thus performing a soft reset should be considered among the first possible solutions to try. Here’s how to soft reset your iPad Air 3:

  1. Press and hold down the Power/Top button for a few seconds until the Power off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to power off your device.
  3. After a few seconds, press and hold the Power/Top button until the Apple logo appears.

On your Bluetooth accessory, find the power button then press and hold it until the device powers down. After a few seconds, press the power button again to turn the device back on.

Once your devices are up and running, try to pair them again and see if the pairing is already successful. If you’re still getting the same error, then you’ve got to move on and try other methods to eliminate other causing factors.

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Second solution: Toggle Bluetooth switch off and on.

Another simple solution that eliminates minor flaws affecting the iPad’s Bluetooth function is the so-called Bluetooth restart. This is done by turning the Bluetooth feature off for a few seconds and then turn it back on again. Here’s how the trick is usually carried out:

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

You can also toggle the Bluetooth icon straight from the Control Center of your iPad Air 3. Just launch the Control Center to access the shortcut icons and controls to toggle off and on.

Third solution: Toggle Airplane Mode on and off.

An old trick that’s still being used to deal with minor problems affecting iOS wireless services is the so-called Airplane mode trick. This works by simultaneously disabling wireless features and then enabling them again. So it’s like giving a simultaneously restart on the wireless features of your iOS device. Many people have found wonders from this trick so it wouldn’t hurt to try it on your end and see what happens. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. From the Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select Airplane Mode.
  3. Then toggle the switch to turn Airplane Mode on. Wireless radios are now disabled.
  4. While Airplane Mode is enabled, reboot/soft reset your iPad.
  5. After the iPad reboots, head back to Settings-> Airplane Mode menu.
  6. Then toggle the switch to turn Airplane Mode off again.

Reconnect your iPad to your Wi-Fi network to get back online and enable Bluetooth to put your iPad back in discovery mode. Select your Bluetooth accessory when it shows up in your iPad’s Bluetooth directory and then retry pairing.

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Fourth solution: Forget Bluetooth devices from your iPad Air.

Corrupted Bluetooth connections can also be the underlying cause of the problem. If you have several Bluetooth connections saved on your iPad, then one of them could be the culprit. To clear this out, forget all Bluetooth devices from your iPad Air 3 with these steps:

  1. From your Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Select Bluetooth. Make sure the Bluetooth switch is enabled or turned on so you can see the list of Bluetooth devices.
  3. Navigate to the list of devices then tap the information (i) icon next to the name of the Bluetooth device/accessory that you want to forget.
  4. Then tap Forget this Device.
  5. If prompted, enter your passcode then tap the option to confirm that you want to delete the Bluetooth device.
  6. Follow the same procedures to delete any other saved Bluetooth devices from your iPad to make sure none of them is causing conflicts when you retry pairing devices.

After forgetting or deleting all saved Bluetooth devices including the accessory that you’re trying to pair with your iPad Air, reboot or soft reset your iPad to clear cache and to refresh its memory. Then head back to your iPad Settings-> Bluetooth menu. Toggle the switch to turn Bluetooth off and on then wait for the Bluetooth device list to populate. Select the Bluetooth accessory when it appears in the list and then try pairing it with your iPad again. If the pairing is still not successful, then you need to troubleshoot further and try other options.

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Fifth solution: Reset network settings on your iPad Air.

Network-related issues including Bluetooth pairing errors that could not be remedied by the initial procedures usually require resets as remedy. This is likely what’s need to fix Bluetooth pairing errors inflicted by invalid network configurations on your iOS device. Performing this reset however, deletes your current Bluetooth settings along with other network information and Wi-Fi connections. This means the need for you to re-enable wireless features so you can use them again later. If you wish to proceed, then simply follow these steps:

  1. Tap Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and tap on Reset.
  4. Select the option to Reset network settings. Saved Wi-Fi networks and passwords, Bluetooth connections, APNs, and other relevant information will be deleted.
  5. If prompted, enter your device passcode to proceed.
  6. Then tap the option to confirm that you want to reset network settings on your iPad Air 3.

Allow your iPad to finish resetting and then restarts automatically when done. As soon as it boots up, re-enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and then give Bluetooth pairing another try.

Last resort: Update your iPad software to the latest version available.

Installing the latest iOS update may also be able to solve the problem if system bugs and malwares are to blame. Updates rolled out by Apple to iOS devices often embed patch codes that are programmed to eliminate bugs that trigger various symptoms and issues. If your iPad has stable Internet access, enough power and memory space, then follow these steps to check for, download and install iOS update wirelessly (over-the-air):

  1. From your Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Tap Software Update.
  4. If a new update is available, review the information and update requirements and whenever you’re ready, tap the option to Download and Install.

Reboot your iPad after updating to implement the recent system changes and fix patches from the update. Then try pairing your iPad Air 3 with your Bluetooth accessory and see if the error is gone.

Performing a factory reset on your iPad Air 3 can also be considered among the last options if you still ended up with the same Bluetooth pairing error after exhausting all prior methods. However, this may not be worth a try especially if the problem is isolated to the Bluetooth accessory that you’re trying to pair with your iPad Air 3.

Still getting the same Bluetooth pairing error on your iPad Air 3?

If your iPad Air 3 is still unable to pair or connect to your Bluetooth accessory, then it’s possible that they’re not compatible or the Bluetooth device is not supported by your iPad Air 3 (or vice versa). To rule this out, try to pair your iPad Air 3 with another Bluetooth-enabled device. If the pairing is successful, then there’s no problem with your iPad Air but rather on the other Bluetooth accessory that you’re trying to pair with it. You can report the problem to the device manufacturer for further assistance and recommendations. Or better yet, use other alternative device that serves the same purpose and works perfectly with your iPad Air 3.

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