How To Fix iPad Mini 5 Won’t Pair Or Connect To Bluetooth

If you’re iPad Mini 5 won’t pair or connect to a Bluetooth, not to worry because there are solutions that were reported to have been effective in trying to fix the problem. Bluetooth Connectivity issues is perhaps the most common and most reported problems with iPad. Some of these reported problems by iPad users are but not limited to Bluetooth is not available, Bluetooth accessory is not detected or can’t connect to an accessory and iPad Mini 5 won’t pair. 

There can be a variety of reasons why your iPad mini 5 won’t pair or connect to a Bluetooth, there must be a software glitch or most likely some issues with the Bluetooth device. Whatever the reasons for these problems, potential solutions are listed below that will help you fix it. 

A few checks before start fixing Bluetooth connection problems:

  • Make sure Bluetooth is turned ON or enabled.
  • Both devices your are trying to connect to should be at close range with each other.
  • Devices you are trying to pair with and your iPad Mini 5 should be fully charged and not on low battery mode.
  • It is believed that standing too close to a WiFi router can interfere with Bluetooth connection, hence refrain from pairing with a device when you are near a WiFi router. 
  • Check the list of recently paired devices. If possible turn off or disconnect from that device. If you have been paired with a device, that device will try to pair with you iPad Mini 5 first interfering with the one you are trying to pair it with.
  • When trying to connect to a Bluetooth accessory, make sure to check if there is not a problem with the accessory by connecting it with another device such as Mac or iPhone or any other Apple devices. This is to check whether the problem is on the device itself (Bluetooth Accessory) or on your iPad Mini 5 device.

FIX iPAD MINI 5 BLUETOOTH CONNECTION PROBLEMS

SOLUTION 1: REFRESH BLUETOOTH

This is the simplest method in trying to fix Bluetooth connection problems. Easy way is to turn Bluetooth OFF,  wait for a few seconds and turn Bluetooth ON again. Access to Bluetooth can be done in two different ways: via Settings and via the Control Center.

Via iPad Device:

  1. Go to Settings from the Home Screen of your iPad Mini 5
  2. Then, tap on the Bluetooth tab
  3. Toggle Bluetooth OFF
  4. Wait for a few seconds, then Toggle Bluetooth ON
  5. Try to pair and connect Bluetooth Accessory to check if problem has been resolved. 

Via Control Center:

  1. From the upper right corner of your iPad Mini 5 screen, slide down to reveal the control center.
  2. Then tap on the Bluetooth icon from the control center to turn if OFF.
  3. Next, wait for a few seconds. Afterwhich, tap on the Bluetooth icon again to Turn it ON.
  4. Try pairing again or connecting your iPad Mini to a Bluetooth accessory.

SOLUTION 2: RESTART iPAD MINI 5

This solution is as simple as turning your iPad Mini 5 OFF and turning it on again.

How to restart:

  1. Press and Hold the Power/Sleep & Wake Button
  2.  Wait for the “Slide to power off” appears
  3. Drag the slider from left to right on the “Slide to Power off’ Command. 
  4. After a 1-2 minutes, press Power/Sleep & Wake Button to power ON device. Continue pressing until Apple Logo appears.
  5. Wait for iPad Mini 5 to completely restart.
  6. Enter Passcode when required to have access of your device
  7. Pair device or Bluetooth accessory again. 

SOLUTION 3: FORCE RESTART iPAD MINI 5 (Soft Reset)

If after restarting your iPad Mini 5, and still Bluetooth connection problem still exists, you may want to do a force restart. Force restarting your device closes all applications that may be causing Bluetooth Connection problems and it also clears data in the RAM (Random Access Memory). It does not erase data and contents on your iPad as compared to Hard Reset. 

How to Force Restart:

  1. Simultaneously press and hold down the Power/Sleep & Wake Button and the Home Button
  2. Wait for Apple Logo to appear
  3. Then, release the buttons when an Apple Logo appears.
  4. iPad Mini 5 will now restart and or reboot
  5. Wait for iPad Mini 5 to completely reboot. 
  6. Try to pair or connect again with Bluetooth.

SOLUTION 4: FORGET BLUETOOTH DEVICE

As mentioned, Bluetooth connection is a common problem with any Apple devices. If you have paired a device or just recently paired a device, one of the things that can help solve Bluetooth Connection problem is to forget the device and pair it again.

How to forget a device:

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

SOLUTION 5: RESET NETWORK SETTINGS

When nothing else seems to work from the solutions mentioned above, you may Reset the network settings of your device. Not to worry though, this does not delete or erases data on your device but it deletes all saved password including your WiFi passwords. That is why before resetting the network settings, make sure to keep all passwords in handy as you will be using it later on to reconnect after reset of network settings.

How to Reset Network Settings:

  1. Go to Settings from the Home Screen of your iPad Mini 5
  2. Then, tap on General
  3. Scroll down from the list of options and tabs and tap on Reset, located at the far bottom 
  4. Next, tap on Reset Network Settings
  5. Enter Passcode when required to confirm action
  6. Restart your iPad Mini 5
  7. Try to pair or connect to Bluetooth again to check if problem has been resolved.

SOLUTION 6: UPDATE TO THE LATEST SOFTWARE

There are instances wherein problems with Bluetooth connection can be fixed by updating to the latest software as most of the issues and problems can somehow be related to a software glitch causing your iPad Mini to not pair or connect to Bluetooth. Updating to the latest software fixes bugs as well as offers improvements of apps and functions as well. 

How to Update:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen of your iPad mini 5
  2. Then tap on General
  3. Next, tap on Software update. Apple servers will now try to search for an available update. If there is an available software, tap on Download and Install. But if there is none, which means the software running on your iPad Mini 5 is up-to-date.
  4. After updating to the latest software, restart device to apply changes
  5. Reconnect device again to Bluetooth.

SOLUTION 7: HARD RESET iPAD MINI 5

Hard reset is different from Soft Reset. As mentioned in the previous solutions above, soft reset only closes applications running and clears the RAM but Hard reset does not only closes all applications but also deletes and erases all contents and data on your device thereby bringing it back to default state. Which means, doing a factory reset is the same as doing a hard reset as it deletes photos, videos, music on your iPad as well as all downloaded and purchased apps. It basically deletes everything and you need to set it up as a new iPad after. 

This solution should be considered as a last resort when all else fails. Although this can probably help fix Bluetooth connection problems as it also removes customization and settings on your iPad Mini 5.

One important thing to keep in mind though that before you do a hard reset on your device, make sure to have a backup of its data and contents to prevent loss. Once backed up, you will be able to retrieve data and contents later on. 

You will have two options to do a hard reset: via your iPad Mini 5 device or via iTunes. 

Restore via iPad Mini 5: 

  1. Go to Settings from the Home Screen of your iPad Mini 5
  2. Then, tap of General 
  3. Next, tap on Reset
  4. Tap Erase All Content and Settings
  5. Enter your Passcode if required to confirm action
  6. iPad will then restart when the restore is complete
  7. Set up as a new iPad
  8. Try to pair or connect again to Bluetooth to see if the problem is resolved

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

  1. First, Connect your iPad Mini 5 to your personal computer using a charger/USB lightning cable
  2. Then, Enter Passcode when a prompt appears
  3. Next, tap on Trust This Computer when prompt appears
  4. Select your iPad or iPad name on iTunes
  5. On the Summary option, click on Restore iPad
  6. Finally, Click on Restore Device to confirm action. Restore process will now begin.
  7. iPad will then restart when the restore is complete
  8. Set up as a new iPad
  9. Try to pair or connect again to Bluetooth to see if the problem is resolved

Note: Do not or never disconnect the iPad Mini 5  from the computer once the restore process has begun until the restore is complete. 


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