How to fix iOS 13 Bluetooth pairing error on iPhone X, cannot pair to Bluetooth accessories

Is Bluetooth not working on your iPhone X following the iOS 13 update? If that is so, then this post might be able to help you. Read on to find out how to deal with the iOS 13 Bluetooth pairing error on your iPhone X handset.

The new iOS 13 platforms not only gives your iPhone a whole new look but also offers a number of new features and enhancements. All schemed to take your iOS device to a whole new level. Among the most notable changes brought by the iOS 13 platform is on the Control Center Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles that not only turns the features off and on but also allow you to select a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth devices to connect to. In short, you can now pair and connect to a Bluetooth device straight from your iPhone’s Control Center. It’s definitely a great add-on as it saves you time from accessing several menus from the settings app. To get started, simply pull up the Control Center from any screen. Then long press the four icon menu that comprises of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Finally, long press on either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth controls to enable/disable the feature. In case you’ll have some trouble connecting your iPhone to a Bluetooth accessory using the new system, I’ve mapped out a few helpful procedures for troubleshooting reference. Find out how to deal with iOS 13 Bluetooth pairing errors on your iphone x handset.


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Troubleshooting iOS 13 Bluetooth pairing error on iPhone X

Before you begin troubleshooting, place both devices close to each other. Note that proximity matters when pairing Bluetooth devices so make sure that distance isn’t the root-cause of the problem. Aside from proximity, also consider looking into compatibility. This means that your Bluetooth device must be compatible with the iPhone X and iOS 13 platform. Otherwise, Bluetooth pairing won’t be successful. Also make sure that both your devices are turned on and in discovery mode. If all the key requisites are met and yet you still couldn’t get your iPhone X and Bluetooth accessory to pair, go ahead and try the following procedures to troubleshoot and eliminate post-update bugs that might have ruined your iPhone’s Bluetooth pairing functions.

First solution: Restart your iPhone and Bluetooth device.

It is important to reboot your phone after installing a new software and likewise when installing new updates. A reboot serves as a final command to apply or implement the recent system changes and prevents apps from acting up. So if you haven’t already, follow these steps to reboot or soft reset your iPhone X:

  1. Press and hold the Side button and either Volume button for a few seconds and then release when the Power off slider appears.
  2. Then, drag the slider to turn your iPhone completely off.
  3. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Side button again until the Apple logo appears.

Allow your device to finish the boot sequence and then retry pairing your iPhone X with your Bluetooth accessory to find out if it’s successful already.

If it still doesn’t work, turn your Bluetooth accessory off for a few seconds and then turn it back on again. Wait until the device is ready and then try to pair it with your iPhone again. Be sure to accept pairing or grant Bluetooth pairing permission, if prompted on either device.

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Second solution: Turn Bluetooth off and on again.

If the recent iOS update has ruined your phone’s Bluetooth feature, refreshing it will help. As mentioned earlier, the new iOS 13 already offers a shortcut to enable Bluetooth and pair your iPhone with a Bluetooth device in the list straight from the Control Center. This therefore allows you to restart and refresh Bluetooth connections from the Control Center of your iPhone. Here’s how it’s exactly done:

  1. Pull up the Control Center from any screen of your iPhone X. To do this, simply swipe down from the top-right of any screen. Be sure to position your finger at the upper-rightmost corner of the screen to show the right of the notch then pull down to open the Control Center.
  2. Then long press on the four icon menu that comprises of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. 
  3. Finally, long press on either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth controls to enable/disable the feature.

Alternatively, you can toggle the Bluetooth switch off and on from the settings menu. Just head over to Settings-> Bluetooth menu then turn the switch off for a few seconds and then back on again. That should likewise refresh the phone’s flawed Bluetooth function.

Third solution: Use the Airplane Mode trick to fix iOS 13 Bluetooth pairing error.

Wireless connectivity issues including the iOS 13 Bluetooth pairing error on the iPhone X can also be taken care of by performing the Airplane Mode trick. It works by simultaneously restarting the phone’s wireless functions including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. This tweak has been proven to help resolve various types of minor issues affecting wireless features of an iPhone and other iOS devices. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Tap to open Settings app from the Home screen.
  2. Scroll to and tap on the Airplane Mode menu. 
  3. Tap the Airplane mode switch to turn it on. Doing so will disable your iPhone’s wireless radios as well as its Wi-Fi features.
  4. While the Airplane mode is enabled, perform a soft reset on your phone.
  5. Once the phone is finished booting up, go back to Settings-> Airplane mode then toggle the switch to disable the feature. 

After turning off Airplane Mode, go back to Settings-> Bluetooth menu to enable the feature. Or pull up the Control Center and turn Bluetooth on from there. You can also find and connect to your Bluetooth accessory straight through your phone’s new Control Center interface.

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Fourth solution: Forget then re-add the Bluetooth device on your iPhone X.

If the previous methods failed to resolve the issue and that the iOS 13 Bluetooth pairing error continues on your iPhone X, it’s possible that your existing Bluetooth connection has been corrupted and is no longer working. In that case, forgetting/deleting the flawed Bluetooth connection would be necessary. Just follow these steps to do so:

  1. Tap to open the Settings app from your Home screen. 
  2. Select Bluetooth. If it’s disabled, tap the switch to enable the feature and display the list of available Bluetooth devices.
  3. Find then select your Bluetooth device/accessory and then tap the information (i) icon next to it. 
  4. Then, select the option to Forget This Device
  5. Tap Forget when asked to confirm the deletion of the Bluetooth device from your iPhone.

Also consider removing any other saved Bluetooth devices that are no longer used. Doing so will prevent any of them from causing conflict to your next Bluetooth pairing process.

Fifth solution: Reset network settings on your iPhone X.

Network settings that have been overridden by the recent iOS update might have acquired some errors and thereby halted the Bluetooth pairing process. This is usually what happens if you’ve customized your iPhone’s network settings according to your preferences. To rectify errors like these, reset network settings on your iPhone X with these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app 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 if prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm network settings reset.

This reset will erase not only your saved Bluetooth connections but Wi-Fi networks too. After the reset, all the default network configurations are restored, hence any invalid network settings override from the recent iOS update will likewise be cleared. You need to set up your Wi-Fi network to reconnect to the Internet. Also enable Bluetooth to pair and connect to your Bluetooth accessory as well.

Last resort: Restore your iPhone X to fix iOS 13 Bluetooth pairing error.

The recently installed iOS 13 software might have contained some complex errors that have bricked your iPhone’s operating system and/or ruined its Bluetooth pairing functions. If this is the case, restoring your iPhone in recovery mode would be the next option for you to solve the problem. Be sure to use the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or Windows computer. Just follow these steps whenever you’re ready to restore your iPhone X in recovery mode:

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer using the Lightning cable that came with it. If necessary, quit iTunes if it’s currently running on your computer.
  2. While your iPhone is connected, do the force restart sequence. Just press the Volume Up button then quickly press the Volume Down button. Finally, press and hold the Side button until your phone restarts and shows the iTunes recovery screen. Do not release the Side button when the Apple logo appears because you will need to put your device in recovery mode.

As soon as your iPhone has entered recovery mode, you can open iTunes and follow the onscreen commands to Restore your device from the most recent iOS backup. 

Wait for the restore to finish and then use iTunes to set up your iPhone X. Once you’re done setting it up, disconnect it from the computer and then reboot it.

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Still getting iOS 13 Bluetooth pairing error on your iPhone X?

Try pairing your iPhone to any other compatible Bluetooth device you’ve got. Doing so will help you determine whether or not the problem is with the previous Bluetooth device you’re trying to pairing with your iPhone X. If the pairing is successful with other devices except for one, then the problem isn’t with your iPhone or iOS 13. In that case, there’s not much can be done on your end unless you know how to troubleshoot the other device. If your iPhone X doesn’t pair with any Bluetooth devices, then that’s more likely a clear indication of an iOS 13 Bluetooth bug that requires a dedicated fix patch. In that case, escalating the problem to Apple Support would be necessary. If that’s confirmed a widespread post-update issue, then Apple must be obliged to develop and push the needed fix patch so as to address the problem.

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