How To Fix Apple iPhone 8 Can’t Pair Or Connect To A Bluetooth Accessory

More and more people are now making use of the advanced wireless technology features a smartphone offers, particularly Bluetooth. Today’s Bluetooth technology does not only render a wider proximity range but also speed and stability. Nonetheless, it’s not perfect. Hence you won’t be surprised if one day you will just find out that your iPhone is not connecting to your Bluetooth accessories like keyboards, headsets, or car. A lot of factors can cause problems like this to occur on your iPhone. These along with some helpful workarounds and potential solutions are what this post highlights. Consider this context as free reference if ever you are having trouble pairing or connecting your iPhone 8 to a Bluetooth accessory.

How to fix iPhone 8 that won’t connect to Bluetooth devices

Before you start troubleshooting, verify and ensure that Bluetooth is enabled on your iPhone. The quickest way to find out is to open the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and then see if the Bluetooth icon is turned on. You will know when it’s on if the Bluetooth icon is highlighted in blue. Otherwise, it appears in gray. You can toggle the Bluetooth switch off and then on again to refresh your iPhone’s Bluetooth system first. Another thing you need to consider is the proximity range between your iPhone and the Bluetooth device you are attempting to pair with or connect to. If possible, try to place them next to each other as you go through this troubleshooting guide.

If you’ve verified that Bluetooth is turned on and within range yet you still cannot pair or connect your iPhone 8 with your Bluetooth accessory, then it’s time to move on and troubleshoot your iPhone software with these subsequent methods.

First solution: Restart your iPhone 8 (soft reset)

A simple restart (soft reset) on the iPhone can help fix various types of software errors that may cause Bluetooth pairing issues on your device. It’s the very first recommended solution to minor software issues in mobile devices. It doesn’t affect any of your iPhone data so you can expect no data loss in the process. All it does is to give your device a fresh start.

To restart your iPhone 8, follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Side/Power button for a few seconds until the slider appears.
  2. Drag the Slide to Power off to turn your phone completely off.
  3. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Side/Power button again until the Apple logo appears.

Wait until your iPhone boots up completely the try to pair it again with your Bluetooth accessory.

Second solution: Disable/enable pairing mode on your Bluetooth device

Bluetooth devices usually have a dedicated button or switch for you to press on to take them in and out of pairing mode. Locate that button on your Bluetooth device then press or hold on it to turn pairing mode off.  After about 30 seconds, flip the switch or press the button again to put it back into pairing mode. After doing so, try to pair or connect the Bluetooth device to your iPhone again.

This workaround can help rectify any minor software glitch that might have prevented your Bluetooth device from communicating with your iPhone 8.

Third solution: Forget the Bluetooth device on your iPhone 8

Forgetting a Bluetooth device works by removing your Bluetooth device from your phone’s memory, making it like it was never connected to your iPhone. The next time you pair them, it would be like the very first time they are pairing or connecting. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Tap to open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the blue i or information icon next to the Bluetooth device you want to forget or delete.
  4. Select the option to Forget This Device.
  5. If prompted, tap Forget Device to confirm.
  6. Navigate to My Devices section in the Settings menu. If you no longer see your Bluetooth device in the list, it means the device has been forgotten.

Restart your iPhone then re-attempt to pair or connect it to your Bluetooth device. Your Bluetooth device must likewise be in pairing mode. If that doesn’t help and the problem persists, then move on and resort to software resets.

Fourth solution: Reset network settings on your iPhone 8

A network settings reset clears all network settings you’ve set up on your iPhone including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi networks,  and VPN settings. It’s a way of giving your iPhone a clean fresh start when connecting to Bluetooth devices or Wi-Fi networks. Network errors transpiring on your iPhone are likewise resolved in the process.

Before you proceed, be sure to note all your Wi-Fi passwords as you will need to re-enter them afterwards. Once you’re all set, reset network settings on your iPhone 8 with these steps:

  1. Tap to open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll to and tap Reset.
  4. Select the option to Reset Network Settings.
  5. If prompted, enter your device passcode to continue.
  6. Wait until your iPhone resets network settings and then restarts by itself.

After it boots up, set up your Wi-Fi networks, enable Bluetooth, then scan for and start Bluetooth pairing again.

Fifth solution: Reset or Restore your iPhone 8

You may resort to a full system reset or iOS restore if none of the prior solutions is able to fix the problem. There might be a more complex system error that’s preventing your iPhone from pairing or connecting to any Bluetooth accessory and that’s the next thing you need to deal with. Be advised though that an iPhone restore also results to data loss thus creating a backup would be necessary beforehand.

When the backup is finished, you may proceed with a factory reset (master reset) through your iPhone settings.

To do so, head over to Settings-> General-> Reset-> Erase all content and settings.

Wait until the reset is finished and see if that fixes the problem. If a factory reset failed, then you may go for a DFU mode restore instead. A more comprehensive walkthrough on how to perform a DFU mode restore on iPhone 8 is available in our Troubleshooting page. Feel free to use it as reference if ever you need more help with the steps.

Seek More Help

Contact the manufacturer of your Bluetooth device for further assistance and other options. Also verify if the Bluetooth device is running a compatible Bluetooth technology with that of your iPhone 8. If the problem appears to be a post-update issue like when you started having trouble pairing or connecting to a Bluetooth device after installing a new software update on your iPhone 8, then contact Apple Support to escalate the problem for prompt fixing.