Pairing a Bluetooth enabled device with your iPhone: 15 steps (with pictures)

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Pairing a Bluetooth enabled device with your iPhone: 15 steps (with pictures)
Pairing a Bluetooth enabled device with your iPhone: 15 steps (with pictures)
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Bluetooth devices are becoming increasingly popular, partly due to the ban on holding a mobile phone while driving. In addition, Bluetooth is very useful for exchanging data. Common devices with Bluetooth include smartphones, headsets and computers, but the technology is also increasingly found in speakers, wireless keyboards and fitness bands. Even cars today are often equipped with Bluetooth technology. Fortunately, pairing or connecting a Bluetooth device to your iPhone is a relatively simple process.

Steps

Part 1 of 2: Pairing your iPhone with a Bluetooth device

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Step 1. Make sure your iPhone and the Bluetooth device are within range of each other

The Bluetooth technology only works if the devices are placed close to each other; a maximum of 10 meters is recommended. So if you want to pair your iPhone, make sure you are close to the Bluetooth device.

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Step 2. Turn on the Bluetooth device

Before you can pair your iPhone, you must turn on the device. You should also know if the device in question has a special Bluetooth setting, in case the function does not turn on automatically when the device is switched on.

  • You may need to activate the Bluetooth function with a button or switch. Look carefully at the device to find this option.
  • If the Bluetooth device is another smartphone or computer, you need to open the device's settings and search for the Bluetooth settings to enable the function.
  • In some cases, the Bluetooth device must be fully charged or have new batteries. You cannot pair the two devices if the device turns off during pairing.
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Step 3. Turn on the pairing function of the device

With some Bluetooth devices, you must first activate a function so that the device becomes visible. This feature has different names for different devices, but it's usually called "Discoverable", "Visible" or in English "Discoverable".

  • "Discoverable" here means that other Bluetooth devices are allowed to pair with this device if they are within range. When devices search for nearby Bluetooth devices, your device will appear on the list if it is discoverable.
  • If it's a device that automatically becomes visible when you turn it on, you probably don't need to look for this setting.
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Step 4. Unlock your iPhone

To get to the settings, you must first unlock your iPhone.

  • Press and hold the home button for the Touch ID feature to scan your fingerprint.
  • If you don't have this feature, you can enter your four-digit passcode after pressing the home button.
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Step 5. Find and open the Settings app

The Settings app can be recognized by a gray icon with a symbol that looks like a gear. Once you've found it, tap it to open the app.

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Step 6. Select Bluetooth from the list that now appears

Once the Settings app is opened, you'll find the Bluetooth setting somewhere at the top of the list, in the Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, and Cellular Network list. Tap on Bluetooth to get to the next page of Bluetooth settings.

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Step 7. Turn on your iPhone's Bluetooth function

You'll see one option on the next page, and that's turning on Bluetooth with a slider. Tap the slider to slide the button to the right, now you will see the slider's background turn green.

  • You may first notice the loading symbol, which looks like a series of small lines in the shape of a circle.
  • If you have activated the Bluetooth function, the following message will appear under the slider: "Now detectable as 'iPhone from ______'."
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Step 8. Find the Bluetooth device in the list under "Devices"

Now that you have activated Bluetooth on the iPhone, your iPhone will search for nearby Bluetooth devices. See if you can find the desired device in the list that appears.

Hopefully, the desired device is the only Bluetooth device that appears on the list. If you see multiple devices, try to find out the brand and type of the device, because this way the device will be recognizable in the list

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Step 9. Pair your iPhone with the Bluetooth device

You do this by tapping the name of the device as soon as it appears in the list of available devices.

  • Sometimes you have to enter a password first. For example, common passwords set by manufacturers are 0000, 1111, or 1234. Try one of these passwords to see if it is accepted. If not, please refer to the device manual. In some cases, for example with computers, you have to enter the password yourself.
  • Wait until you get a notification that your iPhone is paired with the Bluetooth device.
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Step 10. Keep both devices within reach while using them

Stay within range of the device while the devices are paired together, otherwise the connection will be lost. If you walk away you will probably have to reconnect again.

Once your iPhone and the device have been paired, the device will always remain visible in the list as soon as you activate Bluetooth on your iPhone. So you don't have to pair the device with your iPhone again next time, unless you instruct your iPhone to "forget" the device

Part 2 of 2: Troubleshoot when pairing with your iPhone fails

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Step 1. Determine if your iPhone is too old

In some cases, an iPhone is too old for Bluetooth technology. That may be the case with the iPhone 4 or older, because all versions of the iPhone from the 4S have Bluetooth as standard.

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Step 2. Restart the Bluetooth device

You may have turned on the device too late while your iPhone was searching for available devices, or another problem may have arisen. Try restarting the device to see if that helps.

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Step 3. Restart your iPhone

It could also be your iPhone not being able to pair with a Bluetooth device. If you're still having issues, try restarting and re-pairing your iPhone.

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Step 4. Make sure the latest version of iOS is installed on your iPhone

Sometimes pairing fails because your iPhone's operating system is not up-to-date.

Back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes and connect your phone to the adapter. Now connect to a Wi-Fi network if your phone is not already connected. Open the Settings app and tap General. After that, tap Software Update. If an update is available, tap Download and install, enter your passcode now. Your iPhone will reboot once the installation is complete, then you will need to adjust some settings, such as iCloud. After that, you can try to connect to Bluetooth again

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Step 5. Disconnect and reconnect the Bluetooth device

Make your iPhone "forget" the Bluetooth device and put your iPhone back into discoverable mode to search for devices again. Then reconnect to the Bluetooth device.

Tips

  • First check if the device you want to connect has Bluetooth. If you're buying a device to use it over Bluetooth, make sure it has Bluetooth first.
  • In the user manual of the device, look for the chapter on Bluetooth pairing. Here you will find useful tips on how to pair the Bluetooth device with other devices, such as your iPhone.

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