Bluetooth Not Working in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad? Tips to Fix the Issue

If Bluetooth connectivity is not working on your iPhone and iPad running iOS 11, give these effective solutions a chance to troubleshoot the issue.

There are some issues like Bluetooth connectivity problem that keeps on cropping up from time to time. Hence, I wasn’t surprised at all when I found Bluetooth not working on my iOS 11 device the other day.

I tried a few simple yet effective tricks that have been very loyal and worked on previous iOS versions as well and got the solution without any pain in the back. If the Bluetooth connectivity seems to have suddenly gone kaput on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 and you wish to get rid of the problem quickly, follow these viable solutions.

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Bluetooth Not Working in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

How to Fix Bluetooth Not Working Issue on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 11

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Solution #1: Turn OFF/ON Bluetooth and Hard Reset Your Device

One of the first tricks that you should try to fix this issue is turn off Bluetooth (also turn off Bluetooth device) and then hard reset your iOS device. Then, turn on the Bluetooth and the device you are trying to connect with your iPhone. Next, try pairing them again.

One thing worth mentioning is that you can’t completely turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from Control Center on iOS 11. Hence, you need to head into Settings app → Bluetooth and then toggle off the switch.

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Then, hard reboot your device. Just press and hold the Home button and sleep/wake button at once until you see Apple logo on the screen.

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On iPhone 7/7 Plus, you have to press and hold the volume down and sleep/wake buttons at once to force restart it.

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Solution #2: Remove All the Paired Devices and Start Afresh

If the aforementioned solution didn’t yield the desired result, remove all the paired devices → reboot your iPhone. And once your device has restarted, try to connect it with the Bluetooth accessory.

Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on Bluetooth.

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Open Settings then Bluetooth on iPhone Running iOS 11

Step #2. Tap on the “i” button next to a connected device.

Tap on i Button Next to Bluetooth Device in iOS 11 on iPhone

Step #3. Tap on Forget this device and confirm.

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Step #4. Then, turn off Bluetooth.

Turn Off Bluetooth on iPhone in iOS 11

Step #5. Now, reboot your device. When it has restarted, turn on Bluetooth and try connecting them again.

Solution #3: Reset Network Settings

Haven’t been able to fix the problem as yet? Reset the network settings to factory default. It would wipe out website login information and Wi-Fi passwords. So, be prepared to enter them again.

Step #1. Open Settings app → General.

Open Settings then Tap on General in iOS 11 on iPhone

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Reset.

Tap on Reset in iOS 11 Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Tap on Reset Network Settings, enter your iPhone passcode and confirm.

Reset Network Settings on iPhone in iOS 11

Solution #4: Reset All Settings

Haven’t found the solution yet? Go for complete factory default. Don’t worry all of your media and files will remain safe.

Step #1. Open Settings → Tap on General.

Open Settings then Tap on General in iOS 11 on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Reset.

Tap on Reset in iOS 11 Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Tap on Reset All Settings, enter your iPhone passcode and confirm.

Reset All Settings on iPhone in iOS 11

Solution #5: Update iOS on your iDevice

If all the above-mentioned solutions have failed to fix the problem, then it’s time to go for the iOS upgrade.

Head over to Settings → Go to General.

Open Settings then Tap on General in iOS 11 on iPhone

Tap on Software Update and then download and install the latest version of iOS 11.

Update iOS 11 on Your iPhone or iPad

That’s it.

In case, if nothing works, contact Apple care.

Wrapping up

Having myself faced the Bluetooth connectivity issue on numerous occasions; I can say that it’s not a big problem. And whenever I’m unable to connect my device with any Bluetooth accessory, I’m able to fix it (more often than not) just by removing the device and connecting it again.

Have you been able to resolve the problem? Do share your feedback and also let us know which one of the above-mentioned tricks worked for you.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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