How To Fix Bluetooth Connectivity Issues in iOS 8.3 on iPhone or iPad

Another iOS update and a slew of bugs! You guessed it, right. It seems as if no iOS update could ever remain away from issues. Just a week back when Apple released iOS 8.3, I was overwhelmed to see the number of enhancements and bug fixes that arrived with the update. However, hardly had I tried to update my iPhone to iOS 8.3, one of my friends reported that his Touch ID was not working while purchasing or downloading app in App Store after the iOS 8.3 update. In other words, his Touch ID got unauthorized without any valid reason.

And when Touch ID issue was somehow fixed, another bug surfaced-Bluetooth connectivity issue came to light on many media forums. A number of iPhone users have reported that they aren’t able to connect their device to Bluetooth based accessories such as, earphones, speakers or even car stereos. If you have also experienced with this Bluetooth pairing issue on your iPhone in iOS 8.3, here is how you can troubleshoot it. Let’s go!Bluetooth Not Working in iOS 8.3 on iPhone and iPadHow To Fix Bluetooth Connectivity Issues in iOS 8.3 on iPhone or iPad

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Primary Solutions

Some iPhone owners who had encountered with this Bluetooth pairing issue reported to have fixed it by rebooting their device.

#1. To reboot your device, hold on sleep/wake button and Home button simultaneously until Apple logo appears on your iPhone screen.How to Restart-Reboot iPhone 6 and 6 Plus#2. You can also toggle Bluetooth on/off a few times to fix this issue. Again, there are two ways you can turn on/off Bluetooth.

Go to Settings app → Tap on Bluetooth → Toggle on/off

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Bluetooth Settings in iOS 8.3 on iPhoneToggle Bluetooth Settings in iOS 8Or

Bring up Control Center by swiping up from bottom of your iPhone screen and then turn on/off.Toggle Bluetooth Settings from iOS 8 Control CenterViable Solution

There is an option in Bluetooth called Forget This Device which can be turned off in order to fix this issue. Of course, you would have to pair your device again but it can potentially solve this connectivity issue. Let’s check out!

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

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Bluetooth Settings in iOS 8.3 on iPhoneStep #2. Tap on the “i” icon next to the device name under My Devices.

Tap on i Icon in Bluetooth Settings in iPhoneStep #3. Tap on Forget This Device → Tap on Forget Device from the bottom to confirm.Tap on Forget This Device in iPhone Bluetooth SettingsNow, try to connect your iPhone with the Bluetooth enabled accessories as usual. It should be all right.

Final Solution

If all the above two solutions haven’t worked out for you, then Reset Network Settings. One thing to be remembered that it will delete all the network settings.

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  • Go to Settings app → Tap on General → Scroll down and tap on Reset → Tap on Reset Network Settings → Tap on Reset Network Settings again from the bottom to confirm.

Reset iPhone Network SettingsIf nothing seems to have fixed this issue then you need to restore your device as new. First off, make sure to back up your device before restoring it as new. It will delete all the media and data of your device and install the latest version of iOS on your device.

  • Connect your iPhone to Mac or computer → launch iTunes → select your device from the top left menu → click on Restore iPhone → up next, click Restore and Update to confirm.

Restore Your iPhone from iTunesThat’s done!

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.


  1. OK, here are my findings. Did all of the above, iphone5 and iphone 4s. Last good know was 8.1.x. I notice some ipad mini and iphone 6+ is encountering the same problem. Verizon and AT&T, with the exception of 1 Sprint on 8.3. All of the Verizon I came across doesn’t work.


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