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Bluetooth Not Working On iPhone 8 Plus? The Fix!

In iPhone 8 Plus by David Lynch

Your iPhone 8 Plus won't connect to Bluetooth and you're not sure why. Bluetooth makes it possible to connect wirelessly to other Bluetooth-enabled devices such as AirPods, headphones, speakers, and more. This article will explain how to fix the problem when Bluetooth is not working on your iPhone 8 Plus!

Before You Can Pair Your iPhone To Bluetooth Devices

Your iPhone 8 Plus can only connect to other Bluetooth devices when Bluetooth is turned on. Go to Settings -> Bluetooth and turn on the switch next to Bluetooth at the top of the menu.

Your iPhone also needs to be “in range” of your Bluetooth device before they can connect. “In range” typically means about 25 feet — if your devices are further apart than that, they may not pair!

What To Do When Your iPhone 8 Plus Won't Connect To Bluetooth

1. Restart Your iPhone

  • Restart Your iPhone
Restarting your iPhone gives it an opportunity to start fresh when it turns back on.

Why Should I Restart My iPhone?

Restarting your iPhone can sometimes fix minor software glitches and errors.

How Do I Restart My iPhone?

  1. Press and hold the power button (Sleep / Wake button) on your iPhone until the slide to power off slider appears on the display.
  2. Swipe the red power icon from left to right to turn off your iPhone.
  3. Wait about 30 seconds, then press and hold the power button again until you see the Apple logo appear in the center of the display.

If The Power Button Is Broken (Option 1)

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Shut Down.
  4. Swipe the red power icon from left to right.
  5. Plug your iPhone into a power source using a Lightning cable to turn it back on.

If The Power Button Is Broken (Option 2)

  1. Watch our YouTube video or follow the steps below!
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Tap General.
  4. Tap Accessibility.
  5. Tap AssistiveTouch.
  6. Turn on the switch next to AssistiveTouch.
  7. Tap the AssistiveTouch button when it appears on the display.
  8. Tap Device.
  9. Tap More.
  10. Tap Restart.
  11. Tap Restart again when the confirmation alert appears.

2. Turn Bluetooth Off And Back On Again

  • Turn Bluetooth Off And Back On Again
Bluetooth allows you to connect your iPhone to Bluetooth devices like AirPods, speakers, keyboards, and more.

Why Should I Turn Bluetooth Off And Back On Again?

Turning Bluetooth off and back on again is sometimes enough to fix simple connectivity issues between your iPhone and Bluetooth devices.

How Do I Turn Bluetooth Off And Back On Again?

There are three ways to turn Bluetooth off and back on:

With The Settings App

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Bluetooth.
  4. Use your finger to tap the green switch next to Bluetooth to turn it off. You'll know Bluetooth is off when the switch is gray.
  5. Tap the switch again to turn Bluetooth back on. You'll the Bluetooth is on when the switch turns green.

With Control Center

  1. Use your finger to swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center.
  2. Use your finger to tap the Bluetooth icon Bluetooth Icon, which looks like a “B” made of triangles. You'll know Bluetooth is off when the icon is black with a gray background.
  3. To turn Bluetooth back on, tap the Bluetooth icon once again. You'll know Bluetooth is on when the icon is white with a blue background.

Using Siri

  1. Open Siri by pressing and holding the Home button until Siri appears, or by saying, “Hey Siri.”
  2. To turn off Bluetooth, say, “Turn off Bluetooth.”
  3. To turn Bluetooth back on, say, “Turn on Bluetooth.”

3. Try Pairing Your iPhone To A Different Bluetooth Device

  • Try Pairing Your iPhone To A Different Bluetooth Device

When you have trouble connecting your iPhone to a Bluetooth device, you can diagnose whether the problem is coming from your iPhone or the Bluetooth device by attempting to pair your iPhone with a different Bluetooth device. If your iPhone connects to one device but not the other, then you've identified that the connectivity issue is being caused by the particular Bluetooth device, not your iPhone.

How Do I Try Pairing My iPhone To A Different Bluetooth Device?

  1. To pair your iPhone to a different Bluetooth device, make sure your iPhone has Bluetooth turned on and your Bluetooth device is in pairing mode.
  2. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  3. Tap Bluetooth.
  4. Under My Devices, tap the Bluetooth device you want to connect to.
  5. If the Bluetooth device and your iPhone paired properly, your original connectivity issue was being caused by the other Bluetooth device.

4. Turn Bluetooth Pairing Mode Off And Back On Again On Your Bluetooth Device

  • Turn Bluetooth Pairing Mode Off And Back On Again On Your Bluetooth Device

Turn pairing mode off and back on again on your Bluetooth device can sometimes fix minor software glitches and connectivity issues between your Bluetooth device and iPhone.

How Do I Turn Bluetooth Pairing Mode Off And Back On Again On My Bluetooth Device?

  1. Press and hold the Bluetooth pairing button or switch on your Bluetooth device until the device comes out of pairing mode.
  2. To put the device back in pairing mode, press and hold the Bluetooth pairing mode button.

Pro Tips

  • The button or switch that puts a Bluetooth device into pairing mode will be different on almost every Bluetooth device.
  • Our example Bluetooth device is the Arctic P324 Bluetooth headset, a lightweight, Bluetooth sports headset.

5. Forget The Bluetooth Device

  • Forget The Bluetooth Device

When your iPhone forgets a Bluetooth device, it will be as if the two devices were never connected. Next time you pair the Bluetooth with your iPhone, it will be like pairing the devices for the first time, giving the connection a fresh start.

How Do I Forget The Bluetooth Device?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Tap on the blue “i” information iconnext to the Bluetooth device you want to forget.
  4. Tap Forget This Device.
  5. Tap Forget Device.
  6. You'll know the device has been forgotten when it doesn't appear under Devices in Bluetooth.

6. Reset Network Settings

  • Reset Network Settings
Resetting network settings erases all the saved Bluetooth devices and WiFi networks currently set up on your iPhone.

Why Should I Reset Network Settings?

Resetting the network settings can give your iPhone a “fresh start” and allow it to connect to Bluetooth devices or WiFi networks that may have been problematic.

How Do I Reset Network Settings?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to Reset. Reset is the final option in Settings -> General.
  4. Tap Reset Network Settings.
  5. Enter your passcode.
  6. When your iPhone restarts, the reset is complete.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure you know all of your Wi-Fi passwords before Resetting Network Settings. You'll have to reenter all of your Wi-Fi passwords after your iPhone resets.

7. DFU Restore Your iPhone

  • DFU Restore Your iPhone
A DFU (Device Firmware Update) restore is most in-depth reset you can do to an iPhone. A DFU restore uses your computer to erase and reload all the code that controls both the software and hardware on your iPhone.

Why Should I DFU Restore My iPhone?

A DFU restore has the potential to fix software problems by completely erasing the code which may be causing your problem. The code is rewritten as if  your iPhone is brand new, so the software problem may get solved.

Think of it like a house that has cracks in the foundation. Rather than try and fix the cracks, we are building an entirely new foundation.

How Do I DFU Restore My iPhone?

Watch our DFU restore video walkthrough on YouTube, or follow the steps below:

  1. Using a Lightning cable, plug your iPhone into a USB port on your computer.
  2. Open iTunes. It doesn’t matter if your iPhone is on or off.
  3. On an iPhone 7 or newer, press and hold the power and volume down button.  
  4. After 8 seconds, release the Power Button, but continue to hold the volume down button
  5. Let go of the volume down button when iTunes says “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.”
  6. Your iPhone’s display will be completely black if you’ve successfully entered DFU mode. If it’s not, try again from the beginning.
  7. Restore your iPhone using iTunes.

Pro Tips

  • If you can, back up your iPhone before completing a DFU restore. Any time you do a restore, it erases everything from your iPhone. However, after the restore is completed, you restore all your backed up data back onto your iPhone.
  • Learn more about DFU restores in our article: How To Put An iPhone Into DFU Mode, The Apple Way.
  • A damaged component can prevent your iPhone from fully completing the DFU restore. If your iPhone is damaged in any way, a DFU may break your iPhone.
  • In Apple jargon, the power button is also known as the Sleep / Wake Button.

8. Repair Your iPhone With Puls

  • Repair Your iPhone With Puls

Puls is a “we come to you” iPhone repair service that will meet you at your home, office, or Starbucks to repair your iPhone in as little as 30 minutes. Every Puls repair is backed by a lifetime warranty and their prices tend to be a lot less than Apple's.

Puls repairs broken iPhone screens, batteries, speakers, cameras, charging ports, and more. The only drawback at this point is that Puls isn't available everywhere (they're mostly in major US cities).

How Do I Repair My iPhone With Puls?

  1. Visit Puls.com.
  2. Select iPhone.
  3. Select the model of your iPhone.
  4. Enter your ZIP Code.
  5. Select the color of your iPhone.
  6. Select the repair you need completed and fill out any additional information you want the technician to know.
  7. Schedule a repair time and date.
  8. Enter your address and personal information.
  9. Click “have a coupon code?” right above Submit Repair Request.
  10. Enter the coupon code PF10ND18 to save at least $10 on your repair.
  11. Click the button that says “Submit Repair Request”.

Pro Tips

  • Every certified Puls technician has passed a background check, so you'll know they'll do a great job!

9. Repair Your iPhone With Apple

  • Repair Your iPhone With Apple

Apple repairs iPhones at the Genius Bar in Apple Stores and through their online mail-in repair service. Apple repairs are high-quality, but out-of-warranty repairs can be much more expensive than third-party solutions. If you're looking to save some money you're not covered by Apple's warranty, you may want to check out our other recommendations.

How Do I Repair My iPhone With Apple?

How To Repair Your iPhone With Apple's Mail-In Service

  1. Visit Apple's support website to begin the online mail-in repair process.
  2. Alternatively, call 1-800-MY-APPLE (1-800-692-7753) to set up a repair.

How To Repair Your iPhone At The Genius Bar Inside Your Local Apple Store

  1. Visit Apple's website to make a Genius Bar appointment before you go into the store. Apple Stores are extremely busy, and if you don't have an appointment, you may have to wait for hours or end up being turned away. (Editor's note: I'm a former Apple tech and we're not exaggerating — please, do yourself a favor and make an appointment first!)
  2. When you arrive, go to the Genius Bar to check in for your appointment.
  3. Genius Bar appointments always include free diagnosis. If you're under warranty, many repairs can be done on the spot, but it all depends upon which parts are in stock. If you're not under warranty, the Genius will give you a quote for the cost of a repair.

Pro Tips

  • If you're not sure whether your iPhone is still under warranty, you can find out on Apple's website.
  • Apple repairs are covered by a 90-day AppleCare warranty.
  • If you've ever used a 3rd-party service to repair your iPhone, or if you've ever replaced a part of your iPhone with a non-Apple part, then the Apple Store may not repair your iPhone. (Shhhh!)
  • In some cases, Apple will not repair devices that are older than five years old. These devices are classified as vintage or legacy.

This Article Blue Me Away!

Your iPhone 8 Plus is pairing with Bluetooth devices once again! Next time your Bluetooth is not working on your iPhone 8 Plus, you'll be prepared. If you have any other questions about your iPhone 8 Plus, leave them in the comments section below!

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