My iPhone 7 Won't Pair With My Car Bluetooth heres The Real Fix

My iPhone 7 Won’t Pair With My Car Bluetooth! Here’s The Real Fix.

In iPhone 7 by David Lynch

You want to listen to your iPhone 7 in the car, but Bluetooth isn't working properly. “My iPhone 7 won't pair with my car!” you exclaim. In this help article, I'll explain how to connect an iPhone 7 to car Bluetooth and demonstrate how to troubleshoot potential connectivity issues.

What Do I Need To Pair My iPhone With My Car?

In order to pair your iPhone with your car, make sure you've turned on Bluetooth on your iPhone. To turn on Bluetooth, open the Settings app, tap Bluetooth, and turn on the switch next to Bluetooth (the switch will be green when turned on).

Once Bluetooth is turned on, your car should appear under Other Devices. Select your car under Other Devices to pair it your iPhone.

connect iPhone to car bluetooth

If this process isn't working for you, it probably means that a software issue is preventing your iPhone from connecting your car via Bluetooth. Follow the steps below to solve this problem for good!

How To Fix An iPhone 7 That Won't Pair With Car Bluetooth

1. Turn Your iPhone Off And Back On

  • Turn Your iPhone Off And Back On
Turning your iPhone off and back on again can fix simple problems with your iPhone's software.

Why Should I Turn My iPhone Off And Back On?

When you turn off your iPhone, the operating system shuts down all the little background programs that keep your iPhone running. When you turn your iPhone back on, all those little background programs start fresh, and sometimes that’s enough to fix a simple software glitch.

How Do I Turn My iPhone Off And Back On?

  1. Press and hold the power button until “slide to power off” appears on the screen.
  2. Use your finger to swipe the red power button across the screen from left to right.
  3. Wait for your iPhone to turn all the way off. This may take up to 30 seconds.
  4. To turn your iPhone back on, press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
  5. Let go of the power button and wait for your iPhone to turn on.

Pro Tips

  • In Apple jargon, the power button is known as the Wake / Sleep button.

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. 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.

4. Update Your iPhone Software In The Settings App

  • Update Your iPhone Software In The Settings App
When you update your iPhone software, you are installing the most recent iOS update. iOS is an operating system used for mobile devices made by Apple.

Why Should I Update My iPhone Software In The Settings App?

Apple puts out new software updates to improve efficiency, fix bugs, and introduce new features. Updating iOS can fix problems with your iPhone's software.

How Do I Update My iPhone Software In The Settings App?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Software Update.
  4. Tap Install Now.
  5. Enter your passcode.
  6. The update will begin once it is verified.
  7. The update is complete after your iPhone restarts.

Pro Tips

  • You'll know there's a new software update if you see a red circle with a white "1" update available icon in it next to Software Update in Settings -> General.
  • To install the latest software update, your iPhone will either need to be plugged in or have 50% battery.

5. 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.

6. 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.

Life Is A Highway!

You've successfully paired your iPhone 7 to your car and you can get back on the road while listening to your favorite songs. We hope you'll share this help article on social media, or leave us a comment down below. Thanks for reading!

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