How to Set Up Bluetooth on an iPhone

The iPhone's Bluetooth feature enables you to wirelessly connect Bluetooth accessories to your iPhone. To pair your iPhone with a Bluetooth accessory, enable Bluetooth in your iPhone's Settings app, and then activate pairing mode on your Bluetooth accessory.

Enable Bluetooth on your iPhone

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Open your iPhone's Settings app and then select Bluetooth.

iPhone settings
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Tap the Bluetooth toggle switch to enable it.

Enable iPhone Bluetooth.
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Pair Your iPhone with a Bluetooth Accessory

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Turn on your Bluetooth accessory and place it in pairing mode -- making your Bluetooth accessory discoverable to other Bluetooth devices.

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Select the name matching your Bluetooth accessory. Available Bluetooth devices appear in the Devices section of your iPhone's Bluetooth settings.

Pair discovered Bluetooth accessories.
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You may be prompted to enter a pin number, pass code or key sequence. If your Bluetooth accessory requires a pin number or a pass code, enter it and then tap Pair. Otherwise, follow the prompt's instructions to complete the pairing process.

Troubleshoot Common Bluetooth Connection Problems

  • Move your iPhone and Bluetooth accessory closer together.
  • Turn off your iPhone's Bluetooth feature and then turn it back on.
  • Reboot your iPhone and then enable the Bluetooth feature.
  • Make sure your Bluetooth accessory is powered on and in pairing mode.
  • To remove the Bluetooth accessory from your iPhone's list of remembered devices, tap the information icon -- a lowercase "i" in a circle located beside your accessory in the list of paired devices -- select Forget this Device, and then re-pair the device.
  • Follow Apple's Guide to troubleshoot Bluetooth connection problems.