How to Fix Bluetooth Issue on iPhone X/XS/XS Max


The Bluetooth not pairing issue is one of the most common problems that has been reported by most iPhone users.

While there are lots of reasons that could be causing this problem including proximity and system incompatibility, it’s been reported that system updates are also contributing to this issue making it difficult to pair your iPhone with devices such as earphones.

If you are facing this problem, then don’t fret because we have a solution for you. Whether your Bluetooth is not connecting or just spinning wheels, here are some tips on how you can fix this issue.

1. Turn your Bluetooth OFF and then ON

At times, all it takes is to restart your device’s Bluetooth feature. Restarting the Bluetooth helps correct any software glitches.

There are two methods that you can employ to restart the Bluetooth feature on your iPhone X/XS/XS Max.

Method 1:

  • Go to settings.
  • Tap on Bluetooth feature and then toggle the slider to switch it off for a few seconds.
  • Now toggle the slider again to turn it back on.

Method 2:

  • At the bottom of your screen, slide up the Control Center.
  • You’ll see shortcut items including the Bluetooth icon.
  • Tap on it to turn off Bluetooth and wait for a few seconds.
  • Tap on it again to turn it back on.

2. Restart Your Device

If the above fix does not work, do a simple reboot. This procedure will not affect any data on your phone and will help fix minor software glitches.

To conduct a simple reboot on your iPhone X, XS or XS Max, follow the following simple steps.

  • Press and hold the Power button together with the Volume up or Volume down
  • Wait for the Power off slider to appear.
  • Drag the slider to turn off your device
  • Wait for about 30 seconds
  • Press and hold the power key power on the device again. Release when the Apple logo appears.
  • Wait for the device to reboot.

Repeat Fix 1 once the device is back on and test whether the issue is rectified. If the issue persists, continue onto the next fix.

3. Disable then Enable Pairing mode on the Bluetooth device you intend to pair

Most Bluetooth enabled gadgets including earphones or earbuds have a switch that enables them to pair. If your device has that switch, press and hold to switch it off for a few seconds, and then press it again to turn it back on and into pairing mode.

Now try connecting the device to your iPhone. Continue on to the next step if this doesn’t work.

4. Forget or Delete Device and Pair It Again

If the device keeps disconnecting, try and forgetting or deleting the device completely and then pairing it again.

To forget device, follow the steps below.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Bluetooth
  • Tap on the paired device with a connection problem
  • Tap on “i” icon and then tap on “Forget the device” option.
  • Pair the device again. This step should fix the problem.

5. Reset Network Settings

If re-pairing doesn’t work, it’s time to restore the default settings on your iPhone. To reset network settings follow the following steps

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on General >>> then select the Reset option
  • Tap on Reset menu >>>> then tap on Reset Network Settings
  • Your device will ask you to enter a passcode
  • Tap on Reset Network Settings

6. Try Pairing with another Device

If the problem persists with the device you are trying to pair with, try pairing your iPhone with another Bluetooth device to determine whether the problem is actually with your phone. If the phone pairs with another device, then the problem is not with your iPhone.

If the problem persist even with a different device, try the following final fix.

7. Update iOS Software

Sometimes Bluetooth connection issues on iPhone X and other iPhone models have been known to arise due to a missing update. It is thus recommended that you update your iOS software regularly to avoid software related issues.

Follow the following steps to update your iPhone X.

  • Go to Setting >>>General
  • Go to Software Update
  • Tap on Download and install

You can also update it on iTunes by launching the iTunes app and then opening the Summary tab. Go to check for update and download any update available.

 Wrapping Up

The Bluetooth not working issue is not only an iPhone issue but also a problem with most smartphones. Luckily, there are a number of fixes that can help resolve this issue with ease. In this guide, we have laid down the top 8 effective fixes that you can apply to restore your iPhone X, XS or XS Max Bluetooth functionality. We hope that you’ll find the above tips helpful.