How to Fix Bluetooth Issues on iPhone 13, Pro, Max, and mini

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Is Bluetooth not working properly on your iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, or iPhone 13 mini? There could be many reasons for this. Nonetheless, here are some general tips, tricks, and solutions you can follow to fix Bluetooth issues on your iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Some of the reported iPhone 13 Bluetooth problems include:

  • Bluetooth not turning on
  • Bluetooth unavailable or unable to connect to the Bluetooth accessory or car audio
  • Bluetooth devices suddenly disconnecting
  • Crackling sound during call
  • Unable to initialize calls over Bluetooth
  • Not able to connect to new Bluetooth devices
  • When connected to AirPods or car stereo, music tracks skip or stutter

If there was a wire, you’d wiggle it. If there was a plug, you’d pull it out and put it back in. But what do you do when your problem is with the wireless wizardry of Bluetooth devices?

In this guide, we will be going through all the methods you can use to help fix Bluetooth issues on your iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, or iPhone 13 mini.

Let’s get started.

How to fix Bluetooth problems on iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro

1. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on

To start off this list, we’ll be doing a bunch of simple methods to help troubleshoot and fix your problem. Ensure Bluetooth is turned on. You should see the little Bluetooth symbol at the top of your phone’s screen. If you don’t, go into the settings > Bluetooth and turn on the Bluetooth toggle.

2. Make sure the devices you want to pair are designed to connect with each other

Whether it’s a headset, speaker, mouse, keyboard, camera or something else, your device has a specific profile that spells out what it can connect with. If you’re not sure, check the user manual.

3. Make sure the two devices are in close enough proximity to one another

If your iPhone 13 cannot find Bluetooth devices, make sure any devices you’re trying to pair are within five feet of one other.

4. Turn Off and On Bluetooth

The next step for solving iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max Bluetooth issues is to toggle your iPhone’s Bluetooth connection. Turning your Bluetooth off and on is a standard solution and essentially works by disconnecting you from your Bluetooth device and reconnecting yourself to it.

Although this is a simple solution, if the problem lies in the faulty connection between you and your Bluetooth device, then this should be the only fix you need. You can do this by going to Settings > Bluetooth and then disable the switch at the top of the page.

5. Enable And Disable Airplane Mode

Another simple fix that works similarly to turning off and on your Bluetooth connection is enabling and disabling Airplane mode on your phone. Airplane mode will terminate all radio wave connections made by your phone to any Bluetooth accessory.

Enabling and disabling this feature will reset all concurrent network connections made by your phone, which will be a much more substantial reset compared to the previous method.

6. Turn on discoverable mode

Let’s say you want to pair your iPhone 13 with your car’s infotainment system so you can enjoy hands-free calling, texting and navigation. First, navigate to your iPhone’s settings and tap on Bluetooth; doing so makes the phone visible to the car. Then press the button on your car’s infotainment system, usually on the steering wheel or center stack, to get it looking for the device.

Once it finds your iPhone, the car will display a numeric code you need to confirm or input on your iPhone. After you do so, the devices should be paired. Keep in mind your phone will only stay in discoverable mode for a few minutes; if you take too long, you’ll need to start over.

7. Restart Your iPhone.

A soft reset sometimes can resolve an issue. Restarting any device will fix most software issues as this will terminate any running programs and boot it up, which should cause it to function like normal. You can restart your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro by going to Settings > General > Shut Down.

8. Disconnect From a Bluetooth Device and reconnect

If the previous tip didn’t work for you, you can try disconnecting and reconnecting to a problematic Bluetooth device. You can do this by going to Settings > Bluetooth. Select the specific Bluetooth device and then choose Disconnect.

After that, it’s best to turn off the Bluetooth device and then turn it back on to see if it will reconnect.

9. Forget And Reconnect To Your Bluetooth device

If your iPhone 13 sees a device but isn’t receiving data from it, you can try forgetting the device you paired with, and then try reconnecting. You can do this by going to Settings > Bluetooth, select the device. On the next page, choose Forget This Device. Then go through the pairing process with the Bluetooth device again.

10. Update iOS Software

If you’re still having Bluetooth issues on your iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max, make sure your phone is running the latest version of iOS. Keeping your iPhone software up-to-date is important for a number of reasons. It’s vital for security and adds all the latest iOS features to your iPhone.

If you are running iOS 15; you should wait for another point release of the OS from Apple to see if that fixes the Bluetooth issues or not. It is pretty common for the first build of a major OS to have some problems, and companies generally tend to release a point update soon after to fix any widely reported issues. You can check for a software update by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

You’ll either be promoted to update or see that your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS.

11. Reset Network Settings.

If you suffer from continued Bluetooth issues on your iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max or iPhone 13 mini, you can also try to reset network settings. Resetting these will not delete any of your personal data, so don’t worry about losing any of your files. But please take note: along with completely wiping all Bluetooth information on your iPhone, this will erase other network settings including known Wi-Fi networks, APN and VPN settings. You can do this by navigating to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

12. Restore iPhone

This is not an ideal solution, but if none of the steps discussed above resolve Bluetooth issues on your iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max, then you would have to restore your device completely. It is possible that errors or bugs rest in the system rather than settings. Henceforth, resetting your iPhone would erase all data and settings and the operating system will be available fresh. However, take note that all of your data will be deleted, so it is better to keep a backup. Restoring your iPhone would potentially fix Bluetooth problems. You can do this by going to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Erase All Content and Settings.

This is all there is to it folks. These tips will fix Bluetooth problems on your iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max.

If these steps don’t help your iPhone 13 Bluetooth issues, it might not be software related. Instead, the Bluetooth hardware on your phone may be faulty.

The best way to determine if that’s the case, and to get it fixed, is to make an appointment with the Genius Bar at your local Apple store and have them check out your phone.

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If the above methods did not help in solving the Bluetooth problems on your iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max, your only bet is to wait for a new iOS update from Apple which should hopefully fix whatever problem you are facing.

We hope this guide has helped you with your Bluetooth problems. Have you faced Bluetooth issues on your iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max? Drop a comment and let us know the tip that helped you out.

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