Fix For That Irritating iOS 10 Bluetooth Problem [Tips]

Fix For That Irritating iOS 10 Bluetooth Problem [Tips]
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Whether you saved hard or took the plunge and contractually obliged yourself to pay for a shiny new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, was it worth it? Are you experiencing any of the myriads of issues reported by users all over the world? Today I’m going to take a look at the recently reported iOS 10 Bluetooth problem that has many frustrated.

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iOS 10 Bluetooth: what’s the problem?

Of all the current issues being experienced by iOS 10 users, this could by far be the most frustrating. As you’re probably aware, all wireless headphones, speakers, etc. must connect via Bluetooth, so it with these accessories that the iOS 10 Bluetooth issue rears its ugly head. It either prevents connections/pairing from being set up or doesn’t allow for stable connections at all.

Additionally, some users have reported not being able to connect to their Mac or car audio systems. So it seems as though this iOS 10 Bluetooth fiasco is wide-reaching and probably should be Apple’s main focus.

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Right now there is no official fix for this, but you can bet that Apple is working on it. However, while we’re waiting, here are a few things you can try to fix the problem for yourself.

Switch Bluetooth off and reboot

If you’re an experienced iOS user, there’s a good chance that you may have tried this already, but if you haven’t, it’s worth a try.

  • To start with, we’re going to try to fix this iOS 10 Bluetooth problem by turning Bluetooth off and rebooting your device.To do that, go to Settings –> Bluetooth and switch it to Off.
  • Next, reboot your iPhone; you can do this by holding the Home Button and Power Button. Do this until you see the Apple logo.
  • Once your device has rebooted, go back to Settings –> Bluetooth and switch Bluetooth On.

Has the iOS 10 Bluetooth problem been fixed? If not, please try one of the other fixes below.

Repair Bluetooth connection

If the above didn’t work, you can try to fix the faulty Bluetooth connection. Go to Settings –> Bluetooth and select “i.” It can be found next to the device you’re trying to connect to. Once you have done this, choose Forget This Device. Sometimes, but not always, this will do the trick.

If this hasn’t fixed your iOS 10 Bluetooth woes, try the following.

Reset network settings

Before you follow the instructions below, be aware that doing so will result in the loss of your Wi-Fi settings, meaning that you will manually have to re-enter them once completed.

  • To reset your network settings, go to General –> Reset and then select Reset Network Settings.
  • Next, enter your password when required and confirm that you want to do this in the popup window.

Be patient while your device reboots; when it has, test to see if the iOS 10 Bluetooth problem is gone. Unfortunately, if the problem remains, try the next option.

Take your handset to Apple

So if you’ve followed the steps above and the iOS 10 Bluetooth issue is still with you, have you thought about taking your handset to Apple? There’s a good chance that you will be able to get the help of an Apple technician to rule out any hardware fault as the cause.

Have you been experiencing iOS 10 Bluetooth issues or found a fix that works? Please share your experiences with us in the comments section below.

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Darren is a proud father of two and a dedicated mobile technology writer from the UK. He's been writing about all things mobile, wearable, apps and anything else tech related for many years now for various sites all over the world.
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  1. First of all, I have an iPhone 6s and iPad Pro 9.7 quite a few Bluetooth devices; keyboard, watch, car, earbud, lock security cams. All worked fine with iOS9. None work right post iOS 10 with either device, several not at all (security cams and car) I have tried all of the above (except the last) multiple times. Nothing has helped. Update to 10.1 helped very slightly; Android watch which hadn’t worked at all at least connected sometimes.

    So down to your last suggestion, I took the phone to Apple store. Genius first said Apple stuff doesn’t have problems like that, when three other people in line growled they were there for the same reason he had to admit there was an issue. He punched around on it a few minutes, said don’t use third party stuff and maybe iOS10.2 will fix it. Needless to say the hour wait to take it to Apple was a complete waste of time. At this point thinking the Google Pixel is sounding good.

    Hoping that some folks doing the beta testing can give us some hope or Apple will finally admit and accept there is a major problem and fix it. Otherwise the last statement is more than an idle threat. And don’t get me started on the battery drain which most definitely has not gone away after re-indexing was complete.

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