Fix: iPhone 13, 13 Pro or Pro Max Bluetooth Not Working or Pairing

Despite being equipped with the latest Bluetooth technology, iPhone 13, 13 pro, and Pro Max series are facing several issues with Bluetooth where the Bluetooth is either not working or pairing with external devices. Below are why this is happening and what you can do if you’re facing similar Bluetooth issues.

The hype for iPhone 13 series was pretty much expected, and as soon as the launch, users made purchases on a huge scale. And like every other time, Apple has taken care of every possible measure to meet the user’s satisfaction. The devices come with high-end specifications and the premium look of Apple as usual. More importantly, iPhone 13 and all its later versions can be updated till iOS 15. The Apple A15 Bionic Chipset and all other features make it another worthwhile device from Apple.

However, despite all the features in iPhone 13 series, users are not satisfied enough. Many users have complained about various Bluetooth issues in the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Most of the complaints include Bluetooth not working or pairing issues with Bluetooth speakers, headsets, keyboards, and even with their Apple watches. So, if the Bluetooth connection in your new iPhone 13 or later versions is not working or pairing with other devices, here is how to fix it.

Fix iPhone 13, 13 Pro or Pro Max Bluetooth Not Working or Pairing

Fix: iPhone 13, 13 Pro, or Pro Max Bluetooth Not Working or Pairing.

Generally, your iPhone Bluetooth can connect with any Bluetooth device, be speakers, headsets, etc. But if you have issues connecting it to the devices, it might be because of certain technical issues. Here are some possible solutions that might help you fix your Bluetooth not working or pairing issue in iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and Pro Max.

Method 1: Check Bluetooth Range

To connect two devices via Bluetooth, you must ensure that both are within the range. Normally, the range varies with your Bluetooth version, but since you are using Bluetooth 5.0, it ranges from 200 feet to a maximum of 800 feet. Therefore, if you are having trouble connecting your devices, bring them close to each other and try connecting again.

Method 2: Turn-on Bluetooth

Before connecting any Bluetooth device, make sure you turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone and on the other device as well.

Method 3: Restart Bluetooth

Sometimes you might face difficulty connecting your iPhone to Bluetooth, as it doesn’t show up. In that case, turn off Bluetooth on your iPhone for a couple of seconds and turn it on back. Also, restart the other Bluetooth device to ensure there are no glitches in the connection.

Method 4: Repair Bluetooth Connection

If you are have previously unpaired your device, you need to pair it again before you can use it. Hence, turn on Bluetooth in both the device scan for the device, pair it, and then try connecting.

Method 5: Restart Bluetooth devices

If you have already tried the above methods and none pulled the string in your case, try restarting your iPhone and the Bluetooth device that you want to connect. If there is any minor glitch in the device, restarting both devices shall resolve the problem.

Method 6: Check your iOS version

If you are running an old iOS version, it might be another good reason why you cannot connect to your Bluetooth. Check for any latest iOS version (if available) and update your iOS and try again.

Method 7: Update iOS version

Apart from common issues such as Bluetooth not connecting, Bluetooth range issues or Bluetooth device not found issues, there are many Bluetooth issues that can be fixed via a software update. It is important for you to update your iPhone to the latest updates. iOS updates not only improve your iPhone experience but also provides essential security updates to keep you secure. Steps to check and install iOS automatic updates:

Open iPhone settings and navigate to General > Software update option.

Check if there is any update available, if it is, makes sure to download and install the update.

While updating your iPhone to the latest version, make sure you have a good internet connection and charge the device battery to at least 80% for a small updating process.

Method 8: Contact Apple Support

This shall be your last resort if none of the tricks work out for you. Sometimes the Bluetooth chip or Bluetooth module in your phone can get hardware damage due to water contamination or physical jerk. If your iPhone 13, 13 Pro, or 13 Pro Max shows constant issues connecting to other devices, contact Apple support or visit your nearest showroom and ask for expert help.


Bluetooth is becoming a very common issue with the new iPhone 13 series. Although we hope Apple will resolve this problem soon in their next update, here are a few methods you can try for a temporary solution. Just make sure you try all the tricks before contacting Apple Support, and also check if the Bluetooth device is supported on your iOS device or not.


  1. Sad thing is my iphone 12 pro max is doing exactly the same thing. I was hoping 13 fixed it. Might need to go back to android.

  2. Bluetooth on my iPhone 11 worked perfectly and now the 13 is constantly getting kicked off my car. This phone is not an upgrade at all.

  3. Here is what apple support said for me to do:

    “Reset your network settings by following these steps:
    Settings >
    General >
    Transfer or Reset iPhone >
    Reset >
    Reset Network Settings.

    This also resets Wi-Fi networks and passwords, cellular settings, and VPN and APN settings that you’ve used before. After that, try to reconnect.”

    This worked to find my Bluetooth speakers, but it’s still not working in my car or with my watch. 😞

  4. My iPhone 13 paired initially with my Equus automobile, but about 10 seconds into the first call, it disconnected and now my iPhone 13 will not recognize my Equus Bluetooth. I have tried all of the above suggest fixes but nothing works. Very frustrating. It paired with a portable blue tooth speaker just fine. Any other ideas.

  5. I recently purchased iPhone 13 pro assuming this is very advance phone. Unfortunately landed with Bluetooth issue with all my devices. iPhone is not able to find my Marshall Bluetooth speaker as well as Sony Bluetooth headphone. I tried all above and none of them worked. Bluetooth is always issue with Apple phone. My Android phone works seamlessly and pairs quickly with other Bluetooth devices. Not sure why Apple can’t fix this issue

  6. New to Iphone and now dont like. Yes, I am experiencing connection issues as in no bluetooth connectivity. Android looking better

  7. Got my iPhone 13 pro today. No Bluetooth whatsoever. It just sits and spins on the “Bluetooth now discoverable page”. Did all the hard boots, turning Bluetooth on and off, airplane mode off and on, reset network, etc nada. Expensive phone that doesn’t work properly.

  8. My iP13 recognizes Bluetooth at the Apple Store, but at my house it is the ONLY electronic product that does not recognize ANY bluetooth devices whatsoever. I set it next to my iP6, the iP6 recognizes about 7 bluetooth capable devices in the house, the iP13 recognizes ZERO although they are right next to each other the same distance from in-home bluetooth devices. SOMETHING IS WRONG. Tech’s need to work on this – it is IMPORTANT. Diagnostics at the Apple Store in El Paso showed up FINE – get the iP13 back home, absolutely ZERO recognition of any blue tooth device so there is SOMETHING impact-capable about this iPhone13 not even my iPhone6 does~!.IRRITATING.

  9. Complete BS by Apple. Was on the phone with them yesterday for an hour and they kept trying various things and then commented it was probably my headset though they sent me to one more of their experts but was then put on hold AGAIN for 5 minutes before getting cutoff by them. FIX YOUR BUGGY UPDATES! My phone headphones worked fine since September. Then this last IOS update has disabled two different sets of wireless headphones (different manufacturers) that previously worked fine. The problem is you BUGGY last IOS update. FIX IT and quit blaming evryone else.

  10. Same thing with my new IPhone 13pro: cannot connect many of my bluetooth devices. And all of them worked perfectly before!

  11. Honestly, its just not good enough for the $ outlay. I went from my iPhone 8 which paired perfectly everytime, to the PROMAX 13 – which just gives the spinning wheel of death. Disappointing.

    1. Got an iPhone 13pro max and it doesn’t pair with my car (Toyota Prius 2019). The guy from Genius Bar told me that only latest car works with iPhone 13 Pro Max… although my iPhone 11 Pro Max works and my wife’ iPhone 13 Pro works as well . Basically there is nothing they can do..

  12. Very disappointing, bluetooth connects with external speakers but sees nothing else, I have an iPhone 6 that sees everything around. Why cant APPLE tech fix a simple application. Apple failed to make a call and fix the issue or arrange to take it in for repair. Will be reverting too andriod for sure.

  13. Apple is getting too big for their britches! Putting out devices that have many issues! Have the iPhone13 Pro Max and nothing but problems. People on the other end of the phone only hearing parts of a conversation, no matter the location. Issued a new phone and now no Bluetooth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not happy with Apple! Greedy and terrible customer service. Maybe Samsung will be my next phone.

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