How to Fix iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth Pairing Problem

By Dave Johnson - Senior Staff Writer
4 Min Read

It can be frustrating when your iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth doesn’t pair. The tips explain on this article will help you resolve all Bluetooth pairing issues on your iPhone 14 Plus.

Ten iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus devices arranged in an arc-like shape are shown.  

Note: information in this article apply to iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Bluetooth is what enables your phone to speak with other devices, such as keyboards, Watch, Headsets, speakers, and more.

As with almost every other technological standard or device, iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth can stop working at certain times and under certain conditions. If you are facing issues while trying to pair your Bluetooth device to an iPhone 14 Plus, we’ll show you how to fix the problem for good!

iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth won’t connect? Make sure both devices have Bluetooth turned on

The most common complaint when it comes to the iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth is it won’t connect, or pair with the device you want it to. The other most common Bluetooth problem is that won’t stay connected is an extension of this issue.

There can be multiple reasons for iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth pairing problems, but we’ll start with the simplest and most obvious: the iPhone’s Bluetooth isn’t switched on. Correspondingly, it could also be the device you wish to pair your iPhone with also isn’t in Bluetooth mode or doesn’t have its Bluetooth switched on.

Assuming your iPhone’s Bluetooth isn’t switched on, here’s what you do to get it working:

  1. Start the Settings app
  2. Tap Bluetooth
  3. Swipe Bluetooth into the green On position

To pair your iPhone with the Bluetooth device, you then need to make sure this device or appliance is discoverable, meaning you have to switch its Bluetooth on or put it in discovery mode. Depending on your device, this involves either pressing a physical button on the appliance or going to the relevant settings menu on its user interface.

iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth Won’t Connect? Make Sure Your iPhone Isn’t Too Far from Your Bluetooth Device!

Another quick fix is to make sure that your iPhone 14 Plus and the bluetooth device are close enough together. The maximum range for Bluetooth connections is about 30 feet. If the devices are out of this range from each other, they probably won’t connect. Also, obstacles such as walls can interfere with the Bluetooth signal and cause problems.

In view of this, you should put your iPhone 14 Plus and Bluetooth-compatible device as close to each other as possible when trying to pair them, increasing the likelihood they’ll successfully connect.

iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth Won’t Connect? Make Sure Your Bluetooth Device Isn’t Connected to Something Else!

Another prime suspect in the “iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth not working” mystery is interference from other devices. If your Bluetooth-compatible device is already connected via Bluetooth to, say, a laptop, then you typically can’t connect your iPhone 14 Plus to it.

In such cases, you should try turning off the Bluetooth of the interfering device, then try pairing your iPhone 14 Plus with the Bluetooth-compatible device. This should work as expected, allowing you to use the iPhone and device together.

iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth won’t connect? Delete the device you’re trying to pair and restart discovery

Sometimes the discovery process doesn’t work right. The best way to handle these instances is to “forget” the devices you’re trying to pair, then take things a step further by restarting them, then try to pair again. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and head to Bluetooth
  2. Once you are in the Bluetooth menu, tap on the info (i) button next to the device you are trying to pair to and then tap on forget this device
  3. Tap forget device to confirm your action. This step helps to solve a lot of iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth pairing problems. Check if it works for you.

iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth won’t connect? Reboot both devices

It’s time for the magic words. Have you tried turning it off and on again? OK, it’s the worst part of any support call, but rebooting does clear up many errors and problems. It gives you and your devices a fresh, blank canvas to sync up. Go to Settings > General > shut down.

iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth won’t connect? Check for iOS Updates

It’s best to keep iOS up to date to benefit from the latest features and security patches. This can help resolve iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth pairing issues. Go to Settings > General > software Update.

Once iOS is up to date, try to pair again. Sometimes a simple software update can enable functionality or solve a bug that’s causing iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth pairing problems.

iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth won’t connect? Hard Reset

As a more serious alternative to restarting both devices, you can try a hard reset if your iPhone 14 Plus still won’t connect to Bluetooth. This clears the temporary memory your apps use, thereby solving certain operating problems. Here’s how:

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  2. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  3. Press and hold the Side button (Sleep/Wake button) until you see the Apple logo.

Now turn on Bluetooth again from Control Center or Settings > Bluetooth.
Try connecting to the device now. If the problem still isn’t solved, try the next solution.

iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth won’t connect? Reset Network Settings

This step will reset all your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings which means that you will have to enter your Wi-Fi passwords all over again. Perform this step only if you have all your Wi-Fi passwords.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on General
  3. Scroll down to find Transfer or Reset iPhone and tap on it.
  4. Tap Reset.
  5. Tap on Reset Network Settings and enter your passcode if prompted for it.
  6. Tap on Reset Network Settings again to complete the reset
    Pair your device again and check if the Bluetooth works as expected.

iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth Won’t Connect? Other Options.

If you’ve tried repairing and resetting both your iPhone and your Bluetooth device, and you’ve cleared any other devices that might be interfering, you could be facing a more serious problem, such as a software or hardware issue.

In this case, you should try contacting Apple’s Customer Support, which may be able to help you pinpoint and resolve the issue. Alternatively, you could try booking a Genius Bar appointment at your nearest Apple store’s Genius Bar.

iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth won’t pair: Fixed

It can be frustrating when your iPhone 14 Plus Bluetooth doesn’t pair, so hopefully one of our steps have resolved your problem. Have you faced Bluetooth pairing problem on your iPhone 14 Plus? Drop a comment and let us know.

By Dave Johnson Senior Staff Writer
Dave Johnson is a staff writer for GeeksChalk based in New Jersey. He covers news, how-tos, and user guides for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.
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