If you can‘t connect a Bluetooth accessory to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

If your Bluetooth accessory won't pair or connect to your iOS device, learn what to do.

Use these steps first

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To get help connecting Bluetooth accessories to your iOS device, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that your Bluetooth accessory and iOS device are close to each other.
  2. Check that your Bluetooth accessory is on and fully charged or connected to power. If your accessory uses batteries, see if they need to be replaced.
  3. Restart your Bluetooth accessory.
  4. Make sure that your iOS device is up to date.
  5. On your iOS device, go to Settings > Bluetooth and make sure that Bluetooth is on. If you can’t turn on Bluetooth or you see a spinning gear, restart your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  6. Unpair the Bluetooth accessory, put it back in discovery mode, then pair and connect it again.

If you can't connect to one of these devices

If you still can't pair or connect your Bluetooth accessory

  1. If you can pair your accessory with some devices but not your iOS device, unpair the accessory from one of the other devices. Then try to pair with your iOS device again.
  2. Check with the accessory manufacturer to make sure that your accessory supports your iOS device.
  3. If you have any of these issues, contact Apple Support:
    • You can’t turn on Bluetooth or the setting is grayed out.
    • You can’t connect any Bluetooth accessories with your device.
    • The accessory manufacturer confirmed that your accessory is working correctly.

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