iPhone & iPad: Pair and Connect With Bluetooth Device

The Apple iPhone and iPad have the ability to pair with a Bluetooth headset or other Bluetooth device. Having the ability to pair a Bluetooth device and be hands free comes in handy when using certain audio based apps or if you’re using a Wi-Fi phone app to make and receive phone calls. Follow these steps to learn how.


If you want to pair the Apple device with another device such as a headset or keyboard, use these steps.

  1. From the Home screen, open the “Settings” app.
  2. Select “Bluetooth“.
  3. Ensure that “Bluetooth” is set to “On“. The iPhone or iPad will automatically search for discoverable devices and list them.
  4. Turn the Bluetooth device on and set it to discoverable.
  5. Tap the device when it shows up on the screen.
  6. Enter the PIN to the device and tap Pair. Usually it is set to “0000” or “1234”. If you can’t get it to accept a PIN, look in the documentation that came with the device to find out what it is.
  7. The device should then successfully connect and pair with the Bluetooth device.


When it comes time to unpair the device, you can simply select it under the same Settings > General > Bluetooth screen and select Forget this Device.


If you want to “tether” another device such as a laptop, follow these steps.

  1. From the Home screen, open the “Settings” app.
  2. Select “Bluetooth“.
  3. Ensure that “Bluetooth” is set to “On“.
  4. Go back to the first “Settings” screen, and choose “Personal Hotspot“.
  5. Set “Personal Hotspot” to “On“.

The Internet connection on your Apple device now can be shared with other devices via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or USB cable. If you’re using Bluetooth, use the steps in the “Pairing” section above to pair the other device with your iPhone or iPad.

If you’re having trouble getting these steps to work and the Bluetooth device is not connecting, it may be because you are using a device that is not supported for Bluetooth connection with the device.

If you are sure that your device is supported and it still won’t connect, be sure that the device is in range and has enough power to make a connection. It’s also very common that it may require a reset. This is usually accomplished by using a paper clip in to push a button in a tiny hole on the device, or pressing and holding the a combination of buttons on the device for a specified period of time. Check the documentation that was provided with the device for more information on how to reset it. Then it should connect to the iOS device just fine.

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