Are you experiencing Bluetooth connectivity issues with your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max? You have come to the right place. Despite DxOMark crowning iPhone XS Max as a handset with “the best smartphone cameras ever,” and DisplayMate gave iPhone XS Max the “Best Every Smartphone display” award, the new smartphones come with their own set of problems.
Some users reported iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max won’t start charging automatically when plugged to a Lightning cable, beauty filter being applied to selfies, poor LTE speed, and Bluetooth keep disconnecting especially when connected to car audio systems.
If you’re experiencing Bluetooth issues with your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, check out the workaround discussed below to fix iPhone XS Bluetooth issues.
How to Fix Bluetooth Issues on iPhone XS / XS Max
If you’re sure that the Bluetooth connectivity problems lie with the iPhone and not the other device, here are some of the best-known workaround to fix iPhone XS Bluetooth issue and iPhone XS Max Bluetooth issues.
Check the Other Bluetooth Device
First things first, check the Bluetooth accessory or device you’re trying to connect is not the culprit. Try connecting that other device to your computer or any other device to make sure it is working without any issue.
Bluetooth Power Cycle
If the Bluetooth accessory or device is working perfectly fine with other devices, it’s time to turn to your iPhone XS or XS Max. Let’s begin with turning the Bluetooth on iPhone XS Off and then back On:
- Open Settings.
- Tap Bluetooth.
- Turn Off the Bluetooth switch to off and then Back on.
- Now try connecting your iPhone XS to the Bluetooth accessory/device.
Forget Bluetooth Device
If turning Bluetooth on and then off did not help, it’s time to forget the paired Bluetooth device and then reconnecting in an effort to fix iPhone XS Bluetooth issue:
- Launch Settings.
- Tap Bluetooth.
- Look for the device name you’re unable to connect to and tap “i” icon next to it.
- Tap “Forget This Device” and confirm it.
- Now pair your iPhone XS with the Bluetooth accessory or device and see if it works.
If the problem still exists, continue to next Bluetooth troubleshooting tip.
Hard Reset your iPhone XS
If forgetting the Bluetooth device did no good, you should try hard resetting iPhone XS:
- Turn Off the Bluetooth (Settings > Bluetooth)
- Quickly press and release the Volume Up button on your iPhone.
- Quickly press and release the Volume Down button on your iPhone.
- Quickly after performing the above two steps, press and hold the Side button on your iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, or iPhone XR. Ignore the “Slide to Power Off” interface and keep holding the Side button until the Apple logo appears on your screen.
- Turn the Bluetooth back On.
If the hard reset did not help in fixing Bluetooth connectivity issue with iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, try next solution.
Reset Network Settings on your iPhone XS Max
If the tips above did not work for you, it’s time to try resetting network settings. Doing so will flush the caches and DHCP and other network related settings.
- Launch Settings.
- Go to General > Reset.
- Tap on Reset Network Settings.
- iPhone XS may ask for the passcode, enter it.
- Confirm your action in a popup and your iPhone should restart.
- Now try pairing your iPhone XS with the Bluetooth device.
If this did not solve Bluetooth problem with iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, continue reading.
If none of the above tips could fix Bluetooth issues on iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, it’s time to go for the nuclear option; wipe everything and set up as a new iPhone. You should clean install iOS on iPhone XS using iTunes.
Visit Nearest Apple Store
If the clean restore did not help in fixing iPhone XS Bluetooth issues, you should pay your nearest Apple Store a visit. They will see if it’s a hardware related issue.
Are you experiencing Bluetooth issues with your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max? Did any of the tips discussed here helped in fixing those problems? Do you know of another tip that we missed that helped you in fixing Bluetooth problems on your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max? Let us know in the comments section below.