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iPad Bluetooth Not Working? Try These 8 Fixes

There is a sense of security and guarantee whenever you purchase an Apple gadget. Having an iPad isn’t any different, and you can expect premium quality and reliable services from an iPad.

However, even the best products can malfunction from time to time, and the iPad has its fair share of malfunctioning Bluetooth services.

The good news is that you can troubleshoot and fix more than 90% of the Bluetooth issues on an iPad by yourself. This article seeks to give you a clear guideline for troubleshooting and fixing Bluetooth issues on your iPad.

Issues that can prevent iPad from discovering other Bluetooth devices

iPad Bluetooth devices Issues

A raft of issues can cause your iPad not to execute Bluetooth functions as expected. Below are Bluetooth troubleshooting areas that can help you diagnose and fix Bluetooth problems on your iPad.

  • The Bluetooth feature is off on your iPad device.
  • Your Bluetooth device is outside the connectivity range.
  • One or both of the Bluetooth devices you are trying to pair lacks sufficient charge to support wireless connectivity.
  • One or both of the Bluetooth devices you are trying to pair has an outdated firmware or software update.

You can use the troubleshooting techniques below to resolve any Bluetooth problems on your iPad device. The Bluetooth troubleshooting techniques for iPad devices are simple and easy for anyone to execute, even without a technical background.

 1. Check and confirm that Bluetooth is enabled

The first thing you should do to troubleshoot Bluetooth issues is to check if it is ON and active. You can follow the following procedure to check if your Bluetooth feature is ON and active on your iPad.

  • Go to the settings icon and tap on it to access the general settings section on your iPad.
  • Locate the Bluetooth section and tap on it to access the Bluetooth settings section.
  • Tap the turn-on Bluetooth switch and ensure it is on before scanning for nearby devices.

2. Ensure the pairing devices are within range

One of the common issues that iPad users report is being unable to discover nearby Bluetooth devices. The Bluetooth unavailability issue is frequent if you have activated Bluetooth on your devices but still cannot see any available and nearby devices.

  • Ensure your Bluetooth devices are within 2-3 feet apart when pairing them for the first time. The initial Bluetooth pairing process requires a solid connection to authenticate and connect two devices.
  • Ensure that your Bluetooth devices stay within 33 feet (10meters) of each other to maintain a stable and reliable Bluetooth connection after the initial pairing process.

3. Confirm that pairing device is compatible with the iPad 

Bluetooth pairing device WITH IPAD

Ensure that you check if your pairing device is compatible with Apple devices. Checking for compatibility before buying your pairing device can help you avoid Bluetooth connectivity issues. You can follow the steps below to check if your pairing device is compatible with Apple devices.

  • Note the type and model of your pairing device and search for the specifications on the internet.
  • Narrow your search parameter by specifying the wireless connectivity specification on your search.
  • Confirm if the pairing device supports the 4.2, A2DP, EDR, and LE Bluetooth connection modules.

4. Confirm that pairing device disconnects from other Bluetooth devices 

disconnects from other pairing Bluetooth devices 

Bluetooth devices can only maintain one connection at a time to reduce the risk of interference when transmitting data. You can follow the procedure below to check if your device connects to a different device.

  • Go to your device and access the general settings before opening the Bluetooth settings.
  • Check the list of available and paired devices. Ensure that your device disconnects from other Bluetooth devices.
  • Disconnect your device from any active connection and retry connecting it to your iPad.

5. Ensure iPad and pairing device charge is within the optimum capacity

iPad battery charge

Bluetooth devices utilize a raft of resources to communicate with paired devices. Some Bluetooth devices turn off non-essential features when the battery level is below optimum capacity.

Turning off non-essential features like Bluetooth services helps your device save and consume energy more efficiently. Follow the recommendations below to prevent any Bluetooth connectivity issues.

  • Ensure that your iPad charges and contains more than 50% charge on your battery before connecting to a Bluetooth device.
  • Ensure that your pairing device is charged and contains more than 50% battery charge before connecting to your iPad device.

6. Reboot iPad to resolve Bluetooth connectivity issues

Third-party applications can modify your default Bluetooth configuration settings temporarily. Your iOS services can also prevent your iPad from connecting to your pairing devices. The good news is that you can resolve the above issues by restarting your iPad.

Switch off your Bluetooth first before you can reboot your iPad. Retry the Bluetooth pairing process after the reboot and check if your Bluetooth devices pair without glitches.

7. Update iPad and pairing device to ensure a seamless Bluetooth connection

bluetooth ipad firmware and software upgrades

Bluetooth technology is still advancing at a rapid rate. Bluetooth devices require frequent firmware and software upgrades to comply with the latest bug fixes and security patches.

You can locate the firmware/software update feature by scrolling through the settings section and selecting the auto-update option on your iPad. Ensure you also update your pairing device with the latest firmware upgrade. Firmware and software updates can resolve and prevent Bluetooth connectivity issues on your devices.

8. Resetting the network settings on the iPad 

Resetting the network settings on your iPad can restore the default settings for your Bluetooth connection. You can follow the following procedure to restore the default network configuration on your iPad.

  • Tap the settings icon on your iPad to access the settings section on your iPad.
  • Tap the General settings option and tap select the Reset option.
  • Locate and tap the Reset Network Settings option to restore your default network configuration settings on your iPad.
  • Resetting your network settings reverts your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (wireless connections) settings to the default configuration on your iPad.


Q. How can I fix an iPad with Bluetooth connectivity issues?

You can fix your iPad Bluetooth connectivity issues by disconnecting active Bluetooth connections, turning off your Bluetooth, and rebooting your iPad. Retry to connect your iPad to your pairing device after charging both devices to optimum capacity (Battery charge above 50%).

Q. How can I know if my device is compatible with Apple Bluetooth devices? 

You can know if your device is compatible with Apple Bluetooth devices by looking at your device’s specifications. Ensure that your pairing device supports the 4.2, A2DP, EDR, and LE Bluetooth connectivity modules.


If the Bluetooth feature on your iPad is not working, you can use the above methods to get it fixed. With that said, we wrap up this post. I hope now you are in a better position to troubleshoot and fix any iPad whose Bluetooth feature is not working accordingly. If you have any questions or suggestions with regard to this article, you can drop them in the comments section below.