Apple introduced a number of useful features with iOS 8, true, but with this version of OS also came a lot of bugs and problems. One of them – issues with Bluetooth connectivity.
If you find that your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 is experiencing problems with Bluetooth, first make sure that it’s actually your device that’s buggy, and not the BT accessory you’re trying to use. After you’ve confirmed that your iPhone or iPad is the culprit, there are a couple of things you can try to fix this problem.
Turn Off Bluetooth and Restart Your Device
1. Go to Settings>Bluetooth and move the slider to Off.
2. Restart your iPhone or iPad by holding the Home button and the Power button.
3. Once your iOS device is up and running again, enable BT by moving the slider to On.
Try connecting to a device now. If it’s still not working, move on to the next step.
Forget This Device
1. Go to Settings>Bluetooth.
2. Tap on the ‘i’ icon next to the device’s name that’s causing your problems.
3. Select Forget This Device and then confirm your action.
4. Try pairing your iPhone or iPad once again.
Reset Network Settings
If the two options above don’t solve your problem, you can try resetting your network settings. Bear in mind that your Wi-Fi settings will be cleared as well.
1. Go to Settings>General>Reset.
2. Once there, tap on Reset Network Settings.
3. Enter your passcode (if you have one).
4. A pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm your action.
5. Your iOS device will restart. Once it’s turned back on, try pairing it to the device again.
In case these tips don’t help you out, you can try restoring your device via iTunes, and then setting it up as a new device. This usually gets rid of problematic settings and customizations. If this doesn’t work either, take your device to the nearest Apple Store – it might be experiencing some hardware-related issues.