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Pair Bluetooth Devices iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

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Introduction

You iOS device can be paired with multiple Bluetooth accessories. This guide will help you with the connection process.

1 Connect Bluetooth

Depending on what device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be the same across all iOS devices and generations.

From any iOS Device

  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
    iOS Bluetooth.
  3. Set the Bluetooth accessory in pairing/discovery mode.

    This process will vary depending on what kind of device you have. Refer to your device's documentation for specifics on how to accomplish this.

  4. Ensure Bluetooth is On then select your device from the list below.
    Bluetooth toggle switch highlighted in iOS settings.

    Some Bluetooth accessories are configured with a PIN or a passkey that is often listed in its information manual. Check your Bluetooth accessory documentation for the correct PIN or passkey.

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You iOS device can be paired with multiple Bluetooth accessories. This guide will help you with the connection process.

Depending on what device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be the same across all iOS devices and generations.

From any iOS Device

  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
    iOS Bluetooth.
  3. Set the Bluetooth accessory in pairing/discovery mode.

    This process will vary depending on what kind of device you have. Refer to your device's documentation for specifics on how to accomplish this.

  4. Ensure Bluetooth is On then select your device from the list below.
    Bluetooth toggle switch highlighted in iOS settings.

    Some Bluetooth accessories are configured with a PIN or a passkey that is often listed in its information manual. Check your Bluetooth accessory documentation for the correct PIN or passkey.

If you are having trouble connecting your Bluetooth device to your iOS device, follow these steps:

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


If you still can't pair or connect your Bluetooth accessory. Try these steps:

  • If you can pair your accessory with other devices but not your iOS device, unpair the accessory from one of the other devices, then try to pair with your iOS device again.
  • Check with the accessory manufacturer to make sure that your accessory is compatible with your iOS device.
  • If you have any of the following issues, contact Apple Support:
    • You cannot turn on Bluetooth or the setting is grayed out.
    • You cannot connect any Bluetooth accessories to your device.
    • The accessory manufacturer confirmed that your accessory is working correctly.