Is Bluetooth not working on your iPhone 12 mini? Several users have reported that their iPhone 12 mini is unable to connect to Bluetooth devices, others report that their iPhone 12 mini automatically disconnects from Bluetooth accessories. In this article, I’ll explain why Bluetooth is not working on iPhone 12 mini and show you exactly how to fix it!
You might use Bluetooth to connect your iPhone 12 mini to a wireless keyboard, set of headphones, Apple Watch, or other accessories. Usually, these devices are easy to connect to and use, but occasionally you may have Bluetooth problems on your iPhone 12 mini.
Bluetooth not working on iPhone 12 mini doesn’t happen that often, but when it does it can get quite frustrating. No need for despair — sometimes devices disconnect simply because they haven’t been used for a while. This article explains what you can do to troubleshoot when Bluetooth is not working on iPhone 12 mini.
Common Bluetooth problems on iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 mini not finding Bluetooth devices.
- iPhone 12 mini is unable to connect to Bluetooth devices.
- iPhone 12 mini automatically disconnects from Bluetooth accessories.
- iPhone 12 mini not responding to connected Bluetooth devices.
When these iPhone Bluetooth issues crop up, they’re usually the result of software errors on your iPhone, which you can fix with the steps we’ve outlined below.
If you follow all these steps and Bluetooth is still not working on your iPhone 12 mini, you’ll need to get a hardware repair instead.
Why Do Bluetooth Issues Occur on iPhone 12 mini?
Bluetooth issues on iPhone 12 mini occur due to a number of reasons which include: software bugs, outdated software, and the ill-functioning of the Bluetooth accessories. In addition, the problem could also crop up if the Bluetooth device isn’t fully charged. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of tips to solve the puzzle of iPhone 12 mini Bluetooth not working issue.
Note: Before you jump into the solutions, Make sure you turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone 12 mini. This is a simple but often overlooked step.
How to fix Bluetooth not working on iPhone 12 mini
If your iPhone 12 mini is not connecting to Bluetooth devices, or the Bluetooth connection drops frequently, here are reliable solutions to fix these problems.
By Bluetooth devices, we mean AirPods, Keyboard, Apple Watch, third-party accessories, and more.
Note: information in this article apply to iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
1. Update to the latest iOS version
If you repeatedly face Bluetooth issues on your iPhone 12 mini, it can be due to a bug in iOS. To address this, install the latest version of iOS. As Apple releases updates to iOS, these are not just for fancy new features, but also for fixes to problems.
Before you go through any other troubleshooting steps for your iPhone 12 mini Bluetooth issues, make sure you’re on the latest version of iOS.
- Open your Settings and select General.
- Choose Software Update. You should notice an indicator next to the feature name if an update is available.
- Tap Download & Install and follow the prompts to update your iPhone.
After you install the update, check your Bluetooth device again. If you do not have a software update available or the update did not fix your iPhone 12 mini Bluetooth problem, continue below.
2. Bring the devices closer
The range of Bluetooth on iPhone (and other devices) is about 30 feet (9 to 10 meters). So, if the distance between your iPhone 12 mini and your Bluetooth devices exceeds this, please bring them closer.
3. Make sure the Bluetooth devices are charged
Suppose you are trying to pair a wireless keyboard, an Apple Watch, or AirPods via Bluetooth, but it fails to connect. So, before moving to the next solution, please take a minute to ensure the device is charged.
4. Turn off Bluetooth and hard restart your iPhone
Another simple thing to do for your iPhone 12 mini Bluetooth problems is to turn it off and back on. And it’s best to force restart your phone once you do this.
Turn off Bluetooth
You can turn off Bluetooth in your Control Center but in this case head to Settings > Bluetooth and disable the toggle for Bluetooth there.
Note: If you use the Bluetooth icon in the Control Center, this will disable Bluetooth but not turn it off. For this reason, make sure you follow the above steps to turn off Bluetooth in your Settings.
Force restart your iPhone
- Press and quickly release the volume up button.
- Press and quickly release the volume down button.
- Press and hold the side button.
- When the Apple logo appears, released the button.
Turn on Bluetooth
After you restart your device, go back to your Settings > Bluetooth. Turn your Bluetooth back on and see if your accessory works.
5. Disconnect and reconnect the Bluetooth device
Sometimes simply disconnecting and reconnecting your Bluetooth accessory will fix your iPhone 12 mini Bluetooth problems.
- Go to Settings > Bluetooth and select the Info icon (small letter “i”) next to your device.
- Tap Disconnect.
- Turn the Bluetooth accessory off and back on; then if it’s discovered, it will show up in the list.
- Tap to Connect it.
6. Forget the Bluetooth device
If disconnecting and reconnecting the Bluetooth accessory doesn’t work, you can unpair it from your iPhone and then pair it again. Here’s how to forget a Bluetooth device on your iPhone 12 mini and pair it again:
Go to Settings > Bluetooth and select the Info icon next to your device. Tap Forget This Device and then confirm by tapping Forget Device.
Next, pair the device to your iPhone again, like you did during the initial setup.
7. Pair with another device
If you have other Bluetooth accessories paired with and connected to your iPhone 12 mini that are working just fine, then it might be that particular Bluetooth accessory with the problem. However, if you have no other Bluetooth accessories paired, then you can’t be sure where the problem lies.
Try pairing that accessory with another device, like an iPad or Mac. If the accessory does not work with your other device, you should verify the pairing instructions in user manual or contact the manufacturer for a possible defect with the accessory itself.
If you can successfully pair and use the accessory with your other device, then continue troubleshooting Bluetooth problems with iPhone 12 mini below.
8. Reset your network settings
If you are still having trouble with Bluetooth on your iPhone 12 mini after trying the above methods to fix it, you can try resetting your network settings. This option is one of the last on the list because doing this will not just remove your Bluetooth information, but your Wi-Fi and VPN settings as well.
If this is a step you’re willing to take, here’s how to reset your network settings on iPhone 12 mini.
- Go to your Settings and select General.
- Scroll to the bottom and pick Transfer or Reset iPhone.
- Tap Reset.
- Choose Reset Network Settings.
- Enter your password when prompted.
Your iPhone 12 mini will restart once you do this. You can then try to use your Bluetooth again.
9. Restore your iPhone to factory settings
The very last resort for problems with Bluetooth on your iPhone 12 mini is to reset it back to its factory settings. Before doing this, be sure to back up your iPhone and disable the Find My app.
Then, follow the steps below to erase everything on your iPhone to reset it.
- Go to your Settings and select General.
- Scroll to the bottom and select Transfer or Reset iPhone.
- Tap Erase All Content & Settings.
10. Get help from Apple
Even after trying the above solutions, if you can’t turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone 12 mini or the setting is grayed out or you can’t connect any Bluetooth accessories with your iPhone 12 mini, and the accessory manufacturer has confirmed that your accessory supports iOS we advise you to seek professional help by contacting Apple for a solution. You can visit your nearest Apple store, or contact Apple support.
This Is How You Fix Your iPhone 12 mini Bluetooth problems
Speaking from experience, it’s always frustrating when a Bluetooth accessory that should just work does not. Luckily you have many methods of troubleshooting to try and fix the problem with your iPhone 12 mini Bluetooth.
Now it’s your turn! Did one of these fixes help you with your iPhone 12 mini Bluetooth issue? Or was there something completely different you had to do to remedy the problem that should be added to this list? Share your comments below!