Quite a few owners of the iPhone SE have reported Bluetooth issues. For some, the problem is that the iPhone SE won’t pair with other Bluetooth devices. Others are experiencing issues with phone calls audio quality for the calls made over Bluetooth devices. When it comes to audio quality issues, if your device is running iOS 9.3 or 9.3.1, the problem will be fixed with iOS 9.3.2 (steps on how to update the software are explained below) which addresses this bug: “Fixes an issue where some Bluetooth accessories could experience audio quality issues when paired to the iPhone SE”. Let’s see the solutions for iPhone SE Bluetooth issues.
Solutions for iPhone SE Bluetooth issues
Solution No.1: Turn Bluetooth off/on
Start with this. Navigate to Settings and turn the Bluetooth off. Turn it back on. You can repeat this a couple of times. Try pairing again.
Solution No.2: Toggle Cellular data and Airplane mode
You can fix the problem by toggling Cellular data and Airplane mode.
- Go to Settings > Cellular, turn Cellular data off and then back on
- Go to Settings, turn the Airplane mode on, wait for 5-10 seconds and turn it back off.
Solution No.3: Restart your iPhone SE and your Bluetooth device
To restart your iPhone SE, press and hold the sleep/wake button and drag the slider when it appears on the screen. Once the device is off, press and hold the sleep/wake button and turn your phone back on. Restart your Bluetooth device as well.
Solution No.4: Forget a Bluetooth device and pair again
The thing that may help you solve the problem is to forget the Bluetooth device and try pairing again.
- Go to Settings
- Next, tap Bluetooth
- Tap on the info button (i) next to your device
- Tap Forget this device
- Tap Forget device
- Restart your iPhone
- Try pairing again
Solution No.5: Software Update
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, iOS 9.3.2 addresses the phone call audio quality issue. If that what has been bothering you, it will be fixed once you update the software. Here is how to do that:
- Connect your iPhone to a power source and a Wi-Fi network
- Go to Settings
- Tap General
- Next, tap Software Update
- Tap Download and Install
Solution No.6: Reset network settings
Whenever you have connectivity issues, one of the solutions is to reset network settings. Only a few taps are required. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset network settings. Tap Reset network settings to confirm.
Solution No.7: Reset all settings
Another thing you can do to get rid of iPhone SE Bluetooth issues is to reset all settings. By doing this, you will restore the phone’s settings to factory defaults and hopefully, the issue will be gone. The data you have on your iPhone, such as music, photos and videos won’t be deleted. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset all settings. Tap Reset all settings.
Solution No.8: Erase all content and settings
A fresh start! Once you erase all content and settings, you will have to set up your iPhone as a new device. However, by doing this, all your data will be erased so don’t forget to backup the files. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all content and settings. Tap Erase iPhone. Your device will restart. Follow the prompts to set up your device as new.