Turn Bluetooth on or off on iPhone and iPad


Bluetooth is great for connecting wireless accessories to your iPhone or iPad at close range. If you need to turn Bluetooth on or off on your iPhone or iPad, you can quickly head to Control Center or Settings. Here’s how.

Enable Bluetooth on iPhone or iPad

First, open the Control Center. On iPhones with home buttons, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. On iPads and iPhones without a home button, swipe down from the top right corner of the screen near the battery indicator.

When Control Center appears, tap the Bluetooth button, which looks like a stylized “B” in a circle.

When Bluetooth is activated, the Bluetooth button in the Control Center will turn blue. When you’re done, exit Control Center by swiping it away or tapping a blank area of ​​the screen.

Alternatively, you can also enable Bluetooth in Settings. To do this, launch the Settings app and select “Bluetooth.” Then tap the switch next to Bluetooth to turn it on.

With that same menu, you can also connect Bluetooth devices to your iPhone or iPad.

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How to turn off Bluetooth on iPhone or iPad

While you can quickly turn on Bluetooth using the Control Center (see the section above), you’ll need to go to Settings to turn it off completely.

Tip: If Bluetooth is turned on, tapping the Bluetooth icon in the Control Center will keep Bluetooth active and disconnect all currently connected devices until the next day. To turn off Bluetooth completely, you need to use Settings.

To get started, open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

In Settings, tap Bluetooth.

Under Bluetooth settings, tap the switch next to “Bluetooth” to turn it off.

Bluetooth is completely disabled and Bluetooth devices can no longer connect. You also cannot use features like AirDrop.

It’s worth noting that when Bluetooth is turned off on your iPhone or iPad, the Bluetooth icon in the Control Center will be grayed out with a dash through it.

If you want to turn it back on later, just tap the Bluetooth button in the Control Center or flip the “Bluetooth” switch again in Settings > Bluetooth. Good luck!

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