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If you’re having problems with Bluetooth in iOS 8, you’re not alone. A number of users are reporting Bluetooth connection bugs after updating to the firmware, or purchasing a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus—particularly when trying to pair their handsets to their vehicles.

Looking at this lengthy thread on Apple.com, and this one in the MacRumors forums, the issues appear to be fairly widespread. Within the last two weeks, users have complained of hitches including not being able to pair their devices at all, and random disconnects.

User ‘Mazla’ on Apple’s support forums says his Mercedes’ Bluetooth system “plays music and makes calls but since I’ve put ios8 on my phone I can just play music.” Several Ford owners chimed in saying they’re seeing similar behavior, as are some Fiats and Mazdas.

I too have noticed that my iPhone 6 Plus will randomly disconnect from my car’s stereo while streaming music over Bluetooth, and during phone calls. There doesn’t really seem to be a fix for it, although some folks are seeing success with “Reset All Settings” (be careful).

The good news is, some users have said that updating to the just-released iOS 8.1 beta has resolved their Bluetooth woes, so there’s a good chance the update includes a fix. 8.1 is only available to registered developers right now, but we’re expecting it to launch publicly soon.

Have you had any Bluetooth problems in iOS 8? Did you find a fix?

[MacRumors]

  • jaysoncopes

    I’ve noticed that my iPhone 5S randomly disconnects from my AirPlay speakers then reconnects a few seconds later (occasionally not at all). Never noticed this before iOS8, but I didn’t have the speakers very long while I was on iOS 7, so I’m not sure if this is a natural occurrence.

  • Micky Ganon

    ios 8 = nothing work . wait for update

  • Micky Ganon

    And still waiting

    • The problem is iOS 8 is essentially still in beta…

    • Bennett Newsome

      Try deleting your old pairings. worked for me. having two devices named Micky’s iPhone trying to connect is causing some issues.

      • Micky Ganon

        I’ll try it, thanks.

      • Bennett Newsome

        Cool, let me know if that worked for you too. Seems to have fixed my issues on my 2014 F30 BMW.

    • Mike H

      This has been happening for years with IOS7, I have the same problem with bt headsets and car. It starts playing music I didnt even select as soon as I connect to any bt device.

  • iPodDroid

    If I could downgrade from this garbage update, I would. Nothing but problems since the update. I really wish we could downgrade back to iOS 6 or 7….

    • Micky Ganon

      ios 6

      • Did you forget the “gotofail” security vulnerability in iOS 6?

      • Scott Forstall

        All my devices are running iOS 6.

      • iPodDroid

        Teach me how to downgrade back to Greatness….

      • First you need to get a job at Apple. Then you need to create something terrible (like a maps app). Then you need to get fired over said creation. After losing your job you can then keep all of your iOS devices on whatever version of iOS there.

        You could skip all of the above by just buying an iOS 6 device off ebay of course

      • Same here, all my Apple devices that is…

      • andy

        Please re open ios 6 status !!!!!!

    • andy

      OF COURSE!!!!
      I LOVE IOS 6 <3
      I wish i could go back too!

    • @dongiuj

      Glad I didn’t go to ios8 on my 5. Staying on 7.1.2. I see zero reasons to update to ios8 for me personally.

      • Joe Farrell

        7.1.2 does not work BT either with my UE Mini Boom – it will not connect . . . . I’m thinking its not Apple but a bug in the new software for the portable speaker –

  • stable so far here on 8.0.2

  • Warmachine69

    Working flawless with my pebble

  •  OuTSiDeR 

    Ios 8.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2 & 8.1 there’s a bug where i can’t update the apps they just hang there & even notification don’t go away i have a full restore iphone new from factory store, both iphones have this bug

    • andy

      Try rebooting device.

      •  OuTSiDeR 

        I already did on both iphone, did a hard reboot & restore & no luck it works one day the other day it dosen’t

      • andy

        Ah i guess its a bug 😛
        For now just download on itunes or download the app manually.

      •  OuTSiDeR 

        Yea that’s what i do ,only problem update notification stays there it don’t go away

  • RBM

    Music plays in my car. Phone calls don’t come through. It says it’s connected. Hopefully 8.1 comes soon

  • Darth Geekonius

    Mine was working fine in my 2013 Jetta UNTIL I installed 8.1 go figure…

  • Rowan09

    I have the same issue. I can connect but when I try to make a call it doesn’t play through my speakers anymore. Hopefully 8.1 solves this issue because I can’t make calls while driving anymore. My 5s works fine, but the 6+ doesn’t for some reason with both on IOS 8.

  • Scott Forstall

    LOL. Miss me, Apple?

    • CODENAME_CAFE

      Nice prank there dude. anyways i liked it lol

    • andy

      Yeah we all miss ya <3 come back

  • Rene A Ibarra

    I had the same issue, but just because the car was trying to connect with my iPhone 5, I deleted all the devices from the car memory and connected my iPhone 6, after that it was fine!

  • Gavin Strachan

    I have yet to find any of these issues, i am running iOS 8.1 Beta and still haven’t found any problems

    • andy

      Same here, its running pre smooth on my device, but battery is very bad….

      • Adam

        Which device are you using?

      • andy

        Ipod touch 5th generation, disabled everything except reduce motion, increase contrast and all that stuff.
        I know this sounds a bit weird but i dont really like the color and all that when i turn it on :
        Same with reduce motion, i like the motion which makes ios 7 and 8 style…

      • andy

        I also rarely multitask!
        I only multiask 1-3 max apps, back on ios 6 i used to multitask heaps because it would drain a single battery per hour, but now im so scared to run apps such as snapchat etc. Because of battery heavy usage..i feel like throwing my ipod away, i feel like building my own program to downgrade “i wish if i was a code expert”.

      • andy

        If you were me what would you do!!!
        Im sorry, i know this is going to sounds weird and dumb.
        I keep restoring my ipod touch 5th generation everyday! i dont know why. Ever since ios 7 was out i kept, back on ios 6 it was just perfect <3
        I don't know what features to disable, i tried my best looking for the best youtube tutorial videos out there!
        Done it, still bad :
        FML.
        Someone help me!?

    • Vic O

      Same here
      I have a 5S. Nothing out of place… I wonder…

    • andy

      Same here except huge battery draining thats all 😛
      Ipod touch 5th generation – my device

  • n0ahcruz3

    Lol

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    I use iOS 8 since the first beta release. Every update had and still has issues.

    I notice a tend with iOS updates. Its seem lately Apple willing to release beta like software and label them finish. But the true upgrade from iOS 7 will be iOS 8.1. The same happen with iOS 6 and 7. The .1 updates fix everything.

    Problem is the next iOS event will be called iOS 9 not iOS 9.1

    • andy

      Exactly right my friend. It’s possible to at least have 0% bugs on the software, there always a bug hanging inside the software “sneaky”.
      I suppose ios 8.1 would be the real IOS 7 because ios 7 was no where near completed, it was like running a beta in the public release.

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        Ya, the .1 updates fixes all the issues that all the new features bring and more. Yes your right there will still be bugs hiding some place in iOS

      • andy

        Yeah ahha
        Do u mind if u could help me, suggest some tips?
        1. If you were me what would you do!!!
        Im sorry, i know this is going to sounds weird and dumb.
        I keep restoring my ipod touch 5th generation everyday! i dont know why. Ever since ios 7 was out i kept, back on ios 6 it was just perfect <3
        I don't know what features to disable, i tried my best looking for the best youtube tutorial videos out there!
        Done it, still bad :
        FML.
        Someone help me!?

        2.Ipod touch 5th generation, disabled everything except reduce motion, increase contrast and all that stuff.
        I know this sounds a bit weird but i dont really like the color and all that when i turn it on :
        Same with reduce motion, i like the motion which makes ios 7 and 8 style…

  • CS

    Since 8.0 (now .0.2) I’ve never gotten my pebble to correctly connect to my phone. Oh well. I’ve gotten tired of the smartwatch phase anyways.

    • Mads Teland

      Try to disable and enable bluetooth from the pebble watch. It did get back pairing with the iDevice for me.

  • Om

    I’ve not noticed any issues with Bluetooth. I use Bluetooth to sync my Misfit Shine. It syncs without any problems.

  • No bluetooth issues ; but Spotlight has stopped searching for Apps

  • Jason B

    iOS 8.0.2 with space gray 64GB iPhone 6, and I can confirm that I have connection issues with my Parrot bluetooth system in my car. I will try and play music from Spotify, and it plays through the iPhone’s speaker, instead of through the automobile. I have to restart the Spotify app several times to get it to work, or completely reboot the Parrot system.

    I also seem to be affected by the random unresponsiveness of the touchscreen at times. Seems to mostly happen when in landscape mode, but I’ve also had the problem where the camera grabber wouldn’t even work on the lockscreen…

  • Razick Rilshad

    They need to fix lot of bugs on iOS 8 that’s make me crazy

    • andy

      Yeah true man, i had enough crying out loud about the bugs…we just have to deal with it until they finally get there fingers into the bugs.
      Im running ios 8.1 beta 1, its so much better than ios 8.0.2, but the battery drives me insane!!! idk if i should downgrade or stay because ios 8.1 is a bigger brother for me atm….

  • It’s expected from any human-run company that takes the step to adds so many features to their software…I doubt we’ll be seeing any less of the iHypocrite “When Apple does something, they do it right” BS when Apple finally fixes all this mess.

    • Hyr3m

      Nowadays it’s more like “When Apple does something, they do it late”. Although it could be argued that it has always been like that.

  • TheFlamingCow

    Upgraded from 7.0.4 JB to 8.0 then 8.0.2 via iTunes (full restore required). Not had a single problem with Bluetooth in my Toyota. However, Airplay definitely drops out, and sometimes the app switcher has actually stopped appearing with a double-press of the home button, and apps down nicely fade down when I hit the home button, they suddenly disappear. (Reboot fixes this.) I think the Airplay issues may be related to the AppleTV, and it did sometimes have issues in 7.0.4 JB … so I’m not convinced it’s 8.x yet…

    • andy

      You just restored so it would be perfect, trust me in a few rounds you will encounter a lot of annoying craps haha….
      im gonna restore my ipod in a few mins as well atm, running ios 8.1 beta 1

    • andy

      Yeah airplay is related to airplay 🙂

  • Fabio Rodrigues

    music player starts from the beginning a lot instead of picking up from the last song I was listening to

  • Hyr3m

    iOS 8 – We’ll make you h8 iOS

  • My iPhone 5s has troubles with personal hotspot. It takes a million tries to get it working.

  • mahe

    We need a Jailbreak for iOS8, so the devs can show Apple how it is done right xD

  • M_thoroughbred

    I’m a little disappointed in Apple as of late. It seems to me as if they are rushing these updates and I don’t see why. There is something going on that they are rushing these updates.

  • Bennett Newsome

    I was able to remove the other paired devices from my BMW and now am not having any problems connecting via Bluetooth. Something to do with my iPhone 5s still being in there under the same name.

  • ItzEddie

    Personally I have only been having issues since upgrading to 8.1 for application testing, my radio seems to constantly “buffer” and skips and jumps.

  • Rick

    iPhone 6 with 8.0.2 and have noticed disconnects with my Ford Fusion.. I didn’t have any issues with my 5s..

  • Michael L. Casey

    Under 8.1 I was fine. I bought a sound bar and subwoofer, it worked great! I upgraded to 8.1.1 since Apple said it was “essential” and Bluetooth stopped working! Still works don my wife’s under 8.1. I found a way to downgrade my iPhone 4S to 8.1, lost all my stuff on the device and guess what…Bluetooth won’t work. Looking at ditching the iPhone for a Nexus 5. What happened to Apple?!? Releasing unfinished and problem filled systems for devices and for desktops! Steve Jobs didn’t run able like this.