Pairing Bluetooth among iOS devices is considered as easy as pie, but not all iPad owners still have the negative experience. Some users of 2018 iPad Pro were getting trouble with pairing or connecting their iPad to non-Apple Bluetooth accessories.
If you are also one of these people, this post might be helpful for you. Read on the article to know what to do if your 2018 iPad Pro could not pair or connect to a third-party Bluetooth device.
How to fix iPad Pro 2018 that cannot pair to a Bluetooth device
Before proceeding, you should make sure that both devices are put within the Bluetooth range. So, to distance from the possible causes, you should place your iPad next to the Bluetooth device while resolving the problem. If the problem still persists even when they’re positioned next to each other, you can try the following methods to clear out software-related errors. Remember to pair your devices again after attempting each method to check already if the problem is fixed.
Solution 1: Reboot both your iPad and Bluetooth device
Random glitches are usually the underlying cause. So, if your iPad could not pair with that same Bluetooth device before, it could be due to a random glitch on either your iPad or Bluetooth device. To fix it, you should restart both your 2018 iPad Pro and Bluetooth accessory to get rid of minor software errors your iPad Pro that have caused conflict with the Bluetooth system. Follow these steps to do a simple restart on your device:
- Press and hold the Power button along with one of two Volume Up buttons for a few seconds until you see the Power Off slider command
- Drag to power off your iPad Pro.
- After 1 minute, press and hold the Power button again for a few seconds till your device boots up
- When prompted, simply enter the PIN code and access the Home screen.
On the Bluetooth accessory, find the ON/OFF switch and press on it until the Bluetooth device powers off. After that, press the switch again to enable it. This will also clear out minor firmware problems that have prevented the Bluetooth device from connecting with your iPad Pro.
Solution 2: Disable Bluetooth and then re-enable it.
Minor Bluetooth problems on your iPad Pro can be fixed just by toggling Bluetooth off and enable it again. This quick method will give the Bluetooth system a quick restart, which can eliminate minor glitches causing random pairing errors. Follow these steps to do so:
- Open Settings app from the Home screen.
- Tap on Bluetooth.
- Toggle the Bluetooth switch to OFF.
- Tap on the switch again to turn Bluetooth ON
- Wait till all Bluetooth devices in range show up. After that, choose your preferred Bluetooth device you want to pair with.
If the Bluetooth device does not appear, you should ensure it’s already in discovery mode. When prompted, enter your passcode and tap OK to proceed. Remember to accept the pairing if you are prompted on other devices.
Solution 3: Toggle Airplane ON and disable it
Another simple old trick, but effective that’s been utilized by many iOS users to fix minor wireless-related problems is Airplane Mode trick. It will enable Airplane shortly and then quickly disable it. This small tweak is effective for eliminating minor problems that affect wireless functions like Bluetooth pairing errors. Should you want to give it a try, here is how to do so:
- From the Home screen, launch Settings.
- Tap onAirplane Mode and then toggle the switch to turn Airplane Mode on your iPad Pro. All wireless radios will automatically be disabled.
- Once Airplane Mode is activated, restart your iPad Pro.
- After that, return toSettings-> Airplane Mode
- From there, toggle the Airplane Mode switch off This will re-enable wireless functions of your iPad Pro.
Wait until Bluetooth is activated again, and you can find and choose the Bluetooth device to pair with your iPad Pro.
Solution 4: Forget Bluetooth device on your 2018 iPad Pro
There is a chance that the Bluetooth connection you are trying to use has been corrupted and it no longer works if you don’t set it up as new. To get the work done, simply forget or remove the Bluetooth device from your 2018 iPad Pro and then re-add it. Here’s how to do so:
- From the Home screen, launch Settings app
- Choose Bluetooth and then enable the feature, if necessary.
- Find your Bluetooth device from the list and tap on (i) icon next to it.
- Select Forget this Device option
- Tap on OK to confirm your action
The Bluetooth device will then be removed from the list of connected Bluetooth devices. After deleting the device, simply restart your iPad Pro. You should also restart the Bluetooth device and then put it back in discovery mode. After that, add the Bluetooth device to your 2018 iPad Pro again and attempt to repair again.
If you still can’t pair your Bluetooth device, you should try pairing other Bluetooth accessories with your 2018 iPad Pro. If other Bluetooth devices can connect to your iPad Pro, the problem comes from the Bluetooth device. In this case, contact the device manufacturer to get further assistance.
Solution 5: Reset network settings on your iPad Pro
The problem you are now encountering might be due to a complex network system error, which requires an ultimate solution. In this case, you need to perform a network settings reset on your iPad Pro. It will erase all your current network configurations such as invalid settings, corrupted networks, and other relevant information. Therefore, network-related issues will be resolved, including Bluetooth problems. If you want to give it a shot, here is how to reset network settings on your 2018 iPad Pro:
- Open Settings from your Home screen.
- Tap on General > Reset.
- Choose Reset network settings option
- When prompted, enter your passcode to continue.
- Tap on Reset network settings popup to confirm.
Wait until the reset is done and your iPad Pro will restart by itself. When it boots up, enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth again and then add your Bluetooth device to pair with.