How to Reset a Bluetooth PIN for an iPhone

by John Granby

Bluetooth headsets have quickly become a necessity for any mobile phone user because many local, state, and federal governments have passed strict laws against driving while talking on your phone. Thus, these hands-free devices are required so you can still have conversations but also keep both hands safely on the steering wheel. Sometimes, however, the connection between your iPhone and your headset may stop working and you may have reset the connection. In these cases you need to "unpair" the device from your iPhone and follow the directions for your headset to "re-pair" it to your iPhone. Whatever the reason, we will explain how to reset the PIN.

1

Tap the "Settings" icon on your iPhone.

2

Tap the "Bluetooth" menu on the Settings screen.

3

Under Devices, find the name of your Bluetooth headset but don't tap it; instead, tap the blue right-arrow icon to the right of the headset name. If you tap the name of the device, then your iPhone will attempt to connect to the device, which is not what you want to do at this point. If you do accidentally tap the name, just wait about 15-20 seconds until your iPhone stops trying to connect.

4

Tap the "Forget this Device" button. This will cause your iPhone to delete the information is saved for your Bluetooth headset.

5

Follow the instructions for your headset to put it into "pairing mode" so you can reconnect it to your iPhone. If you are prompted for a PIN code, enter the PIN code from the instructions for your headset. Typically the PIN code is "0000" or "1234."

Tip

  • If the PIN for your headset is a common code such as "0000" or "1234," the iPhone may not prompt you to enter the PIN. This is because the iPhone may try to "guess" these codes first in an effort to make the process easier for you.

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About the Author

John Granby began his writing career in 2000 as a founding member of a tech industry website targeted at WAP developers. He has provided in-depth coverage of the wireless industry, served as a speaker at several conferences and authored a book on Bluetooth. Granby earned a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Purdue University.

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