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iPhone 3GS will not pair with iPad2 anymore

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sallyally Calculating status...
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May 20, 2011 3:15 PM

At the apple store I successfully paired them using bluetooth and so used the iphone data plan to surf the web on my ipad using 3G. After a few days, I couldn't connect them anymore. I upgraded both to iOS 4.3.1 and I have tried resetting both. The ipad will discover the iphone but the iphone will only rarely discover the ipad and then I get a message saying "pairing unsuccessful, iphone not supported". I have turned bluetooth off and on on both. Any suggestions please?

thanks

iPhone 3GS, iOS 4.3.1, ipad2
  • celedon Calculating status...
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    May 20, 2011 4:13 PM (in response to sallyally)

    Hello sallyally,

     

    I am not sure, but perhaps you should upgrade both iOS to the latest version 4.3.3.

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,680 points)
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    May 20, 2011 4:40 PM (in response to sallyally)

    sallyally wrote:

     

    At the apple store I successfully paired them using bluetooth and so used the iphone data plan to surf the web on my ipad using 3G.

    I don't know how you did that since iPads can't tether (AKA personal hotspot) using Bluetooth, only via WiFI (and that requires an iPhone 4). 

     

    When you were at the Apple store, there was free WiFi for the iPad - perhaps you mistakenly thought you were surfing via your phone. 

     

    iPhones and iPads DO NOT PAIR using Bluetooth for any purpose.  iPhones will pair only with computers for Bluetooth tethering.

  • celedon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    May 20, 2011 5:05 PM (in response to modular747)

    Hello modular747,

     

    You are wrong, I have an iPhone 3GS (iOS 4.3.3) and an iPad2 WiFi Only (iOS 4.3.3) paired via bluetooth, and sharing internet access through the iPhone, see my post:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3067668

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,680 points)
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    May 20, 2011 5:18 PM (in response to celedon)

    Yes, I was able to pair that way using an iPhone 4, only if done in the exact sequence you listed.  This isn't described or supported by the iOS 4.3 User Guide for the iPad or iPhone.

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,680 points)
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    May 20, 2011 6:15 PM (in response to sallyally)

    As I said above, I could pair using celedon's sequence.  However, it doesn't seem to be officially supported and others (see his thread) could not duplicate it either.

  • Jon_Henry_ Apple999 Calculating status...
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    Jun 30, 2011 12:03 AM (in response to sallyally)

    Try a "hard" reset. Hold power and home button, swipe to shutdown screen will appear, keep holding and after about 5 seconds the device/s will shutdown.

     

    I did this to iPad2 and 3GS after iPad2 stopped holding it's connection to 3GS bluetooth hotspot.

     

    After performing the above, connection worked first time and 3G data was once again shared from 3GS to iPad2.

  • jonny090909 Calculating status...
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    Aug 7, 2011 7:24 AM (in response to sallyally)

    I also had this problem heres how to sort it

     

    Turn on personal hotspot

    Turn on Bluetooth on iPhone and iPad

    Go back to the personal hotspot tag on iPhone (where it allows you to turn it off)

    Try connecting on iPad should work

    If u try to connect thru the Bluetooth tag it won't work hope this helps out

  • Greendino Calculating status...
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    Sep 1, 2011 6:20 AM (in response to sallyally)

    I had the exact same problem with sallyally and I got the pairing working again! What you have to do is set 'forget this device' in the ipad bluetooth screen where it is showing the iPhone in the list of devices discovered. Then turn off your bluetooth and turn it on again to rediscover your iPhone. Try pairing to the iPhone again... It should show you the new passcode for the successful pairing. Good luck!

  • diane19 Calculating status...
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    Nov 14, 2011 8:54 AM (in response to Greendino)

    Help please! I just got an iPad2.  I have an iPhone 3G. I got them to pair but then what. I could not get the iPad to work. I had wifi off on the iPad as someone previously said to do. I am obviously not so savvy on this.  I just want it to work since I updated my plan to have more gigs.

  • Jon_Henry_ Apple999 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 14, 2011 5:17 PM (in response to diane19)

    Do you have personal hotspot turned on in the iPhone settings?

    If so, and it still isnt pairing, there are a few steps to try.

    First, go into the Bluetooth settings in the phone, select the blue arrow next to your ipad in the list and select "Forget this Device".

    Then, perform a hard reset on both devices (instructions for this are in my previous post above). Then again, make sure personal hotspot is on (it may ask you if you want to allow bluetooth connections, say yes) and bluetooth is switched on, then turn on bluetooth on the iPad and try to create a new connection/pairing. If you have an active 3G data connection on your phone, you should get a blue bar glowing across the top of your phone - try and load a webpage on the iPad.

  • LadyPzaz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 1:40 PM (in response to Greendino)

    Thank you so much, Greendino!! This was driving me crazy! I had mistakenly clicked on Forget this Device (iPhone 3gs) the other day when pairing my Beats headset and couldn't get it to work or any code to come up but now it's fixed!! AWESOME!!!

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