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Increasingly worse bluetooth connection?

2873 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 16, 2013 7:28 AM by macandmercedes RSS
robmandu Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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Mar 27, 2012 10:42 AM

My iPhone 4 is steadily getting worse about dropping bluetooth connection with my headset.


I'm on my second iPhone 4 with this same issue. The symptoms:


  1. Bluetooth works great on the iPhone for several months and is fine with different brand headsets, including Samsung and LG
  2. After several months, the iPhone will start dropping bluetooth connection with the headset when in close proximity and on standby (that is, not actively in a call, just paired and waiting).
  3. Once the problem begins, it gets increasingly worse in just a week or two, with the connection dropping and re-establishing multiple times a minute even with the iPhone in my front pocket, less than 3 feet from the headset, and on the same side of my body.
  4. The bluetooth connection seems slightly stronger when a call is active. Although, the call participants might sound garbled to each other if there's anything between the phone and headset (like my body).
  5. The problem is reproducible even with a brand new headset.


The following suggested resolutions did not work for me:

  1. Power off/on the iPhone
  2. Reset the iPhone (Power + Home Button)
  3. Toggle Airplane Mode
  4. Toggle Bluetooth radio
  5. Delete and re-pair the bluetooth device(s)
  6. Reset Network
  7. Pair a brand-new, out of the box bluetooth headset.


With my first iPhone, I was able to demonstrate the problem at the Apple Store. They provided a free replacement iPhone on the spot. Great!


Fast-forward a few months and now, with the second iPhone having the same problem, the Apple Store is less eager to replace the unit. Their back-room diagnostic testing with connection to clock-radio units did not demonsrate the problem (for one thing, that uses the A2DP bluetooth profile, not supported on any of my headsets). They offered to replace the unit again anyway to "make me happy", but I prefer a real solution. The Apple Store rep didn't find any technical bulletins about this problem.


After purchasing yet another brand-new headset, I now plan to return this second iPhone to the Apple Store for replacement... but I want to know if I alone have uncovered this particular hardware issue with the iPhone 4.

iPhone 4, iOS 5.1
  • xtremecarbon Level 4 Level 4 (2,235 points)
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    Mar 27, 2012 3:54 PM (in response to robmandu)

    Have you been purchasing the same type of headset? Different headsets?


    I encourage you to try this on multiple iPhones (4S and 3GS) to see if the problem persists.


    I know the Bluetooth profile has been updated to some extent in 5.1 but I'm not sure exactly what has been updated

  • Jan_Havlovic Calculating status...
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    Apr 23, 2012 2:46 PM (in response to robmandu)

    I have the same issue only my iphone came directly from carrier (rogers) don't think i can get it replaced hope we get a solution i am on my fourth headset tried all those fixes too has anyone tried to wipe phone and reload from itunes backup?

  • Dale_F Calculating status...
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    May 5, 2012 6:17 AM (in response to robmandu)

    I have just started having the same issue and I immediately tried all 3 of my different headsets. They are Motorola sd 10 that I have been using for up to a year for one of them. Never an issue up until yesterday. I noticed it mostly when my music continually cuts out on pandora. I had clients tell me they were having troubles hearing me also, but I just figured they were not used to hearing me in a headset. But maybe not. I have not found any place that offer an explanation to the problem. If you do letr me know.

  • sberrygirl Calculating status...
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    Aug 17, 2012 4:40 PM (in response to robmandu)

    I have an iPhone4 and have been having the SAME issues; have had the phone replaced a couple of times and have tried just about every Bluetooth on the market and am getting the same results.  It has become quite embarrassing as I have dropped so many calls and with people how have some of the "worse" phones out there.  Of course, I'm beginning to think this phone might be the worst one out there if it can't hold a Bluetooth connection!  Had one guy at the genius bar tell me it was bad software and suggested I restore from new.  Of course, I tried it...for nothing!


    I sure hope they come up with a resolution soon or I will definitely be getting me a samsung!

  • Mike Pop Calculating status...
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    Jan 3, 2013 9:04 AM (in response to robmandu)

    I have the same issues.  Brand new headsets work fine for a month to three months.  Then, they either stop working or constantly lose connection with the phone.  When they did work, I could walk about 30 feet away and still use them.  Now I can't even go 2 feet without it disconnecting.  Even staying within the 2 foot distance, callers on the other end get garbled or broken messages.  I've tried different headsets with the same results.


    Is there a solution for this?  I'm don't want to have to keep spending money on headsets that won't work.

  • sberrygirl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 3, 2013 9:14 AM (in response to Mike Pop)

    I've been using the Plantronics Voyager Legend for a couple of months now and it works like a charm.  However, you may have to update the software on it when you first get it; otherwise, you'll have the connection issues again.


    Hope this helps.

  • macandmercedes Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Jan 16, 2013 7:28 AM (in response to robmandu)

    Apple is fully aware of this issue... Now, that being said, have you removed everything else from the equation? For instance:


    1. Are there any electronics that you're always around that could potentially be causing RF interference?

    2. When testing, have you ensured that the accessories are fully charged? (I'm sure you have, but I've got to ask.)

    3. Have you ensured that the latest accessory firmware is installed? (I'm sure you have, but I've got to ask.)

    4. Have you ensured that the accesory uses a profile that works on the current iOS version? (I'm sure you have, but I've got to ask.)


    This has been a known issue with Apple and although it's possible that something above could be causing the conflict, more than likely you'll need to wait for an update from Apple to resolve.


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