If you frequently pair your iPhone with your car in order to play music over the speakers, you probably have controls on your dash or steering wheel that let you pause, play, and skip tracks without having to actually pick up your iPhone. Unfortunately some iPhone users have reported issues with these functions under iOS 7. Either skipping, pausing, and playing don't work with car controls or there is a serious lag. Regardless what issue you're experiencing, the good news is that there's an easy fix!
How to fix iOS 7 Bluetooth issues when pairing your iPhone to your car
- Launch the Settings app on the iPhone (or iPad) that you're having issues with in your car.
- Tap on Bluetooth.
- Tap on the info button next to the device that shows up as your car. This may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. For example, since I have a Honda, the Bluetooth device shows up as HandsFreeLink.
- Tap on Forget this Device.
- Tap on Forget Device one more time in the popup menu to confirm.
- Re-pair your iPhone with your car the way you did the first time you set it up.
Once you re-pair your iPhone with your car again, you shouldn't have a delay or issue skipping, playing, and pausing tracks. I had this issue with my iPhone after updating to iOS 7.1 and simply pairing my iPhone like brand new resolved the issue. Every once in a while I seem to experience the lag or delay again and I have to repeat the process yet again. Hopefully Apple comes up with a fix soon but until then, hopefully this does the trick for you.
If you're having a Bluetooth issue in your car, try the steps above and then let me know in the comments if this fix worked for you. If you found another trick that works, be sure to let me know that in the comments too!
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