Why Does My Bluetooth Keep Turning On?

Bluetooth technology brought many changes to humans’ lives, from convenience to connectivity.

A huge deal is still to come with version 5.2. It has many new Bluetooth features adding value to the next generation of wireless devices and audio technology.

Many Android phones and iPhone users reported that their Bluetooth keeps turning on.

It happens without any command given to the mobile device.

The reason behind it is that you didn’t turn off Bluetooth from the settings or the Bluetooth scanning is turned on.

This article will explain the causes further in detail and solutions to this Bluetooth issue.

Bluetooth Auto-Turning On ーThe Possible Reasons

Bluetooth takes care of your hands-free phone calls, wireless sharing and even playing music.

Many devices connect to Bluetooth these days.

Few of them do not care much about battery usage and they have the habit of keeping Bluetooth enabled all time.

Besides, others like to toggle Bluetooth On or Off with manual settings. And here the problem begins for some of them.

Android Bluetooth Auto-Turning On

One of the main reasons for Bluetooth turning on in Android users’ devices is the specific applications or software updates.

They change different settings or Bluetooth scanning.

Also, system glitches or misconfigured phone settings might be causing the auto to turn on. It means you need to reconsider general management on your phone.

iPhone Bluetooth Auto-Turning On

Bluetooth turning on on iPhone devices is because the user disconnects devices.

Also, he does not turn Bluetooth connectivity off properly. It caused Bluetooth to turn on again the other day.

Besides, most iPhone users use the Control Panel to disable Bluetooth. You should disable it in the Settings menu instead.

Consequences of Bluetooth Turned On Itself

Leaving your Bluetooth on all the time can be damaging.

Why let hackers exploit this useful technology to access your sensitive data, and spread harmful software or viruses?

There are different ways to stop your Bluetooth devices auto-turning on from happening.

Let’s first consider the dangers of randomly turning on the Bluetooth icon on your device. The downsides are:

  1. Frequent turning on Bluetooth increases the chances of data or personal information theft on your device.
  2. The continuous ‘On’ state of Bluetooth drains your battery power affecting your device’s battery life.

Can I prevent My Bluetooth from Turning On Automatically?

The best answer is yes. Yet, you need to understand the problem first and then the solution.

So that you can stop this from happening again. I have discussed here the reasons for the automatic turning on of Bluetooth on both Android and iPhone devices.

The reasons differ because of the different Operating Systems these devices use.

Android devices use the ‘Android Operating System’ whereas Apple devices use the iOS’ Operating System. Have a look at both these types down here.

How to Stop Automatic ‘Turning On’ Bluetooth on Android?

Glitches or third-party app system-level changes, the solutions below should help you end such technical problems with Bluetooth on Android. So, let’s move on!

Restart Your Phone

If, for no reason, your Android keeps turning on Bluetooth, try a reboot as the first solution.

Rebooting resolves issues occurring due to minor system glitches or a background process.

It might be forcing Android devices to turn on the Bluetooth function repeatedly.

Use Safe Mode

Android Safe Mode is a handy tool that looks for any unusual interruptions on your device. It stops all access to apps and services running at the backend.

It makes it simple to get to the main cause of the issue of Bluetooth.

How to Enter Safe Mode on Android?

The steps to enter Safe Mode on Android are:

  1. Power off your phone.
  2. Press and hold the Power button.
  3. Let it process, boot up and wait for the logo to appear.
  4. Press the Volume down button on the side.

After performing these steps, you will see the Safe Mode logo at the bottom of the screen.

Tip: If using Safe Mode doesn’t work for you and keeps turning on Bluetooth, try uninstalling apps. Check if this resolves the issue.

Don’t Allow Apps to change System’s Settings

While installing third-party apps, we grant them app permissions. These third-party apps often turn on Bluetooth without asking.

Use the steps below to restrict some recently installed apps from changing Bluetooth settings.

  1. Go to Android Settings.
  2. Open Apps and Notifications.
  3. Choose the apps for which you want to disable the permission.
  4. Select Advanced.
  5. Click on Modify System Settings.
  6. Toggle off the Allow Modifying System Settings option.

Disable Location Accuracy

Various apps and services usually use nearby Wi-Fi scanning and Bluetooth connections from close devices to calculate your location.

So, you should disable Bluetooth scanning and see if it helps. Turning off the location services might help. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to System Settings.
  2. Go to Location Settings.
  3. Click on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Scanning.
  4. Turn off the Bluetooth Scanning option.

Reset Settings for Bluetooth

Resetting Bluetooth Settings resolves the issue by removing all the paired smart devices.

It also restores Bluetooth connection preferences to their default network settings. Note that it also resets your Wi-Fi and clears data settings on your mobile.

Here’s how you can reset your Bluetooth Settings:

  1. Go to your phone Settings.
  2. Navigate to System.
  3. Choose Reset Options.
  4. Select Reset Wi-Fi, mobile, and Bluetooth.
  5. Click on Reset Settings.

This will start the restoration process.

Use Your Android’s Bluetooth Visibility Timeout

The Bluetooth visibility timeout option controls how long your device remains visible to other Bluetooth devices.

This is also called device pairing. The default value is set to 2 minutes. You can use this feature to keep your phone from turning on Bluetooth automatically.

Such built-in Bluetooth security features ensure that your device is not frequently identified. The steps for setting your visibility timeout off or on Android are:

  1. Go to the Settings.
  2. Open Bluetooth, and turn it on.
  3. Tap the check box next to your device’s name to ensure its visibility to other Bluetooth devices.
  4. You’ll view a list of all available devices.

Tweak Connection Preferences

Sometimes making changes to the connection preferences works for Android. Try it out by doing the following steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Find Connected Devices.
  3. Open Connection Preferences.
  4. Select Driving Mode.
  5. Now, click on Turn on Automatically.
  6. Finally, expand Advanced and disable the Turn On Bluetooth Automatically option.

Disable Bluetooth Tethering

Do you regularly share your phone’s mobile data connection with another device using Bluetooth Tethering? It causes Bluetooth to turn on automatically. Try disabling Bluetooth Tethering timely to seek help.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose Network and Internet.
  3. Select Hotspot and Tethering.
  4. Toggle Off the switch, which is next to Bluetooth Tethering.

How to Stop Automatic ‘Turning On’ Bluetooth on iPhone?

Bluetooth is a standard iPhone feature allowing you to share data from mobile devices over a common wireless connection.

This feature enables itself sometimes. An easy fix is to disable the Bluetooth option. It stops problems with Bluetooth from recurring.

The following steps will let you turn off the Bluetooth.

  1. Click on the Home button.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Select General.
  4. Choose Bluetooth.
  5. Toggle Off the switch next to Bluetooth.
  6. Press and hold the Sleep/ Wake button. You will find this at the top of your iPhone. This will power off the phone. Slide the Slide to the Power Off switch.
  7. Press and hold the Sleep /Wake button. This turns On the iPhone.

Bluetooth does not turn back on when you disable Bluetooth from the Settings menu. Your iPhone Bluetooth is off for good. It will not be connected to any devices without your permission.

How to Turn Your iPhone Bluetooth Back On

You can always turn your iPhone Bluetooth back on by doing the following steps:

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Click Bluetooth.
  3. Turn On the switch next to Bluetooth at the top of the screen.

The switch turns green when it is on.

Apple devices are more secure than Androids.

Common problems like Bluetooth turning on by itself rarely happen on iOS. But, if this happens to you, use these quick fixes.

The Final Verdict

I hope this guide helps. Many times, turning off the location accuracy completely disables Bluetooth.

If not, you can opt for any of the other solutions mentioned above and prevent Bluetooth from turning on.

Along with GPS and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth technology is becoming better than ever. It covers many streams and can connect two devices at the same time, saving battery life and improving range.

Welcome to the beginning of the next generation of Bluetooth audio.

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