You may have noticed an unknown device connected to your iPhone‘s Bluetooth and you’re wondering how it actually ended up there. Not only are you wondering how it got there, you also want to know how to disconnect from an unknown device connected to the iPhone. If you’re asking yourself that question, you’re reading the right article as we have the perfect answers to guide you through them.
Why Does My iPhone Connect To Unknown Devices?
Some Bluetooth devices are classified as BLE devices which stands for Bluetooth Low Energy devices. These devices can often detect and pair with the Bluetooth on your iPhone without your knowledge. The thing about these devices is that you will not find any options for you to unpair or disconnect from them as you would do to other devices.
These unknown devices connected to your iPhone are not welcomed. When they connect to your iPhone, it seems almost impossible for you to use your Bluetooth as efficiently as you might have wanted to. Is there a way to get rid of them? If so, how exactly do you go about it?
Can I Disconnect from Unknown Devices Connected to iPhone?
Disconnecting unknown devices from your iPhone might look like a difficult and rather impossible task but it isn’t. You can absolutely disconnect unknown devices connected to your iPhone and it isn’t as hard as you might think it is. In this article, we’re going to give you all the possible methods you can use to disconnect from any unknown device that is connected to your iPhone.
How To Disconnect from Unknown Devices Connected to iPhone
There are a few methods you can use to get rid of any unknown devices connected to your iPhone. All of the methods are easy and quite simple to follow. Let’s take a look at some of the quick methods you can carry out:
One of the first and most common methods you can try is to forget or unpair the unknown device from your iPhone. On your Bluetooth’s menu, when you see the list of paired devices, you can tap on the unknown device and choose to forget it and unpair it. Here’s what you need to do:
- Launch the settings app on your iPhone.
- On the settings app, tap on Bluetooth.
- A list of pair devices should appear on the next screen. Tap on the (i) icon close to the unknown device.
- A pop-up menu should appear, tap on Forget Device.
Another method you can try is to simply turn off your iPhone’s Bluetooth for a while and then you can turn it back on. This disconnects any unknown device that was connected to your iPhone devices by refreshing the Bluetooth connection on your iPhone. Here’s what you have to do:
- Launch the settings app on your iPhone.
- Search and tap on Bluetooth.
- On the next screen, toggle off the option for Bluetooth.
- Wait a few minutes.
- Toggle the Bluetooth option back on.
Remove Device Management Profiles:
It could be that the device management feature has been enabled on your iPhone. This causes a few problems when you’re trying to connect or disconnect other devices. It also grants automatic permission to some devices trying to connect to your iPhone. To fix this issue, follow the steps below:
- Open the settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap on general.
- In the next list of options, tap on VPN & Device Management.
- If there are any installed profiles (Device Management Profiles) you can tap on it and remove it.
Stay Out of Bluetooth Trackers Range:
If your iPhone is within a close range of a Bluetooth tracker, it will most definitely connect to your iPhone as an unknown device. Air Tag is a good example of a Bluetooth tracker that can connect to your iPhone. The problem with Bluetooth trackers is that they are a bit harder to disconnect because they do not have an option for that.
The best thing you can do is to try and move out of the range of these devices. Turn off your Bluetooth when you’re out of range, wait for a while and then try to turn it back on. This is the only method that can help you disconnect from these devices.
Uninstall Recent apps:
Some apps communicate with BLE devices. You might have recently installed an app that communicates with a BLE device and now it is connected to your iPhone as an unknown device. To fix this, all you have to do is get rid of the most recent apps you installed which may be responsible.
After deleting any recent app you installed, the Bluetooth connection between your iPhone and the unknown device will become disrupted. When you uninstall recent apps responsible for communicating with the unknown BLE devices, the connection should come to an end.
Why Can’t I Disconnect From an Unknown Device Connected to iPhone?
If you have followed all the steps above and you still can’t disconnect from any unknown device that your iPhone is connected to, don’t worry. Your iPhone could be experiencing a minor bug and to fix this, you have to restart your iPhone so that all the methods above should perform their work.
After restarting your iPhone, you can go back to following the methods above to successfully disconnect from an unknown device connected to your iPhone. It is recommended that you try out most of the methods above. The methods work more effectively if you do a combination of two or more.
Are Unknown Devices Connected To My iPhone Harmful?
It is a normal thing to think that these unknown devices that are connected to your iPhone might be dangerous. The unknown devices are not harmful to your iPhone in any way. There is no way that an unknown device can use your Bluetooth connection to harm your iPhone. Malware or software attacks do not work that way. It doesn’t matter how long the unknown devices were connected to your iPhone, be rest assured that there is no harm done.
These unknown devices might not be dangerous or harmful but they are definitely not welcomed. When they are connected to your iPhone, it makes it difficult for you to use your iPhone for that same connection. Luckily, we’ve given you different methods you can use to get rid of these unknown devices whenever they connect to your iPhone without your knowledge.
To avoid your iPhone from connecting to these devices most of the time, it is advised that you do not leave your Bluetooth turned on especially when you are not using it. If you walk around with the Bluetooth on your iPhone turned on, you have a high chance of your iPhone pairing up with an unknown device.
At the end of this article, you must have gotten a good understanding on how to disconnect from unknown devices connected to the iPhone. All the methods listed in this article are easy to follow and they work perfectly. It is recommended that you restart your iPhone after carrying out the methods listed above. This helps to refresh your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings and apply the recent changes you have made.