I had this strange problem happening for a while on my iPhone 5s where I was unable to forget a Bluetooth device that had been paired before. I did have the option, but it just wouldn’t work, which I must say led to frustrating moments of cursing and yelling at my iPhone.

But as it turned out, the problem came from the fact that my iPhone 5s was jailbroken, and some tweak I had installed was causing the issue. When I realized that, it didn’t take long until I was able to fix the issue.

While I don’t doubt you already know how to do just that, I will show you how to delete Bluetooth devices that are connected to your iPhone or iPad, but I will also share with you how I fixed my issue at the same time, so that if the problem ever happens to you, you’ll know what to do right away…

How to delete paired Bluetooth device from iPhone

To remove a Bluetooth device from your iPhone’s settings, simply follow these steps. Note that the process is the same with an iPad.

1) Go to Settings > Bluetooth.

2) Tap on the little “i” icon of the Bluetooth device you want to remove.

Bluetooth devices

3) Tap “Forget this Device.”

Bluetooth forget this device

4) Confirm by tapping “Forget Device.”

Bluetooth forget device

The device should have successfully been removed from your list of connected devices.

How to force remove paired Bluetooth devices

This trick will only work if your iPhone is jailbroken. If your iPhone is not jailbroken, then the instructions above should do the trick for you. If your iPhone is jailbroken and won’t let you forget connected Bluetooth devices, then follow these instructions.

1) Turn off your iPhone.

2) Turn on your iPhone.

3) As soon as you see the Apple logo, press and hold the Volume Up button. Keep holding until you see your iPhone Lock screen. This will force your iPhone to start in Safe Mode where all jailbreak extensions are disabled.

4) Follow the instructions above to remove paired Bluetooth devices.

5) Reboot your iPhone.

That is it! Hopefully this will help you fix your Bluetooth-related problems.

  • @seb481:disqus That happened to you because of TetherMe or MyWii usually. Trust me, tweaks that mess with Bluetooth connectivity are the problem. Give it a Try.

    • I don’t have any of these installed

  • Ali

    My experience with the iPhone 5/5S’ Bluetooth has been the worst as it rarely connects with anything. It has been an issue since I have started using iPhone 3GS.

    • diggitydang

      For me, having CCToggles installed on my JB iPhone 5s, I wasn’t able to connect via Bluetooth to any new devices. It took me awhile to figure out it was CCToggles that was blocking it. Not sure if that helps you out at all.

      I never had any issues connecting via Bluetooth otherwise though. Oh, actually, that’s a lie… Once, I couldn’t connect to one device because my iPad kept connecting to it first, so it was picking up that connection and not anything new. That may be another reason. Anyway, good luck with it!

      • Ali

        Thanks, I’ll look into that next time.

      • diggitydang

        By the way, once the phone connected via Bluetooth and established that first connection (ie with CCToggles uninstalled), I could reinstall it and it worked fine after that. I’m not sure if the developer updated it since then though.

  • James Gunaca


  • Thanks, I’ve had this problem forgetting my Pebble bt connection. Does anyone know what jailbreak tweak is causing this problem?

  • Luke Mulholland

    My ‘forget this device’ option is greyed out. Im also not jailbroken. anyway around this? as the safemode trick does not work.

    • Ali

      Restore would be an easy option for your then.

  • nonchalont

    Something happened similar to me with my Rdio app. I can’t go online under cellular data. I have to be under wifi to connect to Rdio. However, if go into safe mode or non-substrate, I can log on via cellular. Anyone know what might be the exact cause?

  • mwpitt52

    My Pebble watch also has the two devices. Why? Which one do you forget device?

  • gittlopctbi

    Been using this tip to delete BT connections for awhile. Also another tip to save you some steps is to install the tweak Safe Mode Launcher. It installs an icon on your homescreen and all you do is tap it to go into Safe Mode.

  • Mat

    Sebastien, when you were cursing at your phone, were you cursing in french?

  • sonnydo

    It worked thanks

  • Jason

    I have the option to forget device, but it doesn’t remove the devices from the list. Tried resetting the network settings in a hope to delete them but still there 🙁

  • Bill S

    Thanks for your help. It worked exactly as you described. This is good to know, because in general, regular iOS functions may not work because I jailbreak tweak is affecting it.



  • muttleyuk

    instructions worked perfectly on my iPhone, thanks!