The update to 9.02 fixed some security issues and seems to be causing fewer Bluetooth problems than last year’s update to iOS 8 update. However, we are still getting reports of Bluetooth issues with iPhones as well as Android smartphones. Some owners are pointing blame on the automakers. There appears to be no new remedies while drivers continue to delete settings, reset network settings, re-pair, re-set the car infotainment and turn off the handoff feature. One of our readers found that resetting the network settings in iOS 9.0.2 worked for him. The upgrade to iOS 9.0.2 does seem to important because it fixes a security vulnerability and other bug fixes.
Why is that? It appears Bluetooth settings in general, need to be clean on both devices even when the device is a car. Let’s remember that cars are designed five years in advance while smartphone are designed with the latest technology and should work and be downward compatible. Last year, with the introduction of iOS 8, Bluetooth connections suffered greatly, we believe due to the increase bandwidth being used on iPhones.
One fix that seems to help the most is disabling the “Handoff” feature. With iOS 8 Apple added a new feature “Handoff” that syncs Apple’s apps including Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Safari, Reminders, Messages, Maps, Pages, Numbers and Keynote with those on a Mac computer, or iPad so that you start where you left off. This is done within 30 feet of the other device.
We learned that an office was having problems with Bluetooth after the “Handoff” feature was launched. Bluetooth can also be used on Mac computers for keyboards and wireless mice. If an iPhone is trying to Handoff to a computer that is not there, it could be causing problems.
It’s not just the Bluetooth signal itself that could be causing problems but the processor on the iPhones doing other functions like checking for email, Facebook updates and pinging chat apps.
At the Apple store, for another fix earlier this week, we heard complaints of battery drain for iPhonse with multiple apps running simultaneously. Those with Apple Watches also experienced problems with in-car infotainment systems.
The nicest thing about Bluetooth with car systems is that it automatically connects the phone to the car. Last weekend, I forgot to pair my phone, I didn’t expect any calls, but a call came through while I was driving. I hit the steering wheel button and answered the call.
Android Auto and CarPlay won’t necessarily be the answer because they require cabled connections which seem like work when hopping in and out of the car all day.
iOS 9.02 patches security problems however, the new updates have caused issues with Calendar and iMessage. Whenever you click on a date in Calendar, or the keys in iMessage, it sometimes doesn’t read it, seems to stick, or there’s a delay. The Siri beep response is gone, she only vibrates. There are reports of Text message problems with the text area shows ‘0:00’ with iOS 9.02.
iOS 9 has a battery saving mode called Low Power Mode that disables juice-sucking tasks and lets you monitor battery power of Bluetooth devices. In general, there have been fewer Bluetooth issues with cars reported than with iOS 8, or it could be that drivers have given up hope. This time around, newer cars seem to be having more problems than older cars.
Here’s what our readers have reported
- After upgrading iPhone 5S to iOS 9 and 9xx iPhone will not sync on 2015 Ford Fusion.
- 2013 Lexus RX350 won’t connect to iPhone 6S with iOS 9.01.
- 2014 Ford Focus SE no Bluetooth connect AT ALL. Worked fine a couple of weeks ago.
- A 2015 Ford Focus SE and the 9.0.2 update worked for a bit and then completely broke again
- 2013 Dodge 1500 QC 4×4 – Uconnect now drops call after updating my iPhone 5s with 9.02.
- iPhone 5S not pairing with Toyota 2014 Sienna LE for phone calls.
- No Siri on Prius 2007.
- 2013 Tahoe using 6s 9.0 that connects fine but can’t use Siri or voice commands cuz phone ties to connect to Bluetooth and voice command times out.
- iPhone 6 will not connect music audio via Bluetooth to my Toyota Sienna.
- Cadillac Cue will not sync with iPhone 6S messages.
- Nissan Altima Coupe 2009. iPhone 6 was e-paired, reset network settings, deleted phone. No luck. Driver can call out, incoming calls show on car display, but no ringtone. At least calls aren’t being dropped now.
- Bluetooth problems with Chevy Equinox 2013, it keeps dialing no # and if tap hang up and it keeps doing it.
- New iPhone 6S Plus and set up Bluetooth in Lexus SUV. Incoming calls connect correctly with Bluetooth, but outgoing call using the phone to select the contact, it doesn’t automatically use Bluetooth.
- 2013 Honda CR-V. Bluetooth connection continuously disconnects and reconnects when used for calls or streaming music.
- 2015 Cadillac XTS with SMS not working.
- 2014 BMW 5 series. iPhone 5S with iOS 9 update. Bluetooth control doesn’t work. Driver can’t change songs. Loads slowly.
- Honda Civic 2013 Audio works perfectly, lots of issues with calls they get consistently transferred to phone instead of being handled by Bluetooth. It all started with iOS8, iOS9 hasn’t fixed it.
- Both car and truck have lost Bluetooth connection after iOS9 update on iPhone 5C.
- Installed iOS 9 on iPhone 5 it will not connect to Ram 1500. Installed latest software in pickup still won’t connect.
- 2011 Chrysler 200 and a 2013 RAM both with uConnect. Owner called uConnect and they said it is an Apple update issue. They can’t keep up with Apple updates.
- 2013 Volvo C30 Bluetooth music not working. Shows song but does not play.
- 2008 Mazda CX-9 with iPhone 6 in March 2015. At first there was a delay in connecting to the Bluetooth and driver had to wait before pulling off from my home to see the connection but it worked fine. Mind you, with my 4S, there were no connection delays or problems with the Bluetooth – ever. After the update, driver couldn’t (and still can’t) connect at all. Driver unpaired, tried to re-pair, re-set…nothing!
- iPhone 5s worked on a 2013 Toyota RAV 4 but is unable to “connect” since last IOS upgrade. The iPhone still works just fine on a 2012 Toyota 4 Runner.
Now that we look at our readers comments, we see that there are still problems with Bluetooth connections. When we looked at the same time period last year, we had more comments from readers with problems. The original Bluetooth glitch Apple admitted to and pushed out a fix later.
Last year, we learned that in general, the older the car, the more difficulty, there can be with Bluetooth connections. Older car owners may want to wait to see what happens.
The “Nuke-it-fix” and its variations of the continue to work for some Bluetooth fixes. We just received this variation on the “Nuke-it-fix,” which resets all the networked settings, that worked today for Shawn.
Problem: iPhone Drops Bluetooth Connection While Making Calls in a Honda Pilot 2015, iPhone 6 -IOS 9.02
1. Delete iPhone device profile from car phone.
2. Delete Bluetooth link setting from iPhone for car phone.
3. Turn Bluetooth setting to “off”
3. Go to iPhone Settings> General> Reset > select “Reset all network settings.”
4. Put Wi-Fi password back into iPhone.
5. Do a two finger “hard reset” on iPhone.
6. Boot iPhone back up.
7. Turn Bluetooth back on.
8. R- pair iPhone to car
9. Test by make a call and allowing to just set “live” for 5-10 and check for connectivity drops.
If you have updated to iOS 9.0-9.2 for iPhone 5/5S/5c 6-6+ 6S/6S+ and it fixed or fried your Bluetooth issues or music streaming with your in-car infotainment system, please let us know in the comments below, be sure to note your make, model and year of your vehicle. We also welcome any solutions you have found worked with your car.
We have comments from readers that there are still Bluetooth problems reported with BMW, Audi, Acura, MINI, GM(Chevy, GMC, Cadillac, Buick), Honda, Kia, Toyota, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Lexus, Fiat, Hyundai, Chrysler, Acura, Mazda and more. The year and model of your car are very important.
Previously, after talking to many automakers we asked Why Bluetooth iOS 8-8.1 & iPhone 6-6+ issues persist in cars? It seemed like the 8.1 update helped with a few new model cars. Here is a summary of Bluetooth issues and fixes and checkout the most popular nuke-it fixes.
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Apple’s official changes in updates:
- Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage.
- Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some user.
- Resolves an issue where an iCloud Backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup.
- Improves the stability of Podcasts.
- Security Fix: A lock screen issue allowed access to photos and contacts on a locked device. This issue was addressed by restricting options offered on a locked device.
- Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating.
- Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play.
- Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted.
- Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data.