This 99-Cent App Fixes The Stupid Way iOS Handles Bluetooth Toggling

This 99-Cent App Fixes The Stupid Way iOS Handles Bluetooth Toggling

One of the most annoying things about Apple’s Bluetooth implementation in iOS is that turning it on or off is a four-step process involving digging deep into Settings. Considering the battery drain associated with just leaving Bluetooth on and the wide variety of devices you can connect via Bluetooth to your device, it’s a constant irritation for many.

Jailbreak utilities like SBSettings make turning bluetooth on/off on the fly a fairly simple proposition, but unfortunately, Apple hasn’t borrowed inspiration from any of them when it comes to baking better Bluetooth toggling into iOS. A new $0.99 app on the App Store, though, makes it much easier to toggle Bluetooth on the fly on your device even without a jailbreak. Launch the app once to toggle Bluetooth on, launch again to toggle off. Simple.

If you have a lot of Bluetooth accessories hanging around, that looks like a buck very well spent. Better act quick, though. This app violates Apple’s TOS, meaning it’ll be pulled for no good reason before long.

[via MacRumors]

  • mr_bee

    The best way to deal with bluetooth (and the way the technology was actually designed to be used) is to leave it on. It doesn’t waste hardly any power at all to leave it on, that’s basically a myth that only sort of used to be true of the earlier bluetooth implementations. Simplify. Turn it on, leave it on. Never worry again.

  • jeffoshea

    What is the name of the app? Could not find it in the article. I have been requesting this from Apple for some time now. It a pain to go though the 4 step process. I toggle bluetooth on and off frequently as when my bluetooth headset is on and I don’t have my bluetooth nearby and want to use something like a google voice search, I have to go through the steps to turn it off so I can use my handset microphone. Many apps that take voice commands, will always default to bluetooth if your headset is activated. Another annoying problem is when I’m on my handset and my bluetooth headset is activated, it will switch to the headset randomly during the call. Good app if I can find it!

  • technochick

    The best way to deal with bluetooth (and the way the technology was actually designed to be used) is to leave it on. It doesn’t waste hardly any power at all to leave it on, that’s basically a myth that only sort of used to be true of the earlier bluetooth implementations. Simplify. Turn it on, leave it on. Never worry again.

    I prefer to solve the issue by leaving it off. Then I don’t look like an asshat with a bluetooth in my ear all the time or talking to myself in the car. Really what is so important that you have to answer the phone while you are driving instead of paying attention to the idiots you are forced to share the road with (90% of whom are too cheap to get a headset and are driving one handed while they hold their phone in the other)

    Don’t need it turned on for my iPad either since if I was so bothered by the soft keyboard to want a ‘real’ one I would have just gotten a laptop.

  • Ronald Stepp

    It’s actually two taps, one to launch the app, then within the app tap again to toggle. So one extra step than a single tap.

  • ozymandius

    The app looks like it’s called “Bluetooth OnOff.”

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