Shortcut to turn bluetooth on/off on iPad and iPhone [update: pulled]

Bluetooth OnOffIf you are using an external keyboard, a bluetooth loudspeaker, or any other BT device with your iPad or iPhone, you might be familiar with the routine of frequently switching bluetooth on and off (e.g., to preserve battery). Unfortunately, the settings for doing this are a little bit tucked away under “General Settings”, which makes the whole routine more complicated than it should be. If you think there should be an easier way, Bluetooth OnOff ($1, universal app, iTunes link) might be a good app for you.

UPDATE: As everybody thought, Apple pulled this app shortly after it was made available.

UPDATE 2: Have you considered using a bluetooth keyboard to turn your iPad into the ultimate writing machine? Check out my ultimate guide for finding an iPad keyboard case that perfectly fits your writing style.

The whole purpose of this app is simply to make toggling the BT setting on the iPad and iPhone a little bit easier:

“Did it take too many steps just to turn on/off bluetooth? You can now turn on/off just by launching this app. Just in a second, you can activate or deactivate bluetooth.”

I got this app for myself, because my iPad and my laptop compete for the same external keyboard at home. Killing the iPad’s bluetooth connection via Bluetooth OnOff is the easiest way to make sure that the keyboard connects with the laptop. I quickly gave it a test run, and I must say that it is definitely worth the dollar.

Apparently you have to normally jailbreak your device in order to play around with the settings like that, and commentators on the web reason that Bluetooth OnOff will probably be pulled from the AppStore soon.

So if you are using the same external BT accessory with multiple devices, it is a good idea and get the app now before it is gone.

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Comments

  1. Gabe says:

    why do they keep pulling these apps? i hate having to go through so many steps to save my battery.

  2. Gabe says:

    i would love to know if a new one comes out. i can’t find either of the two apps you mentioned.

  3. Jo says:

    Nope they are gone. They conflict with Apple’s policies regarding BT access. It was obscure that two of them made it into the AppStore…

  4. John says:

    Seems like another\similar app is available – Bluetooth Enable Disable.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bluetooth-enable-disable/id521459048?mt=8

  5. John says:

    Another similar apps available doing the same for Wifi?

  6. Jo says:

    iOS 6 promises to make the Bluetooth settings more accessible: “Turning Bluetooth on and off is much quicker than it was in iOS 5. Bluetooth controls are now located in first page of System Preferences, next to the Wi-Fi and Airplane Mode controls.”

    So maybe this will end the cat-and-mouse game we currently see happening in the Appstore…

  7. Andy says:

    Just tried Bluetooth © by cxi gaming ($1), and it worked flawless on my iphone 3GS with iOS 5.5.1. Turns bt both on and off in under a second and also exits the app automatically.

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