Apple has some very interesting limitations on Bluetooth especially when it comes to background scanning


Make sure to add the following to your Info.plist if you plan to use BLE from the background


To add a description to the Bluetooth request message (on iOS 10 this is required!)

<string>YOUR CUSTOM MESSAGE</string>


  • Device names are not available at all
  • When scanning in the background, pass a ScanConfig argument with a service UUID you wish to scan for. Without this, you will get nothing
    new ScanSettings 
        ServiceUUID = new Guid("<your guid here>")
.Subscribe(scanResult => 

Background Restoration

This feature is only provided on iOS. It allows for a CBCentralManager to be restored upon a device reconnection (and in turn, get the device that reconnected) There is additional configuration required to use this event

// then in your shared code (somewhere near your initialization)
BleAdapter.Current.WhenDeviceStateRestored().Subscribe(device => 
    // will return the device(s) that are reconnecting