Bluetooth profiles that iOS supports

Learn about the Bluetooth profiles that iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch support with the latest version of iOS.

The following table lists supported Bluetooth profiles by device for the latest version of iOS.

Device

Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6)

Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP 1.4) Personal Area Network Profile (PAN)

Human Interface Device Profile (HID)

Message Access Profile (MAP) Wireless iPhone Accessory Protocol (WiAP) Braille
iPhone 5s and later
iPad Air and later - -
iPod Touch (6th generation) -
-

Bluetooth profiles and the iOS devices that support them

Note that iOS requires the remote Bluetooth device to support an encrypted connection. When you pair your iOS device and a Bluetooth device, you set up encryption between the two devices.

Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6)

This profile is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

HFP allows Bluetooth headsets and car hands-free kits to communicate with mobile phones.

Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP)

This profile is compatible with iPhone.

PBAP allows iPhone to exchange Phone Book Objects with other Bluetooth devices.* A car kit and a mobile phone use the profile to:

  • Allow the car kit to display the name of the incoming caller.
  • Allow the car kit to sync the phone book so the user can make a call from the car display.
  • Allow the car kit to display the call history.

Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

This profile is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

A2DP allows high quality audio (stereo or mono) to stream from one device to another over a Bluetooth connection. Use A2DP to play music wirelessly from your iOS device to a wireless headset, speaker, or a compatible car audio system.

Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP 1.4)

This profile is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

AVRCP allows remote control of playback functions on the iOS device from compatible devices. Typically, these are Bluetooth devices that also use the A2DP profile. The latest version of iOS supports AVRCP functions:

  • Pause
  • Play
  • Stop
  • Next track
  • Previous track
  • Metadata
  • Browsing*

Personal Area Network (PAN) Profile

This profile is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

PAN provides network connectivity over Bluetooth. This lets users play multiplayer games and use Personal Hotspot on iPhone.

Human Interface Device (HID) Profile

This profile is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

HID allows communication between iOS and Bluetooth keyboards and game controllers.

Message Access Profile (MAP)

This profile is compatible with iPhone.

Message Access Profile allows devices to exchange messages. It's used to receive incoming message notifications on connected vehicles.

Wireless iPhone Accessory Protocol (WiAP)

This profile is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

WiAP is used for communication between iOS and Made For iPhone (MFi) certified accessories.

Braille

This profile is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Braille is used for communication between iOS and assistive devices such as braille keyboards.

 

*The profile’s functionality might vary, depending on the Bluetooth accessory that you use. The accessory manufacturer, not the iOS device, controls these variations.

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