iOS: Supported Bluetooth profiles

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch support multiple Bluetooth profiles with the latest version of iOS. You can learn the differences in Bluetooth-profile support from one device to the next.

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


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)
iPhone 4 and later
iPhone 3GS -
iPhone 3G - -
Original iPhone - - - - -
iPad 2 and later - -
iPad (1st generation) - - -
iPod touch
(4th generation and later)
- -
iPod touch
(2nd and 3rd generation)
- - -

Additional Information

Note: iOS requires that the remote Bluetooth device support an encrypted connection. When you establish a pairing record between your iOS device and a Bluetooth device, you are setting up encryption between the two devices.

Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6)

Hands-Free Profile allows Bluetooth headsets and car hands-free kits to communicate with mobile phones.

Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP)

Phone Book Access Profile allows the exchange of Phone Book Objects between iPhone and 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

Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

Advanced Audio Distribution Profile allows high quality audio (stereo or mono) to stream from one device to another over a Bluetooth connection. Use this to play music wirelessly from iOS to a wireless headset or a compatible car audio system.

Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP 1.4)

Audio/Video Remote Control Profile allows remote control of playback functions on the iOS device from compatible devices (commonly Bluetooth devices that use the A2DP profile). The latest version of iOS supports these commands:

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

Personal Area Network Profile (PAN)

Personal Area Network Profile provides network connectivity over Bluetooth. With iOS, this is common with multiplayer games and Personal Hotspot on iPhone. Learn more about peer-to-peer connectivity*.

iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.3 or later support Internet tethering from an iPhone with iOS 4.2.6 or later through PAN.

Human Interface Device Profile (HID)

Human Interface Device Profile allows communication between iOS and Bluetooth keyboards.

Message Access Profile (MAP)


Message Access Profile allows devices to exchange messages. It's mostly used for automotive hands-free use.


*Depending on the Bluetooth accessory, you may experience slight variations in profile functionality. These variations are governed by the accessory manufacturer, not the iOS device.

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