Article ID : S1F0148 / Last Modified : 01/15/2007

Bluetooth® Communication Profiles

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A profile is a standard that defines the specifications of the devices to be connected and the communication protocols used between them. Communication using Bluetooth wireless technology requires the devices connected have the same profile.


Profile Name Features Main Applications (devices)
AVRCP
(A/V Remote Control Profile)
Remote control of A/V equipment.
A/V equipment, In-vehicle equipment, Personal computers, Mobile phones, Headphones
A2DP
(Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
Streaming of music of an audio set
Headphones, A/V equipment, In-vehicle equipment, Personal computers, Mobile phones
BIP
(Basic Imaging Profile)
Transmission of basic image data
Printers, Digital cameras, Personal computers, Mobile phones
BPP
(Basic Printing Profile)
Connection between a device (without a printing function) and a printer
Mobile phones, PDAs, Printers
DUN
(Dial-UP Networking Profile)
Dial-up Internet connection via a mobile phone
Mobile phones, Personal computers, PDAs
FTP
(File Transfer Profile)
Data transfer between personal computers
Personal computers, Mobile phones
HCRP
(Hardcopy Cable Replacement Profile)
Connection between a device having a printing function and a printer
Printers, Bluetooth adapters for printers, Personal computers
HFP
(Hands-Free Profile)
Hands-Free communication
Mobile phones, Headsets, In-vehicle equipment
HID
(Human Interface Device Profile)
Wireless connection of an input device like a keyboard or mouse
Keyboards, Mice, Personal computers, Mobile phones
HSP
(Headset Profile)
Communication with a headset/headphones
Mobile phones, Headsets, In-vehicle equipment, Personal computers
OPP
(Object PushProfile)
Data exchange
Mobile phones, PDAs, Personal computers, In-vehicle equipment
PAN
(Personal Area Network Profile)
Implementation of a small network
Personal computers, Access points, Mobile phones
PBAP
(Phone Book Access Profile)
Mobile phone address book reference
Mobile phones, In-vehicle equipment
SAP
(SIM AccessProfile)
Access to SIM card information
Mobile phones, In-vehicle equipment
SPP
(Serial Port Profile)
Using a Bluetooth device as a virtual serial port
Mobile phones, Personal computers
NOTE: Not all Bluetooth devices are compatible.