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A Bluetooth profile is a wireless interface specification for Bluetooth-based
communication between devices. In order to use Bluetooth technology, a device must be compatible with the subset of Bluetooth profiles necessary to use the desired services. A Bluetooth profile resides on top of the Bluetooth Core Specification and (optionally) additional protocols. While the profile may use certain features of the core specification, specific versions of profiles are rarely tied to specific versions of the core specification. For example, there are HFP 1.5 implementations using both Bluetooth 2.0 and Bluetooth 1.2 core specifications.
The way a device uses Bluetooth technology depends on its profile capabilities. The profiles provide standards which manufacturers follow to allow devices to use Bluetooth in the intended manner. For the Bluetooth low energy stack
according to Bluetooth V4.0 a special set of profiles applies. At a maximum, each profile specification contains information on the following topics:
; Dependencies on other formats
; Suggested user interface formats
; Specific parts of the Bluetooth protocol stack used by the protocol. To
perform its task, each profile uses particular options and parameters at
each layer of the stack. This may include an outline of the required
service record, if appropriate.
This article summarizes the current definitions and possible applications of each profile.
; 1 List of profiles
o 1.1 Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
; 1.1.1 Operating systems
o 1.2 Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
o 1.3 Basic Imaging Profile (BIP)
o 1.4 Basic Printing Profile (BPP)
o 1.5 Common ISDN Access Profile (CIP)
o 1.6 Cordless Telephony Profile (CTP)
o 1.7 Device ID Profile (DIP)
o 1.8 Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN)
o 1.9 Fax Profile (FAX)
o 1.10 File Transfer Profile (FTP)
o 1.11 Generic Audio/Video Distribution Profile (GAVDP)
o 1.12 Generic Access Profile (GAP)
o 1.13 Generic Object Exchange Profile (GOEP)
o 1.14 Hard Copy Cable Replacement Profile (HCRP)
o 1.15 Health Device Profile (HDP)
o 1.16 Hands-Free Profile (HFP)
o 1.17 Human Interface Device Profile (HID)
o 1.18 Headset Profile (HSP)
o 1.19 Intercom Profile (ICP)
o 1.20 LAN Access Profile (LAP)
o 1.21 Object Push Profile (OPP)
o 1.22 Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN)
o 1.23 Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP, PBA)
o 1.24 Serial Port Profile (SPP)
o 1.25 Service Discovery Application Profile (SDAP)
o 1.26 SIM Access Profile (SAP, SIM, rSAP)
o 1.27 Synchronisation Profile (SYNCH)
o 1.28 Video Distribution Profile (VDP)
o 1.29 Wireless Application Protocol Bearer (WAPB)
; 2 Comments
; 3 See also
; 4 References
; 5 External links
 List of profiles
The following profiles are defined and adopted by the Bluetooth SIG:  Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
This profile defines how high quality audio (stereo or mono) can be streamed
from one device to another over a Bluetooth connection. For example, music
can be streamed from a mobile phone, to a wireless headset, hearing aid &
cochlear implant streamer, or car audio or from a laptop/desktop to a wireless
A2DP was initially used in conjunction with an intermediate Bluetooth transceiver that connects to a standard audio output jack, encodes the incoming audio to a Bluetooth-friendly format, and sends the signal wirelessly to Bluetooth headphones that decode and play the audio. Bluetooth headphones, especially the more advanced models, often come with a microphone and support for the Headset (HSP), Hands-Free (HFP) and
Audio/Video Remote Control (AVRCP) profiles.
A2DP is designed to transfer a uni-directional 2-channel stereo audio stream,
like music from an MP3 player, to a headset or car radio. This profile relies
on AVDTP and GAVDP. It includes mandatory support for the low-complexity SBC codec (not to be confused with Bluetooth's voice-signal codecs such as CVSDM), and supports optionally: MPEG-1 , MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AAC, and
ATRAC, and is extensible to support manufacturer-defined codecs, such as
apt-X. Some Bluetooth stacks enforce the SCMS-T digital rights management
(DRM) scheme. In these cases, it is impossible to connect certain A2DP headphones for high quality audio.
 Operating systems
; Android: Android version 1.6 (Donut) and all subsequent versions
; BlackBerry: Supports A2DP in Operating System 4.2.
; iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad: All iPhones support HFP and PBAP.
Version 3.0 of the operating system added support for A2DP, limited
AVRCP and PAN for iPhone 3G/3GS and iPod touch 2nd/3rd
generation only. iPod touch 2G is now compatible with headsets that
use the PAN profile. Original iPhone Bluetooth chip can provide A2DP
as well, but Apple decided not to enable it. However, A2DP can be
enabled in a jailbroken original iPhone by a special utility.
; Linux: Initial A2DP support was added to BlueZ in version 3.15. The
instructions to set up A2DP can be found in the BlueZ Wiki; Since
Ubuntu 10.10 setting up a A2DP is as easy as pairing your computer
with the Bluetooth device and selecting this device as sound in- and/or
output in the sound preferences.
; Mac OS X: As of version 10.5, Mac OS X includes native support for
A2DP on Bluetooth-equipped Macs. Version 10.4 does not support
A2DP, but can be hacked to enable limited functionality.
; Motorola P2K: Motorola L9 running on P2K supports A2DP Profile.
; Nucleus : All Mediatek 6225+ Chipsets supports A2DP Profile.
; Palm OS: A2DP not supported, but can be implemented with third-party
; Palm webOS: A2DP supported by Palm Pre.
; HP webOS: A2DP (with AVRCP 1.3 support) supported by HP Pre3, HP
Veer, Pre Plus (running webOS 2.1 and on).
; Symbian Series60: Devices running Series60 3rd Edition FP1
(S60v3.1/Symbian 9.1) and newer support A2DP
; UIQ: UIQ 3.0 (Symbian 9.1) and newer support A2DP.
; Windows Mobile (previously Pocket PC): Version 4.0 and newer via
Widcomm third party add on. Version 5.0 and newer (with AKU 2.0),
thus far based on the Windows CE 5.0 kernel, fully support A2DP if an
appropriate device is present.
; Windows XP: Does not natively support A2DP, but newer Bluetooth
USB dongles and built-in adapters include drivers with A2DP support.
; Windows Vista: Does not support A2DP natively, but third-parties can
provide A2DP profile support without entirely replacing Microsoft's stack.
Service Pack 2 adds Bluetooth 2.1 capabilities such as simplified
; Windows 7: Does not support A2DP natively, but third-parties' driver
can provide A2DP profile support depends on what kind of dongles or
built-in adapters used.
; Windows Phone 7: Supports A2DP 1.2.
 Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
This profile is designed to provide a standard interface to control TVs, Hi-fi equipment, etc. to allow a single remote control (or other device) to control all
of the A/V equipment to which a user has access. It may be used in concert with A2DP or VDP.
It has the possibility for vendor-dependent extensions.
AVRCP has several versions with significantly increasing functionality:
; 1.0—Basic remote control commands (play/pause/stop, etc.)
; 1.3—all of 1.0 plus metadata and media-player state support
o The status of the music source (playing, stopped, etc.)
o Metadata information on the track itself (artist, track name, etc.).
; 1.4—all of 1.0, 1.3, plus media browsing capabilities for multiple media
o Browsing and manipulation of multiple players
o Browsing of media metadata per media player, including a "Now
o Basic search capabilities
 Basic Imaging Profile (BIP)
This profile is designed for sending images between devices and includes the ability to resize, and convert images to make them suitable for the receiving device. It may be broken down into smaller pieces:
Allows the sending of images from a device the user controls. Image Pull
Allows the browsing and retrieval of images from a remote device. Advanced Image Printing
print images with advanced options using the DPOF format developed
by Canon, Kodak, Fujifilm, and Matsushita
Allows the automatic backup of all the new images from a target device.
For example, a laptop could download all of the new pictures from a
camera whenever it is within range.
Allows the initiator to remotely use a digital camera. For example, a
user could place a camera on a tripod for a group photo, use their
phone handset to check that everyone is in frame, and activate the
shutter with the user in the photo.
Allows the initiator to push images to be displayed on another device.
For example, a user could give a presentation by sending the slides to a
 Basic Printing Profile (BPP)
This allows devices to send text, e-mails, vCards, or other items to printers
based on print jobs. It differs from HCRP in that it needs no printer-specific drivers. This makes it more suitable for embedded devices such as mobile
phones and digital cameras which cannot easily be updated with drivers
dependent upon printer vendors.
 Common ISDN Access Profile (CIP)
This provides unrestricted access to the services, data and signalling that ISDN offers.
 Cordless Telephony Profile (CTP)
This is designed for cordless phones to work using Bluetooth. It is hoped that
mobile phones could use a Bluetooth CTP gateway connected to a landline
when within the home, and the mobile phone network when out of range. It is central to the Bluetooth SIG's '3-in-1 phone' use case.
 Device ID Profile (DIP)
This profile allows a device to be identified above and beyond the limitations of the Device Class already available in Bluetooth. It enables identification of the
manufacturer, product id, product version, and the version of the Device ID specification being met. It is useful in allowing a PC to identify a connecting device and download appropriate drivers. It enables similar applications to
Plug-and-play specification allows. those the
 Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN)
This profile provides a standard to access the Internet and other dial-up
services over Bluetooth. The most common scenario is accessing the Internet from a laptop by dialing up on a mobile phone, wirelessly. It is based on Serial
Port Profile (SPP), and provides for relatively easy conversion of existing products, through the many features that it has in common with the existing wired serial protocols for the same task. These include the AT command set
specified in European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) 07.07,
and Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP).
DUN distinguishes the initatior (DUN Terminal) of the connection and the provider (DUN Gateway) of the connection. The gateway provides a modem interface and establishes the connection to a PPP gateway. The terminal implements the usage of the modem and PPP protocol to establish the network connection. In standard phones, the gateway PPP functionality is usually implemented by the access point of the Telco provider. In "always on" smartphones, the PPP gateway is often provided by the phone and the terminal shares the connection.
 Fax Profile (FAX)
This profile is intended to provide a well-defined interface between a mobile phone or fixed-line phone and a PC with Fax software installed. Support must be provided for ITU T.31 and / or ITU T.32 AT command sets as defined by
ITU-T. Data and voice calls are not covered by this profile.
 File Transfer Profile (FTP)
Provides the capability to browse, manipulate and transfer objects (files and folders) in an object store (file system) of another system. Uses GOEP as a basis.
 Generic Audio/Video Distribution Profile (GAVDP)
Provides the basis for A2DP, and VDP.
 Generic Access Profile (GAP)
Provides the basis for all other profiles. GAP defines how two Bluetooth units discover and establish a connection with each other.
 Generic Object Exchange Profile (GOEP)
Provides a basis for other data profiles. Based on OBEX and sometimes
referred to as such.
 Hard Copy Cable Replacement Profile (HCRP)
This provides a simple wireless alternative to a cable connection between a device and a printer. Unfortunately it does not set a standard regarding the actual communications to the printer, so drivers are required specific to the
printer model or range. This makes this profile less useful for embedded devices such as digital cameras and palmtops, as updating drivers can be problematic.
 Health Device Profile (HDP)
Profile designed to facilitate transmission and reception of Medical Device data. The API's of this layer interact with the lower level Multi-Channel Adaptation Protocol (MCAP layer), but also perform SDP behavior to connect to remote HDP devices. Also makes use of the Device ID Profile (DIP).
 Hands-Free Profile (HFP)
Currently in version 1.5, this is commonly used to allow car hands-free kits to communicate with mobile phones in the car. It uses SCO to carry a monaural
audio channel with continuously variable slope delta modulation or pulse-code
modulation, and with logarithmic a-law or μ-law quantization.
In 2002 Audi, with the Audi A8, was the first motor vehicle manufacturer to install Bluetooth technology in a car, enabling the passenger to use a wireless in-car phone. The following year DaimlerChrysler and Acura introduced
Bluetooth technology integration with the audio system as a standard feature in the third-generation Acura TL in a system dubbed HandsFree Link (HFL).
Later, BMW added it as an option on its 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series
and X5 vehicles. Since then, other manufacturers have followed suit, with many vehicles, including the Toyota Prius (since 2004), 2007 Toyota Camry,
2007 Infiniti G35, and the Lexus LS 430 (since 2004). Several Nissan models
(Versa, X-Trail) include a built-in Bluetooth for the Technology option. Volvo
started introducing support in some vehicles in 2007, and as of 2009 all
Bluetooth-enabled vehicles support HFP.
The Bluetooth car kits allow users with Bluetooth-equipped cell phones to make use of some of the phone's features, such as making calls, while the phone itself can be left in the user's pocket or hand bag. Companies like Nokia, Johnson Controls, Peiker acustic, RAYTEL, Parrot, Novero and Motorola
manufacture Bluetooth hands-free car kits for well-known brand car manufacturers.
Most bluetooth headsets implement both Hands-Free Profile and Headset Profile, because of the extra features in HFP for use with a mobile phone, such as last number redial, call waiting and voice dialing.
 Human Interface Device Profile (HID)
Provides support for devices such as mice, joysticks, keyboards, as well as
sometimes providing support for simple buttons and indicators on other types of devices. It is designed to provide a low latency link, with low power
requirements. PlayStation 3 controllers and Wii Remotes also use Bluetooth
Bluetooth HID is a lightweight wrapper of the Human Interface Device protocol
defined for USB. The use of the HID protocol simplifies host implementation (ex: support by Operating Systems) by enabling the re-use of some of the
existing support for USB HID to also support Bluetooth HID.,
 Headset Profile (HSP)
This is the most commonly used profile, providing support for the popular Bluetooth Headsets to be used with mobile phones. It relies on SCO for audio
AT commands from GSM encoded in 64 kbit/s CVSD or PCM and a subset of
07.07 for minimal controls including the ability to ring, answer a call, hang up and adjust the volume.
 Intercom Profile (ICP)
This is often referred to as the walkie-talkie profile. It is another TCS
(Telephone Control protocol Specification) based profile, relying on SCO to
carry the audio. It is proposed to allow voice calls between two Bluetooth capable handsets, over Bluetooth.
 LAN Access Profile (LAP)
LAN Access profile makes it possible for a Bluetooth device to access LAN,
WAN or Internet via another device that has a physical connection to the
network. It uses PPP over RFCOMM to establish connections. LAP also allows
the device to join an ad-hoc Bluetooth network.
The LAN Access Profile has been replaced by the PAN profile in the Bluetooth
 Object Push Profile (OPP)
A basic profile for sending "objects" such as pictures, virtual business cards, or
appointment details. It is called push because the transfers are always instigated by the sender (client), not the receiver (server). OPP uses the APIs of OBEX profile and the OBEX operations which are used in OPP are connect, disconnect, put, get and abort. By using these API the OPP layer will reside over OBEX and hence follow the specifications of the Bluetooth stack.
 Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN)
This profile is intended to allow the use of Bluetooth Network Encapsulation
Protocol on Layer 3 protocols for transport over a Bluetooth link.
 Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP, PBA)
Phone Book Access (PBA) or Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) is a
profile that allows exchange of Phone Book Objects between devices. It is likely to be used between a car kit and a mobile phone to:
; allow the car kit to display the name of the incoming caller;
; allow the car kit to download the phone book so the user can initiate a
call from the car display.
 Serial Port Profile (SPP)
This profile is based on ETSI 07,10 and the RFCOMM protocol. It emulates a
serial cable to provide a simple substitute for existing RS-232, including the
familiar control signals. It is the basis for DUN, FAX, HSP and AVRCP.  Service Discovery Application Profile (SDAP)
SDAP describes how an application should use SDP to discover services on a remote device. SDAP requires that any application be able to find out what services are available on any Bluetooth enabled device it connects to.  SIM Access Profile (SAP, SIM, rSAP)
This allows devices such as car phones with built in GSM transceivers to
connect to a SIM card in a phone with Bluetooth, thus the car phone itself doesn't require a separate SIM card. This profile is also known as rSAP (remote-SIM-Access-Profile). More information on which phones are supported can be found here(German version only)
 Synchronisation Profile (SYNCH)
This profile allows synchronisation of Personal Information Manager (PIM)
items. As this profile originated as part of the infrared specifications but has
been adopted by the Bluetooth SIG to form part of the main Bluetooth specification, it is also commonly referred to as IrMC Synchronization. edit] Video Distribution Profile (VDP) [
This profile allows the transport of a video stream. It could be used for streaming a recorded video from a PC media center to a portable player, or a live video from a digital video camera to a TV. Support for the H.263 baseline
is mandatory. The MPEG-4 Visual Simple Profile, and H.263 profiles 3 and 8
are optionally supported, and covered in the specification.1  Wireless Application Protocol Bearer (WAPB)
This is a profile for carrying Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) over
Point-to-Point Protocol over Bluetooth.
These profiles are still not finalised, but are currently proposed within the Bluetooth SIG:
; Unrestricted Digital Information (UDI)
; Extended Service discovery profile (ESDP)
; Video Conferencing Profile (VCP) : This profile is to be compatible with
3G-324M, and support videoconferencing over a 3G high-speed
; Message Access Profile (MAP)
Compatibility of products with profiles can be verified on the Bluetooth
Qualification Program website.
 See also
; Bluetooth protocols