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

Bluetooth® Communication Profiles



    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.