Article ID : 00007502 / Last Modified : 08/21/2019

Bluetooth Wireless Technology Profiles and Descriptions

    What Is a Bluetooth® Profile?

    It's 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.

    IMPORTANT: Not all Bluetooth devices are compatible with all profiles. Check the specifications of both devices you want to connect through Bluetooth to make sure that they both support the required Bluetooth profile.

    List of Bluetooth Profiles

    Profile Name Features Applications
    A/V Remote Control Profile
    (AVRCP)
    Remote control of A/V equipment A/V equipment, in-vehicle equipment, personal computers, mobile phones, and headphones
    Advanced Audio Distribution Profile
    (A2DP)
    Streaming music Headphones, A/V equipment, in-vehicle equipment, personal computers, and mobile phones
    Basic Imaging Profile
    (BIP)
    Transmission of basic image data Printers, digital cameras, personal computers, and mobile phones
    Basic Printing Profile
    (BPP)
    Connection between a device (without a printing function) and a printer Mobile phones, PDAs, and printers
    Dial-up Networking Profile
    (DUN)
    Dial-up internet connection via a mobile phone Mobile phones, personal computers, and PDAs
    File Transfer Profile
    (FTP)
    Data transfer between personal computers Personal computers and mobile phones
    Hardcopy Cable Replacement Profile
    (HCRP)
    Connection between a device having a printing function and a printer Printers, Bluetooth adapters for printers, and personal computers
    Hands-Free Profile
    (HFP)
    Hands-Free communication Mobile phones, headsets, and in-vehicle equipment
    Human Interface Device Profile
    (HID)
    Wireless connection of an input device such as a keyboard or mouse Keyboards, mice, personal computers, and mobile phones
    Headset Profile
    (HSP)
    Communication with a headset or headphones Mobile phones, headsets, in-vehicle equipment, and personal computers
    Object PushProfile
    (OPP)
    Data exchange Mobile phones, PDAs, personal computers, and in-vehicle equipment
    Personal Area Network Profile
    (PAN)
    Implementation of a small network Personal computers, access points, and mobile phones
    Phone Book Access Profile
    (PBAP)
    Mobile phone address book reference Mobile phones and in-vehicle equipment
    SIM AccessProfile
    (SAP)
    Access to SIM card information Mobile phones and in-vehicle equipment
    Serial Port Profile
    (SPP)
    Using a Bluetooth device as a virtual serial port Mobile phones and personal computers

    For all other Bluetooth profiles, and their abbreviations, check the following:

    Attribute Profile ATT
    Common ISDN Access Profile CIP
    Cordless Telephony Profile CTP
    Device ID Profile DIP
    Fax Profile FAX
    Generic A/V Distribution Profile GAVDP
    Generic Access Profile GAP
    Generic Attribute Profile GATT
    Generic Object Exchange Profile GOEP
    Health Device Profile HDP
    Intercom Profile ICP
    LAN Access Profile LAP
    Message Access Profile MAP
    OBject EXchange OBEX
    Proximity Profile PXP
    Service Discovery Application Profile SDAP
    SIM Access Profile SAP, SIM, rSAP
    Synchronization Profile SYNCH
    Synchronisation Mark-up Language Profile SyncML
    Video Distribution Profile VDP
    Wireless Application Protocol Bearer WAPB