- Connecting: how and when
- Types of connections
- Cellular and SIM settings
- Share my connection
- What's airplane mode?
- Use a dual SIM phone
- Connect to a Wi-Fi network
- Find Wi-Fi hotspots
- Wi-Fi FAQ
- Use Wi-Fi Sense to get connected
- Wi-Fi Sense FAQ
- How do I opt my network out of Wi-Fi Sense?
- Pair my phone with a Bluetooth accessory
- Bluetooth FAQ
- Share files over Bluetooth
- What's data roaming?
- How can I minimize my data usage?
- Use Data Sense to manage data usage
- Use a VPN connection
- NFC on Windows Phone
- Tap to share photos, websites, and more
- Project my phone screen to a TV or PC
You can pair your phone with a variety of devices that use Bluetooth, such as the hands-free system in your car, headsets, speakers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, heart rate monitors, fitness sensors, and more.
You can do a lot of different things, such as:
- Use Speech to make hands-free calls using a Bluetooth headset or your car’s hands-free system.
- Share files over Bluetooth.
- Use Driving Mode on your phone.
- Pair with some NFC–capable accessories. For more info, see Pair my phone with a Bluetooth accessory.
- Play music over Bluetooth speakers, headphones, in your car, or on your computer’s speakers.
- Have incoming text messages read aloud and reply to them—all hands free.
Pairing is the process of setting up your Bluetooth device or accessory so it can connect to your phone. To learn how, see Pair my phone with a Bluetooth accessory. After you pair your phone with the device, your phone will automatically connect to the device when it’s in range and Bluetooth is turned on.
Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 support Bluetooth 3.1. This is an improved version of Bluetooth that automates the pairing process between Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 8.1 and Bluetooth devices, such as phone headsets, car audio systems, speaker docks, and NFC pairing.
Windows Phone 8 supports the following Bluetooth user profiles:
- Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP 1.2)
- Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP 1.4)
- Hands Free Profile (HFP 1.5)
- Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP 1.1)
- Object Push Profile (OPP 1.1)
- Out of Band (OOB) and Near Field Communications (NFC)
Windows Phone 8.1 supports the same Bluetooth user profiles as Windows Phone 8, and also supports:
- Hands Free Profile (HFP 1.6)
- Bluetooth Low Energy (LE)
For a Bluetooth device or accessory to work with your phone, the device needs to use one of the supported profiles.
- Not sure which version of the Windows Phone software your phone is running? Check to see which version you have and find out if an update is available.
- You won't be able to browse for music over Bluetooth from your car's audio system because Windows Phone 8.1 doesn't support the browse feature for the AVRCP Bluetooth profile. Browsing is supported on Windows Phone 8.
You can share different kinds of files and info using Bluetooth on your phone. This includes photos, music, contacts, and Microsoft Office documents. To learn how, see Share files over Bluetooth.
Check the documentation for the accessory. (Often, the PIN is "0000" or "1234.") You may also be able to find the PIN on the accessory itself.
- ► I’m having problems with Speech recognition when I use my car’s Bluetooth hands-free system. What should I do?
You can try to have your phone use a different kind of Bluetooth audio connection by going to Settings in the App list, then selecting Bluetooth > Advanced > Use an alternate Bluetooth audio connection for Speech. (If you're not using Windows Phone 8.1, this check box may appear as Connect in a different way to use Speech with Bluetooth in my car.) This setting affects all the Bluetooth devices connected to your phone. You should only select this check box if you're having problems with Speech recognition when you use Bluetooth. (This setting will only appear on phones that have Windows Phone software version 8.0.10501.127 or later. See How do I update my phone software? for more information on how to update your phone.)
- ► I paired a Bluetooth device with my phone, but I don’t use that device anymore. How do I remove it from my phone?
Tap and hold the name of the accessory or device in the list, and then tap Delete.