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- What's new in Windows Phone 8
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- Get connected
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- Ringtones, sounds, and volume
- Recommended settings during phone setup
- Use Data Sense to track data usage
- Moving from Android or iPhone to Windows Phone
- Tips and tricks
- Places to try tapping and holding
- Gestures: flick, pan, and stretch
- How-to videos
You can pair your phone with a variety of devices that use Bluetooth, such as headsets, car kits, the hands-free system in your car, headphones, speakers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, 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 supports Bluetooth 3.1. This is an improved version of Bluetooth that automates the pairing process between Windows Phone 8 and Bluetooth devices, such as phone headsets, car audio systems, speaker docks, and NFC pairing.
Here are the Bluetooth user profiles that Windows Phone 8 supports:
- 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)
For a Bluetooth device or accessory to work with your phone, the device needs to use one of the supported profiles.
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. 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 > 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.