- Connecting: how and when
- Types of connections
- Mobile network and SIM settings
- Sharing your connection
- What is flight mode?
- Using a dual-SIM phone
- Connecting to a WiFi network
- Finding WiFi hotspots
- WiFi FAQ
- Using WiFi Sense to get connected
- WiFi Sense FAQ
- How do I opt my network out of WiFi Sense?
- Pairing your phone with a Bluetooth accessory
- Bluetooth FAQ
- Sharing files over Bluetooth
- What is data roaming?
- How can I minimise my data usage?
- Using Data Sense to manage data usage
- Using a VPN connection
- NFC on Windows Phone
- Tapping to share photos, websites and more
- Projecting your 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 lots of different things, such as:
- Using Speech to make hands-free calls using a Bluetooth headset or your car’s hands-free system.
- Sharing files over Bluetooth.
- Using Driving Mode on your phone.
- Pairing with some NFC–capable accessories. For more info, see Pairing your phone with a Bluetooth accessory.
- Playing music over Bluetooth speakers, headphones, in your car or on your computer’s speakers.
- Having incoming text messages read aloud and replying 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 Pairing your phone with a Bluetooth accessory. After you've paired 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)
Windows Phone 8.1 Update also lets you use your phone as a Network Access Point (NAP), so you can share your mobile data connection with another device over Bluetooth.
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 and Windows Phone 8.1 Update.
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 Sharing 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 ticking Bluetooth > Advanced > Use an alternative Bluetooth audio connection for Speech. (If you aren't using Windows Phone 8.1, this checkbox 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 tick this checkbox 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've paired a Bluetooth device with my phone, but I don’t use that device any more. How do I remove it from my phone?
Tap and hold the name of the accessory or device in the list, then tap Delete.
Pair your phone with your car.
Once your car has downloaded your address book, it includes a special number for a contact named Cortana. This contact won't show on your phone.
On your car, tap the contact named Cortana in your address book to start Cortana on your phone.
The car dials the number that will start Cortana.
- This is only available if your phone is running Windows Phone 8.1 Update. Check to see which version you have and find out if an update is available.
- If you don’t have Cortana on your phone, a contact named Speech is downloaded to the address book in your car instead. You can then tap the contact named Speech in your car to start Speech on your phone.