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iPhone 3GS Bluetooth Not Working

I was disappointed to find out that the iPhone bluetooth is Not working as expected. This is the first phone with bluetooth which I owned that is not connecting with my PC. I have used Nokia and Sony Ericsson bluetooth to connect my PC and backup my phones. With iPhone, the only way is to use the USB cable to connect to your PC.

The iPhone crippled bluetooth can use bluetooth earpiece or bluetooth headset.

iPhone does not support:

  • Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
  • Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
  • Basic Imaging Profile (BIP)
  • Basic Printing Profile (BPP)
  • Cordless Telephony Profile (CTP)
  • Device ID Profile (DID)
  • Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN)
  • Fax Profile (FAX)
  • File Transfer Profile (FTP)
  • General Audio/Video Distribution Profile (GAVDP)
  • Generic Access Profile (GAP)
  • Generic Object Exchange Profile (GOEP)
  • Human Interface Device Profile (HID)
  • Intercom Profile (ICP)
  • Object Push Profile (OPP)
  • Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN)
  • Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP)
  • Serial Port Profile (SPP)
  • Service Discovery Application Profile (SDAP)
  • SIM Access Profile (SAP,SIM)
  • Synchronisation Profile (synch)
  • Video Distribution Profile (vdp)
  • Wireless Application Protocol Bearer (WAPB)

Source: iPhone’s Bluetooth is dumb, purposely crippled or both?

iPhone 3GS Bluetooth with Windows Vista

As for the new iPhone 3GS, Windows Vista may the the culprit that prevent proper communication over bluetooth. My Vista kept asking to look for “Bluetooth Peripheral Device”?! Apparently, Vista does not have a driver to support iPhone 3GS bluetooth profiles.

iPhone 3GS Bluetooth profiles

If you manage to connect using bluetooth for Internet tethering, leave a comment below.

iPhone 3GS bluetooth internet tethering

[Update 18 Aug 2009] iPhone 3GS Bluetooth Internet Tethering
Managed to connect my MacBook Pro via bluetooth to iPhone internet tethering after performing latest software updates including the latest version of iTune 8.2.1 (6).

[Update 28 Jan 2010] Steve Jobs announced the Apple iPad yesterday. Will the iPad be another crippled device?

{ 84 comments… add one }
  • H 16 Sep 2011, 8:03 pm

    i cant find bluetooth in my iphone 3gs in cydia. i want to download it. can any one help me ?

  • Krush 9 Sep 2011, 8:33 am

    This Work for me


    I just connect my iphone with my pc.

    iphone 3gs… alienware M15X windows 7 Home Premium

    From Chile with Rock

  • Imran 11 Aug 2011, 1:44 am

    I had learned a lot about i phone. Got a 3Gs, was happy and excited to have one but all my excitement went into the wall when i came to know that apple has joked with it’s customers on the name of iphone.
    Basic features which are common in very cheap phone are not there in 3GS.
    What a fun?
    I really rate it as a stupid device having no customer friendlyness.

    No blue tooth connectivity with other phones are windows

    No photo editing

    No Business card support

    Even many other common features are not found.

    Apple i hate u for that joke

  • VeDaNsHu 4 Aug 2011, 12:39 am

    Hay!! Any one know Bluetooth app. For jailbreak iPhone 3GS????

  • bugsy 28 Jun 2011, 5:54 am

    i have downloaded celeste worked for a while no i can only send cant recieve whats the way farward

  • ARSHAD KHAN 23 Jun 2011, 9:17 pm

    i can’t expect from Apple company that iphone mobiles fail in blue tooth pairing with other mobiles devices, which is very common and cheaper technology now adays.i try my 3gs with Nokia but bluetooth fail in pairing.very DISGRACEFUL

  • nunnaraghavram 9 Jun 2011, 9:34 pm

    are there any free packages. CELESTE is expensive

  • nunnaraghavram 9 Jun 2011, 9:31 pm

    are there any free packages

  • rohucool 9 Jun 2011, 6:17 am

    Its for all dose who r finding problem with the sharing of files via bluetooth…u can download ‘celeste’ from cydia and can activate it from sb by just slinding left or right on the taskbar… Once it get activated..u can easily send or receive file with any phone ..
    Try it.. It works in my iphone 3gs

  • nunnaraghavram 8 Jun 2011, 8:52 pm

    can we install jailbreak into iphone 3gs with any version

  • Dettie 8 Jun 2011, 10:13 am

    Nothing Works…..have tried all of the above mentioned ideas, still nothing. I love the phone but it may end up in my daughter’s pocket as she does not need bluetooth. I have a beautiful car that I love and I can’t even pair up the phone to it. It’s the only device I want to pair up and it won’t. My opinion of iphones has changed dramatically in the last two hours.
    What a piece of shit…how hard can it be to get bluetooth right when everyone else seems to get it.

  • Keira caldwell 25 May 2011, 6:31 am

    I got my iPhone 3GS yesterday after ordering it over the Internet can anybody tell me if I take my phone to my local store will they change it for me?

  • vic 10 Apr 2011, 9:19 pm

    just bought the iphone 3g last week won,t pair with my 2011 sonata hands free bluetooth my 50 doller lg pairs just fine this i phone should be called a dump phone not smart phone vic bochicchio

  • Franko 6 Apr 2011, 4:27 am

    I bought the iPhone 3GS in march and this … don’t want to send or receive any files but will connect just will say it’s not supported. It’s just a scheme. Apple is bullshiters I had piece of shit phones that had Bluetooth work.

  • Anders 25 Mar 2011, 5:06 am

    Win 7 and iPhone 3GS, bluetooth internet sharing… no problem, works good.


  • Marty 20 Mar 2011, 11:02 am

    Well as you can see from all the unhappy folks out here, the iPhone (3Gs,4.x) will apparently:

    1) NEVER connect via Bluetooth to the PC,
    2) will NEVER sync with Outlook,
    3) will NEVER allow Tethering w/o whacking the thing in the head (jailbreaking) or some hidden flashlight sync app… that was pulled from the apple store.

    —> Hey, If that isn’t a blatant “nana, nana, boo-boo you can’t have this aaaapp” in your face from Apple, I don’t know what is!

    —> Let’s face it, we all have been suckered and i believe it’s by design. One of the two doesn’t want to play nice with the other guy (company) under the hood.

    Apple or Microsoft… I’m leaning 99% toward Apple being the piss’e one here (consider Flash as another biggie too)!

    Come’on guys fix the thing! How hard can this be to get Bluetooth to sync correctly with PC?

    Now, just one other thought set to music.

    How long has this been goin’ on?
    How long has this been goin’ on?

    Well, your friends with their fancy persuasions
    Don’t admit that it’s part of a scheme,
    But I can’t help but have my suspicions
    ‘Cause I ain’t quite as dumb as I seem.

    And you said you were never intendin’
    To break up our scene in this way,
    But there ain’t any use in pretendin’,
    It could happen to us any day.

    How long has this been goin’ on?
    How long has this been goin’ on?

    How long?

    (how long has this been going on ambrosia)

    Unhappy iPhone owner

  • Dick 3 Mar 2011, 1:43 pm

    VZW’s iPhone4 won’t pair reliably with my ’09 Infinity G37s. Other phones do. Takes 3 to 5 tries to get the pairing to take, but within an hour the car and iPhone can’t connect to each other. Verizon and Infinity just point their finger at the other guy. Not too user friendly in my book.

  • shelina 24 Feb 2011, 12:21 am

    my ipnone3gs is not working blutooth whenever i on blutooth it is showing now discoverable and nothing is coming on the sreen

  • Sgt. Sagara 28 Jan 2011, 6:11 pm

    I am amazed that the iphone cant even send files across bluetooth to my nokia 5800, it doesn’t even pair. seriiously i have tons of bluetooth devices and it doesn’t recognize any of them.

  • Edward 4 Jan 2011, 12:30 am

    Quite disappointed with iPhone. As with most pple the bluetooth function doesn’t work. All the hype and not enough substance. Scandal after scandal with the iphone. is it ever gonna end

  • reddy 19 Dec 2010, 5:34 pm

    in my iphone 3gs bluetooth is not working what is the reason?

  • reddy 19 Dec 2010, 5:33 pm

    i want to store pdf files, from my pc(windows7) to iphone 3gs using data cable.
    please tell me the process.

    my email id: [email protected]

  • JBabe 22 Nov 2010, 7:29 pm

    Ive just got an iphone 3GS and having trouble with my bluetooth. I cant seem to pick up other phones and when they search they can pick me up but when they try to send to me nothing happens!!!!! very frustrating :0( can anyone help with why this happens or how to sort it out, any suggestions or help is appreciated.

  • Emma 13 Nov 2010, 8:32 pm

    This iPhone is totally fucked, don’t have basic functions, it’s frustrating. Can’t recommend to friends nor buy one again

  • owazio 12 Nov 2010, 12:57 am

    I manage to tether my iphone’s 3Gs bluetooth for both Mac and PC to share my internet connect from my iphone and i managed to tether 1 Mac and 2 PCs at the same time via Bluetooth.

  • nathan 7 Sep 2010, 9:39 pm

    i really don’t understand i need help.i can send files from my i phone but can’t receive any.it keeps saying written fill failed

  • kim kuwait 30 Aug 2010, 2:36 pm

    same problem here. im using vista, i can not connect my iphone 3gs through bluetooth. i need the data cable whenever i want to use my data plan for tethering.

  • Iain friend 23 Aug 2010, 1:26 am

    Hello people could someone help me ? My iPhone Bluetooth ant working I am trying to connect with another phone so I can send a pictures to them but it’s not having it . I can pick the other phone up when I search for them so that’s working plz help me someone

  • Robin 15 Aug 2010, 7:46 pm

    Still looking for a bluetooth peripheral device driver, any help with that?

  • Lim Wee Seng 6 Aug 2010, 3:21 pm

    Can I know if I can still listen to Radio Channel if I connect my IPhone to a Blue Tooth Ear Piece ?

  • Sreevas 13 Jul 2010, 9:48 am

    I have LG GW 300? When I an trying to connect it with my Sony Vaio (Vista) its asking for Bluetooth peripheral device driver. Please suggest where I can find the drivers.

  • Eddy J 13 Jun 2010, 4:38 pm

    Talked with a mate who’s had Apple stuff since back when it was genuinely advanced compare to Msoft (so that’s about 20 years ago) and even he was despairing about the iPhone.

    It’s going back. I’m not paying that sort of money for half a phone. I can’t imagine what a crap experience the onanists who bought an iPad must be having right now with that triumph of design over function!

    Overpriced under-specced toss. Apple = Crapple.
    Never ever again.

  • Eddy J 12 Jun 2010, 7:00 am

    Oh yes, while I’m venting – there’s also no flash on the camera. Iphones only play some stupid video formats, not DivX, WMV, MPEG or AVI and the ridiculous ‘lego brick’ connector/USB lead thing is just an embarassment. Why would they choose THAT over a tiny (cheap and available) USB connection?

    I should never have got one of these devices and I never will again.

  • Eddy J 12 Jun 2010, 6:34 am

    “It does what I ask of it (constant email push, msn and skype, and constant browsing) and I couldn’t be happier”
    Yes, well it helps to have low ambitions when it comes to iPhones!

    I have never felt so locked in and tied down to a proprietary system as I do with this outrageously over-hyped phone. Seriously, only some demented “lifestyle” jerk could pretend this was worth the money.

    Every Nokia I ever had syncs to Outlook and to other Nokias. Every Samsung of late too. My Sony W995 has great wifi and superb bluetooth AND it’s a Walkman!

    Apple have a very loyal fanbase, but not a very tech-savvy one.

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