Profiles make Bluetooth technology interoperable

Profiles are definitions of possible applications and specify general behaviors that Bluetooth® enabled devices use to communicate with other Bluetooth devices. Profiles build on the Bluetooth standard to more clearly define what kind of data a Bluetooth module is transmitting. The device’s application determines which profiles it must support, from hands-free capabilities to heart rate sensors to alerts and more.

For two Bluetooth devices to be compatible, they must support the same profiles. And while profiles generally describe the same use case behaviors, they are different for Bluetooth BR/EDR and Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) implementations. Compatibility between Bluetooth BR/EDR and Bluetooth LE implementations requires a dual-mode controller on at least one. For BR/EDR, a wide range of adopted Bluetooth profiles describe many different, commonly used types of applications or use cases for devices. For Bluetooth LE, developers can use a comprehensive set of adopted profiles, or they can use Generic Attribute Profile (GATT) to create new profiles. This flexibility helps support innovative new applications that maintain interoperability with other Bluetooth devices.

Bluetooth profiles typically contain information such as dependencies on other profiles and suggested user interface formats. For BR/EDR, the profile will also specify the particular options and parameters at each layer of the Bluetooth protocol stack used to perform its task. This may include, if appropriate, an outline of the required service record.

The documents in the “Informative document showing changes” column are provided as a courtesy to help readers identify changes between two versions of a Bluetooth specification.

SpecificationVersionStatusAdoption DateInformative document showing changes
3DSP3D Synchronization Profile1.0.3Active15 Dec 2015N/A
A2DPAdvanced Audio Distribution Profile1.3.2Active21 Jan 2019A2DP_1.3.2_showing_changes_from_A2DP_1.3.1
AVRCPA/V Remote Control Profile1.6.2Active21 Jan 2019AVRCP_1.6.2_showing_changes_from_AVRCP_1.6.1
BIPBasic Imaging Profile1.2.1Active21 Jan 2019BIP_1.2.1_showing_changes_from_BIP_1.2.0
BPPBasic Printing Profile1.2Active27 Apr 2006N/A
CTNCalendar Tasks and Notes Profiles1.0.1Active21 Jan 2019CTN_1.0.1_showing_changes_from_CTN_1.0.0
DIDevice ID Profile1.3Active26 Mar 2007N/A
DUNDial-Up Networking Profile1.2Active06 Nov 2012N/A
FTPFile Transfer Profile1.3.1Active15 Dec 2015N/A
GAVDPGeneric A/V Distribution Profile1.3Active24 Jul 2012N/A
GNSSGlobal Navigation Satellite System Profile1.0Active13 Mar 2012N/A
GOEPGeneric Object Exchange Profile2.1.1Active15 Dec 2015N/A
GPPGeneric PIM Profile1.0.1Active15 Dec 2015N/A
HCRPHardcopy Cable Replacement Profile1.2Active27 Apr 2006N/A
HDPHealth Device Profile1.1Active24 Jul 2012N/A
HFPHands-Free Profile1.7.2Active21 Jan 2019HFP_1.7.2_showing_changes_from_HFP_1.7.1
HIDHuman Interface Device Profile1.1.1Active15 Dec 2015N/A
HSPHeadset Profile1.2Active18 Dec 2008N/A
MAPMessage Access Profile1.4.2Active13 Aug 2019MAP_1.4.2_showing_changes_from_MAP_1.4.1
MPSMulti Profile Specification1.0Active02 Jul 2013N/A
OPPObject Push Profile1.2.1Active15 Dec 2015N/A
PANPersonal Area Networking Profile1.0Active20 Feb 2003N/A
PBAPPhone Book Access Profile1.2.3Active21 Jan 2019PBAP_1.2.3_showing_changes_from_PBAP_1.2.1
SAPSIM Access Profile1.1.1Active15 Dec 2015N/A
SPPSerial Port Profile1.2Active24 Jul 2012N/A
SYNCHSynchronization Profile1.2.1Active15 Dec 2015N/A
VDPVideo Distribution Profile1.1Active24 Jul 2012N/A

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