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.

Specification Version Status Adoption Date Informative document showing changes
3DSP 3D Synchronization Profile 1.0.3 Active 15 Dec 2015 N/A
A2DP Advanced Audio Distribution Profile 1.3.2 Active 21 Jan 2019 A2DP_1.3.2_showing_changes_from_A2DP_1.3.1
AVRCP A/V Remote Control Profile 1.6.2 Active 21 Jan 2019 AVRCP_1.6.2_showing_changes_from_AVRCP_1.6.1
BIP Basic Imaging Profile 1.2.1 Active 21 Jan 2019 BIP_1.2.1_showing_changes_from_BIP_1.2.0
BPP Basic Printing Profile 1.2 Active 27 Apr 2006 N/A
CTN Calendar Tasks and Notes Profile 1.0.1 Active 21 Jan 2019 CTN_1.0.1_showing_changes_from_CTN_1.0.0
DI Device ID Profile 1.3 Active 26 Mar 2007 N/A
DUN Dial-Up Networking Profile 1.2 Active 06 Nov 2012 N/A
FTP File Transfer Profile 1.3.1 Active 15 Dec 2015 N/A
GAVDP Generic A/V Distribution Profile 1.3 Active 24 Jul 2012 N/A
GNSS Global Navigation Satellite System Profile 1.0 Active 13 Mar 2012 N/A
GOEP Generic Object Exchange Profile 2.1.1 Active 15 Dec 2015 N/A
GPP Generic PIM Profile 1.0.1 Active 15 Dec 2015 N/A
HCRP Hardcopy Cable Replacement Profile 1.2 Active 27 Apr 2006 N/A
HDP Health Device Profile 1.1 Active 24 Jul 2012 N/A
HFP Hands-Free Profile 1.8 Active 14 Apr 2020 HFP_1.8_showing_changes_from_HFP_1.7.2
HID Human Interface Device Profile 1.1.1 Active 15 Dec 2015 N/A
HSP Headset Profile 1.2 Active 18 Dec 2008 N/A
MAP Message Access Profile 1.4.2 Active 13 Aug 2019 MAP_1.4.2_showing_changes_from_MAP_1.4.1
MPS Multi Profile Specification 1.0 Active 02 Jul 2013 N/A
OPP Object Push Profile 1.2.1 Active 15 Dec 2015 N/A
PAN Personal Area Networking Profile 1.0 Active 20 Feb 2003 N/A
PBAP Phone Book Access Profile 1.2.3 Active 21 Jan 2019 PBAP_1.2.3_showing_changes_from_PBAP_1.2.1
SAP SIM Access Profile 1.1.1 Active 15 Dec 2015 N/A
SPP Serial Port Profile 1.2 Active 24 Jul 2012 N/A
SYNCH Synchronization Profile 1.2.1 Active 15 Dec 2015 N/A
VDP Video Distribution Profile 1.1 Active 24 Jul 2012 N/A

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