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Can iPhone Bluetooth be on but not discoverable?

3480 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 7, 2013 11:34 AM by free2ski RSS
winodog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 19, 2012 9:35 PM

Have my first iPhone (iPhone 5, iOS 6.0.1). Is there any way to have Bluetooth turned on but the device not discoverable? This was possible on my two previous non-Apple phones. I have it paired w/ my car, but don't want it discoverable by other unknown devices, and don't want to have to keep turning it Bluetooth on and off. Bluetooth when discoverable used to be fairly easy to hack and access address books/contacts.

  • TomDM Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 10:14 PM (in response to winodog)

    You're incorrect: the iPhone is only discoverable while you are in Settings->Bluetooth with Bluetooth turned on. As soon as you close the Settings, the phone stops being discoverable.

  • Nuthall1862 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 2:20 PM (in response to TomDM)

    I don't think this is correct.  My iPhone, when paired with my car and with settings closed, picks up mobile bluetooth marketing requests when I drive past somewhere that is broadcasting them.   My phone must be discoverable for this to happen

  • free2ski Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 7, 2013 11:34 AM (in response to Nuthall1862)

    I agree that you phone is discoverable. I just enabled bluetooth on the iphone 5 in settings. I closed the setting page and returned to the home screen. I powered up my kindle and walla it shows the iphone. If i tell the kindle to pair it the kindle says make sure the the iphone is showing this xxxxxx passkey. If i tell it to pair the kindle displays "unable to pair because of incorrect passkey or pin. it looks like the bluetooth is always broadcasting when its enabled. I don't see how your bluetooth can receive marketing requests if it hasn't been paird. maybe there coming in on google or some other enabled location based service.


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