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How to make iPad 2 Bluetooth recognize my bluetooth phone

23896 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Apr 25, 2013 10:39 PM by Technically Inept - Mostimes RSS
VRS Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 12, 2012 6:20 PM

My cellphone has Bluetooth but my iPad will not recognize it. How can I can get the iPad to recognize the phone?



Thanks for your help.



iPad 2
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)

    For what purpose?

  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6 (10,785 points)

    iPad Bluetooth is designed for Keyboards, Speakers and/or Headphones.  In a traditional sense, you can not pair a phone via Bluetooth to an iPad.  You can, if you want, "Tether" a phone's 3G data to an iPad to give you access to the internet if you are in situations without access to Wifi (if you don't have a 3G version iPad 2).

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,840 points)

    If you are looking to connect them to transfer photos, music, etc. that will not work, the iPad does not have the BT File Transfer Protocol.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,450 points)

    VRS wrote:


    To connect the iPad and phone thru Bluetooth!

    We undersand that. Why do you want to connect them? What are you trying  to do with the connection?

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)

    To connect via bluetooth for what purpose - to do what?


    To transfer iTunes content - music/movies/apps, and photos from your computer?


    If so, that would be slow as molasses.

  • jfb1226 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    At the risk of sounding stupid ...  I too have found out the hard way that being bluetooth capeable doesn't mean that 2 devices are compatible....  I'm trying to figure out how to get my ipad2 to use the 3G wifi phone that I pay an arm and a leg for each month, as a hotspot?  There is nothing worse than trying to explain to a 3 year old why they can "on-demand" watch anything at home, but they can't in the car!  90 min of this every day is about to drive me insane!  Your response to this prior question has given me some hope.  Could you please explain further how to tether my two devices... I have a t-mobile tap with 3g data plan, but if I have to upgrade to a different phone I will as I have a free upgrade available... thanks in advance!  stressed out mommy!

  • kwgrimes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have seen where people, car people, are beginning to install iPad minis into their dashboards...why not, it is the perfect size and beats most other "head units" out there. But one comment I overheard was that they lose their phone's capability to connect via Bluetooth to answer and make calls thru their stereo, a feature I would sorely miss. So, not trying to hijack this tread, but that would be a purpose that doesn't cause any copyright concerns. Is this possible?

  • Seethetruth Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Not an expert, but the answer I think is that it's simply a stunt pulled by apple deliberately. By forbidding IPad and IPhone pairing it steers consumers to purchasing an IPad cellular device. Just another marketing stunt. It would be too nice to allow phone function on IPad via BT. If cars can sync to phones and make calls why not IPad?

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,840 points)

    Because the car uses the cellular voice function to make calls, the Bluetooth connection merely allows it to be hands free. Even a cellular iPad cannot make calls as it doesn't have cellular voice capability so your theory is pure bunk.

  • Technically Inept - Mostimes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 25, 2013 10:39 PM (in response to VRS)

    I read most of these posts when I was frustrated with not being able to Bluetooth my iPad2 to my Samsung Galaxy Note II.  In the end, I resorted to Wifi tethering which was only a half way measure, as I had to keep reconnecting every day, and I really did not fancy topping up on my 3G SIM card for my iPad when my phone plan was an unlimited data one.


    Well all these "you can't" posts are RUBBBISH, because you can; I have!


    This is what I did - don't know if all the steps are necessary, or not...


    Went to SETTINGS on the SN.  Selected Bluetooth.  Selected 'Pair Device' etc

    Went to Settings on the iPad and did the same.  Keyed in the given code etc and paired them (did this a few times, but it never stayed on even though a few times they paired for seconds.  I unpaired, paired again and went through the process a few times.  i made sure that the devices were in close proximity).


    It was at this point that I gave up and settled for wifi hotspot tethering.  Just 3 days ago, I was messing around on my settings on my iPad and saw that next to the Bluetooth setting was a check box which if you clicked said something about your device being discoverable, or seen, or something (I am not reversing what I have done to be certain, sorry).  I clicked it, and Bob's your uncle!  I have not been disconnected for 1s since then, and I am on my iPad for at least 4 hours a day.


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