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HT1349 I cannot connect my iPhone 4S to my MacBook via Bluetooth PAN, please help

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I cannot connect my iPhone 4S to my MacBook via Bluetooth PAN, please help

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,795 points)

    Why not?

    What happens when attempting to connect?

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,930 points)

    The only use for PAN in your case is tethering the iPhone with the MacBook. Is this what you are attempting to do? If yes, do you have a hotspot account on your iPhone?

  • Aescleal Calculating status...

    Can I piggyback on this thread?  I'm having the exact problem as you, only I'm using an iPod Touch.

     

    I get the same messeges/errors, and under System/Network, I see the Bluetooth PAN, but it's not green and looks as though it does not see any personal devices.

     

    Oh, I'm running OS X Lion 10.7.3, and I'm trying to link my iPod.

     

    Just as RaymondfromPA indicates, seemingly it pairs fine, but then won't connect.

     

    Is there something more I'm supposed to do? 

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,795 points)

    Aescleal wrote:

     

    Can I piggyback on this thread?  I'm having the exact problem as you, only I'm using an iPod Touch.

     

    I get the same messeges/errors, and under System/Network, I see the Bluetooth PAN, but it's not green and looks as though it does not see any personal devices.

     

    Oh, I'm running OS X Lion 10.7.3, and I'm trying to link my iPod.

     

    Just as RaymondfromPA indicates, seemingly it pairs fine, but then won't connect.

     

    Is there something more I'm supposed to do? 

    Try reading the thread to which you replied.  The answer has already been provided.

     

    The ONLY support for Bluetooth PAN in iOS is for tethering.  It is not possible to tether an iPod Touch to a computer.

  • the major Calculating status...

    I have exactly the same problem. The connection between the phone and the Macbook pro lasts about half a second and that's it. I get a message on the iPhone saying something like 'does not support this hardware' which give it's a late 2008 macbookpro is daft. Have you solved the problem?

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,795 points)

    the major wrote:

     

    I have exactly the same problem. The connection between the phone and the Macbook pro lasts about half a second and that's it. I get a message on the iPhone saying something like 'does not support this hardware' which give it's a late 2008 macbookpro is daft. Have you solved the problem?

    Wow... another fool that cannot be bothered to read the thread to which they replied.

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,795 points)

    I have exactly the same problem.  Have you solved the problem?

    Amazingly, the answer is exactly the same as was already provided in this thread.  Wadayaknow!

  • masc88 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    the original question wasn't about ipod touch.

     

    I have successfully connected my ipad (5.1) to osx (10.7.3) using bt pan, sharing my mbp's internet connection with the pad. It's also described here http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20110612232450787. (the article even mentions it's supposed to work with ipod touch btw)

     

    In my case, it's not working when connecting the same way from iphone 4s (5.1).

    I'm getting the same error message as RaymondfromPA described (not supported -> forget device)

     

    So this is certainly an issue.

  • masc88 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    the major wrote:

     

    I have exactly the same problem. The connection between the phone and the Macbook pro lasts about half a second and that's it.

    Im seeing the very same thing watching bt devices on osx.

    When connecting from ios, the device status goes to connected/green for second, than snaps back to disconnected and the "not supported" alert appears on ios.

  • lhanson Calculating status...

    Diesel vdub,

     

    You are a jacka$$. You did not answer the other people's questions. These people are trying to connect their iPhones to their MacBook Pros not using PAN. If the answer is that the iPhone 4s cannot connect to a MacBook Pro for anything other than tethering then, you need to make that more clear as your answer was obfuscated by too many issues in one post. So, you need to have more patience and not so haughty. Someone might just slap you down a notch. And before you reply, while hiding behind your computer, just remember: it's easy to be tough behind the keyboard. But, if you treat people this way in real life, someone will knock you on your behind. I will be on the East Coast at the end of August and I would be happy to oblige you.

  • mgcs Calculating status...

    Hi Everyone!

     

    I had the same problem BUT i was able to connect my iPhone 4 to my Imac. Let me share what i did after pairing my iPhone to my computer.

     

    -Make sure that your Network>Personal Hotspot under General settings is turned on

    -U can either choose Wi-Fi or Blutooth Pan and USB only

    -If you choose Personal Hotspot>Wi-fi, in your Mac Network settings it will appear that your iPhone USB is connected (not sure if it's because im charging my iPhone through my Mac computer)

    -If you turn on Personal Hotspot>Blutooth Pan and USB only, go to your Mac Network settings connect your device e.g. iPhone then you will be Blutooth Pan connected

     

    Hope that helps!

  • masc88 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    bt pan does work via personal hotspot, that's true.

    but while personal hotspot is active you can't share the phone's wifi internet connection (eg. hotel hotspots).

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