How to Use A2DP on an iPad


Pairing a device to your iPad via Bluetooth enables the two devices to communicate wirelessly across distances of up to 33 feet. The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile, also referred to as A2DP, is a protocol through which high-quality audio is streamed between Bluetooth-capable devices. As as March 2013, all versions of the iPad are compatible with the A2DP Bluetooth profile.

  • Turn on the A2DP-enabled device and set it to discoverable mode. How you go about doing this varies depending on the make and model of the device you're using. For most headsets, for example, you press and hold the "Power" button. Some A2DP-capable speakers have buttons dedicated to enabling discoverability.

  • Touch the gear-shaped Settings icon on the iPad's Home screen.

  • Touch "Bluetooth," and then toggle the "Bluetooth" switch to the "On" position to enable Bluetooth connectivity.

  • Touch the name of your A2DP-capable Bluetooth device in the list of devices within range of the iPad.

  • Enter the device's pass code, and then tap "Pair," if prompted.

Tips & Warnings

  • Information in this article applies to iPads running iOS 6.1. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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