Having trouble connecting new Verizon iPhone 4 to MacBook Pro via Bluetooth

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by flopperr999, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. flopperr999 macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2011
    On my iPhone 4, I go into Settings>General>Bluetooth and turn on Bluetooth. Both devices are Discoverable. On my Mac, I can see my iPhone listed, but it won't seem to connect. The spinning loading symbol cycles continuously on my phone as it tries to connect to my MacBook Pro. Can anyone offer any tips on connecting the new Verizon iPhone 4 to a Mid-2009 MacBook Pro via Bluetooth?

  2. seajay96 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    iOS only supports limited types of bluetooth connections...keyboard, headphones, etc. I'm about 99% sure you can't connect to a computer, certainly, it won't sync over BT (at least not without jailbreaking).

    What are you trying to do over BT?
  3. flopperr999 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2011
    Wait seriously? Oh....

    I think the reason I'm trying to connect these two devices via Bluetooth is to transfer pictures or something.
  4. seajay96 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    Can't do that in iOS unless you jailbreak. otherwise, you can only transfer pictures or sync by USB connection.
  5. flopperr999 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2011
    So wait...what exactly is the purpose of having Bluetooth in an iPhone besides a wireless headset/headphones...?
  6. Pravius macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2011
    LoL I asked myself the same thing. I have been trying to figure out a way to do this without jailbreaking for a couple days now and it's not possible. Apple has the device locked down. Maybe they are trying to prevent piracy and people sharing itunes music, movies, etc over blue-tooth?

    Who knows... about to jail break my phone now.
  7. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Bluetooth sync of anything outside of voice/music is janky and pointless. I've done it myself but it's never a pleasant experience.
  8. Macvy Ricky macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2010
    I tried to connect mine today and it would connect to my macbook pro sporadically
  9. nickeox macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2011
    It doesn't seem to be IOS, more or less the provider

    I bought an AT&T Iphone 4 earlier this year, and in the past few weeks my business bought us Verizon Iphones in place of our former Blackberry's from Verizon. On my AT&T Iphone, I can connect perfectly to my macbook, and all my other computers and devices. On Verizon however, it cannot connect to anything but other cellphones or bluetooths, and it wont accept data transfer from any of my cellphones other than the old Verizon Blackberrys we had. I'd also like to point out that we had a similar problem with our blackberrys too! Since I organize the bills, I would of noted something like restricted bluetooth on it... but Nope, its not on their. I think it might be Verizon themselves restricting "free data transfer"... I'm not conclusive on this, but I will indeed try with an upcoming phone purchase from them.

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