Previously we’ve talked about how to sync up Bluetooth devices to Windows 7, but we haven’t talked much about how to do it with iOS. Today we’ll cover a brief walkthrough of setting up a Bluetooth connection between an iPhone or iPod Touch and a computer running Windows 7. There is a handy remote control feature to try out once connected, and even more features – if you have performed a jailbreak on your device.
Step 1 (from your iPhone or iPod)
Tap the Settings app from your home screen. Our end destination is going to be:
Settings > General > Bluetooth
Once in Bluetooth, Tap the switch to set it to on. Your device should now be discoverable by your computer.
Step 2 (from your Windows computer)
Click the Start menu orb and type bluetooth into the search box. From the list of Control Panel results, Click Add a Bluetooth device.
A new window should pop-up, and in the middle of the window will be a white box where your iPhone or iPod should appear. Select your device and then Click Next.
Important: Before you Click Next, make sure that your iPhone’s screen is unlocked (and not in sleep mode.)
Now there are two possible scenarios – depending upon how your computer’s Bluetooth software is setup. I’ve labeled these 1 and 2.
Important: Once you start pairing you have about 25 seconds to complete or the process will time-out, and you will have to start over.
Scenario 1 – You’ll be prompted with three different pairing options. Choose Create a pairing code for me. The window will then change to display a 6-8 digit pairing code.
An Enter-pin dialog should pop-up on your iPhone. Just Tap in the code displayed on your computer, and then Press the Pair button.
Scenario 2 – If the above first scenario didn’t show up for you, then this one will. Your computer should automatically generate a pin, and then on your iPhone, you should have a small Push notification alerting you that it is trying to connect. Just Select Yes and Click Next on your computer.
At the same time, Tap Pair on your iPhone.
Your computer and your iPhone or iPod Touch should now be paired via Bluetooth. Now you can use your computer to control or play songs from your device. If you go to the system tray’s garage, it should now have a little remote control icon for your iPhone or iPod Touch. With the remote control, you can stop or play songs, switch between them, and control volume.
On your iPhone, you can select where you want the music to be played. Just go to a currently playing song or track and Click the down-arrow icon to make source options appear.
Overall the process was pretty simple, and the results are somewhat groovy. Unfortunately, Apple has locked down the device, and there isn’t much more you can do over Bluetooth. But, if you’ve jailbroken your iPhone then there is a whole new bag of features to explore over Bluetooth, even internet tethering.