We wrote an article awhile back on how to synchronize your iPhone with a 64 bit Windows 7 computer and there have been various comments that we wanted to address in a couple different articles. One of those comments was related to an error attempting to play iPhone iPod application music over bluetooth on your Windows 7 computer. After getting some time we were able to duplicate the exact error which is described in detail below along with a couple tricks that can be used to resolve the issue.
Verify Windows 7 Bluetooth Application Has Bluetooth Adapter Turned On:
First you should make sure that Windows 7 doesn’t have the bluetooth adapter turned off which can be done by opening the Windows 7 bluetooth application and then verifying the bluetooth details. To launch the bluetooth application from Windows 7 click the start menu icon, type in bluetooth in the search box as shown in the below example, and then launch the Windows 7 bluetooth application.
Search For Windows 7 Bluetooth Application In Windows 7 Start Menu:
Once the bluetooth application displays underneath the Programs sub section click on the icon to launch the Windows 7 bluetooth application. Once this is clicked the bluetooth icon should now show in the taskbar in the active application section located just to the left of the default location of the clock in Windows 7. Once the notification icons arrow is clicked it will display any hidden notification icons including the bluetooth icon as displayed in the below example image.
Windows 7 Notification Icons Including Bluetooth Icon:
You can now right click the bluetooth icon to see if the adapter is on or off. If the adapter is turned off via the bluetooth application you can simply right click the icon and select “Turn Adapter On” as displayed in the below example image.
Turn Bluetooth Adapter On Via Notification Icon On Windows 7:
If the bluetooth adapter is already on then you you will see an entire menu of options when you right click the bluetooth notification icon on Windows 7 as shown in the below example image.
Bluetooth Adapter Already On: Bluetooth Adapter Menu Displayed From Notification Icon:
Once you have verified that the bluetooth adapter is on and functional on the computer you should be able to connect to your iPhone or iPod Touch fairly easily. The next step would be to verify that bluetooth is active on your iDevice by clicking the Settings icon, clicking on the General menu item, and then clicking on the Bluetooth menu item which will display a screen similar to the below on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
iPhone Settings: Bluetooth Status Before Syncing To Windows 7 Computer:
If Bluetooth on your iDevice is turned off simply slide the button to On as shown in the above example image. Once that is on go back to the Windows 7 computer and open the Bluetooth Devices window by clicking on Control Panel, selecting Devices and Printers, and then clicking Bluetooth Devices to show a window similar to the below.
Windows 7 Bluetooth Devices Management Window:
Obviously if you are configuring an iPhone or Touch it is likely that neither will display in the Bluetooth Devices management window however I took the picture after I already had it configured. Click on the Add A Device option located right under the Explorer navigation menu which will open a new window similar to the below which will guide you through adding the iPhone bluetooth connection. Your iDevice should display but if it doesn’t you should go back to the iPhone/Touch and configure bluetooth to be discoverable.
Windows 7 Add A Bluetooth Device: iPhone
Highlight the iPhone and then click the Next button. After you do the next window will display the bluetooth pairing code on both the Windows 7 Add A Device window as shown in the below example image and a window will pop up on your iPhone confirming the pairing code as well which is also shown in an example image below. You must confirm in both places.
Windows 7 Bluetooth: Confirm iPhone Pairing Code
iPhone Bluetooth: Confirm Windows 7 Pairing Code
Once you confirm in both places the iPhone will now be accepted as a device in the Windows 7 bluetooth devices list. You will still need to make the connection to the Windows 7 computer by clicking Connect from the list of devices displayed on the iPhone’s bluetooth devices list as shown in the below image.
iPhone Bluetooth Device Status List:
In this example you would simply click the XPS-LAP to make the connection to the Windows 7 laptop via bluetooth. Once the connection is established the status would change from Not Connected to Connected as shown in the below example image.
iPhone Bluetooth Devices Status List: Windows 7 Computer Connected
Once the connection is established you can play the iPod on your iPhone through the speakers of the Windows 7 computer by launching the iPod application on the iPhone and clicking play. Right before the music begins to play you will notice a small iPod control panel display on the Windows 7 computer which will allow you to pause, play, fast forward, rewind, or stop the iPod application as shown in the below example image.
iPhone iPod Application Control Panel On Windows 7 Desktop:
Error Establishing Connection: Connecting iPhone Via Bluetooth To Windows 7
I have seen times where the iPod control panel shown in the above example doesn’t launch or the bluetooth connection is not established between the two devices. If this happens you can try turning the bluetooth adapter on the Windows 7 computer off, wait a couple minutes, and then turn the bluetooth adapter back on. Typically this has resolved my issues however there was another time where I did have to turn bluetooth off on the iPhone and turn it back on to get the bluetooth connection established correctly.