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Learn more about Bluetooth Smart, which powers the iBlue Devices

Bluetooth Low Energy, also known as Bluetooth 4.0, BLE and Bluetooth Smart, is used to communicate between your iBlue device and your phone.

BLE is a short-range wireless signal. Many current cell phones and tablets have a BLE chip used to connect to wireless headphones, car stereos, smart watches, fitness trackers and more.

BLE uses less battery power and provides higher data speeds than previous versions of Bluetooth, but it isn’t compatible with older Bluetooth devices.

Does my phone or tablet support BLE?

Most smartphones and tablets built since 2012 have BLE. The table below summarizes which iOS devices have BLE. Since Android phones vary widely, you should check with the manufacturer to see if your phone has BLE or an older version of Bluetooth.

You can learn more about BLE at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group website.

Does having Bluetooth enabled at all times drain my phone’s battery?

Bluetooth Low Energy is an extremely power efficient protocol, the kinds of communication your phone will have with your device is likely to be sporadic, very efficient, and optimized to reduce power consumption on both sides. Bluetooth LE continuously switched on decreases only 3% of the total battery capacity of your phone.

Last Updated: 12/14/2015 Print