I had my uninsured iPhone stolen and have bought a cheap Panasonic Eluga 500 as a makedo until I save up enough for another iPhone. Why can't I pair this phone with my iMac over Bluetooth. I have a truly ancient Nokia that pairs so why not this Panasonic? Are there certain brands that Apple doesn't like?

  • When you say pairing, what do you mean? Linking to the computer to transfer files, using the phone as a mobile hotspot, using the computer like a Bluetooth speaker, or something else?
    – drivec
    Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 14:27

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If you open Bluetooth to iMac and iPhone and also use the same Apple ID on both, these two device will “automatically” connect to each other.

But the usage of those connections are heavily limited. Here’s some example

  • Continuity
  • Personal Hotspot

and some few more that I tend to forget.

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