Motorola offers the ability to program some of their radios using Bluetooth instead of a cable.  This is a great feature that offers a lot of convenience.  But, there are a couple of little tricks you need to know in order to get this working.

To help people along, I created a video that demonstrates the process.  Here are the steps, watch the video for more specifics.

  1. On the PC – Type “Devices” in the search box, click on “Devices and Printers” highlight and remove any Motorola icons
  2. Turn on the Radio, go to Menu → Bluetooth → Find Me
  3. On the PC, Type “Add a Bluetooth Device” in the search box.  In the list of devices you should see your radio.  Select it and click “Pair”
  4. On the radio, “Accept” will be highlighted, select “OK”
  5. On the PC ignore the code, select “Yes” to pair
  6. Back on the “Devices and Printers” page click your radio to highlight it and click on “Connect Using” then click on “Access Point”, this will pair the PC with the radio and you will hear a connect tone from the radio.
  7. In CPS, click the Bluetooth icon, it will turn blue.  Use the default IP address.

You can now program the radio.

Once you have completed pairing, you will only need to using steps 6 and 7 to program your radio.

I have used this process on the Motorola XPR7550, SL7550, and the XPR5550. They all work the same way.  The same process works on Windows 8 and Windows 10.  It should work the same on Windows 7, but I don’t have a machine available for testing.

Let me know in the comments if you have any problems or suggestions.