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How to transfer files via Bluetooth File Transfer in Windows 10?

By Emmanuel Seriki | June 4, 2020 |

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All modern devices are equipped with the Bluetooth functionality, so it makes sense that you are looking to learn how to share files over Bluetooth in Windows 10. The functions in this operating system allow users to send or receive files easily. With Bluetooth in Windows 10, you can send or receive the most common file types (photos, videos, audio files, and so on).

We will describe the sharing procedure for the scenario where your Windows 10 PC is the sending device and the event where your computer is the receiving device.

How to send Bluetooth files on Windows 10 (forward files from your computer to another device)

Before you initiate the file sending task on your computer, we recommend that you pair your PC with the device to which you are looking to send stuff. The Bluetooth pairing makes things easier.

If you already paired both devices (in the past), then you will do well to check and confirm that the pairing configuration still holds, or you can even pair both devices again.

Anyway, these are the instructions you must follow to send a file from your computer via Bluetooth to another device:

  • First, you have to turn on Bluetooth on the device that is going to receive the file. You must also make the device discoverable.

For example, if you see the Allow other devices to find this device parameter on the Bluetooth settings menu on the other device, you have to select it. Or you have to enable the Make this device visible function (if it exists).

  • Now, you must go to your computer and turn on Bluetooth there (if it is currently set to Off).
  • Here, you must right-click on the Bluetooth icon (which should be on your taskbar) to see the list of the options available.
  • Choose Send a file.

Windows will bring up the Bluetooth File Transfer Wizard window now.

  • Now, you must locate the file you want to share and then select it.
  • Here, you might have to specify the device to which your computer must send the file. You might also have to confirm the sharing operation on the receiving device.

Windows will now work to send the file to the receiving device.

  • Ideally, you should check the receiving device to confirm that the file has been sent.
  • You might want to try opening the file to verify that everything is fine.

Well, we just showed you how to send files on Windows 10 using the Bluetooth File Transfer tool (built into the operating system).

However, if you do not want to use the Bluetooth File Transfer Wizard – if you want to send files directly from your computer to another device, then you can do things this way:

  • Here too, you have to turn on Bluetooth on the device to which the file will be sent. You must also turn on discovery for the device.

When discovery on the receiving device is set to On, other machines (for example, your computer) will be able to find the device and send stuff to it.

  • It is time you turned on Bluetooth on your computer.
  • Here, on your computer, once Bluetooth gets set to On, you can leave the Bluetooth settings screen.
  • Now, you have to locate the file you intend to send. You can open the File Explorer app (through the Windows button + letter E combination) and go to the folder housing the file.
  • Right-click on the file to see the available context menu.
  • Select Share.
  • Click on Turn on nearby sharing.

Windows will now work to search for nearby devices with their Bluetooth turned on (the receiving device, for example).

  • Now, you must choose the receiving device.
  • You might have to confirm the sharing operation on the receiving device.

Windows will now get on with the file-sharing operation.

  • Check the receiving device for the file.

How to receive Bluetooth files on Windows 10 (get files on your computer from another device)

Before you initiate the file-sending task on the other device, we advise that you pair your PC with the device that will send stuff to your computer. File transfer operations tend to go well when the devices involved are paired.

If you already got your PC to pair with the other device before, then you will still do well to check the list of paired devices on the Bluetooth settings screen for both devices (to confirm that the pairing still holds). If you are in doubt, you can try pairing the devices again.

Well, these are the steps you must go through to receive a file on your computer from another device (sending device) via Bluetooth:

  • First, you have to go to the Bluetooth settings screen on your computer and turn on Bluetooth.

Once Bluetooth comes on, the Bluetooth icon will appear on your taskbar (around the bottom-right corner of your display).

  • Now, you must right-click on the Bluetooth icon to see the list of the options available.
  • Select Receive a file.
  • Now, you must go to the sending device and turn on Bluetooth there.
  • Here, you must locate the file you intend to send on the sending device and then bring up the options menu for the file.
  • Choose Send or Share and then select Bluetooth (as the transfer mode/method).

The sending device will now ask you to specify the device to which the file must be sent.

  • Here, you must select your computer (as the device to receive the file).
  • You might have to confirm the file transfer operation on your computer. You might also have to specify the location or folder to which the file must be saved.

The sending device will now act to forward the selected file.

  • Check your computer to confirm that the file has come in and has been saved.

Hopefully, you now know how to share files over Bluetooth on a Windows 10 PC.

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