How do I transfer files from Android to Android via Bluetooth?

Answered by James Kissner

To transfer files from one Android device to another using Bluetooth, follow these steps:

1. Open the File Manager app on your Android device. If you don’t have a file manager app, you can download one from the Google Play Store. Some popular file manager apps include Solid Explorer, ES File Explorer, and Files by Google.

2. Once you have the file manager app open, navigate to the folder where the files you want to transfer are located. You can browse through different folders by tapping on them.

3. Once you’ve found the files you want to transfer, tap and hold on one of them to select it. You can also select multiple files by tapping on each of them. As you select files, you’ll notice that they are highlighted or marked in some way.

4. After selecting the files, look for the Share or Send option in the file manager app. This option may be represented by an icon that looks like an arrow pointing upwards or by a three-dot menu button. Tap on it.

5. From the list of sharing options that appear, select Bluetooth. This will initiate the Bluetooth file transfer process.

6. On the receiving device, ensure that Bluetooth is turned on and set to discoverable mode. This will allow your device to be visible to other devices nearby.

7. On the sending device, a list of paired Bluetooth devices will appear. Select the name of the receiving device from the list. If the receiving device is not listed, make sure it is in range and its Bluetooth is turned on.

8. Once you’ve selected the receiving device, the Bluetooth file transfer will begin. The progress of the transfer will be shown on both devices. The time it takes to complete the transfer will depend on the size of the files being transferred and the Bluetooth speed of the devices.

9. After the transfer is complete, you can check the Bluetooth folder on the receiving device to find the transferred files. If the receiving device does not have a specific Bluetooth folder, the files may be saved in a default folder such as Downloads or Received Files.

10. It’s important to note that some devices may have slightly different steps or options for transferring files via Bluetooth. The general process, however, remains the same. If you encounter any difficulties, refer to the user manual or support documentation for your specific devices.

In my personal experience, I have used Bluetooth to transfer files between Android devices numerous times. It is a convenient way to quickly share files without the need for an internet connection or additional cables. I have found the process to be relatively straightforward, but it can sometimes be slower compared to other file transfer methods like using a USB cable or cloud storage. Nonetheless, Bluetooth remains a useful option for transferring files between Android devices.