How to transfer files via bluetooth between Windows and Android device
One way to quickly transfer files between different devices is with Bluetooth. Knowing how to do this can be especially helpful if you can’t find a USB cable or don’t have an internet connection. Bluetooth transfer can also come in handy for large files that don’t fit in email attachments.
In this guide, we will see how to transfer files with Bluetooth from Android device to Windows, and vice versa. We’ll also answer some common questions about Bluetooth file transfer, including what types of files you can transfer with this method.
To transfer files between a computer and a mobile phone, you must first turn on Bluetooth on both devices. The next step is to pair your Windows device and your Android device. Finally, follow the onscreen prompts to send the files from one device to another.
How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows and Android
The first step in transferring files via Bluetooth on any type of device is to enable this feature. Here’s how it’s done on an Android:
- Look for the settings on your screen.
- Tap “Device Connectivity” from the list of options.
- Continue to “Bluetooth”.
- Toggle the switch to turn on Bluetooth.
That’s all we can say about it. To do it even faster, tap the top edge of your screen and swipe down. Just tap the “Bluetooth” icon. On some Android devices, there is a timer that allows the phone’s Bluetooth to be visible for a limited time. Once it’s used up, you’ll need to toggle the bluetooth switch in settings again.
Now, it’s time to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10. Follow the steps below to know how to do it:
- Click the Start button in the lower left corner of the screen.
- Switch to the Settings icon in the left sidebar.
- Select “Peripherals” from the menu.
- Navigate to “Bluetooth and other devices”.
- Toggle the “Off” switch to turn on Bluetooth.
How to pair Windows and an Android device via Bluetooth
Once you’ve turned on Bluetooth, it’s time to pair the two devices. You can do this using either device, but let’s start with your mobile device. When Bluetooth is on, your Windows PC should be visible in your Android’s Bluetooth list.
Here’s what you need to do next:
- Go to Settings on your Android.
- Go to “Device connectivity” then to “Bluetooth”.
- Tap your Windows device from the list of available connections.
- You will receive a notification on your computer. You will be asked if you want to pair your device with your phone. You will also see a pin which should be visible on both devices.
- Click “Yes” in your computer’s pop-up window (assuming the pin is the same).
- Press “Pair” on your phone.
- Click “Close” on your computer.
You will receive a new notification on your computer. It will inform you that the two devices have been successfully paired.
How to transfer files via bluetooth
The last step is to transfer files from one device to another. In the meantime, keep the two devices as close as possible to each other physically. To transfer files from your Windows 10 device to your Android device, follow the steps below:
- Go to Settings from the Start menu on your computer.
- Go to “Devices”, then to “Bluetooth and other devices”.
- Scroll down until you see “Related Settings”.
- Click on “Send or receive files via Bluetooth”.
- Select “Send Files” from the pop-up window.
- Under “Select where to send your files,” find your Android device.
- Go to “Next”.
- Type the exact name of the file or click the “Browse” button to find it.
- Select the file you want to transfer and go to “Open”.
- Choose “Next”.
- When the file is sent, select “Finish”.
- Press “Accept” on your phone to confirm.
The file transfer is complete, but now you need to find the new file on your device. The file is usually transferred to the “Bluetooth” folder on your Android device. Another way to find the transferred file is to go to “Bluetooth” in your device’s settings. Go to “Files received via Bluetooth” to find the transferred file.
There is another way to send files from your Windows to your Android. Follow the steps below to find out how:
- Find the file you want to transfer.
- Right click on it.
- Navigate to “Send To” and “Bluetooth Device”.
- This will open the “Bluetooth File Transfer” window. Select your device.
- Go to “Next”.
- Choose “Finish”.
Now let’s see how you would do the reverse. To transfer files from Android device to Windows, follow the steps below:
- Go to Settings on your computer.
- Go to “Devices”.
- Select “Bluetooth and other devices”.
- Scroll down to “Related Settings”.
- Select the option “Send or receive files via Bluetooth”.
- Go to “Receive files”.
You will see a “Waiting for connection” tab. Pick up your phone to complete the transfer.
- Find the file you want to transfer to your Android device and select it.
- Tap the “Share” icon in the lower left corner of your screen.
- Select “Bluetooth”.
- Tap the Bluetooth name of your Windows.
- Click “Finish” on your computer.
You will be able to see the exact name of the file, as well as where it will be stored on your computer. To change the location of the file, click the “Browse” button and select another folder.
If you cannot find the file or if the file was not transferred successfully, it may be due to a connection problem. Make sure the two devices are paired. Also make sure that Bluetooth is always turned on on both devices. If everything looks OK, try again.
What types of files can I transfer via bluetooth?
You can transfer almost any type of file via Bluetooth, as long as both devices can recognize it. For example, you can share images, videos, mp3 files, documents, PDF files, and even apps.
Keep in mind that the larger the file, the longer it will take. For example, files smaller than 10MB can be received in seconds. On the other hand, larger files, 10 GB, will need about seven to eight minutes to transfer.
To speed up the transfer, make sure the two devices are close to each other. In addition, the two devices must be the only ones connected. If there are other connected devices, temporarily turn them off during the transfer process. Another way to ensure maximum speed is to disable any apps that might be running in the background.
Why use bluetooth transfer instead of a method like USB?
Although you can transfer your files via USB cable or online platform, Bluetooth transfer can be more convenient. While this might not be the fastest way to do it, you don’t need any apps, internet connection, cables, or special hardware to do it.
Some files are too large to email, and transfers through cloud storage require a strong internet connection. You will also need to download all the files to your devices, which will definitely take longer.
The transfer via Bluetooth also allows easy access. You can control where your files will be stored before they are even saved, eliminating the need to move files from one location to another.
Use the bluetooth function to your advantage
Transferring files over Bluetooth is relatively straightforward once you get the hang of it. You can use this method to transfer almost any type of file from one device to another. While it may take longer than other file transfer methods, using Bluetooth pays off in the long run.
Have you ever transferred a file between Windows and Android device via Bluetooth? Did you use the same methods described in this article? Let us know in the comments section below.