Bluetooth is a simple and quick way to transfer files between two devices. Because Bluetooth is so widely used, you can use it to share data with everything from other Windows devices to old feature phones. While Wi-Fi sharing is faster and more reliable, it lacks the compatibility and simplicity of Send files over Bluetooth.
How to send a file over Bluetooth from a Windows 10 PC
In Windows 10, sending files via Bluetooth is a simple process. To begin, ensure that your device’s Bluetooth is enabled; the “Bluetooth” tile in Action Centre (Win + A) should be highlighted in your system accent color. Bluetooth must also be enabled on the device to which you’re sending the file.
Next, double-check that your devices are connected. Open the Windows 10 Settings app (Win+I) and select the “Devices” category if you haven’t already done so. In the popup that appears, press the “Add Bluetooth or other device” button and select “Bluetooth.” Make sure your second device is visible and accepting new connections – follow the instructions on it for more information.
After a few moments, the device should appear. To connect with it, tap its name. Before the pairing is complete, you may need to acknowledge a PIN confirmation.
Right-click the Bluetooth icon in the Windows system tray to send files to the device. It could be hidden in the overflow menu; if you can’t find it right away, click the upward-pointing arrow. Click “Send a file” from the right-click menu that appears.
You will be guided through the sharing process by a wizard. To begin, choose the device to which you want to send your file. The device you paired earlier should appear right away, so select it and click “Next.”
You can now choose the files to send. You can add multiple files from anywhere on your PC. Just remember that Bluetooth’s low data bandwidth means it’s best suited to the sharing of small files – otherwise, you’ll be waiting a long time for the transfer to finish.
When you click the “Next” button, Windows will start to send the files to your paired device. You’ll need to ensure its Bluetooth is turned on and connected to your PC before starting the transfer. You may also need to confirm a prompt on the receiving device to accept the incoming files; refer to its documentation for details.
For each file, a progress bar is displayed so you can keep track of how the operation is progressing. All of the selected files will have been saved onto your paired device when you see a success screen.