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Transfer Files via Bluetooth Between Phones & Windows 7 PCs

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by MziziMkavu, May 19, 2012.

  1. MziziMkavu

    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    [​IMG]Bluetooth is a big topic on our website as lots of people are searching for a good guide on how to connect their computers with other Bluetooth devices such as mobile phones (smart or not), consoles (PSP) or music players. We had an old tutorial which, even though it aimed to be complete, it failed in helping many people. That’s why we decided to update it so that it works with the latest devices and also create a mini-series of articles which covers more Bluetooth devices and scenarios. This is the first article on Bluetooth connections, showing how to install and configure Bluetooth, pair your computer with a mobile phone, send or receive files and how to remove a Bluetooth pairing.
    Prerequisites to a Good Bluetooth Connection

    Even though Bluetooth is a wide spread technology, it doesn’t mean you will have a flawless experience when connecting devices such as your laptop and your mobile phone. You need to pay attention to plenty of details:


    • Install drivers for your Bluetooth adapter on your computer. If you have a laptop or netbook, double check that your model has Bluetooth support. Many laptops do not have support for this technology. Windows should be able to identify your Bluetooth adapter and install the drivers for it via Windows Update. If it cannot, make sure you install the drivers for it from the website of your computer’s manufacturer or from the disc with drivers shipped with the computer. If you have a desktop computer, you need to first purchase a USB Bluetooth adapter, such as this one: Medialink - USB Bluetooth Adapter.
    • Install the latest drivers for your phone, on your computer. Even though the lack of these drivers should not impact the ability to transfer files via Bluetooth, installing them can help in making sure all functionality works as expected. Drivers for phones are generally included in the PC suites created by mobile phone manufacturers (for example: Nokia Ovi Suite, Sony Ericsson PC Suite,Motorola Phone Tools, or Samsung PC Studio).
    • Turn on Bluetooth both on your phone and your computer. On your computer, you will find a button/switch, or a combination of keys (Fn key plus something else) to turn on the Bluetooth capability. Some laptop manufacturers complicate things further by not providing such buttons and requiring you to use their custom software to enable this functionality. For example, on Sony Vaio computers, you can enable Bluetooth only from the VAIO Smart Network utility they provide. When Bluetooth is turned ON, you will notice its icon in the taskbar changing as shown in the screenshot below.[​IMG]
    If you own a smartphone, then you should read also this guide: Connecting Smartphones to Your PC via Bluetooth Device Control. Some of the buttons and options presented in this tutorial apply mostly to normal phones, without any advanced processing capabilities. For smartphones the procedure can vary a lot compared to this tutorial and the other guide we recommend is closer to the actual experience.
    Allowing & Configuring Bluetooth Connections on Your Computer

    Now that the first set of prerequisites has been met, it is time to configure Bluetooth on your computer. In the notification area, click on the small arrow to reveal a whole set of additional icons. Then, right click on the Bluetooth icon and click on Open Settings.
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    NOTE: if you want to have your Bluetooth icon show up in the notification area, so that you don’t need to click on the arrow first, check out this tutorial: How to Customize the Notification Area.
    In the Bluetooth Settings go first to the Options tab and check the following settings: Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer, Allow Bluetooth devices to connect to this computer, Alert me when a new Bluetooth devices wants to connect, and Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area.
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    Now, you need to go to the Share tab and make sure another setting is checked: "Allow remote devices to browse, send, and receive pictures, music, and other files." Also, you can change the default folder for saving received files, if you click on Browse.
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    Make sure you don’t skip any of the settings mentioned above. If you checked everything, you are less likely to have issues later on.
    Pairing Your Computer with Your Mobile Phone

    If you’ve done all the steps mentioned in the sections above, it is time to pair your computer and your mobile phone. This process can be started both from your computer and your phone. For this tutorial, I will choose to start the pairing from your computer.
    First, go to the Devices and Printers panel, by clicking on its shortcut in the Start Menu. Then, click on the "Add a device" button.
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    This starts the "Add a Device" wizard, which automatically scans for new devices,
    including Bluetooth ones. After a few seconds, your phone should show up in the list of available devices. If it doesn’t, then you need to make sure Bluetooth is enabled on the phone and the phone is set as discoverable.

    Select your phone and click Next.
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    The wizard displays a code that you need to type on your mobile phone, so that the pairing is completed.
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    On your mobile phone, you are notified that your computer wants to connect via
    Bluetooth. Press OK, then type the code.

    Once the code is entered, the pairing is created and Windows automatically
    searches for drivers for your mobile phone, then installs them. If you’ve followed our step by step approach, the drivers are already installed and there should be no problems.

    NOTE: In some mobile phones and computers combinations, it can happen that the code is already shown by the mobile phone and you are asked to confirm if you want the pairing to be done. Confirm this and the pairing will be done without you needing to type the code.
    Then, you are informed that the device has been successfully added to your computer. Click onClose so that you can move to transferring files between devices.
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    Send a File from Your Computer to a Mobile Phone

    To send a file from a computer to your phone, right click on the Bluetooth icon found in the notification area of your taskbar. From the right-click menu, select Send a File.
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    NOTE: Depending on the model(s) of your laptop and phone, the Send a File option might be missing. If that’s the case, then the file transfer needs to be initiated differently, from the so calledBluetooth Device Control panel. You can find a detailed tutorial about it here: Connecting Smartphones to Your PC via Bluetooth Device Control.
    The Bluetooth File Transfer wizard opens and shows you the list of Bluetooth
    devices with which your computer is paired. Select the phone to which you want to send the file, then click Next.

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    You are asked to select the file that you want to send. Browse your computer and select the file. Then, click Next.
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    NOTE: to send more than one file, press and hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard while using the mouse to select the files you want to transfer.
    On your phone, you might be asked to confirm the transfer before it starts. If that’s the case, then allow for the transfer to start. This behavior is different between phone models.
    Wait for the transfer to finish.
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    When done, you are notified. Click Finish.
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    Receiving a File from Your Mobile Phone on Your Computer

    To receive a file to your computer from your phone, first right click on the Bluetooth icon, in the notification area of your taskbar. From the right-click menu, select Receive a File. This needs to be done prior to starting the transfer from your mobile phone.
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    NOTE: Depending on the model(s) of your laptop and phone, the Receive a File option might be missing. If that’s the case, then the file transfer needs to be initiated differently and it is managed by the functionality included in the Bluetooth Device Control panel. You can find a detailed tutorial about it here: Connecting Smartphones to Your PC via Bluetooth Device Control.
    The Bluetooth File Transfer wizard opens and informs you that it is waiting for a connection. After this step (and only after this step), you can go to your phone and
    initiate the transfer.

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    On your mobile phone, select the files you want to transfer and then send them via Bluetooth. When asked to which device to send them, select your computer and confirm your choice.
    The transfer starts automatically, without you needing to make any clicks on your computer.
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    Once the transfer is finished, you are shown a summary. Also, you are asked about the location where to save the files. Click on Browse and select a new location if that’s what you need. When done, click Finish.
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    The files are now available on your computer.
    Removing the Pairing Between Your Computer & Your Mobile Phone

    If you no longer need to use the pairing established between your computer and a mobile phone, you can remove it from the Devices and Printers panel.
    First, open this panel by clicking on its shortcut in the Start Menu. Then, select the phone and right click on it. From the menu, select "Remove device".
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    You are asked to confirm the removal. Click Yes.
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    A progress window appears, which should only last a few seconds.
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    Once the removal process is finished, the window goes away by itself and you are returned to theDevices and Printers panel.
    Conclusion

    As you can see, sending or receiving files through a Bluetooth connection is not as easy as it should be and problems can happen. Also, this tutorial does not apply to all combinations of devices. That’s why we kindly ask you to wait for more articles on the topic. We will do our best to provide as much help as possible.
     
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    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    Connecting Smartphones to Your PC via Bluetooth Device Control


    [​IMG]Bluetooth connections between computers and other devices are often tricky. The experience varies a lot depending on the Bluetooth chip on your computer, the drivers you installed for it and the device you are connecting via Bluetooth. For example, while most normal phones will connect to you computer as described in our previous tutorial, most modern smartphones will not connect that way. The connection is handled via a panel called Bluetooth Device Control which also ads functionality on top of the usual file transfer capabilities. This tutorial explains all the options found in Bluetooth Device Control, how to exchange files via Bluetooth and shares all the available configuration options
    Opening the Bluetooth Device Control

    Before you can open the Bluetooth Device Control, you need to have your phone and your computer paired together. To learn how this is done, read this tutorial: Transfer Files via Bluetooth Between Phones & Windows 7 PCs. Once this is done, open the Devices and Printers panel, by clicking on its shortcut on the Start Menu.
    Double click on the name of your phone.
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    This opens the Bluetooth Device Control panel, which offers some interesting features on top of the usual functionality for transferring files back and forth.
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    Sending Files to Your Phone from Bluetooth Device Control

    To send files to your phone, click on the link which says "Send files to the phone".
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    This opens the Bluetooth FTP Wizard. Browse your computer and select the files you want to send. The good news is that you can select any number of files. When done selecting them, click Send.
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    On your phone you are immediately asked to accept the file transfer. Once you do, the transfer starts and you are shown a progress bar on the computer.
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    When the transfer operation ends, the progress bar disappears, and you are back to the Bluetooth Device Control panel.
    Sending Files to Your Computer from Your Mobile Phone

    To send a file from your phone, select Send -> Bluetooth or something similar, from the contextual menu available on your phone, for that file. Then, select your computer as the device to send it to.NOTE: Remember that the phone and computer need to be paired first.
    On the computer you receive a notification similar to the one below, titled "Request for FTP file access permissions". Click on it as soon as you can. This notification is gone after a few seconds and, if you don’t act swiftly, the transfer will automatically fail.
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    Once you click on the notification, a window called "Bluetooth File Transfer Access Authorization"shows up, giving several options: you can allow access only for the current transfer request (the default choice) or for a certain time period or forever. If you plan to make more than one transfer, it is better to select one of the other two available choices, depending on which fits your needs better.
    When done allowing access, click OK.
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    The transfer starts and you are not shown any progress window on the computer. You can view the progress only on your phone. Once the transfer is done, you will receive on the computer a"File Transfer notification". If you click on it, it will open the folder where the file was saved.
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    The folder where files are saved is the one set as the default location for Bluetooth based transfers. However, it can happen that some files you transfer are not saved in that folder. For example, on some computers, if Windows detects you are transferring a music file, it might save it directly to your Music library. The same with pictures being saved in the Pictures library or video files being saved in the Videos library. Frustrating isn’t it? I wish the experience would be less confusing but unfortunately it isn’t.
    The Fun Features - Playing Music and Using the Computer as a Speakerphone

    Next, you have two fun and useful features:

    • You can use the computer as a speakerphone for calls received on your phone. This is enabled by pressing the Connect button under "Headset and Speakers". Be careful though, in order for things to work fine, your computer needs to have both speakers and a working microphone.[​IMG]
    • You can listen to music from your phone, on your computer. This is useful to people who carry a lot of music on their phones and use multiple computers during the day. You simply connect a computer to the phone via Bluetooth and then listen to your music collection. This is enabled by pressing the Connect button under "Music and Audio". After pressing this button, start the music player on your phone and press Play. Then, a small Windows Media Playerwindow shows up on your computer, playing the track you selected.[​IMG]
    You can disable any of these features at any time by pressing the appropriate Disconnect button.
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    Finding the Configuration Settings

    The Bluetooth Device Control provides access to all the important configuration settings. First, go to the bottom of the window and look at the Settings section.
    If you expand File Exchange settings, you can set the default folder used for saving files sent via Bluetooth.
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    Expand Authorization Options to find settings related to confirmations of all operations done to and from the Bluetooth connect phone.
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    If you want the least annoying pop-ups, you should select "Always allow this device to connect for all operations" and check "Allow phone to automatically use this computer as a speakerphone".
    Next, on the bottom left side of the Bluetooth Device Control panel, you can find three links. The first is called "Add a Bluetooth device". If you click on it, it starts the "Add a device wizard, which allows you to connect to other Bluetooth devices (if available).
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    The second link is called "Show Bluetooth devices". As you expect, clicking on it shows a list with all the Bluetooth devices" your computer is connected to.
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    The third and most important link is called "Open Bluetooth settings". Clicking on it opens theBluetooth Settings window, where you can configure all aspects of your computer’s Bluetooth devices.
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    We already covered the important settings in our previous tutorial: Transfer Files via Bluetooth Between Phones & Windows 7 PCs.
    Conclusion

    As you can see from this tutorial, Bluetooth Device Control offers some cool functionality, that can be both fun and useful. However, it doesn’t succeed at eliminating complexity, as the experience you have when transferring files can still be confusing.
     
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