Send a file to a Bluetooth device

You can send files to connected Bluetooth devices, such as some mobile phones or other computers. Some types of devices don't allow the transfer of files, or specific types of files. You can send files in one of three ways: using the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar, from the Bluetooth settings window, or directly from the file manager.

To send files directly from the file manager, see Share and transfer files.

Before you begin, make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your computer. See Turn Bluetooth on or off.

Send files using the Bluetooth icon

  1. Click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar and select Send Files to Device.

  2. Choose the file you want to send and click Select.

    To send more than one file in a folder, hold down Ctrl as you select each file.

  3. Select the device which you want to send the files to and click Send.

    The list of devices will show both devices you are already connected to as well as visible devices within range. If you have not already connected to the selected device, you will be prompted to pair with the device after clicking Send. This will probably require confirmation on the other device.

    If there are many devices, you can limit the list to only specific device types using the Device type drop-down.

  4. The owner of the receiving device usually has to press a button to accept the file. Once the owner accepts or declines, the result of the file transfer will be shown on your screen.

Send files from the Bluetooth settings

  1. Click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar and select Bluetooth Settings.

  2. Select the device to send files to from the list on the left. The list only shows devices you've already connected to. See Connect your computer to a Bluetooth device.

  3. In the device information on the right, click Send Files.

  4. Choose the file you want to send and click Select.

    To send more than one file in a folder, hold down Ctrl as you select each file.

  5. The owner of the receiving device usually has to press a button to accept the file. Once the owner accepts or declines, the result of the file transfer will be shown on your screen.