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How to Transfer Photos Via a Bluetooth

Updated July 20, 2017

With the rising popularity of online social media and the widespread availability of camera phones, more people than ever need ways to transfer photos from one device to another. Bluetooth wireless technology makes sending images between your phone and other enabled platforms a snap, though the exact method will vary slightly based upon the phone you use.

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  1. Locate the photo you wish to transfer from your phone. Select "Send" from the options menu and then select "Bluetooth."

  2. Select "Search" if your phone does not automatically begin scanning the area for available Bluetooth devices. When the device you are seeking appears, select it from the menu to send the photo.

  3. Accept the transfer. If you are sending the photo to your own Bluetooth-enabled PC, click "Yes" when prompted by your computer to download the file. In Windows, the default target for Bluetooth transfers will be a folder located in My Documents called "Bluetooth Exchange Folder."

  4. If you are sending the photo to a friend's device, make sure she either recognises your phone or knows of the transfer beforehand so that she can accept the transfer.

  5. Tip

    If you are unsure about whether your PC is Bluetooth-enabled, look for the Bluetooth icon in your Control Panel or Device Manager. If there is no icon, you will need to purchase an adaptor to send or receive photos. If you are planning to buy a Bluetooth compatible cell phone or PC, look for Bluetooth Experience Icons on the packaging that indicate what functions the device offers.

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Things You'll Need

  • Bluetooth-enabled cell phone

About the Author

Jean-Michel Francheteau is an Ottawa-based writer who has written widely on arts, politics and sport since 2004. His work has appeared in print publications such as “The Resin” and “In/Words,” as well as websites including OneThirtyBPM. He is also a co-editor of “Muscle & Blood” magazine. Francheteau holds an honors Bachelor of Arts in English and film studies from Carleton University.

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