How to Connect Your Cell Phone to PC Through Bluetooth

Most PCs and almost all phones have Bluetooth capabilities. It’s fast, reliable, and the latest version is more battery efficient than previous ones. In short, it’s a convenient way to connect your devices and transfer files between them.

How to Connect

In order to connect, both devices need to have Bluetooth turned on.
On most Android phones, you’ll see a Bluetooth toggle icon in the Quick Settings dropdown menu. If not, you’ll find it in the Settings menu. On iOS, to go to Settings and look for the General heading. Once it’s on, the Bluetooth icon should appear in the status bar.
For Windows 7, select the Start button, then select Devices and Printers. Select Add a Device and wait until it discovers your phone, then select Next.
For Windows 10, select the Start button, and type Bluetooth. Select Bluetooth settings. If Bluetooth is off, turn it on, select your phone, and select Pair.
Windows 10 Bluetooth Pairing
Follow any instructions that appear on your PC or phone. Most likely, you’ll have to type or confirm a pass code. Once you do, your phone should automatically connect to your PC. It’s that simple.
The connection will remain active until you turn off Bluetooth, unpair the devices, turn one of the devices off, or move them out of range. Bluetooth is a short-range technology, and phones should have a range of around 10 meters (33 feet), while most laptop and desktop PCs will have a range of around 100 meters (328 feet).

How to Transfer Files

Transferring files via Bluetooth is straightforward once you have paired the devices.
To transfer from your phone to your PC, simply select the file you want in whatever application you’re using and choose the option to share it. You’ll usually have the option to share in a number of ways. Look for the Bluetooth icon and then select your PC as the device you want to send to. Windows will probably request confirmation and allow you to choose the location to store the file.
If you’re transferring a file from your PC, simply open Windows Explorer, right-click on the file you want to transfer, select Send to and then select Bluetooth device.
Send to Bluetooth menu
This will open up a window where you can select the device you want to send to from all available devices. Your phone may ask you for approval to accept the device. Once you select it, the file will be transferred.
You can transfer multiple files in either direction, just by selecting all the files you want to transfer and following the above steps.

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