Send Files Wirelessly Using Bluetooth on Samsung Galaxy S4

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Bluetooth allows you to wirelessly connect to other Bluetooth-enabled devices near you. When connected, you can exchange music, photos and other files.

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Activate Bluetooth on Samsung Galaxy S4

Your Samsung Galaxy S4 offers you many ways of activating Bluetooth. Follow any of the procedures below to activate Samsung Galaxy S4's Bluetooth radio:

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    Activate Bluetooth using the notification panel's "Shortcut" icon.
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    1. Press your phone's Home button (lower-middle button) and you will be taken to your phone's home screen.
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    2. On your home screen, drag the notification panel down. This can be done by tapping and holding the upper-most part of your touchscreen and dragging your finger down to the bottom your screen. You can see the Bluetooth icon in grey. This means that it is still turned OFF.
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    3. Tap on the Bluetooth icon to activate it. Once activated, the color of the Bluetooth icon will change to green.
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    4. You have successfully turned on your Bluetooth using the Shortcut icon on the notification panel.
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    Activate Bluetooth through the "Settings" icon from the notification panel.
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    1. Press your phone's Home button (lower-middle button) to be taken to your phone's Home screen.
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    2. On your Home screen, drag the notification panel down. This can be done by tapping and holding the upper-most part of your touchscreen and dragging your finger down to the bottom your screen.
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    3. You will now see the notification panel. Tap on the "Settings" icon on the upper-right part of the screen.
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    4. You will be taken to the "Settings" page where you will see four tabs. Tap on the "Connections" tab (first tab) to see Connections settings.
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    5. In the Connections tab, under "Network Connections", you will see "Bluetooth status." Tap on the switch to turn it ON.
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    6. You have successfully turned on your Bluetooth through the Settings icon on the Notification panel.
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    Activate Bluetooth through the settings icon on the applications drawer.
     
    1. Press your phone's Home button (lower-middle button) so you will be taken to your phone's Home screen.
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    2. On your Home screen, tap on the Application drawer on the lower-right part of your S4's touchscreen.
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    3. You will then see the list of all applications on your phone. Look for the "Settings" (gear icon) and open it by tapping the icon once.
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    4. You will be taken to the Settings page where you will see four tabs. Tap on the "Connections" tab (first tab) to see connections settings.
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    5. On the Connections tab, you will see "Bluetooth status" under "Network connections." Tap on the switch to turn it ON.
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    6. You have successfully turned on your Bluetooth through the Settings icon on the Applications drawer.
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Pair Samsung Galaxy S4 with other Bluetooth Devices

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    Press your phone's Home button (lower-middle button) to be taken to your phone's Home screen.
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    On your Home screen, tap on the Application drawer on the lower-right part of your S4's touch screen.
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    You will then see the list of all applications on your phone.
    Look for "Settings" (gear icon) and open it by tapping the icon once.
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    You will be taken to the Settings page, where you can see four tabs.
    Tap on the "Connections" tab (first tab) to see Connections settings.
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    On the Connections tab, you will see "Bluetooth Status" under "Network Connections." Tap on it.
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    You will be taken to the Bluetooth page, tap "Scan" to start scanning for available Bluetooth devices.
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    After scanning, all detected devices will be listed.
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    Select the device you want to pair with by tapping on the device name.
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    An auto-generated passkey will prompt you.
    Accept it and confirm with the other device.  
    1. You have successfully paired your S4 with another Bluetooth-enabled device.
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Send and Receive Data via Bluetooth

You need to turn on your Bluetooth, and set your device to "Discoverable Mode" in order to send and receive data from and to your device. There are three ways of sharing through Bluetooth depending on the scenario:

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    When on the gallery, you can tap on the "Share" button (icon that looks like this "<") and choose "Bluetooth" to share the selected item via Bluetooth.
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    You can also tap and hold on a file until it shows the options available.
    Check if sharing via Bluetooth is available and tap on it.
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    You can press on the Menu button and check if there is an option to share your file.
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Questions and Answers

I went to the Gallery, but the Bluetooth option does not come up. How do I get that to show up?

First, make sure that you are using the native gallery that comes pre-installed with your Galaxy S4. If you are using a different "multi-media viewing" application, tapping on the Menu will show the list of possible actions and sharing via Bluetooth is one of them.

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Also, you need to tap on the photo to see the Bluetooth sharing option. If you are viewing the gallery, i.e, see a bunch of photos showing, then tap on the photo that you want to share to see the option for Bluetooth sharing.

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One more thing: You may be viewing through the File explorer; if this is the case, then press and hold on the picture that you want to save and tap on the "Share Via" option. From the list of available options, Bluetooth is there; tap on it to start sharing the chosen picture, music or video.

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You can get the blue tooth symbol or option to appear by doing the following steps below:

1. Go to your gallery.

2. Tap on the picture you want to view.

3. Tap on the picture once more and locate the < sign located on the top of the screen.

4. Tap on this option and a menu will appear with the option to send the file through Bluetooth.

I am finding it difficult sending songs via Bluetooth. The phone will forever scan for nearby devices but find no close devices at all. Sending pictures is not a problem.

If you are sure that you have paired your S4 with other devices, and that you have followed the procedures on Send Files Wirelessly Using Bluetooth on Samsung Galaxy S4, then the issue is with your music file. Just proceed with the next music file you want to send, as the previously chosen music is protected from being shared. Some music files will not allow sharing, due to intellectual property rights. If you experience this, you can Transfer Files from Samsung Galaxy S4 to PC and Vice Versa then from the PC, transfer the file to another phone.

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Sending from the phone to my PC works fine. Sending the other way does not work.

Sending from the phone to my PC works fine. Sending the other way does not work. The PC searches for "active services" on the S4 and finds none. It then stops attempting the file transfer. Strange. The phone has no notifications of incoming files.

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You have to check from your phone whether you have actually activated the function that allows for transfer of files from your PC. Normally, this gets deactivated automatically when the versions of your S4 and computer are not compatible anymore.

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Also, from your PC's side, check whether you still have the software/driver for your S4 installed. If not, it is likely the cause for it not to recognize it.

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