Send Files Wirelessly Using Bluetooth on Samsung Galaxy S4
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- 1 This is part of the VisiHow series on how to use the Samsung Galaxy S4. You can visit the main VisiHow on how to USE SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 for a full list of S4 VisiHow Articles
- 2 Activate Bluetooth on Samsung Galaxy S4
- 3 Pair Samsung Galaxy S4 with other Bluetooth Devices
- 4 Send and Receive Data via Bluetooth
- 5 Questions and Answers
- 5.1 I went to the Gallery, but the Bluetooth option does not come up. How do I get that to show up?
- 5.2 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.
- 5.3 Sending from the phone to my PC works fine. Sending the other way does not work.
- 5.4 Now I'm trying to send photos from my Samsung mini 2 to my Macbook Air.
- 5.5 Pairing Samsung S4 with HP4540 notebook.
- 5.6 About changing my mobile, I am going to change my Samsung Galaxy S4 active, I am going to buy new mobile.
- 5.7 Hi, I am trying to connect my Galaxy Grand 2 with my PC through Bluetooth, but it's not allowing me to.
- 5.8 I'm trying to send MP3 files from my laptop to my Galaxy S4?
- 5.9 I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone and a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet that have quit transferring files?
- 5.10 I have an S6 and I am trying to sync my iTunes music to it, and have been trying for 3 days. Can't figure it out?
- 5.11 BT PRO connection using Waspmote program?
- 5.12 I know how to activate Bluetooth on my Note4, don't know how to activate it on my Dell Latitude E7440?
- 5.13 I want to transfer music from my Samsung GT15503T to Samsung Galaxy Core using Bluetooth?
- 6 Comments
This is part of the VisiHow series on how to use the Samsung Galaxy S4. You can visit the main VisiHow on how to USE SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 for a full list of S4 VisiHow Articles
Bluetooth allows you to wirelessly connect to other Bluetooth-enabled devices near you. When connected, you can exchange music, photos and other files.
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:
- 1Activate Bluetooth using the notification panel's "Shortcut" icon.Advertisement
- Press your phone's Home button (lower-middle button) and you will be taken to your phone's home screen.
- 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.
- Tap on the Bluetooth icon to activate it. Once activated, the color of the Bluetooth icon will change to green.
- You have successfully turned on your Bluetooth using the Shortcut icon on the notification panel.
- 2Activate Bluetooth through the "Settings" icon from the notification panel.Advertisement
- Press your phone's Home button (lower-middle button) to be taken to your phone's Home screen.
- 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 will now see the notification panel. Tap on the "Settings" icon on the upper-right part of the screen.
- 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.
- In the Connections tab, under "Network Connections", you will see "Bluetooth status." Tap on the switch to turn it ON.
- You have successfully turned on your Bluetooth through the Settings icon on the Notification panel.
- 3Activate Bluetooth through the settings icon on the applications drawer.
- Press your phone's Home button (lower-middle button) so you will be taken to your phone's Home screen.
- On your Home screen, tap on the Application drawer on the lower-right part of your S4's touchscreen.
- 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.
- 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.
- On the Connections tab, you will see "Bluetooth status" under "Network connections." Tap on the switch to turn it ON.
- You have successfully turned on your Bluetooth through the Settings icon on the Applications drawer.
Pair Samsung Galaxy S4 with other Bluetooth Devices
- 1Press your phone's Home button (lower-middle button) to be taken to your phone's Home screen.Advertisement
- 2On your Home screen, tap on the Application drawer on the lower-right part of your S4's touch screen.
- 3Look for "Settings" (gear icon) and open it by tapping the icon once.You will then see the list of all applications on your phone.
- 4Tap on the "Connections" tab (first tab) to see Connections settings.You will be taken to the Settings page, where you can see four tabs.
- 5On the Connections tab, you will see "Bluetooth Status" under "Network Connections." Tap on it.
- 6You will be taken to the Bluetooth page, tap "Scan" to start scanning for available Bluetooth devices.
- 7After scanning, all detected devices will be listed.
- 8Select the device you want to pair with by tapping on the device name.
- 9Accept it and confirm with the other device.An auto-generated passkey will prompt you.
- You have successfully paired your S4 with another Bluetooth-enabled device.
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:
- 1When 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.Advertisement
- 2Check if sharing via Bluetooth is available and tap on it.You can also tap and hold on a file until it shows the options available.
- 3You can press on the Menu button and check if there is an option to share your file.Advertisement
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now I'm trying to send photos from my Samsung mini 2 to my Macbook Air.
Will pair and then will say disconnected, connection problems
Delete the former pairings from the phone and Macbook. Then restart both devices. Reconnect but this time, make sure your S2 and Macbook screens remain active the whole time. Also, place the phone in close proximity during the pairing.
Pairing Samsung S4 with HP4540 notebook.
Hi, I'm trying to pair my HP4540 notebook with my Samsung S4. Both devices discover each other, but upon pairing, the S4 reports incorrect pin or password.
Delete the pairing and reboot both devices. My Dell and phone would do this until I realized that I had to reboot the laptop and wait for it to completely "wakeup". This means I did not try to pair until after the blue circle was gone off the screen. If you can update to Windows 10, I found the connection to be more stable.
About changing my mobile, I am going to change my Samsung Galaxy S4 active, I am going to buy new mobile.
I am going to change my Samsung Galaxy S4 active. I am going to buy new mobile. As my new mobile is not being delivered till next week, and I have to sell my current S4 mobile within this two days, how can I get my documents onto my Google account, all my documents. Actually I don't need the phone-book but all pictures and videos, all my media files, yet not applications.
If you purchase another Samsung, then you can use Samsung's Smart Switch to transfer everything assuming your PC has Bluetooth. Otherwise, install Kies on your PC and transfer that way via your USB cable. If you want to back up into a cloud, use Google's Apps like Google Photos, Google Play Music for music and Google Drive for documents. Then when you get your new device and sync your Google Account, these items will appear once you have those apps installed. It can take up to 24 hours depending on how large your transfer is, though for it to appear on the new phone via Google Cloud services.
Hi, I am trying to connect my Galaxy Grand 2 with my PC through Bluetooth, but it's not allowing me to.
Hi I am trying to connect my Galaxy Grand 2 with my PC through Bluetooth, but it's not allowing me to. I can see my PC in the list of paired devices, I have unpaired it and paired it again so many times but I am still unable to transfer any file from phone to PC and vice versa. Every time it says that connection timed out
Can you connect to other devices via Bluetooth? Delete both previous pairings and reboot the devices. While you are at it, you may want to put the phone into Recovery Mode and choose Wipe Cache Partition after you delete the pairings. Then attempt again. If you are still having issues, consider transferring the files over WiFi as suggested above. I had to do this when I updated OS and Bluetooth stopped working. With the next patch, it was good again but until that happened I just transferred over WiFi using an app in Google Play.
I'm trying to send MP3 files from my laptop to my Galaxy S4?
I have done this before, but I can't quite remember how I managed to take music files from my computer and send them to my phone. I have the connection established but I don't see an option to send files.
Since you have a paired connection, you should be able to right click on the MP3 file for your sending option via Bluetooth. If you are having issues, consider posting your files to Google Play Music on the PC. Sync your Google Play on the phone and the music will be stored there. The nice feature about this is that these files are stored in the cloud of the app, leaving space on your SD card free. Also, should something happen to your device, you can always just use the Google Play Music app.
I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone and a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet that have quit transferring files?
Until a few days ago I could share downloaded movies between the two devices. Now the accept/decline button pops up on the phone and I choose accept. The tablet says connecting but eventually it fails. Not sure why this is happening now
Delete the previous pairings. Reboot both devices and install SmartSwitch if you do not have it. This makes the transferring between Samsung devices much easier. If you recently updated your OS on one or both of the devices, put the device into Recovery Mode and choose Wipe Cache Partition before you attempt pairing again.
I have an S6 and I am trying to sync my iTunes music to it, and have been trying for 3 days. Can't figure it out?
I just purchased the S6 3 days ago and cannot get my music onto it. I have tried: 3rd party apps, wired connections.
Use Google Play Music Manager to import your iTunes account on the PC to the Galaxy S6. Then you can use the Google Play Music app to play your music files from iTunes. You can also transfer via Google's Unlock Your Music. I am guessing this is why you are having an issue because you did not unlock your iTunes account.
BT PRO connection using Waspmote program?
Hi, I would like to know how can I send my message/data to iPhone or Android via Bluetooth? Is there an app or something that I have to download? I am currently using Waspmote program to do the connection on the phones but not sure how can I actually show my data/message on the screen.
Check out this YouTube Tutorial. To HotSpot data, your cell phone provider must allow that function. You would be able to tell under the WiFi options Advanced tab on the Android. You can screen share using the Waspmote between the devices or there are Google Play apps that work with iTunes apps to screen share.
I know how to activate Bluetooth on my Note4, don't know how to activate it on my Dell Latitude E7440?
How do I turn on Bluetooth on my Dell Latitude to transfer pictures from my Note4 to the Dell?
The Fn+F2 keys turn on your Bluetooth. Your Wireless WiFi but also be turned enabled. You will see an icon on the screen of the PC noting the Bluetooth is enabled. Then you can begin pairing your Note4.
I want to transfer music from my Samsung GT15503T to Samsung Galaxy Core using Bluetooth?
The music on my old mobile GT15503T is getting scratchy & I need to transfer to my Galaxy phone so I can continue to use the music for conducting tai chi classes. Thanks
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