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.

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.
     
    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, 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 Bluetooth icon's color will change to green.
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    4. You have successfully turned on your Bluetooth through the shortcut icon on the notification panel.
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    Activate Bluetooth through the "Settings" icon from the notification panel.
     
    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, 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 can 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) so you will 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 pass key will prompt.
    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 you 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 are wanting to view

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

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

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Cannot send files via Bluetooth back to the PC?

As above, I can send files from my Laptop to my Galaxy Grand 2 via Bluetooth, but cannot send files back to the laptop, every time I try the send fails. I am properly connected to Bluetooth.

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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

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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 that you want to send as the previously chosen music is protected from being shared. Some music files are not allowed to be shared due to intellectual property issues. 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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I have a lot of my favorite photos on my HP Laptop and wish I had them on my new Samsung Galaxy S4 Is this possible? Thanks?

How may I transfer the photos.

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Hi, I'm trying to send an audio recording I made on my S4 to my Samsung Laptop?

S4 audio file via Bluetooth to Samsung Laptop

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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, that is more likely the cause for it not to recognize it.

When trying to share anything from my laptop (Lenovo z580 running on Windows8) to Samsung Galaxy S4 (updated Lollipop 5.0.1) via Bluetooth its not getting paired

When trying to share anything from my laptop (Lenovo z580 running on Windows8) to Samsung Galaxy S4 (updated Lollipop 5.0.1) via Bluetooth its not getting paired , it generate the auto code but don't say where to confirm that code? Can you hep me?

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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, since my new mobile is not being delivered till next week, and I have to sell this my current S4 mobile within this two days, how can I get my documents on 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

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Hi, I am trying to connect my Galaxy Grand 2 with my PC through Bluetooth, but it's not allowing me?

Hi I am trying to connect my Galaxy Grand 2 with my PC through Bluetooth, but it's not allowing me. 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

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Could you tell me how to send my files via Bluetooth from my Samsung S4 to my HP Laptop (Windows8)?

I am unable to send file via Bluetooth to my laptop (Windows8) even after pairing both of them. Would you be able to tell me what I need to do.

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I have a Samsung S4 Active and need to transfer all data, pics, videos to my laptop?

I need to transfer all data, pics, videos, etc from my old phone to my laptop. then I would like to transfer it to my new Samsung S6 Active

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My phone works well via Bluetooth to my car but will not transfer contacts so I tried twice with other phones using my SIM card and both times they transferred the contact list. I then put the SIM card back in my phone and it will not send via Bluetooth!

My phone works well via Bluetooth to my car but will not transfer contacts so I tried twice with other phones using my SIM card and both times they transferred the contact list. I then put the SIM card back in my phone and it will not send via Bluetooth!

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Comments

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Anonymous user #1

144 days ago
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For those of you trying to transfer files to your phone from a PC...Bluetooth use on the PC or MAC requires a software and driver installation to allow a connection.

Even though Bluetooth is called "plug and play" it is really only plug and play between devices that natively support Bluetooth file transfers...devices like phones usually have the software built in...most computers either MAC or Windows do not have the drivers pre-installed.

Look at your Bluetooth adapter and see if you can determine the manufacturer then head to their website and download their software for your particular OS (Windows or MAC).

After you install the software you will have the ability to transfer files in both directions...hope this helps.
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Anonymous user #2

599 days ago
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In the step: "When on the gallery, you can tap on the "Share" button (icon the look like this "
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WalakobayMajor

597 days ago
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You may be using another Gallery app or a file explorer. The Qna Section has addressed your concern.
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Anonymous user #3
663 days ago
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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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