If you’re without a cable and wish to quickly transfer files via Bluetooth between your Android device and Windows 11 computer, here’s how it’s done.
Windows 11 comes with the necessary file transfer protocols (FTP) so you can send files, documents, applications, and so on wirelessly to an Android smartphone, tablet, or smart TV. With this feature, you’re no longer dependent on a third-party app, internet connection, USB cable, or Wi-Fi router configurations to send and receive files between a Windows 11 and Android device. You can send large files like movies and hundreds of music to your mobile phone from your Windows 11 PC in a flash.
Alternatively, you can transfer various files to your PC from a mobile device. The process also doesn’t consume much battery power on both devices since the modern Bluetooth transmitters are often of the low energy type. Keep reading to learn the methods involved in the Bluetooth file transfer process in Windows 11 and 10 PCs.
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How to Use Bluetooth File Transfer Between Windows 11 and Android
Transferring files and documents over the Bluetooth networking channel is ridiculously easy on Windows 11. Here’s how it’s done:
1. How to Turn on Bluetooth on Android and Windows 11
- Head over to the Android smartphone or tablet and activate the Bluetooth function.
- To do so, pull down the Notifications Shade (the top of the screen where you see the Network icon).
- You should see the Bluetooth button on the Quick Settings view. If it’s blue or any other color, the function is active.
- If it’s dark or grey, then it’s not active. Touch the button to activate Bluetooth.
- Sometimes, you may not see the Bluetooth button during the first swipe.
- In that case, swipe down the Notifications Shade again to find all the settings in Quick Settings.
- Swipe left or right to find the Bluetooth setting.
- Now, go to your Windows 11 PC and click the Start (Windows) button, flag, or key.
- Start typing Bluetooth and the Bluetooth and other devices settings option will show up under the Best match section. Click on it.
- Now you should see the Bluetooth & devices > Devices screen.
- Click the toggle button on the right side to activate Bluetooth, if it wasn’t active yet.
- Whether your PC is discoverable or not, is indicated as Discoverable as “PC Name”.
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2. How to Pair Android With Windows 11
- Head over to the Bluetooth & devices > Devices window.
- Click the Add device button and select the Bluetooth (the first selection) option.
- When you see the Android device on the Add a device window, click on it.
- You should see a PIN on the Add a device window along with a Cancel button.
- Also, you’ll find the Pairing request notification on your Android mobile phone.
- Certain smartphones or tablets may require you to enter the PIN shown on the PC for the pairing process to complete.
- Other Android devices just show Pair & connect option. Tap Pair & connect to complete the pairing process.
- If the pairing is successful, you should see the smartphone or tablet in the Other devices section on Windows 11 Bluetooth & devices > Devices window.
3. Send Files to Android Using Bluetooth File Transfer
You can either use the built-in Bluetooth data transfer wizard or the Windows Explorer functionality to transfer content to the paired Android device.
Send Files to Bluetooth Device Using a Wizard
- Go to Bluetooth & devices > Devices screen as shown above.
- Scroll down to the Related settings section.
- Click the Send or receive files via Bluetooth option.
- Select Send files on the window that pops up.
- Choose the recently paired Android device from the list of Bluetooth devices. Also, hit the Next button.
- Click the Browse button and navigate to the directory from which you want to send a file. Select the file and click Open.
- Now, click Next to initiate the file transfer via Bluetooth.
- You’ll see a Sending bar on the Windows 11 PC and the Incoming file notification on the Android device.
- Tap the notification and hit the Accept button on the smartphone or tablet.
- You’ll see the File successfully transferred message on Windows 11 and the Bluetooth share: received files notification on the Android device.
- Tap this notification to access the downloaded file on your Android phone or tablet.
Use the Windows File Explorer to Send Files
- Open This PC and go to the directory where the file is saved.
- Select the file and hit Shift + F10.
- Hover the cursor over Send to and click Bluetooth device on the context menu.
- Now, you just need to choose the destination Bluetooth device from the displayed list and click Next.
- Accept the file transfer request on your Android device.
4. Receive Files From Android to Windows 11 PC
- Go to the Send or receive files via Bluetooth link, click on it, and choose Recieve files on your Windows 11 PC.
- On your Android device, access the Files app from the App Drawer or Home Screen.
- Tap any of the file storage categories like Downloads, Images, Videos, Audio, and so on.
- Long press the file and touch the Share icon.
- You should see the Bluetooth option just near the Print icon. Tap Bluetooth.
- On the Choose Bluetooth device screen, touch the destination PC.
- The Windows 11 Bluetooth File Transfer wizard will show a progress bar.
- Once the transfer process is complete, the Browse button along with the content name pops up.
- Click Browse to save the incoming file to a custom folder or select Finish to save it to the default location.
- Note down the location (file directory) and access it from This PC to get your file.
How to Use Bluetooth File Transfer Between Windows 10 and Android
Suppose, you’re on a Windows 10 PC and must use the Bluetooth file transfer feature to share files with an Android smartphone or tablet. Find below step-by-step instructions for the Bluetooth file sharing process:
1. Pairing the Android and Windows 10 Devices
- From your Android, go to Settings > Bluetooth and turn Bluetooth on.
- Ensure your Android is set to be discoverable via Bluetooth.
- From Windows 10, go to Start > Settings > Bluetooth.
- The Android device should show in the list of devices. Select the Pair button next to it.
- Windows 10 and your Android will show a passcode. Ensure that the codes match on both devices. Tap OK on the Android and Yes on Windows 10.
- If you don’t wish to accept the incoming connection, select No or Cancel.
- The devices should then be paired together.
- Select the Send or receive files via Bluetooth hyperlink under the Related settings section at the right-side navigation pane on the Windows 10 system.
- Choose the Send files link to transfer files to your Android device. Alternatively, click the Receive files link to receive files from the paired Android device.
2. Send Files to Android From Windows 10
- After selecting the Send files option from Windows 10, select your device for where to send your files, then select Next.
- Click Browse, and navigate to the folder that contains the files you wish to send. You can hold the Ctrl (Control) key on the keyboard and select multiple files if you wish to.
- Once you have the file(s) selected, click the Open button.
- The files should show in the File names field. Select the Next button.
- The Android device will sound an alert or notification as soon as the file transfer starts. You should find it in the Notifications Shade (on top of the screen, near the battery icon) section of the Android device.
- Tap the notification. Alternatively, you may have to swipe it down and touch the alert.
- On the File transfer pop-up, shown on the Android screen, tap the Accept button.
- The files should successfully transfer between devices.
3. Receive Files on Windows 10 From Android
- Open the Bluetooth File Transfer wizard from the Bluetooth and other devices setting on Windows 10.
- You might need to click the Send or receive files via Bluetooth link.
- Choose the Receive files option and click Next to start the process.
- Now, go to the Android smartphone and find the file that you want to send to Windows 10 PC.
- Select the file and touch the share icon.
- File sharing sheet will open showing all available options.
- Tap the Bluetooth icon to open the list of paired Bluetooth devices that can accept the Bluetooth file transfer request.
- On the Select device window on the Android phone or tablet, select the Windows 10 PC to which you want to send files.
- The Windows 10 device should successfully receive the incoming files from your Android smartphone or tablet.
- Select the Browse option if you want to change the directory where Windows 10 should save the incoming file.
- Select Finish and the Windows 10 system will save the file for you.
Bluetooth File Transfer: Final Words
So, now you know how to use the Bluetooth file transfer functionality to transfer files between a Windows 11 and Android device. You also learned the steps involved in the same process if you’re using a Windows 10 PC with Bluetooth. Give the above methods a try and share your experience in the comment box below. Also, share this article with your friends and colleagues to help them out if they’re facing issues transferring files between a Windows 11 PC and an Android device.
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