Connectivity

Share files over Bluetooth

Do you want to share a photo or other file with a friend who has a smartphone, laptop, or tablet with them? There are a couple of ways to do it from your Windows Phone 8.1—one of them is to share it over Bluetooth.

Notes

  • Before you can share files using Bluetooth, you need to pair your phone with the device you want to share with. For more info about pairing, see Pair my phone with a Bluetooth accessory.
  • To share files this way, the other device needs to have Bluetooth and support the Bluetooth Object Push Profile (OPP) too. To find out if the device you're sharing with supports this, see the documentation for that device.
  • Another way to share files with another Windows Phone 8.1 is to tap the two phones together and share files using NFC (near field communication).

To share a photo or video

  1. Pair your phone with another device that has Bluetooth.

  2. Do one or both of the following:

    • To share a photo, in the App list, tap Photos Photos tile. Find the photo you want to share, tap it, and then tap Share Share icon.
    • To share a video that you took on your phone, in the App list, tap Photos Photos tile > Albums > Camera roll. Find the video you want to share, tap it, and then tap Share Share icon.
  3. Tap Bluetooth.

  4. On the Choose Bluetooth device screen, tap the name of the device you want to share with.

  5. On the receiving device, have your friend accept the file.

To share a contact

  1. Pair your phone with another device that has Bluetooth.

  2. In the App list, tap People People tile, and then find and tap the contact you want to share.

  3. Tap More More icon > Share contact > Share Share icon > Bluetooth.

  4. On the Choose Bluetooth device screen, tap the name of the device you want to share with.

  5. On the receiving device, have your friend accept the file.

To share a Microsoft Office document

  1. Pair your phone with another device that has Bluetooth.

  2. In the App list, tap Office Office icon.

  3. Do one of the following to find the document you want to share:

    • For a document you already opened, swipe over to Recent.
    • Swipe over to Places, and then tap the place that the document is in.
    • Tap Search Find icon, and then search for the document.
  4. Tap and hold the document, then tap Share > Bluetooth.

  5. On the Choose Bluetooth device screen, tap the name of the device you want to share with.

  6. On the receiving device, have your friend accept the file.

Related topic

Tell us what you think