How to connect your phone to a computer using bluetooth

Xiaobai Software  2022-05-13 12: 22  read 178 views

Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology that makes it easy to connect devices and transfer data between them.Most personal computers and almost all cell phones have Bluetooth capability.The standard is fast, reliable and power efficient.

 

If you haven't used it regularly in the past, you're missing out.Next, let's see how to connect your phone and Windows PC with Bluetooth.

Why not use a data cable to connect your phone and computer?

While using a cable to connect your computer and phone may be more direct, it's not necessarily the best option.

For example, your computer may not have a free USB port.Many small laptops only have one or two, or your MacBook may only have a USB-C port.Even a well-equipped desktop computer has all its USB ports in constant use.

 

Also, you may not have the right type of cable on hand, or maybe you've already used a cable to charge your phone.Finally, you may want to keep your phone out of sight, or avoid the danger of dangling wires, especially if you're in a public place.

Whatever the reason, connecting with Bluetooth is fairly easy.Once you've done the initial setup, it can even connect automatically when you bring the device closer in the future.Anyone who regularly transfers files between their phone and computer should master using Bluetooth.

How to connect your computer and phone via bluetooth

In order to connect wirelessly, you need to have Bluetooth enabled on both devices.Here's how to do it.

How to Enable Bluetooth on Android or iOS

On most Android phones, you'll see a Bluetooth toggle in the Quick Settings drop-down menu.To access it, swipe down from the top of the screen twice, or swipe once with two fingers.Then tap the icon to toggle Bluetooth, or long-press it to quickly open Bluetooth options.

You can also go to Settings > Connected Devices to access Bluetooth settings.

 

On iPhone, if your iPhone doesn't have a Home button, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to open Control Center.On models with a Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.Click the Bluetooth icon to toggle it.

 

Alternatively, go into settings and turn on Bluetooth.

How to Enable Bluetooth on Windows 10 and Windows 11

Most modern Windows laptops have Bluetooth built in, but not all desktops have it.If you're not sure, you can check if your computer has bluetooth.If your computer doesn't already support this feature, you can use an adapter to add Bluetooth to your computer and make it work easily.

In Windows 10, visit Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.If the bluetooth slider at the top is off, turn it on.Then select Add Bluetooth or other device, then select the Bluetooth type.There, follow the instructions to pair your phone.

 

In Windows 11, go to Settings > Bluetooth & Devices.There, make sure the Bluetooth slider is set to On, then click Add Device > Bluetooth to pair the new device with your computer.

Notes on Bluetooth pairing

During the pairing process, follow any instructions that appear on your computer or phone.In some cases, you must enter or confirm a password.If you don't see the passcode appearing on either device, it's probably a generic number like 1234 or 0000.Once you confirm this passcode, your phone should connect to your computer, and will automatically connect in the future as long as the device is within range.

If you can't get the devices to find each other, there's a good chance one of the devices won't be discoverable.As a security feature, most Bluetooth devices only broadcast themselves when you turn on their Bluetooth options.

Double check that you have Bluetooth enabled on both your phone and computer, and keep the aforementioned Bluetooth options menu open while pairing.You should see now discoverable as [device name] or something similar.

The connection will remain active until you turn off Bluetooth, manually disconnect the devices, turn off one of the devices, or move them out of range.The exact bluetooth range is device dependent and will vary depending on the quality of your bluetooth adapter or chip.Generally, the distance is around 30 feet.

How to transfer files between phone and computer using bluetooth

Once your phone and computer are wirelessly paired, the actual Bluetooth file transfer process is fairly straightforward.Sharing from your phone to your computer generally happens on Android, since iOS devices use AirDrop to do it.

To transfer from your phone, all you need to do is select a file in whatever app you're using and choose the option to share it.The exact method depends on the app, but most apps have a common share icon to look for.

When you see a list of methods you can share via, look for the Bluetooth entry.Then select your computer as the target device.Windows will then ask for confirmation and start downloading the file.You may be allowed to choose the save location, or it may be saved to a standard Downloads folder.

When transferring files from your computer to your phone, just open File Explorer and right-click on the file you want to transfer.Select Send to > Bluetooth Device.

 

This will open a new window where you can select the device you want to send the file to.Your phone may ask for your approval.Once you confirm, the file will be transferred via Bluetooth.

You can transfer multiple files in any direction.Just select them once and follow the steps above.

Other ways to connect your phone and computer

If you don't have Bluetooth (or even if you do), another method of connecting your phone and computer may be more suitable for your needs.Bluetooth can consume extra battery life, can be unreliable for large file transfers, and isn't always fast.

In these cases, you may want to try an alternative method, such as one of the options below.

Connect your phone and computer with a USB cable

The easiest way to connect your phone and computer is with a USB cable.There's no setup involved: Windows will ask you what action to take when you connect the cable.If not, you can use the "File Browser" in the "This PC" panel to get to work and transfer files yourself.

If you want to explore your phone's storage or transfer a lot of files, a USB cable connection is usually better than Bluetooth.It has the potential to be a lot faster and more secure.

Move files using email or cloud storage

If you need to transfer a small number of files, emailing them to yourself is a quick solution.However, this is clumsy.Using a cloud storage service is better because you can organize your files so they don't get lost in an email.

However, note that these methods all involve uploading and downloading.If you're on a slow or charged connection, you might want to think twice about transferring large files.

Dedicated transfer app

Wi-Fi Directis an alternative to bluetooth, but it's not well integrated into modern devices, so it's probably not worth the trouble for most people.

Instead, you can try something like on AndroidEasyJoinSuch applications transfer files over the local network.Those with iPhones and Macs can use Apple's AirDrop.

Remote access and network sharing

If you need a deeper link between devices, you should set up remote access.

The other main way to connect your phone and PC is through tethering.This allows you to use your phone's mobile internet connection on your PC.

Keep your computer and phone connected via bluetooth

Each method of connecting a computer and smartphone has advantages and disadvantages.Bluetooth is great for temporary short-range connections, especially when you need to quickly switch a file or two.

USB cables, cloud storage and other connection types are still important.But when you want something fast and versatile, Bluetooth is hard to beat.

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