We all want to, at one point or another, share a file on our phones with others. This can be done easily when both phones can be connected to the internet or an intermediate device, like a PC, Mac or router. If you are on the go or some where without Wi-Fi or any computer, how can you share data and files on the phone? Bluetooth is the answer. It provides us an easy and fast solution for short range wireless connectivity and data exchange. It is rare when you find a smartphone that doesn’t contain the Bluetooth technology nowadays. Today, we will discuss how you can quickly pair two Android mobile phones through Bluetooth.
- We will use a Samsung galaxy phone and an HTC smart phone in the demo. The screenshots and steps may be different slightly if you use other Android phones, have another version of Android or using a different phone model, but the same basic process will apply.
- If you want to share internet connection between two mobile phones, you should refer to this guide to share internet connection on Samsung phone via Bluetooth tethering. Alternatively you can also make use of personal hotspot for internet share. Check out the steps to setup Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot on Xiaomi Redmi phones.
Pair Android phones via Bluetooth
To transfer files from one phone to another using Bluetooth, you must pair one Android phone with the other first. To turn on Bluetooth on Samsung phone, you can go Apps >> Settings >> Bluetooth. You can enable Bluetooth on Samsung phone from there. Then you will see a list of available devices. Nearby devices will display on the screen. If the Samsung phone does not automatically detect the other Android phone. Go to turn on Bluetooth on the other phone, then tap Scan button from the bottom of the Bluetooth devices management screen on Samsung phone to search and find the other phone again.
Make your Android device visible to other phones
If you want to pair a Bluetooth device with a Samsung Galaxy phone, you may also need to make your Samsung phone visible so other devices can find it. Go to the Bluetooth management screen on Samsung mobile phone, tap More options >> Visibility timeout. Then choose a time period for your device to remain visible. Or when you see your Samsung phone is only visible to paired devices under the My Device section, tap your Samsung phone name so your phone will be visible to all nearby devices for a certain period of time. You should initiate the pairing as soon as possible after you turn on visibility.
On the other phone, you also need to enable Bluetooth. The steps are very similar. In this demo, we will use an HTC smartphone to show how to pair two Android phones via Bluetooth. Unlock the HTC phone screen, open Settings, you should find Bluetooth option right below the Wi-Fi or WLAN entry. Touch the ON/OFF toggle to turn on Bluetooth on HTC mobile. Tap Bluetooth to see a list of all available Bluetooth devices.
Pair Android phones via Bluetooth
Touch “Scan” or “Scan for devices” on Samsung or HTC, if you can’t find one phone from the other. And make sure to have made your Android phones visible to all others following instructions included at last paragraph. When you can discover each other on the phones’ Bluetooth management screen, you can initiate the Bluetooth pairing.
Find the name of your other mobile phone displayed in the Bluetooth devices section, tap the phone name. Your current phone will then automatically tries to pair with the other phone. A “Bluetooth pairing request” will be sent from the first phone to the second with the PIN/PASSKEY. Make sure the PIN or Passkey is correct on the other Android phone, and accept the connection request, thus both Android devices are connected via Bluetooth.
Once the phones are paired through Bluetooth, you can send pictures, videos, music, apps and other files from one phone to another wirelessly through Bluetooth. All Android phones should come with a File Manager, you can go there to find any files saved on your phone, then tap Menu >> Share >> Bluetooth, select the Bluetooth device you want to share the file with. To send pictures and videos from one phone to another via Bluetooth, you can run the Gallery app, tap and hold the pictures/videos you want to share, touch Share >> Bluetooth, select the Bluetooth device you want to share the file with.
How to Pair a Android phone with a PC through Bluetooth?
Bluetooth also allows you to pair a smartphone with a computer for data sharing. Check out this tutorial to share photos and videos between Xiaomi phone and PC via Bluetooth, and Samsung Galaxy phone users can refer to these steps to transfer pictures and videos between Samsung phone and PC.