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Enabling Bluetooth file transfers on any Android device

Filed under: Tutorials and HOWTOs by Hari
Posted on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 17:15 IST (last updated: Wed, Mar 14, 2012 @ 17:16 IST)

Smart phone I have had a peculiar problem of trying to send a file to my newly acquired Android device (Sony Xperia Ray phone) from my Linux laptop. Every time the Bluetooth pairing worked perfectly fine, but the phone never responded to my attempts to connect and send a file from my Debian (KDE) desktop. I was able to get the phone to send files to my laptop but not the other way round. After hours of googling I was no closer to a working solution but I discovered this Bluetooth File transfer App in the Android market which does the job perfectly. This app will automatically enable Bluetooth on your device and also run the file receiving service so that any paired and trusted device can send files to your Android phone successfully.

Anyway, this is a just an information sharing post so that others who had the same problem as I had will find a working solution without excessive hacks or resorting to rooting the device. This is a seemingly trivial solution, but it's non-obvious to anybody who expects Bluetooth file transfers to work perfectly in Android without any user intervention.

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