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Bluetooth File Transfer in Windows Phone 8 and The Drawbacks

One of the most requested feature in Windows Phone 7 was to transfer files via Bluetooth which Microsoft for some reason did not implement. This resulted in a lot of hacks by developers who came up with their own hack to transfer file via Bluetooth on custom roms.

Though this feature is expected to roll in for Nokia Lumia Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8 OS has this feature and works exactly as any other Bluetooth transfer.  A video is included which demonstrates that it works, and it works across platform i.e. from Windows Phone to Android Devices. I have also listed down the drawbacks at the end.

Select what you want to send :

  • Use the Picture Tile or Music tile to get access to all your files.
  • Next select the multi select icon on the menu bar.
  • This will mark the files in blue.
  • Now tap on the files, one after the other, which you want to send.
  • Select Share from the Menu Bar and choose Bluetooth.

Setting up Bluetooth :

When you choose Bluetooth, it will check if its turned on. If not you will be taken to the Bluetooth Settings page. Toggle the button to turn it one and press back button to come back to the Send Files.

Now connect with the device from already paired list or connect. It will follow up the usual procedure of pass code etc.

Sending Files :

Once the process initiates, you will see a Notification on top of the screen which says “Sharing”. It will also display the percentage of the file transfer process. Notice the new sharing symbol here.

Bluetooth File transfer in Windows Phone 8


Since this is background process, you can switch to any other screen or app and still can see the process state. If you want to get more details, tap on the Sharing Notification and you will switch to another screen. This screen lists down all the file transfer process but gives you further details i.e. in case you want to see which file filed, its not possible to take a look at it.

Once done, transfer complete notification will show up, and sharing screen will be empty. Since Windows Phone 8 allows to select multiple file, it is much easier to send multiple files compared to what it was in Windows Phone 7.5.

Video Demo :

Watch on YouTube

What happens when you receive a file ?

In case your receive files from any other device, you will get “Done and Saved. Tap to View” notification. Tapping on it will take you to the Saved Pictures folders (respective folders) so you can view the file. In case, its a single file, it will be launched for you.

How to resend files which failed transfer ?

What happens when a file transfer fails ? Sadly I have some bad news for you in this section. Though you can restart the file transfer the sharing section but it restarts from 0% which means the receiver will have duplicate files if some part of the file transfer was complete. Since file level notification is missing, you cannot figure out what failed in your end.

Restart File Bluetooth transfer  in Windows Phone 8

Summarizing the Drawbacks :

  • Share Section where all the file transfer details are listed needs enhancement. The user should know to file level details on what is coming in and what is going out.
  • In case of Failed File transfer from Windows Phone 8, the whole process is restarted which will result in duplicate file transfer on the receiving side. This seriously needs attention.
  • When sending multiple files, If I don’t choose the destination i.e. Bluetooth or NFC and come back to the screen where I select those files, the selection is lost. This is a general problem with multiple file selection process.

Case in Doubt :

Windows Phone 8 failed to send documents across but only over to Android Phone but worked over PC. I am guessing is that the absences of a file type handler on my Nexus was causing this issue. I will investigate this further.

Summing up this post, the whole experience is lot better than not having it at all in the previous version of Windows Phone. Though there are some drawbacks, but I am assuming that they will be fixed once you get to see a proper notification system rolled in. Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 7.5 users might  be lucky to get file transfer if all the information is correct.

About Ashish

A die hard fan of Windows, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone and Xbox, Loves to Do Video reviews on Windows Phone Apps, Games, Xbox Games, Xbox Tutorials. He Owns a Lumia 1020 & BLU WIN HD LTE and have used all the Lumia Phones and Non Lumia Phones as well.
  • Siddhant Bhatt

    Can wp8 share videos via Bluetooth…???
    coz I’m having a problem with that…

    • Ashish

      WP8 Doesn’t allow to share videos via Bluetooth or even NFC. You can email which will compress the actual video.

      • ck

        wp8.1 allow bluetooth transfer(share) files(Picture,video,music,etc..)?????

        • Ashish

          Yes it does. best is to use FILES App

  • Asterix

    I just bought lumia 620! its great BTW…but i transfered some video files (.mkv and .wmv) for seeing the video playing quality of the phone. BUt i find only .wmv video file and that too in saved pictures. i can’t find the .mkv video file. where can i find it ?
    ALso why does it save in ‘saved pictures’ but not in ‘videos’ ??

    Thank you

    • jowel

      win8 doesnt play .mkv format..also the player dowsnt have lots of options

      • Ashish

        Actually everything is just basic, I am waiting for VLC players to show up.

    • akhil

      is this work on lumiA 720

  • http://gravatar.com/dsdilip Dilip

    Is there any app which allows to send multiple files or pics by marking them and send it via bluetooh in nokia lumia 510. :(
    sad regreting buying this cell. :/
    thanks .

    • Ashish

      Did you get the latest update ? There is a Bluetooth file transfer app in Windows Phone

      • POORNA


  • Praval

    By chance if you transfer a unsupported file where does it go?

  • Niveen

    where can i find the saved pictures folder? because I received a file via bluetooth but I can’t find it anywhere :( can somebody help?
    and what if I received a pdf file? will it also go to the saved pictures folder?

  • http://gravatar.com/anshz anshuman prabhakar

    i am unable to send mp3 and videos from nokia 620

  • mudit gaur

    you will find all the recieved files in saved pictures folder…
    go to photos -> Saved pictures ….here u wl find all the recieved files :)

  • Sudhansu

    How to change the bluetooth received file location. Why doesn’t it show in videos?
    Instead it shows in Saved pictures. Is there any app for this.

  • Vishal

    where does video gets saved transferred from bluetooth.. ???

  • Ayan

    My friend sent a recorded voice via bluetooth. I cant see it even after connecting to PC via usb


    Where can i find sent from Bluetooth to my fone? Am practically very pissed about it. I use a Lumia 920 and whenever i receive a song via Bluetooth i can hardly find it.

    • Ashish

      Music will be automatically stored in the phone. Check on Music + Videos App.

      • Neha

        doesn’t seems so….ive tried getting music stuff transferred though bluetooth so many times..my lumia 625 is accepting the song but its not there in Music+Videos app,,im just not able to find it…

  • http://gravatar.com/jpm8 jay pee

    im using lumia 520. i received files via bluetooth (multiple files) my fone said that the files where successfully transfered but the problem is i don’t know where to find my bluetooth files….please help….

  • Ron

    Does the bluetooth automatically turns off after sending files or the user have to do this manually?

  • anuj

    Hi , i am using lumnia 820 , m facing problem with recieving images thru bluetooth , its like when the other phone send just 1 pic , lumnia recieves and saves the file in saved folder . However when otherphone sends more then 1 pic at a go , the images that are recieved are saved nowhere . can u help ?

  • Supreeth

    I have brought a nokia lummia 720. I used the bluetooth to transfer multiple contacts from my old phone. The transfer was succesful (the history copy suggests that the contacts were copied a while ago). However, now I am unable to lcate that data anywhere on my phone, not even in my contacts. Where could it have gone?

  • Rodolfo Carlos

    I have a Nokia Lumia 900 and i update my phone but i not have a Bluetooth transfer option! Why? I’m from Puerto Rico!

  • rasool

    Hi.. I tried sending multiple music files from windows phone 8. But i don’t see any option. Ccan u please help me ???

  • pratik

    where the received file store in nokia lumia 520

    • Ashish

      If its a picture, it is in Saved Album in Photo Gallery. Music in Music + Videos. Rest are discarded.

      • http://gmail Shashank

        Can not find the images in saved album.. disappointed and regretting buying lumia 920 :(

      • anil

        I was hoping that unsupported files would be discarded, however, i see the size of the Other storage being increased. tat means the files is still present in the phone but nowhere to found or deleted. I am lumia 720.

  • aayushi

    hey i bought a lumia 520…my frnd send me some audios via bluetooth…but i cnt seem to find them in my phone…nd it is occupying memory :(….where will i find these files….plz help me

  • Dilip

    I got myself a new HTC 8s.. about 150 contacts were transferred from my old android phone via bluetooth.. ofcourse, they are missing (cant find them).. any idea whether all those contacts are still out there eating up my phone space in the 8S??

    • Ashish

      What did you use to transfer? Any App via Bluetooth App?

  • http://yahoo mosharraf hossain

    i am very upset by purchasing nokia lumia 625 instead android phone, many problem, i can’t find file storage location of audio, video, word file transferred through bluetooth or data cable. pl reply .

  • http://google harika

    where will the videos be stored sent via bluetooth in nokia lumia 520?though it is being transferred unable to find out where the videos are being stored and it is occuping space,please provide me the solution for this

    • Ashish

      Photos + Videos > Albums > Saved Pictures

      • husen

        how can we find shared application in nokia lumia 625, shared via bluetooth from android phone

        • Ashish

          Like transferring APK? Thats not possible.

  • Marek

    Hi how to send multiple pictures to lumia 920?
    When i tried 1 picture it was working( at the end was file transfer confirmation)
    When i was sending mulitple images on lumia phone everytime popup about confirming that you want transfer, but at the end no images transfered, cannot by found in saved pictures.
    I need to send it one by one ?thank you

  • Jaydeep

    I tried to transfer multiple contacts (total phonebook) from my Samsung C3530 to Lumia 520 via bluetooth. After completing transfer, I was able to add only one contact in the phonebook and I was unable to locate remaining contacts. Please guide!

  • Reza Salis

    I sent a pdf file on my lumia 720 using bluetooth of laptop. Since there were 10 files i didn’t tap and opened all. Now I am unable to locate those files even with adobe reader. Pls help.

  • VB

    the sharing option not coming when we select multiple music files.

  • VB

    The Nokia Lumia Series phones are made for Old peoples. No one can send you multiple music and video files at one time. not you can share multiple music files at a time. videos send via bluetooth found in Saved Picture folder. not download and set rington directly have to put in rington folder via connecting mobile to PC. when we forward mail the attachment is automatically deleted… This is a Junk…

  • raj

    in lumia 520. where is bluetooth file reciver

  • http://www.punitrathod.com Punit

    I received 2 video file 1 .mkv and 2 .flv. My Windows phone Lumia 520 is showing other space as 1.5 GB but unable to locate the file to delete the files. It’s ok if it is not playing the file. But it should allow to delete the file. Does any one know how to delete those files ? Please help…….

  • marcella

    Hi,am using Nokia lumia 625,the Bluetooth has been working well until recently,now i see duplicated files and also my files are not successfully transferred as my bluetoothh looses connection with the other device

  • Prakash

    I wanted to know if a receive an unsupported file say .exe from bluetooth to my lumia then where can i find it? I received a lot of files from from my friends but i can’t find them now.

    • Ashish

      Download the Files App on your phone and then explore using it.

  • nayeem

    Hello i have transfered a movie in my nokia 925. Transfer was completed but i am unable to locate that vedio clip. Pl suggest

  • Cristian

    Hi, how can I tell my Windows Phone 8 device to trust automatically bluetooth transfers from any device? I dont want to do this manually when transfering multiple files

  • Abhishek

    hi, i have downloaded two pdf files from my mail inbox from lumia 730 but it is not showing that files in phone or in sd card. although it shows in pdf reader but i cannot able to share them over bluetooth this is so embarrassing. how to share pdf files over blueooth?

  • khushi

    i transferred a audio file but it was not saved in my phone and i cannot view it . where can i find it?

  • arun havanoor

    Any app sharer between window’s phones?? Please help me

    • Ashish

      Nope, you can share the link and download. App files cannot be transfered

  • Sunil Kumar Chittora

    hi, i have downloaded two pdf files from my mail inbox from lumia 730 but it is not showing that files in phone or in sd card. although it shows in pdf reader but i cannot able to share them over bluetooth this is so embarrassing. how to share pdf files over blueooth?

  • AS

    hi, I have received avi video files through bluetooth from other device to Lumia 730. but i can not find that file in files folder. what i have seen that before transfer my system files storage was 3.60 GB and post received file it suddenly increast to 4.20 GB. So my assumption is that by default it went to System files. Now i can not find the video files and not even remove from system files.

    Any help on the same would be appreciate

    • Ashish

      Hi, Can you use the Files App to see if you can locate it?

      • AS

        Hi Ashish, i tried with files but files does not show me system files, even i tried searching with name in files App but no luck!!

        I tried also connection my phone with PC but the same result System folder i cant see

        Any other options!!!

  • Idowu

    Lumia 625 is really giving me some challenges. What app will I use to collect multiple files. Like flash share in android phones.


    Is Microsoft’s lumia 535 is better than nokia’s lumia 730?

  • vishrut

    I have lumia 520 i took a video via bluetooth, once received a pop up message displays “Click to open file” on clicking it shows need app for this function, it opens store to an app but no app found, now i m not able to find that video in my phone…where the video gone..

    • Ashish

      You need to install MoliPlayer and then transfer files. Windows Phone 8.1 doesn’t support files like MKV etc.

  • Anurag

    Hello Ashish, when I do multiple file transfers over bluetooth from android phone to lumia 730, I have to separately accept each file. Is it possible that I accept once and all files are transferred.

    • Ashish

      This is one of the most annoying part of file transfer in Windows Phone. There is no way out as of now.

  • Ankit

    Is it possible to change the location of the files received by bluetooth? If yes, then how? I’m not able to find the audios that I have received recently. I have Lumia 720 (8.1).

    • Ashish

      Can you please install FILES App and look for the files?