How To Use Bluetooth On Windows 8

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Here is a full guide to let you know how to use Bluetooth on Windows 8. You just need to follow the steps. Bluetooth is a low-power, low-speed, and short-range (about 30 feet) networking technology. PCs and Bluetooth accessories connect via the pairing process. Pairing can occur only when both the Bluetooth device and the PC are in discoverable mode.Discoverable mode causes Bluetooth to actively look for other devices in discoverable mode. Bluetooth ignores any devices that aren’t in discoverable mode.

How To Use Bluetooth On Windows 8:

bluetooth on windows 8

1- Pairing Bluetooth Accessories:
The very first thing to use bluetooth in windows 8 is to add a Bluetooth accessory. First put the accessory in discoverable mode. Check the accessory’s manual for specific instructions, but typically there’s a button you need to press. Sometimes, you need to press and hold the button. On smartphones, you should find the Bluetooth section of the settings.
On your PC, select Devices from PC Settings, and then select Add A Device. Windows will display any nearby Bluetooth devices that are in discoverable mode. Select a device to connect to it.
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Put Bluetooth devices in discoverable mode before pairing.


2- Next, Windows 8 might ask you to perform some sort of authentication. This might involve typing a passcode into a keyboard or confirming that two codes match. This authentication process helps prevent a sneaky person within a few feet of you from intercepting your connection. You don’t need to remove a Bluetooth device when you’re done with it. Simply leave it configured, and it’ll be available the next time you want to use it. If you want to remove a Bluetooth pairing, open the Devices page of PC Settings, select the device, and then select the symbol in the upper-right corner.

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Windows 8 often needs to authenticate Bluetooth pairings.

3- Sending files between PCs across Bluetooth

You can use Bluetooth on Windows 8 to send files between two PC’s. This is a clumsy and slow process (a maximum of 721 Kbps), but it’s an effective way to send a file or two when other forms of networking aren’t available and you don’t have a USB flash drive to exchange files.

The process involves five high-level steps:

1. Enable discovery on one of the PC’s: To pair the two PC’s, you need to make one of them discoverable. Search Settings for Bluetooth and then select Change Bluetooth Settings. In the Bluetooth Settings dialog box, select Allow Bluetooth Devices To Find This Computer. Click OK.
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To pair two PCs, you must make one of them discoverable.

2. Pair the two PC’s: On the other PC, open the Devices page of PC Settings and select Add A Device. Choose the other PC. Then, type the passcode provided. Click Next to complete the pairing.
use bluetooth on windows 8 - passcode two pc
Type the passcode to pair two PCs.

3. Start receiving a file on one PC: On the receiving PC, open the Desktop. Expand the System Tray icon next to the clock. Click the Bluetooth icon, and then select Receive A File. Windows opens the Bluetooth File Transfer wizard to the Waiting For A Connection page.
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Click the Bluetooth icon and then select Receive A File.

4. Send the file from the other PC: On the sending PC, click the Bluetooth icon in the System Tray and then click Send A File. Select the PC to send the file to and then click Next. Then, select the file you want to transfer.
use bluetooth on windows 8 - send a file
You can use Bluetooth to transfer files . . . slowly.

5. Save the file On the receiving PC: Choose where you want to save the file and click Finish.
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Finally, choose where you want to save the file.

If you need to send multiple files, compress them into a ZIP archive before transferring them. You can use the same process for transferring files to other devices, including smartphones. You might need to run a special app to transfer files to your smartphone, however.

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  • greg

    “Search Settings for Bluetooth and then select Change Bluetooth Settings”

    and you find that………..where?

    • Steele

      You can find bluetooth setting in C-Panel or in icon tray, right click the bluetooth icon and go in the settings :)

  • anki

    itz showing bluetooth settings but itz not showing any pop up settings aftr click…….. so i am not able to open bluetooth settings on my lappy… n so m not able to use bluetooth… please tel me the solution… :)

    • Steele

      Please make sure that your bluetooth is ON. If yes, go to Control Panel and find Bluetooth Device, double click it and you will have settings option there.
      Please ask if have any issue.
      Thanks & Regards

      Cheers :)

  • Maya

    Hi,
    after happily using bluetooth to transfer my photos and videos from my Blackberry to notebook, today suddenly it stopped working. (incidentally, my notebook rebooted today and all the previously transferred files have disappeared from Bluetooth Folder) Even when my devices are paired and connected, I don’t have the two options for sending and receiving files as you describe in the step 3.
    any suggestions on what to do?

    Thanks Maya

    • Steele

      Hi, Please make sure that you have correct driver for Bluetooth installed on your notebook. If yes, then find Devices in the PC Settings, then go to the bluetooth where you will find the settings for Bluetooth, adjust the settings correct or click “Restore Default”. Hope your issue is fixed. Feel free to ask if you have any issue further.
      Thanks & Regards

  • lizzie

    the “send a file” and “recieve a file” is not showing in my pop-up. Do you have any ideas how come and where I can turn it on?

  • Annoyed

    this is pretty useless you have to click receive every time you want to get a item from a device that is paired with you pc, sending more than 1 photo from a mobile phone is a pain in the ass

    • Steele

      Hi there, if you want to send more than 1 picture or file to your pc from mobile device, you can simply make an archive file of them, so that you may receive many file at one time. Don’t be annoyed dear, there must be a solution of every single problem.

      Cheers

      Steele

  • Macho

    the “send a file” and “receive a file” is not showing in my pop-up. Do you have any ideas how come and where I can turn it on?

  • deeee

    The option “allow a bluetooth device to connect” is greyed out.
    Can anyone tell me how to enable it?
    All i want is to listen to the music on my phone on my laptop speakers whenever i turn on the bluetooth.

    • Steele_S

      Please make sure your bluetooth is switched on if you are using a laptop. If not, please use the bluetooth device that has plug and play properties so that it auto installs its drivers.

      Thanks
      Steele

  • Di

    I’ve got my phone and pc paired and can send from pc to phone. When I try to send from phone to pc my phone says bluetooth share file sent, successful. But I can never find the “send a file” and “receive a file” on the menu and each time I send it tries to do it through outlook. I don’t want to use outlook for mail so have let it set up for non-mail use only. Still my files do not appear anywhere. I know there are alternative methods of transferring files, but this is one and I am determined to make it work since it’s there. Please can you shed any light?

    Thanks

    • Steele_S

      Are you sure you are sending the file from phone to the PC mentioned in bluetooth paired list? If it is so, you need to check the bluetooth icon in the icon tray (bottom left of the screen). There must be a pop up when you right click the bluetooth icon where you will see “Receive a file” option. Your PC is not going to receive any file unless you click the “Receive a file” option in the pop up.

      If any further question, please feel free to ask
      Cheers

      Steele

      • Di

        I thought I’d replied to this earlier, but the post seems to not be showing. The trouble is, although I have installed a bluetooth wizard, I still do not get “receive a file” in the options.

        • Steele_S

          Hi there, if you are not getting the option “Receive a file” or “Send a file” in bluetooth pop-up in icon tray, just do a quick solution.
          Press Win+R key and type “Fsquirt” in the run (off-course without commas) you will see a Bluetooth File Transfer pop-up with 2 options “Send files” and “Receive files”. This option performs the same step as mentioned in 3rd point in the article. Hope this will solve your issue according to your satisfaction.
          Please feel free to discuss any issue.
          Cheers

          Steele

          • Di

            I already had a wizard set up, and it DID say “receive files”, but just didn’t appear to be saving them anywhere I could find them. I haven’t changed anything else and have tried again and it is receiving just fine and dropping them straight into my bluetooth file in my documents. Quite peculiar. Thanks for your help.
            Diane.

  • Laura

    Everything is pared & connected. There is no “Receive a File” on my bluetooth icon on the PC. Win8 does not seem to be capable of this feature

    • Steele_S

      I am so sorry for the late reply. You just need to read the following instruction.

      If you are not getting the option “Receive a file” or “Send a
      file” in bluetooth pop-up in icon tray, just do a quick solution.
      Press
      Win+R key and type “Fsquirt” in the run (off-course without commas) you
      will see a Bluetooth File Transfer pop-up with 2 options “Send files”
      and “Receive files”. This option performs the same step as mentioned in
      3rd point in the article. Hope this will solve your issue according to
      your satisfaction.
      Please feel free to discuss any issue.
      Cheers

  • patri

    Hi,
    i have a laptop using windows 8 and a cell using android. I can send ONE file to each other, that is not a problem. But how can I send more then ONE file from my laptop to my phone? of course I can send a zip to my phone, but: i sent some music in zip, unzipped it in the phone but the phone couldnt recognize it as music (it was mp3) and it didnt file it into my walkman. So thats it: how can i send more than one file to my phone?
    Thank you :)

  • iolanthe

    hi. i cant send or receive so i removed the laptop from pairing through my phone (i thought that the problem was on pairing). i also uninstalled the device from laptop. now, im pairing them again but the pc says that i should remove first the device before pairing but it was already uninstalled. do you have any idea why is it so?

    • Steele_S

      Hi. You just need to un-pair your mobile device from your laptop. Go to bluetooth setting, find devices, then unpair the device you want to re-pair. And please don’t forget to pair it from Laptop to phone, not from phone to laptop (I hope you got the idea).

      Cheers
      Steele

  • Komal Charan

    Open Run(Win+R) and type Fsquirt

    • hatmadter

      :S can get the send/receive file, but it still wont receive…

    • Minerva

      THANK YOU :D

  • sameer

    how can i turn on my blootooth

    • Steele_S

      Hi Sameer,
      It depends upon the system & device you are using. If
      you are using a USB device on your desktop system, you are not supposed
      to turn it on as it is plug & play just you plug it in. In this case
      you need to check your bluetooth icon in the icon tray of-course. But
      if you are using a laptop, it should turn automatically right after you
      turn your wifi on (most of the laptops come with this setting s
      default). Or your laptop does not have a built-in bluetooth device, may
      be. So please check all this and feel free ti ask if you have any question.

      Cheers
      Steele

  • Hi

    I can’t find my phone device even though i turned on bluetooth on both devices and have set them to visible.

    • Steele_S

      Hi, just restart the bluetooth device on your cell phone and try to find. If you still have the problem, plug an external bluetooth device in your computer or laptop (make sure you turn off the built-in bluetooth device if you are using a laptop). This way you will be able to find your cell phone device. Also try to add and find any other cell phone device if you have.
      Thanks