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Windows Phone 8.1 Tip: Share Files via Bluetooth

BluetoothSometimes you’ll want to share a photo, document, or other file from your Windows Phone to someone’s laptop or other device, and a simple way of doing that is via Bluetooth. Here we’ll explain the process and walk you through how it’s done.

Pair Windows Phone via Bluetooth

The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure Bluetooth is enabled on both devices, then pair your phone with the other laptop or device that has Bluetooth. In these examples I‘m sharing from my Windows Phone 8.1 to a HTC One M8, but this will work with any device that supports it.

Pair Windows Phone Surface Bluetooth

Share Photos and Other Files

To share a photo open the Photos app and find the picture you want and then tap the Share button. Then tap Bluetooth from the menu and then select the device you want to share with.

share bluetooth WP8

If you want to share an Office document, open the Office app and then find the document you want to share. Tap and hold the document icon and then Share > Bluetooth.

office share

Of course on the receivers end, they will need to accept the file. And that’s all there is to it!


What is your favorite way to share documents and other files to other people’s devices from Windows Phone? Leave a comment below and let us know.

If you’ve never used it before and would like to learn more, here’s a few articles you should check out using the protocol with other devices:

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2 Responses to Windows Phone 8.1 Tip: Share Files via Bluetooth

  1. Windows 8 Phone Application Development December 23, 2014 at 3:03 am #

    That’s really something interesting to know hidden fact about Windows phone . Definitely i will share this interesting news to my windows phone development team!

  2. esmeralda November 16, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

    Where will my photos be if I share them via Bluetooth on my windows phone?

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