I received this enquiry yesterday:
Hello. How are you? Quick one: is it possible to send a file from my iPad2 to my iPhone 4 via Bluetooth? If yes, how do I go about it? Because I turned the Bluetooth on for both devices, they’re both discoverable but I’m unable to pair. Got me thinking perhaps it is impossible. Or maybe I’m doing something wrong.
Dear mobilista, you are not doing anything wrong. Did I just see you heave a sigh of relief and smile? Nice. I am happy to tell you that you are actually smarter than your phone and tablet want you to believe. The iPhone and iPad do not support Bluetooth file transfers. Not even from one iDevice to another. It is Apple’s way. It is like being locked up in jail, where what you can do is deliberately limited.
Wanna Get Out Of Jail?
But you can get out of jail. There are some apps that will let you send photos from one iOS device to another over Bluetooth. But to the best of my knowledge, those require your iPhone to be jailbroken. I may be wrong though. You don’t know what a jailbreak is? That makes two of us. I’ve never been in jail! Tehehehe. Seriously now, if you are interested in jailbreaking your iPhone to be able to do Bluetooth file transfer and other stuff, just run a Google search. There are lots of tutorials available to show you the way. Just note that things can also get messy with jailbreaking your iDevice.
Another way to get out of jail is to sell your iDevice and buy freedom. Maybe from Android. Or Windows Phone. Or BlackBerry. Or you could just stay in jail. I hear its a nice, posh place. Much better than living under the bridge or on the street.
It is your call. Toodles! 😉
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.