Why your iPhone/iPad is unable to transfer pictures by Bluetooth

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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! 😉


  1. You just don’t like the apple devices… And honestly, on this article u aren’t wrong. But for me I see the apple products as trend setter. They give the world what they should be and the rest of them follow and bring up new concepts…

    But for me the wey u can’t transfer stuffs is to send them via email.

    It works for me and I enjoy them like that.

    To egbon Mo- :p… Ur beef for the idevice is just too much… Chia Na only u waka come?

  2. This has been available and working effortlessly since the announcement of airdrop. Any iOS device can share pictures to another.

  3. iJohnson,

    This has been available and working effortlessly since the announcement of airdrop. Any iOS device can share pictures to another.

    Not true. AirDrop is available on iPhone 5 or later, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) only. That excludes her iPhone 4 and iPad 2.


  4. there’s no need to jailbreak or ditch your iPhone just for FTP privileges. as we so say in the Android world, there’s an app for that. in fact there are apps for that.
    – AirForShare (images and text files)
    – Send Anywhere (full FTP, cross platform)
    – Instashare (images and videos)
    – iShareFiles (images and contacts only)
    – SimpleDrop (full FTP)

  5. I don’t get it, if I can’t send files via bluetooth from one iDevice to another, why have it there in the first place?

    Too many limitations and pricing have made me stay far away from any Apple product.

  6. I tend to share files either via Dropbox or similar or send via email. That way I can access it on any device. I often have to share a file between three different OSs, so email and cloud storage works for me.

  7. Hi mr mo. While you are right to an extent , it not totally right that Idevices doesn’t allow transfer by Bluetooth. AirDrop allows this between Idevices only. And why would someon still be using iPhone 2 and 3 now?

  8. “And why would someone still be using iPhone 2 and 3 now?”

    They are limited by their budget.

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