In this section I will explain and example how to connect a bluetooth device (i.e. mobile phone) to Windows 10 so that files can then be transferred between that bluetooth device and Windows 10 wirelessly (bluetooth technology uses its own wireless signal). In this example I will be using a BUSH 4 Andriod Mobile Phone running the Android Kit Kat operating system.
Begin by installing your bluetooth transmitter/receiver, if need be, and then make sure it is switched on. A bluetooth receiver may already be installed on your computer's motherboard (circuit board) in which case it might already be switched on. If it is installed but not switched on you might have to switch it on by flicking a switch somewhere on your computer and/or on the bluetooth transmitter/receiver itself. You might also have to switch it on via its bluetooth control panel, by making sure its TURN DISCOVERY ON setting is ticked (on), or by clicking on one of the keyboard keys (i.e. FN and F9). It really does depend on the bluetooth transmitter/receiver, your computer and Windows 10 settings.
In this example I used a USB Generic Bluetooth Radio transmitter/receiver device, which only cost me £6, whereby I simply plugged it into a spare usb socket, Windows 10 recognised it and then installed its necessary software drivers. It was then automatically activated (switched on).
Fig 1.0 - Windows 10 has installed the Plug 'N' Play usb bluetooth device and activated it (switched it on) automatically
To get to your bluetooth device's settings you can use the DEVICES AND PRINTERS control panel - Go to the control panel and then click on the DEVICES AND PRINTERS icon. From there, right click on your bluetooth device's icon and then select (left click on) the BLUETOOTH SETTINGS menu-item. Doing so will bring up the Bluetooth Settings window (Fig 1.2 below).
Fig 1.1 - Right click on the bluetooth device's icon and then select the BLUETOOTH SETTINGS menu-item
Fig 1.2 - Switch on (tick) the ALLOW BLUETOOTH DEVICES TO FIND THIS PC setting and then click on the OK button
One of the important settings on the Bluetooth Settings window is the setting called ALLOW BLUETOOTH DEVICES TO FIND THIS PC. When switched on (ticked) it does exactly this; it allows mobile phones and other bluetooth devices within an area of up to 50 feet to find (see/list) your computer. For security reasons this is switched off (unticked), and normally you want this to be the case simply because you do not want other bluetooth devices snooping your computer files and so on.
With the ALLOW BLUETOOTH DEVICES TO FIND THIS COMPUTER setting switched off (unticked) the next thing to do is add a bluetooth device to Windows 10. In this example a BUSH 4 Andriod mobile phone. Once added, Windows 10 can then allow files to be transferred from the computer to the bluetooth device (BUSH 4 Andriod Mobile Phone) via the usb bluetooth transmitter/receiver. So the usb bluetooth device is really only used to transmit data/files wirelessly. In other words, I could transmit data/files via a usb cable from the mobile phone to the computer, but here I want to use the usb bluetooth device (wireless transmitter/receiver) instead.
You manually add a bluetooth device (i.e. bluetooth mobile phone) to Windws 10 by clicking on the ADD DEVICE button, located on the PRINTERS AND DEVICES control panel window. This then starts the ADD A DEVICE Installation Wizard which guides you through the bluetooth device installation process.
Fig 1.3 - Click on the ADD A DEVICE button to start up the Installation Wizard
Fig 1.4 - The ADD A DEVICE Installation Wizard is now searching for new Bluetooth Enabled Devices
The first step of the installation wizard (Fig 1.4 above) is to search for new Bluetooth Enabled devices, therefore your bluetooth device (i.e. mobile phone) must have its own "Broadcast Bluetooth" setting switched on at this point in order for it to be found within the search results. On the BUSH 4 Andriod mobile phone you need to go to SETINGS >> WIRELESS & NETWORK and then tap/slide the grey button next to the word Bluetooth. If this is not switched on (blue in colour when switched on) the first step of the installation wizard will fail, with regards to your bluetooth device, with Windows 10 stating No Devices Found in the search results.
When your bluetooth device has been found, perhaps amongst other bluetooth devices, it will be listed in the search results within the display area of the Add A Device window (below). Simply click on your bluetooth device to select it and then click on the NEXT button. On the BUSH 4 Andriod mobile phone you need to tap on the word Bluetooth and then tap on the wording BUSH 4 Android in order for it to be found and listed in the search results - It will initially state 'Not visible to other Blurtooth devices', but as soon as you tap on BUSH 4 Android that wording will change to 'Visible to all nearby Bluetooth devices (2:00)'. The clock denotes there is a 2 Minute timeout (the installation wizard has to find the BUSH 4 Andriod mobile phone within 2 Minutes).
Fig 1.5 - Select your bluetooth device and then click on the NEXT button to continue
After clicking on the NEXT button (Fig 1.5 above) you will be presented with a Pairing Code (connection code) that when entered into your bluetooth device (i.e. mobile phone) will authorise the connection between Windows 10 and your bluetooth device. With the BUSH 4 Android mobile phone you enter the code into the prompt that appears and then tap on the OK button. This then continues the installation process whereby your bluetooth device (mobile phone) is then installed as another device connected to Windows 10.
Fig 1.6 - Enter the pairing (connection) code into your bluetooth device (i.e. mobile phone) to authorise the connection
If you take too long typing the pairing code into your bluetooth device a timeout message requester will appear (below) whereby you will then have to enter a new pairing code.
Fig 1.7 - You took too long to enter the pairing code - Type in the new pairing code
When the correct pairing code has been entered you may see the message "Installing BUSH 4 Android.....' (or whatever your bluetooth device is called) - This is quite normal and just means Windows 10 is setting up additional network drivers and other bluetooth related drivers/softwares before finishing the installation. If the installation wizard window does not close automatically after this final installation step just click on the CLOSE button to close it.
Fig 1.8 - Click on the CLOSE button, if need be, to continue.
Once the bluetooth network connections (drivers/softwares) have been installed and set up, and the Add A Device window has been closed, the DEVICES AND PRINTERS control panel window will then display the newly installed bluetooth device; in this case the BUSH 4 Android mobile phone.
Fig 1.9 - The newly installed bluetooth device (BUSH 4 Android mobile phone) is now listed as a new device
If you right click on the newly installed bluetooth device and also look around the DEVICES & PRINTERS window you will see the options/settings available for that bluetooth device, such as the option to remove the device from WIndows 10. Explore these options/settings, if need be, bearing in mind that some of them can vary between bluetooth devices.
Although the above installation process was using Windows 10, it was using the old interface (windows, menus and buttons) of Windows 7 (technically the foundations of Window 10 - Shush!!). To do the same installation process using the native Windows 10 interface you replace steps in Figures 1.3 to 1.9 above with the following steps; which are identical.
Before you follow these steps first click on the START Menu button to bring up the Start Menu menu-items and then click on the SETTINGS menu-item to open the Settings window. From there, click on the DEVICES button/link and then on the BLUETOOTH button/link. Doing so will take you to the first step of the installation process, just like in Fig 1.4 above. You don't need to click on an ADD DEVICE button simply because there isn't one - Click on the BLUETOOTH button/link automatically tells Windows 10 to start searching for new Bluetooth Devices.
Fig 2.0 - Click on the BLUETOOTH button/link to make Windows 10 search for new Bluetooth Devices
Fig 2.1 - Bluetooth Device found and ready to be paired (connected) to Windows 10 - Click on the READY TO PAIR button
Fig 2.2 - Click on the PAIR button to continue
Fig 2.3 - Click on the OR TRY ENTERING A PASSCODE ON IT if there is no number available
Fig 2.4 - A new passcode has been generated - Enter it into the bluetooth device (i.e. mobile phone)
Fig 2.5 - Passcode entered correctly - Windows 10 is installing additional, network, software/drivers.
Fig 2.6 - The bluetooth device has been successfully paired (connected to Windows 10)
Fig 2.7 - Click on the name of the paired bluetooth device to remove it (disconnect it from Windows 10), if need be.
If you want to transfer a file (a copy of it) from your computer via a wireless bluetooth signal to the newly installed bluetooth device simply right click over that file and then use the SEND TO sub-menu to perform the transfer - Right click over the file, hover over the SEND TO sub-menu and then select the BLUETOOTH DEVICE sub-menu menu-item.
Fig 3.0 - Right click over a file, hover over the SEND TO sub-menu and then select the BLUETOOTH DEVICE sub-menu menu-item.
After selecting the BLUETOOTH DEVICE sub-menu menu-item the Bluetooth File Transfer window will appear (below) whereby you then need to select the bluetooth device that will receive the file (a copy of it). From there, click on the NEXT button. In this example I only have one bluetooth device installed that can receive files, which is my BUSH 4 Android mobile phone, but if I did have more bluetooth devices installed I could select one of those instead to receive the file (a copy of it).
Fig 3.1 - Select the bluetooth device that will receive a copy of the selected file and then click on the NEXT button
At this point you need to check your bluetooth device and ACCEPT the file transfer request, otherwise the file can not be transferred. Tapping on the ACCEPT button on the message that appears, on the bluetooth device, will allow the transfer to go ahead. The green progress bar (below) will then begin to move.
Fig 3.2 - A copy of the video file is now being transferred via bluetooth connection from the computer to the mobile phone
Fig 3.3 - The video file (a copy of it) has successfully been transferred from the computer to the mobile phone
After clicking on the NEXT button (Fig 3.1 above) you just need to wait for the file copying process to FINISH (Fig 3.3), which may take some time depending on the type of file being transferred. In this case the video file did not take too long to transfer (I was actually impressed by the speed of bluetooth).
You can select more than one file to be transferred, by selecting files in the same way as you would select multiple photos for example (i.e. using the CTRL keyboard key and SHIFT keyboard key methods), but I would not recommend it. Bluetooth connections in general can be haphazrd sometimes.