Bluetooth, which is available in almost all smartphones and many other mobile devices, is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances. With Bluetooth, you can directly transfer files between devices: sending and receiving, without any other hardware.
Moto G, Moto G 2nd Generation, Moto E, Moto X, and Moto X 2nd generation all support Bluetooth fully. So, you can use Bluetooth to transfer files between Moto devices, and/or with other mobile devices.
This guide shows you how to use Bluetooth to transfer files on Moto G, Moto E and Moto X. Although in the guide, Moto G is used, instead of listing the devices again and again, this guide works exactly identical on Moto E and Moto X (including Moto X 2nd generation).
How to use Bluetooth to transfer files on Moto G: pairing devices
To use Bluetooth to transfer files on Moto G, you need pair your Moto G with the other mobile device first.
On your Moto G, go to Settings–Bluetooth, drag the off button to right to turn it on as shown below.
Once the Bluetooth is turned on in your Moto G, it will search for two types of devices:
- Paired devices (with which you paired Moto G before). For such devices, you can tap the name in the paired devices list to pair with it immediately.
- Visible Bluetooth devices (which turn on their visibility to the public). If this is the first time you are trying to pair with such a device, you must make sure to make that device visible to others. You need check the manual for these devices on how to turn on the visibility. On Moto G, Moto E and Moto X, you can simply tap the own device name as shown below to turn on visibility for 5 mins by default. You can change this setting by tapping the menu button (3 vertical dots) in bottom right. Anyway, to pair two devices for the first time, one of them must turn on visibility.
In this tutorial, I turned on the visibility of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (named as GN3). Moto G will then find this device and list it under “available devices”.
Tap the GN3 as shown below. You will then give the prompt of the passkey. Tap pair to finish the pairing.
On the other device, a warning message is given as below:
Important: You MUST tap OK on this device as well. Otherwise, the pairing will fail.
Once paired. the new device will be moved to the list of paired devices as shown below.
How to use Bluetooth to transfer files on Moto G: sending files
Moto G does not come with a Bluetooth app or a file manager, so you must get a file manager or an app to use Bluetooth to transfer files on Moto G.
Open ES File Explorer, navigate to the folder and select the files you want to send to other devices through Bluetooth.
Once the files are selected, tap the more button as shown below.
In the pop-out window, scroll down, tap Share as shown below.
Select Bluetooth to use Bluetooth to transfer files (sending) to other devices.
You will then be asked to select one of the currently paired device as shown below.
The selected files now are being sent through Bluetooth. You may notice the progress in the notification area as shown below.
In the Settings page, the status will also be similarly updated as shown below.
Please note, when you use Bluetooth to transfer files on Moto G, it is called “upload” or “outbound transfers” for sending files.
How to use Bluetooth to transfer files on Moto G: receiving files
To receive files through Bluetooth on Moto G, it is very simple. Of course, you need pair your Moto G with the sending device as mentioned above.
When the device is trying to send you a file, you will get the file transfer alert similar to below. If you want to receive the file, tap Accept to receive it.
You should also get a notification for the transfer as shown below:
If you go to Settings–Bluetooth, you transferred files are also listed there as shown below. Tap the file name to open it.
When you use Bluetooth to transfer files on Moto G, it is called “download” or “inbound transfers” for receiving files.
How to use Bluetooth to transfer files on Moto G: managing received files
All files received from Bluetooth transfer are saved, by default (if no app is used), in the Bluetooth folder in the phone internal storage.
You can use any file managers to move the files to other locations. But moving the files will NOT clear the Bluetooth file transfer list automatically.
To clear the list, you can tap the moved files as shown below. Moto G will fail to open the file because you moved it out of the bluetooth folder.
Once Moto G knows the file is not there, it will be removed it from the list of Bluetooth received.
Anyway, after you use Bluetooth to transfer files on Moto G, you can clear the received file list by moving the files out of the bluetooth folder. This can be done with a file manager or through a USB cable on a PC (you may refer to this guide on connecting Moto G with your PC).
How to use Bluetooth to transfer files on Moto G: limitations
Bluetooth is almost everywhere, so it is very convenient to use Bluetooth to transfer files on Moto G.
But there are some limitations of using Bluetooth to transfer files:
- Transfer speed usually is slower than USB cable connections, WiFi or WiFi direct. So, it is not suitable for big files. It is very good for small files (less than 100MB).
- The devices must be close enough. The Bluetooth specification says it is about 10 meters. But the actual distance is about just a few meters: the closer, the better.
- Bluetooth may interfere with other home appliances and devices. Bluetooth operates in the 2.4 GHz ISM (industrial, scientific and medical) band and it may interfere with other devices. It may also be affected by USB3 devices nearby.
Do you have any problems or questions on how to use Bluetooth to transfer files on Moto G, Moto E or Moto X? Please let us know in the comment box below.
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