Ever wondered how to receive a file from your Bluetooth device and save it on windows? Or have you ever been stuck in a situation where you couldn’t receive the file?

Here is how to do it. This applies for both Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. This will also work on Windows 10.

Prerequisites :

  •  You should have installed Bluetooth drive in your computer
  • Your device must be paired with your windows
Don’t own a Bluetooth supported computer or laptop? 

How to receive a file through Bluetooth in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10:

First read Method 1 and if it doesn’t work, then proceed to method 2. This normally happens on some computers.

Method 1:

  1. Once your device in paired, enable Bluetooth on your device/mobile and then go to the notification area near the taskbar. There would be a Bluetooth icon, if there is the Bluetooth icon then proceed to Step 3 directly or go through 2.
  2. If you have not found the icon, it’s probably because you could have accidentally click Remove Icon before. That’s okay, just open Control Panel and in the search bar search for Bluetooth Settings and you should see a ‘Change Bluetooth Settings’ under Devices and Printers. Click on it and Bluetooth Settings will open. Skip Step 3 now if you have opened it.
  3. In the notification area, right-click on the Bluetooth icon, it will open a menu and click on Open Settings in it.
  4. The Bluetooth settings window will open. Make the sure the all the check-boxes under options tab are checked.

    Also, make the Check-box under Share Tab, Allow remote devices to browse, send and receive pictures, music, and other files,  is checked as well.

    For people who did not have the Bluetooth icon in the notification area, checking the, ‘Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area’, will make it show up in future.
  5. Click on apply. Now go to the notification area again, right-click on the Bluetooth icon, click on ‘Receive a File’. If you can’t see it, proceed to method 2.
  6. The Bluetooth file transfer wizard will open. On the device the files are, send all the files to your paired PC from it and then, windows will automatically detect the files and start transferring.

  7. Search for your save location and click Finish. Your Files will be saved.
  8. That’s it you are done 😉


Method 2:

  1. If you are reading this, most probably Method 1 didn’t work. But don’t worry yet, you can still transfer files easily.It is normal that some people don’t get to see the ‘Receive a File’ when right-clicking the Bluetooth icon and there is no other way to send it directly.
  2. Press Windows key + R and the run window will open. Type in fsquirt and click OK.
  3. The Bluetooth File Transfer wizard will open. Click on Receive files
  4. And from here you can follow Step 6 from method 1


Troubleshooting :

  • If you can’t see the icons or cannot open the Bluetooth settings from Control Panel it means you don’t have Bluetooth drivers installed or it is corrupt. Try going to you Motherboards website and download the drivers if Bluetooth is integrated with the motherboard, or else find it from the bluetooth hardware’s site.


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Receiving files via Bluetooth Windows 7/8/8.1/10


Originally Posted on Nov 7, 2014 @ 17:00


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  1. This is the available options on my Bluetooth menu on Windows 8.1 . I do not have the option to receive or send files from this menu. Why is this?
    My desktop computer with Windows 7 has the menu with the receive/send options.
    I wanted to add a cropped picture of my laptop Win 8.1 screen showing the menu window, but it seems I cannot do this in this reply window.
    Anyway, I get the same menu window as showed in your examples, however I have no (send or receive) options. Nowhere in any of the settings windows do I have a receive option, I do however have a send in one of the windows. Not much useful if you intend to receive a file.
    Any ideas?

    • @dungeonkeeper , I am not sure why it doesn’t show up. It didn’t show up for me on my laptop as well. You can follow the second method. It shows how to receive or send without the menu. (Windows Key + R, and run fsquirt )