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Bluetooth file transfer for all file types

asked 2013-12-25 16:24:09 +0200

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updated 2014-01-10 19:01:36 +0200

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Currently it's possible to send images, videos and contacts, but not music files, via bluetooth. More generalized file transfer should be added, atleast to Settings -> System settings -> Bluetooth -> pulley menu -> "Send file", and naturally the file browser.

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This is important. A deal breaker if not fixed, imo

Glenn9K ( 2013-12-25 20:36:56 +0200 )edit

Yes, definitely this is important!

LaruX ( 2013-12-26 14:53:49 +0200 )edit

Not high priority at the moment in my opinion. But something I hope to have in the future. Enjoyed it a lot that I could send and receive everything with Nokia N9. Pully menu with "Send file" is a very good idea and would enrich the idea of the Pully menu a lot.

molan ( 2014-01-07 19:31:36 +0200 )edit

It would be nice to have it in File Browser.

SaimenSays ( 2014-03-01 21:09:02 +0200 )edit

It should be a have to be in the MediaPlayer analog to Galerie

michaelmischke ( 2014-04-19 00:05:51 +0200 )edit

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answered 2016-06-22 09:24:14 +0200

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I come back to this old subject... does it work now ( I tried to transfer some video files between 2 jollas and did not managed.

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It does work, but only for file formats the device can play without any additional codec or player. for instance trying to send an mp4 video will have no issue at all, but trying to send an wmv or 3gp video will just fail. Thus the need for Jolla to remove this limitation and let us users worry about what we send in our devices. Hope this answers your querry

DameCENO ( 2016-06-22 13:49:13 +0200 )edit

@DameCENO SFOS is able to play flac without additional codec but fails to transfer over bluetooth, tar/zip/gz are also preinstalled and failing to transfer, too. So this can't be the reason. It's more like they put some extensions in the list and forgot some other...

lpr ( 2016-06-22 20:14:19 +0200 )edit

@lpr that was my point exactly just failed to pass it across well enough, the BFTP on SFOS has a kind of white list and blacklist on which files get accepted and sent and which don't. I have been complaining about this from day one, and still these restrictions remain. The case is with more software updates there might be more compatibility with files the system can play but these restrictions on the other hand might be sticky

DameCENO ( 2016-06-23 14:10:03 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-12-26 14:21:28 +0200

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I just found this thread, I just sent a music file from my laptop using Bluetooth to my Jolla with the current SailfishOS 2.0, and it was instantly visible in the Media application. My laptop is Ubuntu and the file was in OGG format, but I have no reason it would not work from any other OS using any of the supported audio formats (see

The media player found the track and artist from the OGG file, so it is nicely organized. Now I'm just looking forward for my Jolla tablet which I ordered with 64GB to be able to load lots of music on to it ..

So all fine for now.


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answered 2014-10-08 22:18:01 +0200

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This can be done with some filetypes moving them first to Documents folder (e.g. with Warehouse or Cargo Dock apps), and then try the sending from Documents app

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Is there any other smart phone that cannot do this? The Android phones can do this, even the freaking Symbian phones can do it too.

alloj ( 2014-12-15 14:11:56 +0200 )edit

@alloj, WP devices cannot do that. (but that's not a wonder since they cannot do much else either...)

juiceme ( 2015-04-14 07:22:02 +0200 )edit

@alloj: indeed except that symbian up to bella is not freaky os! it is basicaly great os where you can do more than on most current phones right after unpacking. including offline maps, voip, exchange,... and masses loved it! it is about todays world where every applesheep believe that iphone is first phone where you can make call from pc :D but with symbian it was possible about 15 years back...

pan tau ( 2015-04-14 10:00:23 +0200 )edit

@alloj I couldn't agree with you more, Jolla comes with bluetooth 4.0 which no symbian phones had, maybe 3.0 on symbian belle refresh phones like 808. So this is a limitation on the bluetooth file transfer on the sailfish os, and we need to make enough noise for this silly restriction be removed

DameCENO ( 2015-08-08 17:08:16 +0200 )edit
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