How to Receive Files Through Bluetooth on an iPhone

By Dustin Thornton

The iPhone has incredible capabilities, however many of the utilities are locked or blocked by Apple to prevent misuse of the software. Although the system does have Bluetooth capability (which allows you to use wireless headsets), by default the Apple iPhone does not support sending or receiving files using Bluetooth. In order to take full advantage of the Bluetooth capability of the iPhone and unlock the ability to send or receive files you must jailbreak your iPhone, a process that modifies the firmware of the iPhone. You can do this by using an application known as iBluetooth.

Things You'll Need

  • iBluetooth

Jailbreak iPhone

Step 1

Back up any important files on your iPhone on your computer. This includes your iTunes library, if applicable.

Step 2

Visit the www.JailbreakMe.com on the iPhone browser.

Step 3

Slide the slider to the right to initiate the jailbreak process.

Step 4

Tap the "OK" button when the process is complete and restart your iPhone.

Set Up BlueTooth

Step 1

Press the "Home" button and tap the "Cydia" application on your jailbroken iPhone.

Step 2

Tap "Sections," located at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3

Tap "System," then scroll through the list and locate "iBlueTooth." The entries are alphabetical.

Step 4

Tap "iBluetooth" and tap "Install" in the top right corner of the screen. Tap "Confirm" and wait while the iBluetooth package installs.

Step 5

Tap "Return to Cydia" when it appears on the screen as the installation finishes.

Step 6

Press the "Home" button and tap "iBluetooth."

Step 7

Scroll down and tap "General," then tap "Bluetooth."

Step 8

Slide the toggle switch left so that it is in the "On" position.

Step 9

Press the "Home" button and tap "iBluetooth." Tap "OK."

Step 10

Input your e-mail to register your use of iBluetooth, then tap "Get License" in the top right corner. Tap "OK."

Step 11

Tap the "Back" button in the top left corner and then tap the "Settings" button in the top right corner. This button resembles a gear.

Step 12

Slide the "Visible" slider left to the "On" position. Note that you can change other settings, such as the name of your iPhone, what format images send in and the directory where the iPhone saves files.

Receive Files

Step 1

Pair your computer and your iPhone using Bluetooth.

Step 2

Locate the file on your computer that you want to send to your iPhone. Right-click the file, select "Send To" then choose "Bluetooth Device."

Step 3

Tap "Save As" on the screen of your iPhone when the phone notifies you of the incoming file.

Step 4

Input a name for the file and navigate to the select folder where you want to save the file.

Step 5

Click "Done" in the top right corner and wait for the transfer to complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • Jailbreaking an iPhone is completely legal, however it voids the warranty.