How to Send Files Via a Bluetooth MacBook Pro

By Mario Calhoun

The MacBook Pro's Bluetooth feature allows swift file transfers between devices to eliminate the dependence on USB cables. The Bluetooth tool continuously scans the area for an enabled nearby device, and links to the device through a passcode to enable data transfers. While sending files through Bluetooth is not as fast as a wired connection, it is secure and allows the Bluetooth device to be paired with multiple computers.

Step 1

Click the Apple menu icon and click "System Preferences." Click "Sharing" and click the checkbox next to "Bluetooth Sharing" to enable the feature. Click the left arrow button to return to the main System Preferences window.

Step 2

Click "Bluetooth" in the System Preferences window.

Step 3

Click the checkboxes next to "On" and "Discoverable," and turn on the alternate device's Bluetooth feature. Refer to your device's manual to determine how to enable the device's Bluetooth.

Step 4

Click the Go menu, located at the top of the desktop, and click "Utilities." Double-click "Bluetooth File Exchange" to launch the utility application.

Step 5

Click "Search" to locate the alternate device, and click the device's name in the found devices section. Drag and drop the files you want to send to the device to the Bluetooth File Exchange window.

Step 6

Click "Send" to transfer the file from your MacBook Pro to the alternate device. The application displays a status bar to indicate the file's transfer progress.