Receive files via bluetooth to your laptop/desktop (Ubuntu Hardy)
On some computers, sending of files from a mobile device to the computer fails. The following method is an alternative way to receive files via bluetooth.
1. Switch on bluetooth on both: the laptop/desktop and the mobile device.
2. The bluetooth icon should appear in the notification area:
3. Right click on the bluetooth icon, and select Browse Device…
4. A list of available bluetooth devices in range should appear. Find your phone/mobile device in the list. If you can’t find it there, make sure you have public discovery enabled for your mobile device.
5. Click on your phone’s name in the list and click the Connect button. Sometimes, you might not see the name but a OBEX path value like 00:16:b8:b6:bd:ae. This should be your mobile device (This happens since Ubuntu cannot resolve the names of some devices for the first time you connect to it)
6. You may be prompted for entering the passkey. Enter a common passkey on both devices.
7. You may be then prompted by the mobile device whether to Accept bluetooth connections from your laptop or not. Select Yes to procees.
8. On selecting Yes, the phone would open up like a folder/location in your ubuntu machine. You may browse different folders and copy contents from the mobile device to the laptop. Though, in some cases, you may not be able to write to the phone (Use Sent to -> Mobile device in such cases)