Today i bought a Enter Bluetooth dongle and used it to successfully pair my desktop ( GNOME 3.4.2 / openSUSE 12.2 ) and my Samsung phone (SCH-F219) . I was able to transfer a photo of the dongle taken using the mobile onto my computer using the same device.
Pairing Computer & Mobile device
- First i plug-in the USB dongle onto the machine.
- I then opened Activities window (left win key / Alt+F1 ) and typed in the string "Bluetooth" and then launched the Bluetooth application. At the same time i "Turned On" bluetooth on my mobile device and set the device name as "SCH-F219".
- When we open the Bluetooth application there will no devices configured and we need to "Turn On" the Bluetooth and visibility using relevant sliders as shown below.
- I then click the "+" or plus icon at the left hand-side bottom to add a new device and i can find the the mobile device automatically listed in a new window. I then click on the continue button.
- After clicking continue button the application will generate a key that should be typed in the phone when it prompts for a key. This will complete the pairing of computer and mobile.
- If the pairing is successful then a success message shows up on the application.
Sending Files to Mobile device
- After returning to main application i can see the mobile device listed and i can now click on the mobile device and then click on the "Send Files" button to send files to the mobile device.
- The application opens a Nautilus window which allows us to browse through the folders and choose the required files athat need to be sent to the phone.
- After i click the select button my phone prompts me toconfirm whether it can receive files from the paired device . After i confirm the transfer in the phone i get a progress window on the desktop indicating the transfer progress and status. This window exits automatically after file transfer completes.
Copying data between Mobile and Computer
On clicking the browse button we get a prompt on the mobile devices asking the user whether it can allow a data sharing session. When we allow the mobile to share data then a Nautilus window opens up on the desktop and shows the phone as a external drive as shown below. We can use the nautilus window to browse and copy files from phone onto desktop and vice versa. After playing around with the files we can simply click on the triangle icon in the Nautilus window and the data sharing session will stop instantly.
The following is the photo of the USB bluetooth dongle that has been copied from the phone onto the computer using Nautilus.