How to receive a file via Bluetooth on Google Pixel. Bluetooth visibility issue

A user asks: I turned on Bluetooth on Google Pixel but I cannot send a file to it cause it is not visible from another phone. Please, help me to find out what’s the problem. I need to transfer files via BlueTooth very often.

How to receive a file via Bluetooth on Google Pixel. Bluetooth visibility peculiarities

The thing is Google Pixel (or Pixel XL) has no visibility timeout. The phone is visible over the bluetooth only when you open Bluetooth settings.

Thus, to be able to receive a file you need to perform the following actions:

  1. Toggle on Bluetooth: turn on bluetooth
  2. Tap on “More Settings” to enable visibility of your Google Pixel: bluetooth more settings
  3. Wait until an incoming transfer request: wait for incoming file
  4. Tap “Approve” to receive a file from another device: accept an incoming file over bluetooth
  5. Wait for the transfer to complete: file transfer over bluetooth

How to quickly find and open received files

To open the received file tap on the notification in the drawer:

open received fileThen you will see a list of received files. Tap on a file you wish to open: tap to open a file

Another method to find files received via Bluetooth on Google Pixel under Android 7 Nougat

  1. Open the “Downloads” app: downloads app android nougat
  2. Select file category: images, videos or audio. In our case we select Images because we transfered a photo:select category
  3. Navigate to the Bluetooth folder: select bluetooth folder
  4. Here is our received image: images received via bluetooth

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