How to Transfer Contacts With Bluetooth

by David Lipscomb Google

    Wireless applications like Bluetooth untether your devices from your computer, reducing clutter while increasing convenience. Using OPP, or object push, most major smartphone companies offer the ability to transfer contacts via Bluetooth, including HTC, Android and BlackBerry phones. Other feature phones offer Bluetooth transfer as well, but it is device- and carrier-specific. Enabling contact transfers with native software or with third-party apps allows you to keep all of your important personal and business ties a few taps away.


    Although Android supports Bluetooth transfer of contacts through vCard as a standard option, apps like Medieval Software's Bluetooth File Transfer allow more features and options. This app allows you to cut, copy and paste individual and grouped files for Bluetooth transfer. The program follows its own version of OBEX, or object exchange protocol, which uses push to send files from the smartphone to another Bluetooth device. Bluetooth File Transfer lets you find and sort files based on size, date added and file type. The app allows files to be moved to and from any SD card inserted into the unit, including music files. Select the contacts by checking the boxes next to the contacts you wish to transfer, then tap "Send." Accept the files on the receiving device to complete the process.


    BlackBerry native applications offer the ability to send and receive contacts to and from BlackBerry and other devices. You must enable Bluetooth on both devices, then make each discoverable. After activating the "Manage Connections" function, you need to add devices. The BlackBerry's native app then scans for other discoverable devices. Once discovered, you need to enter the passphrase for each device, a standard practice for Bluetooth pairing. BlackBerry's default passphrase is "0000," but you will probably have different codes for other devices. Set your BlackBerry to "trust" the other device. If they're both BlackBerry phones, you will need to do this for both. Locate your contacts file, select the destination folder and initiate the transfer.


    HTC's integrated app for transferring files over Bluetooth makes sending contacts from one device to another fast and straightforward. Initiate the process by first making the receiving device discoverable, as with other Bluetooth transfer processes with other phones and tablets. Tap and hold the "People" icon, represented by a virtual Rolodex card. Press the "Send Contact as vCard" button, tap the down arrow and choose "Bluetooth." Tap the name of the receiving phone or device from the sending phone. Ensure both passphrases match, then accept the file on the receiving unit.

    Apple iOS Devices

    As of this writing, iPhones and other iOS devices' Bluetooth stacks are limited to pairing with headsets, car stereos and other peripherals and do not natively support transfer of contacts via Bluetooth. However, there are workarounds using third-party apps. If your device is jailbroken, you can use AirBlue Sharing, an app that requires no setup once installed. To transfer contacts, select the file(s), then tap the square and arrow sharing icon. Tap the "Bluetooth" option from the resulting pop-up list. Choose the paired device where you want to move the contacts from the resulting list. On the receiving device, accept the file when prompted to do so. Of course, you may also transfer contacts between iCloud-enabled iOS devices, with the files automatically syncing if you choose.

    Windows Phone

    Windows Phone devices offer easy Bluetooth contact sharing, provided the receiving device also supports OPP. From the App List, tap "People," represented by a red icon. Next, tap "More | Share Contact | Share | Bluetooth." Select the device you want to pair with via the "Choose Bluetooth Device" page, then accept the files on the receiving device.

    About the Author

    David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

    Photo Credits

    • Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images