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Sending files to or from a PC using Bluetooth wireless technology

Sending files to or from a PC using Bluetooth wireless technology

Article ID: 14545

Welcome! This tutorial will show you how to set up a Bluetooth connection between your Palm device and PC, so that you can exchange files easily.

What's in this tutorial?

These instructions may seem long, but that's only because they describe the process in detail - and you only need to go through it once. After setup, the procedure itself is quite simple.


What you'll need:

Before you set up the Bluetooth connection between your Palm device and PC, make sure you have these components:

Bluetooth enabled PC The PC with which you connect must have Bluetooth wireless technology, either built-in or through a Bluetooth card. Make sure that the PC's Bluetooth setting is "discoverable" (meaning that it shows up when other devices search for nearby Bluetooth connections). Consult the user guide for your PC or Bluetooth card to learn how to do this.
Bluetooth enabled Palm device Many Palm devices include built-in Bluetooth capabilities, or you may be able to use a Bluetooth expansion card in a non-Bluetooth handheld. Check out the latest Palm devices and check for look for Bluetooth technology in the product description.
Bluetooth Configuration software properly set up on PC Before you can exchange files with your PC, you'll need to set up the Bluetooth software that came with your PC, or your PC's Bluetooth card. This software varies by manufacturer. Please consult your PC's Bluetooth documentation for more information.

In general, you'll need to set up the following services in your PC's Bluetooth Configuration:

  • PIM Item Transfer: PIM stands for Personal Information Manager; Palm Desktop, Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes are all PIMs. Your handheld sends Calendar events in vCal format, and Contacts items in vCard format. When your PC receives vCal or vCard items, it can place them in your default PIM. Make sure this option is set to the PIM you use. Note: your PC or PIM may not support complete transfer of vCard or vCal items from a handheld.
  • File Transfer: When your PC receives general files via Bluetooth technology, it may save it to a default folder. Your PC's Bluetooth software can tell you the location of the folder, and let you change it to a more convenient place on your PC. With many PCs, this includes Photos, Memo Pad (Notes) items, Tasks (To Do List), and Palm OS applications sent from your handheld. Memo Pad (Notes) and Tasks (To Do List) items arrive on your PC as text files.


Set up Bluetooth technology on your Palm device

Bluetooth pairing happens when two Bluetooth enabled devices agree to communicate with one another.

Have you already set up a trusted pair between your handheld and PC? When your device recognizes a trusted device, they both automatically accept communication, bypassing the discovery and authentication process.

Follow the directions in our guide to setting up a Bluetooth connection with a PC. Then return to this article to learn how to share files between your Palm device and desktop PC.


Exchange files

Now that you've set up a trusted pair (above), your desktop PC and Palm device will not need to authenticate each other before they connect.

Most of the built-in applications, and many third-party applications, on your device have a Send command in the menus. When using Bluetooth wireless technology to transfer data to your desktop PC, you'll use this Send command from the application that contains the data.

Here are the most common scenarios for transferring data:

Photos
Contacts
Calendar
To Do items, Memos and Palm OS applications

Photos
From:
Palm device

To:
Desktop PC

When it receives photos via Bluetooth technology, your PC will probably store the JPEG images to a specific default location. Your PC's Bluetooth software can tell you the location of the folder, and let you change it to a more convenient place on your PC. Consult your PC's Bluetooth documentation for more information.

  1. Launch the application on your handheld that contains the photo you want to send to the PC.
  2. Tap on the photo you want to transfer.
  3. Open the Menus.
  4. From the Record menu, select Send.
  5. When asked how you'd like to send it, select Bluetooth. Then select OK.
  6. Your palm device will search for nearby Bluetooth enabled devices. When your PC appears, it should have a key icon next to its name, indicating that it is in a trusted pair with your palm device.
  7. Place a checkmark in the box next to the PC. Then select OK.
  8. The item will be sent to the PC.
From:
Desktop PC

To:
Palm device

Your Palm device can accept JPEG images from your PC. First, your Palm device needs a media application such as Camera, Pictures, Media or Photos. If you don't have one of these applications, check the CD that came with your handheld to see if you can add it.

  1. On your PC, locate the JPEG image you want to send.
  2. Right-click the file. Select Send To, then select the Bluetooth option. Your Bluetooth options at this point will vary according to your Bluetooth Configuration software. Eventually, you should reach a list of Bluetooth devices. Select your Palm device from this list and send.
Contacts
From:
Palm device

To:
Desktop PC

Your Palm device sends Contacts in the vCard format. When your PC receives vCard items, it can automatically place them in your default PIM. Using the Bluetooth Configuration software for your PC, set your PC to accept vCard items into the PIM you use. Consult your PC's Bluetoth documentation for more information.

  1. Launch the Contacts (Address Book) application on your Palm device.
  2. Tap on the item you want to transfer.
  3. Open the Menus.
  4. From the Record menu, select Send Contact.
  5. When asked how you'd like to send it, select Bluetooth. Then select OK.
  6. Your palm device will search for nearby Bluetooth enabled devices. When your PC appears, it should have a key icon next to its name, indicating that it is in a trusted pair with your palm device.
  7. Place a checkmark in the box next to the PC. Then select OK.
  8. The Contact item will be sent to the PC. It should appear in the default PIM you set in the PC's Bluetooth Configuration.

You can also send entire categories of Contacts. Launch Contacts, display the category you want to send, and select Send Category from the menus.

From:
Desktop PC

To:
Palm device

Your Palm device can accept vCard items from a Bluetooth enabled PC. First, you'll need to save the item on your PC as a vCard file, then use Bluetooth technology to send it to your handheld. Here's how:

  1. On your PC, launch the PIM application that contains the Contact you want to send.
  2. Navigate to the individual Contact, and save it as a vCard file. Depending on your PIM, there are different ways to do this:
    • Palm Desktop: After highlighting the Contact you want to send, go to the File menu and select Export as vCard. Select a file location and file name, and click OK.
    • Outlook: After opening the Contact you want to send, go to the File menu and select "Export to a vCard file." Select a file location and file name, and click OK.
  3. On your PC, navigate to the vCard file you just created. Right-click the file. Select Send To, then select the Bluetooth option. Your Bluetooth options at this point will vary according to your Bluetooth Configuration software. Eventually, you should reach a list of Bluetooth devices. Select your Palm device from this list and send.
Calendar
From:
Palm device

To:
Desktop PC

Your Palm device sends Calendar (Date Book) events in the vCal format. When your PC receives vCal items, it can automatically place them in your default PIM. Using the Bluetooth Configuration software for your PC, set your PC to accept vCal items into the PIM you use. Consult your PC's Bluetoth documentation for more information.

  1. Launch the Calendar (Date Book) application on your Palm device.
  2. Tap on the item you want to transfer.
  3. Open the Menus.
  4. From the Record menu, select Send Event.
  5. When asked how you'd like to send it, select Bluetooth. Then select OK.
  6. Your palm device will search for nearby Bluetooth enabled devices. When your PC appears, it should have a key icon next to its name, indicating that it is in a trusted pair with your palm device.
  7. Place a checkmark in the box next to the PC. Then select OK.
  8. The Calendar item will be sent to the PC. It should appear in the default PIM you set in the PC's Bluetooth Configuration. Note: your PC or PIM may not support complete transfer of vCal items from a Palm device. The item may appear as a blank event in the PIM, with a note attached with the event's title.

You can also send entire categories of Calendar events. Launch Calendar, display the category you want to send, and select Send Category from the menus. Please note, your PC or PIM may not support complete transfer of vCal items from a Palm device. The items may appear as blank events in the PIM, with a note attached with the events' titles.

From:
Desktop PC

To:
Palm device

Your Palm device can accept vCal items from a Bluetooth enabled PC. First, you'll need to save the item on your PC as a vCal file, then use Bluetooth technology to send it to your handheld. Here's how:

  1. On your PC, launch the PIM application that contains the Calendar event you want to send.
  2. Navigate to the individual Calendar event, and save it as a vCal file. Depending on your PIM, there are different ways to do this:
    • Palm Desktop: After highlighting the Calendar event you want to send, go to the File menu and select Export vCal. Select a file location and file name, and click OK.
    • Outlook: After opening the Contact you want to send, go to the File menu and select Save As. Select "vCalendar format (*.vcs)," select a file location and file name, and click OK.
  3. On your PC, navigate to the vCal file you just created. Right-click the file. Select Send To, then select the Bluetooth option. Your Bluetooth options at this point will vary according to your Bluetooth Configuration software. Eventually, you should reach a list of Bluetooth devices. Select your Palm device from this list and send.
To Do items, Memos and Palm OS applications
From:
Palm device

To:
Desktop PC

When you send To Do items, Memos and Palm OS applications to a PC, they may be stored in a default folder. Use the Bluetooth Configuration software on your PC to determine this location, and change it (if desired).

To Do and Memo Pad items appear on your PC as text files. You can open these files in the built-in Windows text editor, copy the contents, and paste them into a new To Do or Memo Pad item in your preferred PIM.

  1. Launch the application on your handheld that contains the item you want to send to the PC.
  2. Tap on the item you want to transfer.
  3. Open the Menus.
  4. From the Record menu, select Send.
  5. When asked how you'd like to send it, select Bluetooth. Then select OK.
  6. Your palm device will search for nearby Bluetooth enabled devices. When your PC appears, it should have a key icon next to its name, indicating that it is in a trusted pair with your palm device.
  7. Place a checkmark in the box next to the PC. Then select OK.
  8. The item will be sent to the PC. Consult your PC's Bluetooth documentation to learn where these file are stored.
From:
Desktop PC

To:
Palm device

There is no direct way to transfer To Do and Memo items to a Palm device. You can save these items as text files, and transfer them to your Palm device: open the item in your PIM application, copy the contents, and paste it into a new file in the Windows Notepad. Save this as a text file, then proceed below.

Palm OS applications can be sent as they are. When your Palm device receives them, they will be installed automatically.

  1. On your PC, navigate to the text file or Palm OS application file you want to send.
  2. Right-click the file. Select Send To, then select the Bluetooth option. Your Bluetooth options at this point will vary according to your Bluetooth Configuration software.
  3. Eventually, you should reach a list of Bluetooth devices. Select your Palm device from this list and send.