One of the major arguments put forward by other-OS users against iPhone and iPad is that iOS doesn’t support sharing files via Bluetooth. And for many existing iOS users too, this is a major left out and I assume you’re one of them craving for a solution.
You’d be glad to know that once jailbroken, you can easily share via bluetooth any song, photo, document, note or probably anything that has a share button on it, with just a simple tweak. And the best part is that the capability is not limited as ‘tweak to tweak’ sharing where both devices need to be iOS and running the tweak. Instead it is an universal method whereby you can send the file to any other Android or Windows Phone or Mac or Laptop which has Bluetooth sharing capability.
Enough with building mysteries already – the tweak is called AirBlue Sharing.
How to get the tweak?
The following steps assume that you have a jailbroken device and you know the basics of the same. If the term Jailbreaking doesn’t make sense to you or you want to know more about it, head over to What is Jailbreaking?
Open Cydia > Goto Search > Type in AirBlue Sharing
Cydia will fetch the tweak in its results. Tap on it and buy the tweak for just $4.99. Once officially purchased, you can click Install > Respring and tada! your iPhone or iPad is now bluetooth-sharing enabled.
How to use the tweak?
For sending songs, tap and hold the title in list-view and select the Paper plane icon. For everything else, including photos, videos, notes and documents, tap on the Share button and select the icon. This will bring up a popup which scans for neighboring devices. Meanwhile, make sure bluetooth is turn on and is made visible on your Android, Windows Phone, Mac, PC or even another iPhone or iPad running AirBlue sharing. Once the search is complete, you can Bookmark it if you intend to use it often and tap on it to start sending. Pairing and sending proceeds as normal while the status of sending can be seen in the Notification center.
The tweak actually adds an Airblue icon on your homescreen. Open this app and click on “Enable sharing” or you can assign an Activator action for this. On activation, Airblue and Bluetooth icons light up on your Status bar and you’re good to go. Just use another device, search and send the file. Accept on your iPhone or iPad and that’s it.
What happens after receiving?
The AirBlue sharing app has a section of all files received via Bluetooth called AirReceived folder. But that isn’t even the best part – the app can automatically import all the content to their corresponding places viz. Songs ripped into the Music app, Photos saved into your Camera roll, Notes scribbled on your Notes app and Movies rolled into the Videos app.
Is it any good?
I have been using AirBlue sharing to send and receive songs and pictures for over a year now and they seem to work perfectly well. But you can read iPhoneCaptain’s complete review of AirBlue Sharing for a better understanding of the same. Happy sharing!