On previous versions of Ubuntu I seem to recall having the option to "browse device" (like on Mac OS X) enabled by default in Bluetooth settings. Now I am running Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and I can very easily send files through the bluetooth settings menu, but there exists no option to receive files.

I have tried installing

  • bluez
  • blueman
  • obexftp

and some other applications in the hopes of inadvertently enabling this functionality, but nothing I've done seems to have worked. I would like to find a GUI solution, as I don't want to have to fiddle around in the command line too often just to browse files on my bluetooth devices, and I need this functionality very frequently, as I use a tablet, connected to my laptop by bluetooth, to do things like signing documents and such. Does anyone know how to get this working on Ubuntu 20.04?

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Receiving files in Blueman can be enabled by right clicking on Blueman icon, go to Local Services, Transfer, enable Accept files from trusted devices and choose a folder to store them on

  • I'm not sure what "tray icon" is, but I found the menu you recommended under View > Local Services > Transfer in the Blueman app. Problem solved! Thanks a lot!
    – gannex
    Oct 27, 2020 at 0:28

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