Guys I am trying to send a file from my Galaxy s2 to ubuntu but its keep dropping the connection but im able to send a file from Ubuntu to Mobile .

I have seen this link Botskool.com and its mentioned there is a Receive Files option in BT Preferences. But in my BT settings its no where to be seen.

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  • there is a setting for only receiving files from paired (set up) devices.
    – Geoffrey
    Jul 13, 2012 at 2:28

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There isn't really any receive option. Go to Personal File Sharing Preferences and select Always under Accept File: option if you want to receive files from your device without pairing it, though I'd recommend pairing as if you select this option any device can send malicious/bogus files to your computer without pairing while visible.

Here is a screen-shot of Personal File Sharing preferences

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    this menu needs to pop up when you first start with Bluetooth Nov 4, 2012 at 4:30
  • Additionally, there should be a button in the bluetooth settings dialog which can be clicked to make the personal file sharing preferences dialog box appear. Are there bug-reports along these lines?
    – Mark
    Apr 19, 2013 at 13:58
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    In case you still can't receive files even after enabling "Receive files...", check that /usr/lib/gnome-user-share/gnome-user-share is running. It is started automatically upon login by /etc/xdg/autostart/gnome-user-share.desktop if file sharing is enabled, however there appears to be a bug (at least in 13.10) that prevents gnome-user-share from starting when enabled in preferences.
    – Roman
    Jan 19, 2014 at 15:54
  • @Roman I confirm that this bug is present in my Ubuntu 13.10 Feb 23, 2014 at 11:17
  • I just can't understand why it is not a default option in Ubuntu to accept files from devices that I manually set up...it really took me some time to find this answer and I installed and reinstalled dozens of times blueman and others...
    – Joschi
    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:43

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