When I try to send a file from my Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone to my Ubuntu 12.10 PC, I get a message on the phone reading "connection unsuccessful". What might be the cause of this?

The devices are paired and I can succesfully send files from the PC to the phone.


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Search and find "Personal File Sharing" in the dash and activate both check boxes under "Receive Files over Bluetooth". This way you won't have to install blueman.

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    "Go to Personal File Sharing" Where is this?
    – Catskul
    Feb 2, 2013 at 17:03
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    If you are unable to find it in a menu or using the 'dash', open a terminal window, and type "gnome-file-share-properties" followed by pressing enter.
    – Mark
    Apr 19, 2013 at 14:02
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    Or, instead of opening terminal, just press Ctrl+F2 and type "gnome-file-share-properties", then press Enter :)
    – m4tx
    Jun 5, 2013 at 17:47
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    This didn't work for me. Oct 22, 2015 at 18:49
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    gnome-file-share-properties is not available on Ubuntu 18.04. Jul 30, 2018 at 0:19

Install Blueman Bluetooth Manager from the software centre.

Works much better than the default bluetooth manager, I had the same issue as you with the default manager.

  • Thanks a lot, that solved several issues I had with Bluetooth. A bit disappointing that it doesn't work out of the box, though. (I mean, why not, when the solution is known anyway?)
    – afeder
    Nov 2, 2012 at 16:09
  • Great software, but I have a very rare issue. I am able to pair devices, I paired my Android with my laptop, I'm able to explore the files via FTP with both native and blueman controllers, I'm able actually to play music from Phone to PC via bluetooth using blueman, but I'm not able to send a single file (a png photo) via bluetooth. It crashes with both controllers. Any idea? Feb 17, 2014 at 6:03
  • Also a tip: Blueman stores recieved files in Home/Public
    – xealits
    Dec 11, 2014 at 17:24
  • Blueman worked for me where standard bluetooth manager caused an error on sending machine and did not receive any file. Ubuntu 15.10 here
    – OndroMih
    Feb 28, 2016 at 15:23

Easiest way is to browse the apps for "Personal File Sharing" and select Receive files in Downloads folder over bluetooth. This will enable to send files/photos from your Andriod phone to Ubuntu. It worked for my xperia SL


Blueman seems nice, but all it did was reveal the error when transferring a file ("Connection refused"). After a bit of fiddling, what did the trick was unpairing my phone from my laptop and pairing them again.

Apparently, something in the previous pairing was set up incorrectly, although I've no idea what. :|

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    Perhaps if you were to edit this answer and include the steps you took "unpairing my phone from my laptop and pairing them again." This answer wouldn't be showing up in the low quality answer queue.
    – Elder Geek
    Jan 16, 2017 at 21:27
  • 2 years ago, no idea what the steps were: can't help you, sorry. Jan 17, 2017 at 10:09

Use rfkill to ensure there isn't any hard/soft block on your bluetooth device. Issue:

rfkill list

If block is there, use the unblock option to unblock it:

rfkill unblock wlan1

Replace wlan1 with the type for your bluetooth device.

Refer http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Documentation/rfkill


i config it through the dconf

make a search using ctrl+f and type in dialog box bluetooth and enable the options that it list to you.

restart you PC and it work!!!

my laptop was with the same problem but it solve bluetooth problem!!!

i hope that solve you problem!!! Greetings!!!

  • the first option bluetooth-accept-files you must edit this value and type always, to receive files always :) sorry i don't put this details before !!!!
    – user135537
    Mar 15, 2013 at 14:43
  • You can edit your answer to add that information. Mar 15, 2013 at 14:54
  • Valeus, kkk :)!!!
    – user135537
    Mar 22, 2013 at 19:03

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