Where to Find the Files Received via Bluetooth on Your Windows Phone

One of our readers asked us where he can find the pictures transferred from another device to his Windows Phone, via Bluetooth. To answer his questions, I've made a couple of experiments and I've learned that Microsoft's approach to storing the files received via Bluetooth is different than that of other platforms. Also, it is not very easy to figure out at first. Depending on the types of files you transfer, files get stored in a different place. Here's how to find the files you transfer via Bluetooth to your Windows Phone.

Where to Find the Pictures Received via Bluetooth

Some of the most popular files that are sent over Bluetooth to all kinds of devices, are the photos you take with your smartphone. As you might expect, Windows Phone stores these photos in the Photos app. Click or tap its entry in the Apps list.

To find the newly transferred pictures, tap the albums entry in the Photos app.

Inside the albums folder, you will find a subfolder named Saved Pictures. Tap on it.

This is the place where you will find all the pictures you received via Bluetooth, including those shared via messaging apps like Whatsapp.

If you want to browse your Windows Phone from a Windows PC, and access these pictures manually, they are stored is Pictures -> Saved Pictures, on your phone's internal memory or SD card (if your smartphone has an SD card which is set as the default location for storing images).

Where to Find the Videos Received via Bluetooth

Sending videos via Bluetooth isn't quite as popular as sending pictures because these files tend to be large and the transfer takes a very long time.

If you do receive a video file via Bluetooth, you will find it in the same folder as the pictures received via Bluetooth: Saved Pictures. Personally, I found this confusing because I was expecting the videos to be stored in the Music+Videos hub.

Because the video files you receive via Bluetooth are treated the same as the pictures, they are stored in the same physical location: go to Pictures and then to Saved Pictures on your phone's internal memory or SD card.

Where to Find the Music Files Received via Bluetooth

If you just received a music file via Bluetooth on your Windows Phone, open the Music+Videos hub.

To find the transferred file(s) go to music, in the collection screen.

You will see the file(s) listed there, together with the other music files available on your Windows Phone.

Another way of getting to your file is to flick the screen to the left, until you land on the new screen. The first thing you will see listed is the album containing your newly received file(s). All you have to do is tap on it and Windows Phone will immediately start playing the file(s) received.

If you want to browse your Windows Phone's internal memory or SD card from a Windows computer, you will find the music files you transferred via Bluetooth by going to Music -> Artist Name -> Album Name. The artist and album name are folders that will be generated based on the meta information stored in the music files you transferred.

Where to Find the Documents, Spreadsheets or Presentations Received via Bluetooth

You may also transfer documents over Bluetooth. Files such as Word documents, Excel spreadsheets or PowerPoint presentations.

Whenever you receive a document, it will be made available in the Office app.

Open the Office hub and tap phone. This is the location where all your document files are stored, including those transferred via Bluetooth.

Physically, all the documents you receive via Bluetooth are stored inside the Documents folder on your smartphone's internal memory.

Where to Find Other Files Received via Bluetooth

It may happen that you used Bluetooth to transfer other types of files, not found amongst Windows Phone's known file types and which don't have any app associated with them. For example, you may receive a ".pdf" file. If you didn't install a "pdf reader" app on your Windows Phone, you won't be able to open this type of files.

Once you install an app that can handle a certain file type, you should be able to open the files you transferred via Bluetooth, using that app. In the screenshot below, you can see an example of how ".pdf" files can be accessed using the PDF Reader app I installed from the Store.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Except the file types shared in the previous sections of this article, all the other files are stored in temporary and hidden physical locations. You cannot find any of them by simply browsing through your phone's internal memory or SD card.


Transferring files via Bluetooth between smartphones or other devices is commonly done nowadays. As you've seen in this guide, Windows Phone 8 has a different way of classifying and storing the files you transfer, depending on their type and the apps you have installed. I hope you found this guide useful and, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask using the comments form below.