How to Fix Windows 11 Bluetooth File Transfer Not Working?

Is your Bluetooth File Transfer Not Working on Windows 11. Here are Best Methods to Fix Bluetooth File Transfer Not Completed Error for Windows 11 PC.

Windows 11 is the latest operating system from Microsoft. It is widely rolling out for eligible PCs. Notably, Windows 11 brings a lot of new features, a MacOS like home screen design, centered taskbar, and new backgrounds/icons, etc. While all these are enjoyable features, many users have reported that they are having issues while using Bluetooth to transfer their files. Users come across a “Bluetooth file transfer not completed” error on their Windows 11 for unknown reasons.

Bluetooth is one of the easiest ways to transfer files between connected devices. Though it is not the fastest medium, it gets the job done. A problem in the functioning of Bluetooth on your Windows 11 system means you won’t be able to send/receive files or connect Bluetooth devices to your PC. This is where this post comes into the picture. In this guide, we will show you some methods that you can apply to fix the Bluetooth not working issue on your Windows 11 PC. Having said that, let us jump straight into it.

Bluetooth File Transfer Not Completed

Here are the best solutions that you can apply to get rid of the Bluetooth file transfer not completed on Windows 11 error. 

1. Try Re-Enabling Bluetooth


One simple yet effective solution to fix Bluetooth not transferring files error on your Windows 11 PC is to re-enable the Bluetooth feature. Toggling off Bluetooth and turning it back on can help fix any glitch or error that it may have encountered during the previous session. You can disable the feature directly from the Windows Action Center or by heading over to Settings > Devices. Here, toggle off Bluetooth and toggle it back on.

2. Run Bluetooth Troubleshooter

There is an in-built troubleshooter tool that helps you fix most of the common issues related to your Windows 11 PC. We advise you to use it before hopping on and trying some of the complicated solutions in this guide.

  1. Open the Settings window either by pressing together Win+I buttons or Win+X buttons and then selecting Settings from the list of menus.
  2. In the newly opened Settings window, click System.
    System Settings
  3. On the right side, scroll down and click on Troubleshoot.
  4. Click on the Other Troubleshooter option.
    Other Troubleshooters
  5. In the next window, under the Other section, hit the Run button next to Bluetooth.
    Run Bluetooth Troubleshoot
  6. The troubleshooter will automatically start detecting problems with your Bluetooth. And if it finds any issues with it, then it will be automatically fixed.

3. Enable File Sharing for Devices that Use Encryption

For security reasons, Windows makes use of 128-bit encryption for file-sharing connections. Since not all devices support this, you can change this setting and enable file sharing for  40 or 56-bit encryption. In order to do that, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Control Panel by searching for it in the Start menu.
    Control Panel
  2. Click on Network & Sharing Center.
    Network and Sharing Center
  3. Then from the left side, select the Change advanced Sharing settings option.
    Change Advanced Sharing Settings
  4. Scroll down and expand the All networks drop-down menu.
  5. Here, under the File sharing connections heading, you need to select Enable file sharing for devices that use the 40 or 56-bit encryption option.
    Enable Bluetooth Sharing
  6. That’s it! Now, you can check if the problem is solved or not.

4. Try Using Bluetooth File Transfer

If you are still having issues with Bluetooth on your Windows 11 PC, then you can now try to use the Bluetooth File Transfer option. Often many connected devices do not automatically send/receive files instead, require you to initiate the file transfer process. Here are the steps.

  1. Tap on the upward arrow icon on the right side of the Taskbar where the Action Center resides.
    Taskbar iCon
  2. Right-click on the Bluetooth icon and select Receive a file option from the list of options that appear.
    Receive a file
  3. The Bluetooth file transfer window will now open. Follow the steps as mentioned and see if this fixes the issue or not.
    Waiting for Connection

5. Restart Bluetooth Support Service

For many users, the Bluetooth service suddenly stopped working and started showing this Bluetooth File Transfer cannot complete an error on their Windows 11 machine. If you are also one of such users, then it is advised that you try restarting the Bluetooth support service. It will allow things to roll back and turn back on loading all the required essential files. Here’s how you can do it.

  1. Press the Win+R keys to open the Run command.
  2. Type in services.msc and hit
  3. Search for Bluetooth Support Service and right-click on it. From the list of options that appear, select Restart.
    Restart Bluetooth Services

6. Reinstall Bluetooth Drivers

Reinstalling Bluetooth drivers, in fact, any driver installed on your Windows 11 will help you fix the compatibility issues that you may be experiencing. You do not have to worry about finding the exact Bluetooth drivers for your PC. Your system will take care of that. Here are the steps that you need to follow.

  1. Right-click on the Start menu button on the Taskbar below and select Device Manager from the list of options that appear.
    Device Manager
  2. Now, expand the Bluetooth section and right-click on your Bluetooth driver. Select Uninstall device option.
    Uninstall Device
  3. Once the uninstallation is complete, on the Device Manager window, head over to the Menu bar and select the Action button.
    Action Device
  4. Simply hit the Scan for hardware changes option.
    Scan for hardware changes
  5. The deleted Bluetooth driver will be detected back by your Windows 11 PC and necessary drivers related to it will be installed automatically.

After the driver is installed, you can again right-click on the Bluetooth driver and select the Update driver option to see if a new update is available for it or not. It is always advised that you keep all the drivers installed on your Windows 11 PC up to date to avoid such glitches and errors.

7. Try Using fsquirt Command

  1. Open the Run dialog by hitting the Win+R keys together on your keyboard.
  2. Enter fsquirt and hit Enter.
  3. The Send or Receive window will open, and you can use this to share media files between your PC and connected devices.
    Transfer files using Bluetooth

8. Install Latest Windows Update

If none of the above-mentioned methods did the job in fixing the Bluetooth file transfer not completed problem, then you can try checking for the latest Windows update. Sometimes, it is not the fault of the installed driver and it is related to Windows update. Microsoft rolls out new updates very often which come bundled with bug fixes and new features. So, it is advised that you keep your version of Windows up to date to avoid such errors.

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Sagar N Bhavsar
A Six Sigma and Google Certified Digital Marketer who worked as an Analyst for a Top MNC. Technology and automobile enthusiast who likes to write, play guitar, and travel. Entrepreneur and Blogger.

1 Response

  1. Marto says:

    I have been trying off & on for months to get BT file transfer working between my Android phone and Win11 PC. After updating UEFI on Asrock Z370 K6 to v4.20, it still would not work. Using UEFI Setup, I disabled the BT and Wifi on the mobo and plugged in a Broadcom BT USB dongle and it finally works. I tried all kinds of stuff with the drivers to get the onboard BT working but no luck. It would see my phone but right where the file transfer should start it would fail.

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