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Does Bluetooth Use Data?

Does Bluetooth Use Data

Short answer: No.

Long answer: Just read on!

What Is Bluetooth?

The Bluetooth standard is simply a wireless communication tool that allows the exchange of digital data between electronic devices. The Bluetooth connection uses ultra-high frequency or UHF radio waves in the frequency band around 2.4 GHz. The Bluetooth range is very small, which makes it suitable for use at very short distances.

Since its introduction, Bluetooth has been used to simplify connections between electronic devices by eliminating cables. It can replace many different types of cables: among the most frequently used today and which immediately come to mind, particularly for leisure activities, are the links from a computer or tablet to a printer, or the link between a video game controller and the game console.

The fields of application of Bluetooth connections are very vast in office automation: indeed, it allows to free itself from wires for the connections between computer and mouse, keyboard, printers and scanners…

Do I Need an Internet Connection to Use Bluetooth on my Phone?

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are two separate technologies. You do not need to have Internet access to use your Bluetooth connection.

If you are staying in a place that has no Internet and phone, this does not prevent you from listening to music from your phone to a Bluetooth speaker. However, you may notice variations in the connection. This is because your phone is trying to get network access and is making numerous calls to find a connection. This reduces its ability to transmit sound over Bluetooth continuously. Disconnect your network and everything will work.

Does Bluetooth Use Data?

No. Bluetooth is a mode of data transmission between connected devices, just like Wi-Fi, and does not consume data on the smartphone’s mobile package. On the other hand, its use can still lead to a more sustained use of the Internet by your applications. So keep an eye on it.

An example? If you wirelessly connect a Bluetooth speaker to your smartphone via Bluetooth, no change as long as you are listening to previously downloaded music. But if you connect to Spotify, Deezer, Qobuz or any other application to stream files to your connected speaker, this will of course affect your data consumption.

How to Track your Data Usage on your Smartphone

On iPhone:

  • Check the Settings app.
  • Select Cellular.
  • Scroll to view a list of apps and the amount of cellular data they have used.

On Android:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Select Network & Internet.
  • Select Data Usage.
  • Select Mobile/App data usage.
  • Scroll to view a list of apps and the amount of carrier data they have used.

Sharing an Internet Connection via Bluetooth

On Android, here’s how to do it:

  • Go to the settings of your smartphone on “Network and Internet” ;
  • Select “Connection sharing” ;
  • Then select the connection mode you want to use: if it’s Wi-Fi, click on “Mobile Wi-Fi Access Point” ;
  • Click on “Configure Wi-Fi Access Point” to start connection sharing.

On iPhone or iPad, you can share the mobile data connection with another device:

  • In the “Settings” menu, make sure that connection sharing and Bluetooth are enabled.
  • Touch the device that provides connection sharing, confirm the code that appears, and then touch “Pair” on both devices.
  • On the iPhone or iPad, click “Connect” and follow the instructions on the screen.

Can I Send Photos via Bluetooth?

Yes, for many users, the smartphone is now also their primary or even only camera. To better view the pictures, show them to other people or edit them with an ad hoc application, it is of course easier to transfer these photos to a conventional desktop computer.

Of course, the computer and smartphone must first be paired via Bluetooth.

How Do I Transfer a Photo from my Mobile Phone to my PC via Bluetooth?

On Android, start by launching the Gallery application and select a photo, then click on the share icon and in the drop-down menu, choose the Bluetooth option in the tab and select your computer.

A message will then appear on your computer prompting you to accept/refuse the file that Bluetooth wants to send you. Click OK to complete the transfer.

Once the file transfer is complete, choose the destination directory by clicking “Browse” in the “Bluetooth File Transfer” window.

On the iPhone or iPad, you can use the included Airdrop application to transfer photos, but Wi-Fi must also be enabled in addition to Bluetooth.

Some apps, such as SHAREit, for example, allow you to do this and make these transfers only with a Bluetooth connection. You can discover them in the Apple Store.

How Do I Connect my Phone via Bluetooth in the Car?

More and more models offer AirPlay compatibility for iPhone and Android Auto for Samsung Bluetooth smartphones or other. This allows you to make hands-free calls, but also to find the content of your smartphone on the car’s digital display. Very useful for geolocation, routes and traffic, for example.

Usually you just need to pair the connected car and the smartphone, exactly the same way as any other connected object. The details of this operation are described in the car’s user manual.

What to Do If There’s a Problem with Bluetooth?

In the vast majority of cases, a simple restart of the two devices you want to connect is enough to solve the problem.

In the event of persistent incompatibility, carefully consult the manuals of your devices, particularly the chapter where the compatible devices are listed. It’s a bit tedious, but the solution is often easy to find…

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