I have my Samsung SCH-R500 phone connected to my computer via bluetooth. Though when I go to browse in the 'Bluetooth File Exchange' software, nothing comes up. So, I was wondering if I can navigate through my phone using a Terminal. Or, is there a way to get to it by going through the directory?

  • What model of phone?
    – benzado
    Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 16:05
  • @benzado: It's a Samsung SCH-R500. Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 16:15

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There's probably not much you can do. I had an old Sony Ericsson phone which I could connect to with Bluetooth File Exchange; it allowed me to copy ringtone files back and forth but that's about it.

Older, "non-smart" phones aren't full computers in the same way that iPhone or Android phones are. When you use Bluetooth File Exchange the device is providing limited access to some data that it decides to export; you aren't interacting with the files directly. So even if you could access it via the Terminal, you wouldn't see a file system with files you could copy to your Mac.

If you're trying to recover specific data from your phone, like ringtones or address book info, you're better off asking a question about that ("How do I copy ringtones from my Samsung XYZ phone?"), and giving as much info about your phone (model number, version numbers on any info screens) as possible.

  • Thanks for this information. I'm not trying to recover anything, I'm simply curious. Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 16:13

This question is a good way to learn about what a Bluetooth profile actually does.

Mac OS X supports about ten of the 30 profiles listed on Wikipedia.

Even if your phone had some profile that allowed it's storage to be mounted as a filesystem, until mac gets that support, it will only receive files one by one since that's how the Bluetooth File-Transfer-Protocol profile is implemented.

(Adding to the confusion is Bluetooth FTP isn't at all the same as the older FTP file transfer which is why most marketing material calls it Bluetooth File Exchange and not FTP)

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