How do I get the "necessary services" on my Galaxy S7 Edge phone using Android Marshmallow so I can use bluetooth to browse and transfer files between my Macbook Pro and my phone?

The error message "The device does not have the necessary services" shows up after I click the "Browse" button on the "Browse Device" window after selecting my phone as the Bluetooth device.

  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it does not appear to be about Apple hardware or software. – klanomath Mar 15 '17 at 21:54
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    I disagree. Using android with a MacBook is totally on topic. Now, it might be better on the android site - but it's on topic here. – bmike May 4 '17 at 17:39
  • I just had the same problem when I was trying to pair my S7 to my Macbook Air. It is a very valid Apple hardware related problem. Please let me know if you find a solution. – Adham El Banhawy Jun 19 '17 at 4:16
  • yeah nothing needs to be done in windows, this is an osx problem – Rostol Jun 19 '17 at 4:26
  • I'm agree, I use el capitan, and is a mac problem, any solution ?, please stop vote against , have you a lot of free time to block question you don't like? – stackdave Sep 8 '17 at 3:05

Even if it should be part of the Android OS, looks like the OBEX FTP service is not included.

I searched the Play Store and there is at least one program that allows for browsing from a paired device (in this case my Mac) and it's: Bluetooth File Transfer (that also works as a client).

Remember to go into the app settings to select which folder will be used as a root for the server, otherwise it's set to /store/emulated/0

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