I had the (possibly mistaken) belief that one of the functions of Bluetooth was to easily transfer files between two nearby devices. I could certainly do this with my Android phone and my Linux laptop.

I now have an iPhone and a Windows laptop for work and I can't seem to transfer files between the two. Is one or other of the operating systems crippled in some way, or am I doing something wrong? The devices are paired* but sending files does not succeed.

* well they used to be. Windows still thinks they are, but iOS is now saying my laptop "is not supported" (something changed in recent update to iOS 11???)

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iOS 11.x does not support sending files using the Bluetooth OBEX protocol. So unfortunately you can't transfer files using this method.

You may be able to transfer files over Wi-Fi with apps like FileExplorer.

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