If you want to find out the status of the Bluetooth device, the best way is to ping the device. Pinging a Bluetooth simply means that you want to find out about the current situation of the device -- that is, whether it is in range, it is off, or it's available to transfer/share files with you. You can easily ping the Bluetooth device if you know for sure that the device is in range and your own gadget is capable of contacting the other one for information and data exchange.
Things You'll Need
Get two Bluetooth-enabled devices, either a computer and a cellphone or two cellphones.
Go to the Menu in your cellphone, followed by the connectivity tab, and open the Bluetooth. Switch the Bluetooth in your cellphone to an "on" status.
Press the "Search for Bluetooth Devices in Range."
When the search is completed, select the Bluetooth device you want to be paired with.
If there is a password check on the cellphone, enter any 4-digit number for security on both the devices, and connect them to each other.
Open a file that you want to send to the other cellphone. Send it via Bluetooth.
Check whether the other cellphone has received the file correctly. Your Bluetooth check is complete if the file transfer has been conducted in the right manner.
You can double-check by pinging the Bluetooth device again with another file.
Tips & Warnings
- Make sure the device is in range before trying to send or receive any files.
- You can also ping the Bluetooth in a Linux system by typing 12ping followed by the address of the phone in order to see the signal health of the Bluetooth.
- Make sure there are no viruses or Trojans in either of the devices, as the Bluetooth connectivity might transfer those, too, if the file is infected.
- Beware of people pinging your Bluetooth connection; keep your Bluetooth status as invisible when in public places so that nobody can easily access your phone.
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