1. gernerttl's Avatar
    I have a Nokia Lumia Icon and a Microsoft Surface Pro. How do I batch transfer files, mainly photos, from my phone to my Surface using Bluetooth? I can transfer one at a time, but that is too cumbersome. Yes, I could upload them to OneDrive then download them to my Surface, but at 20MB per photo, that can eat up data real quick.
    03-17-2014 05:03 PM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Would you be able to upload the pictures to OneDrive via WiFi?
    03-18-2014 12:10 AM
  3. gernerttl's Avatar
    Would you be able to upload the pictures to OneDrive via WiFi?
    Yes. But then I would need to find a WiFi hotspot and hope it's open... which I'm not to keen about. If I'm connected to my WFi, then yes. I've found an app, Pocket File Manager, but it only sends one at a time; which is cumbersome. I thought the ability to share files between devices via Bluetooth was supposed to be easy.
    03-18-2014 12:31 AM
  4. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Yes. But then I would need to find a WiFi hotspot and hope it's open... which I'm not to keen about. If I'm connected to my WFi, then yes. I've found an app, Pocket File Manager, but it only sends one at a time; which is cumbersome. I thought the ability to share files between devices via Bluetooth was supposed to be easy.
    I have the OneDrive settings on my device set to automatically upload pictures to OneDrive in best quality. What happens is that it shows pending uploads, but then when I get home, the pictures upload. Would you be able to do that, or do you not have WiFi at home?
    03-18-2014 12:37 AM
  5. gernerttl's Avatar
    Yes, I know. I shoot DNG RAW and my phone only uploads the jpeg versions, so I still have to use Pocket File Manager so I can send the DNG files (which I can batch uploaded to OneDrive). If I'm outside of my WiFi for a couple days or so, I would like to work on the photos on my Surface which has Lightroom.
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    03-18-2014 12:48 AM
  6. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Yes, I know. I shoot DNG RAW and my phone only uploads the jpeg versions, so I still have to use Pocket File Manager so I can send the DNG files (which I can batch uploaded to OneDrive). If I'm outside of my WiFi for a couple days or so, I would like to work on the photos on my Surface which has Lightroom.
    That makes sense. I don't have DNG RAW on the 920, but that would make a difference. Hopefully some other members might have suggestions for you. Yes, if you're travelling that would make a difference too, especially since many hotels charge for their WiFi.
    03-18-2014 12:58 AM
  7. gernerttl's Avatar
    If Pocket File Manager supported batch Bluetooth send, it would be great. We'll see what if they add it.
    03-20-2014 02:45 PM
  8. Tepid's Avatar
    You can try and zip the pictures in PFM and send the zip file?
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    03-28-2014 06:27 PM
  9. gernerttl's Avatar
    That's a good idea. Thanks!
    03-28-2014 10:44 PM
  10. gernerttl's Avatar
    You can try and zip the pictures in PFM and send the zip file?
    Note to self: Bluetooth is NOT a good way to transfer large files.

    @Tepid: Your idea was an excellent suggestion. So, I gave it a try and it worked...but it was soooooooooooooo sllllooooowwwwww... We visited the Pacific Aviation Museum and took a whole bunch of pictures. When we got home, I figured I would try your method. I added all of the DNG files to a zip and proceeded to transfer via Bluetooth. So far so good right? Well, the zip file was 1.2GB and after almost 10 minutes I was at less then 20% transferred. Then the mom of one of my daughter's friends called... and the transferred dropped...

    Soooooo... If I need to transfer them to make room on my phone, I'll just connect my phone to my Surface via USB and transfer them the old fashion way. If I'm not close to my data cap, and reasonably sure I won't bust it, I'll upload to OneDrive via cellular (if possible find a WiFi hotspot).

    Another option is if I can find an app for my Surface that turns it into a WiFi hotspot and transfer that way.

    Thanks for the idea though. It works, but transferring large files via Bluetooth is not practical.
    03-29-2014 11:54 PM
  11. Tepid's Avatar
    No, BT has never been a good large file transfer method. It's too slow. BT is good for other things though.

    As for turning the surface into a hot spot. There is supposed to be ways to do it. I had found a software to do it, forgot what it is right now, but I am also looking into this further again. I will post back what I find out
    03-30-2014 02:45 AM
  12. hs k's Avatar
    Install connectify on your surface pro.

    Create a hotspot.

    Connect your phone to the hotspot.

    Open up Pocket file Manager, goto the directory which contains the photos, select and choose http share option (I don't know whether the trial version would allow this)

    Input the given/generated URL on the Surface's web browser.

    It will prompt you to download
    Last edited by hs k; 03-30-2014 at 03:45 AM.
    03-30-2014 03:31 AM
  13. Tepid's Avatar
    Ok,, Connectify is not free exactly and it doesn't really work very well in my opinion.
    Plus all the damn nag screens are friggin annoying.

    I also tried Virtual Router Plus and WiFi HotSpot Creator
    Both of these want to install about 5 or 7 different crapware that you have to decline through
    VRP says on the site that Installation in not needed, WRONG.....

    If everything works as it should,, and it did on my Surface Pro, you can do the following....
    This is not working on my laptop, but I think I know what is wrong,,, anyway....

    Change ssid=???? to whatever name you want
    Change key=12345678 to any password you want

    Create a Batch file cause you will have to re-do this frequently
    No, there is no way to do this at startup, other than, place this Batch file in the startup folder or something (not tested it)
    so, you can copy and paste this code to a text file and rename it anything like ShareMyStuff.cmd

    [CODE]netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=MyShare key=12345678

    netsh wlan start hostednetwork[/CODE]

    I need to do this for myself, cause this is a good idea.
    So, I will write out a more elaborate batch file to accomplish this without a bunch of crapware and nag screens to contend with

    When it is done, feel free to share it as you please.

    I will get it posted here as soon as I can, unless someone else does it before me.

    Also note,, I disconnected my WIFI so I had no internet, I was still able to save files from PFM by sending it to HTTP
    and then accessing it from Firefox to download the file. I am sure it would work in other browsers also.

    Personally though, if you can do it,, the cable transfer is easier and more reliable. but this method should work as well without much issue.
    03-30-2014 07:27 AM
  14. Tepid's Avatar
    I forgot to mention that you need to go into network settings and set sharing on you WiFi adapter and select the Local Lan Adapter * ? Some number to share the connection.
    03-30-2014 07:49 AM
  15. hs k's Avatar
    But I thought Windows Phone couldnt detect Ad-Hoc networks, only Infrastructure modes?
    03-30-2014 08:21 AM
  16. Tepid's Avatar
    Yes. It does. Make sure that Microsoft Virtual Adapter is enabled, in device manager make sure to show hidden devices
    03-30-2014 02:09 PM
  17. gernerttl's Avatar
    Ok,, Connectify is not free exactly and it doesn't really work very well in my opinion.
    Plus all the damn nag screens are friggin annoying.

    I also tried Virtual Router Plus and WiFi HotSpot Creator
    Both of these want to install about 5 or 7 different crapware that you have to decline through
    VRP says on the site that Installation in not needed, WRONG.....

    If everything works as it should,, and it did on my Surface Pro, you can do the following....
    This is not working on my laptop, but I think I know what is wrong,,, anyway....

    Change ssid=???? to whatever name you want
    Change key=12345678 to any password you want

    Create a Batch file cause you will have to re-do this frequently
    No, there is no way to do this at startup, other than, place this Batch file in the startup folder or something (not tested it)
    so, you can copy and paste this code to a text file and rename it anything like ShareMyStuff.cmd

    [CODE]netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=MyShare key=12345678

    netsh wlan start hostednetwork[/CODE]

    I need to do this for myself, cause this is a good idea.
    So, I will write out a more elaborate batch file to accomplish this without a bunch of crapware and nag screens to contend with

    When it is done, feel free to share it as you please.

    I will get it posted here as soon as I can, unless someone else does it before me.

    Also note,, I disconnected my WIFI so I had no internet, I was still able to save files from PFM by sending it to HTTP
    and then accessing it from Firefox to download the file. I am sure it would work in other browsers also.

    Personally though, if you can do it,, the cable transfer is easier and more reliable. but this method should work as well without much issue.
    Thanks. What http URL do I use though?

    Also, here is a question. PFM allows me to make my phone an FTP server. If I made my phone a WiFi hotspot and turned on the FTP server in PFM, would that start using cellular data? If it doesn't then problem solved. Hmmm... maybe I need to try some experimenting.
    03-30-2014 02:59 PM
  18. Tepid's Avatar
    In PFM, when you hold down a file for a moment it will bring up a menu
    Select HTTP
    IT will give you a URL of something like http://192.168.1.11:8080
    Type that in the address field and hit enter

    Here is a PowerShell script I worked on to automate the process of setting up the
    Hostednetwork Share

    You will find it here as I can not upload zip files here.

    Setup ICS On a Surface Pro to share with WP8
    03-31-2014 06:47 AM
  19. gernerttl's Avatar
    I just found a way to do it. It's called Feem. I uses WiFi direct to transfer files. I transferred a 20MB DNG file in just a few seconds.

    The downside is that you need Feem on all of the devices for it to work. It costs $9.99, and looks kind of cheesy, but like I said, it works.

    Feem - Wi-Fi File Transfers between Phones, Tablets and PCs.

    Until Microsoft incorporates WiFi Direct in Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, we are going to have to rely on 3rd party options.
    08-27-2015 02:14 AM

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