Whenever I try to send an application to another android device via bluetooth, when I hit the button "send" it opens a new message in gmail app and the application I wanted to send via bluetooth is attached there. How can I change this so that it asks how I would send that file/app? I have astro installed as a file manager.

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  • Where is this "send" button you mention? In some app somewhere?
    – Dan Hulme
    Dec 16, 2013 at 10:41
  • As @DanHulme says there usually isn't a 'send' button, there can be a 'share' button but for obvious piracy reasons, apk files aren't often included in this. It is unclear from the question what you want to do, and how you are trying it? Is it Astro file manager that has this optioni? Have you tried another file manager?
    – RossC
    Dec 16, 2013 at 10:46
  • @RossC: There's no such button. The one which is more likely to be intended for sending/sharing purposes is the "send" button.
    – Gigili
    Dec 16, 2013 at 15:08
  • Share button: developer.android.com/training/sharing/shareaction.html This has been in android for several years. Are you using a third party application? Here is a pic of the 'share' button in action: 4.bp.blogspot.com/-gn8nnLC70Xc/TrFoY1GxKtI/AAAAAAAAAEI/… Here is the ICON for the share button: i.stack.imgur.com/MVMEg.png I assume you are trying to 'send' it via Astro file manager, which (I haven't tried it in a while) does not allow you to send an apk file as it is a piracy risk. Can you post screenshot of what you mean?
    – RossC
    Dec 16, 2013 at 15:15
  • @RossC: Yes, the phone is rooted. My Galaxy nexus doesn't have a file manager, so I have no choice other than using a third part app.
    – Gigili
    Dec 16, 2013 at 15:18

2 Answers 2


There must be a "Share" option, which you can use to send via Bluetooth, Whatsapp, Wifi direct etc..

  • Possibly not for an apk file? Older android used to share a link to the app on the Market (now Play Store) but not the actual apk itself.
    – RossC
    Dec 16, 2013 at 14:53
  • @RossC of course, you can send/share .apk file (or any other type file) through Bluetooth! (at least in ES File Explorer or Root Explorer or Astro File manager etc,.)...
    – Keshava GN
    Dec 17, 2013 at 5:24

As for Galaxy Nexus 2, one must use a third party application to transfer files via Bluetooth, since it basically doesn't have a file manager and a third party file manager like ASTRO don't let you transfer files via Bluetooth.

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