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Friday, January 21, 2005

Tutorial on Setting Up Bluetooth to Download Games on Motorola Phones

This may be elementary but since I spent several hours figuring this out I thought I'd post it here to save others some time. As you've read, you can add games to your v3, MPX220, v600 and others without having to install a bunch of software IF you do it over Bluetooth.

You can simply drag the .jar file to the OBEX Object PUSH icon (NOT to the Obex File Transfer icon) and it's done. I'm happy to confirm that it's true and works quickly and easily ONCE you've got things set up just right.

The Bluetooth dongle for your PC should have come with a CD containing some drivers. When those drivers are installed you will have a new icon on your desktop that says "My Bluetooth Places." Note that if you simply plug the dongle into a USB port it will work with Mobile Phone Tools but you won't have the "My Bluetooth Places" icon and you need it for this operation.

NOTE: If your CD does not contain the Widcomm Bluetooth Stack but some other software like Blue Soleil, see my post on installing the Widcomm software to work with any dongle.

So, unplug the dongle and run the CD. When the installation is complete, plug in the dongle, you will see the icon and you can open My Bluetooth Places UNLESS, like me and so many others, you have XP SP2 installed! If that's the case clicking the icon will do absolutely NOTHING! SO...

If you are running XP SP2 this next step is important: Click START:RUN and enter 'devmgmt.msc' and click OK. Click the '+' in front of Bluetooth and select the first item which is 'Generic Bluetooth Radio.' Click 'Update Drivers' and select the CSR driver instead of the Microsoft one. See:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;840635 for an explanation and further details.

OOOkay! Now that you've done all that, you can open My BT Places and click on "View Devices In Range." Then, on the Cellular Phone icon, right click and select "Discover available services" or double click it to reveal the "OBEX Object Push" icon. Don't see it, do you? There's yet one more step:

On the toolbar, click Bluetooth: Advanced Configuration: Client Applications and scroll down to and highlight 'File Transfer,' click 'Properties' and UNcheck 'Secure Connection.' NOW you can double-click the phone icon and, at long last, see the elusive 'OBEX Object Push' icon. Just drag the .jar file to it and it will be transferred to the phone. You don't need any .jad files. Follow the prompts on the phone to install it and enjoy the game!

If you get a message saying, "Error:The connection could not be completed," remove the battery from your phone for 30 seconds and then try again.


  • Thank you so much! Talk about useful!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:53 PM  

  • Kudos... works great ;)

    Myself, I have a StarTech USBBT1 Bluetooth USB key based on a Samsung controller and your guide worked flawlessly for connecting to a Motorola V551.

    Thanks a bunch!

    By Blogger macdonalder, at 4:18 PM  

  • I followed the instruction to the letter about installing .jar files/games to my V500 on Orange using BTooth, It never works, i can transfer audio & jpgs no problem but games, no. Ive been told i need a USB to unlock the Java settings before i can do anything, is this true do ou know?
    Any help would be fine.
    PS. i also have a V600 & its exactly the same on this.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:24 AM  

  • It should work without changing any settings (mine did). Make sure you drag the .jar (not.jad) files to the OBEX Object PUSH icon and NOT to the OBEX File Transfer icon which will only handle audio and jpg files as you found.

    By Blogger BruceR, at 1:12 AM  

  • Ok, thx for your time to reply, but like i say the Push icon doesnt even highlight like the File icon does, strange.. Would it matter if i only have 1 file for the game, only a .jar. i dont have the .jad file.
    Thanks again

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:48 AM  

  • Installing a Java Game

    Great guide! But this is what I had to do to get it to work:

    1. Go into My Bluetooth Places (search for devices in range, in necessary). DONT use the links on the top menu!!!
    2. Click on View Devices In Range, the on the Cellular Phone icon, right click and select "Discover available services". This opens another window with the correct icon to use.
    3. Drag JAR files (one at a time) onto "OBEX Object Push on ...".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:06 AM  

  • That's exactly right. To answer the earlier question, the .jad files are not required. I don't know why the OBEX Object Push icon would be grayed out.

    By Blogger BruceR, at 10:42 AM  

  • Ahaa, im getting further now, i followed the bit above part & was able to drag my .jar file while the PUSH icon remain highlighted, while it was being transferred it took about 5 secs for a msg to appear saying 'The item could not be sent to Motorola phone, Error:The connection could not be completed. Even though i am linked up to my phone & Pc, Atleast im getting further.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:38 PM  

  • I had that happen after trying to connect with the Blue Soleil software. To get things working again I had to remove the phone's battery for 30 seconds. After that it worked fine.

    By Blogger BruceR, at 12:07 AM  

  • Many thanks, Ive tried the battery trick & hey Presto, it worked, cant believe it! Been trying for about 10 months with people telling me i jad to have a USB cable, What do they know!!??
    Thanks again.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:16 AM  

  • You're welcome! Glad to have helped.

    By Blogger BruceR, at 1:22 AM  

  • Yeah, & now to find some good free games, any ideas?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:34 AM  

  • You can buy CD's with games on ebay for $7 and there's a lot of good stuff on them as well a lot of junk. The best games will still cost you about $5 each though.

    By Blogger BruceR, at 10:06 AM  

  • as with you previous comments, thank you. this was a lifesaver. having spent hours of buggering around. cheers

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:12 AM  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:41 PM  

  • hi i need help i hav a motorola v80 and v600,i have got the usb cable to work for ringtones and pictures but cant figure out how to put games and videos on the phones,any help please,thank you... kiz

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:00 AM  

  • Well Kiz, you're in luck since both of your phones have Bluetooth. Just follow the instructions I laid out in the tutorial and you'll be downloading games and videos to your heart's content.

    By Blogger BruceR, at 3:47 PM  

  • Where is a good place to download these java based games?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:57 PM  

  • There are a number of sites. Start with zedge.no for some freebies. The good ones cost a few dollars.

    By Blogger BruceR, at 12:37 AM  

  • Found the basic procedure on some phone forum sites, but it didn't work. Found this site somehow and learned about the remove battery trick. That WORKED!! Yee-hah!!!

    For those looking for free games, TagHeuer has 2 free phone games on their site, one IRL racing, the other F1 racing. Go here:


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:03 AM  

  • The people who figured this out rock. Congrats to everyone! I knew it had something to do with buggering around with drivers, but I never would have guessed to do it this way.

    Works beautifully on a brand new v635.

    By Blogger slippy, at 7:31 PM  

  • For some reason I'm unable to drag *.jar files on the OBEX object Push

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:34 PM  

  • I have a V551 and I'm using Bluetooth. I can transfer jar files to my phone but when I try to install I get an application error.

    By Blogger Kahran, at 3:00 AM  

  • as far as i know i did everything you said.... but it always gives "application error" on the phone and on the computer it says "error: server
    does not support the request data" any ideas??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:08 PM  

  • BlueSoleil locked my V525. I had to do the battery trick to get her going agian. The BSoD for Motorola's it should be called!

    With your instructions I got Widcomm to work for me. Pictures and audio exchange at my fingertips.

    "My Bluetooth Places" integrates perfect with Windows compared to BlueSoleil. Also games install with a mouse click. I got the "TAG Heuer F1 Challenge" game transferred, installed and played within minutes.

    I finally have the features I expected from this phone: Bluetooth working!



    By Anonymous robbiedee, at 12:05 PM  

  • I have tryed to do the same from IPAQ - jar and jad were transfered but where can i find them on the phone??? They are not in APPLICATIONS menu ...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:44 AM  

  • Not all jar files will work on your phone. If it downloads it should ask you if you want it to install. You don't need to transfer the jad files.

    By Blogger BruceR, at 6:42 PM  

  • yo,

    i have a motorola V525

    can i add games to my mobile phone?

    my friend has a samsung and he can add games to he mobile phone and i not.



    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:48 PM  

  • I have a e815 and i am unable to see he OBEX Object Push when I do "search for devices". I can only see the OBEX File transger. Is it possible to transfer games via bluetooth to the e815?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:51 AM  

  • Thank you. Thank you. Hours had been wasted, and more hours were saved.

    By Anonymous RZ-1, at 5:53 PM  

  • Thank you very much, almost gave up trying to get games on V3, but followed your instructions and all working fine now :-)

    By Blogger Mark R Penn, at 6:19 AM  

  • you mentioned mpx220 on the original post, but it does not work for smartphones because it just places it into the my documents dir. and there is no way to install or execute it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:12 PM  

  • k guys im slow at this but heres is my problem. I have a new Dell 9300 with all upgrades (handle anything). I have bluetooth installed but i dont have a My Bluetooth Places and i cannot find the bluetooth radio in the device manager. Im running windows xp pro w/ SP2 im trying to put games on my V3 razr (black)

    By Blogger Sunny, at 3:35 PM  

  • never mind i got it....great job guys. Now how do u transfer themes?

    By Blogger Sunny, at 11:33 AM  

  • I used the method as described. I Could see the install menu on the phone. But when i pressed install it said "Invalid file". Any ideas?
    Also where do the transferred games go once u transfer them to your phone??
    If it didn't install i want to delete the transferred file.
    I'm using a V3(Black Razr).

    By Anonymous Danny, at 4:55 AM  

  • Not all games and apps work on every phone. A game may not install or may not work even it installed. If it installed and won't work, you can delete it by highlighting the game, pressing MENU and then DELETE. If the game failes to install it will self delete when you power cycle the phone.

    By Blogger BruceR, at 8:56 AM  

  • Is there a way to get a jar file off a phone that is not bluetooth compatible?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:40 PM  

  • You can get .jar files off the phone by running Backup with Motokit or using a program like P2kCommander. These and others can be found at www.planetmotox.net, www.motomodders.net, www.howardforums.com and many other sites.

    By Blogger BruceR, at 10:50 PM  

  • Dear Bruce..
    I've tried ur instruction but end of the process showed up 1 notification "Your Bluetooth Software license does not include use with this Bluetooth device" Any idea y..?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:31 AM  

  • My moto v3 worked the at fist when I followed your guide and installed everything. But now it won't detect when made discoverable and I can't put anymore games on it? any ideas why?

    I haven't changed any of the settings from when I first installed the bluetooth and it worked, letting me install several games.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:22 AM  

  • You don't have to make yourself discoverable. As long as BT is powered on just open My Bluetooth Places on your PC and click on your phone. Your BT light will come on automatically without action on on the phone.

    By Blogger BruceR, at 10:11 AM  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:38 AM  

  • Your problem is that you have a Verizon phone. Verizon wants you to only use games you buy from them so they have crippled the Bluetooth features of your phone. TMobile and ATT do not do that nor does Sprint. The good news is that you can "UNcripple" your phone by making some changes that are fully described on sites such as www.howardforums.com, www.motox.info and www.motomodders.net.

    By Blogger BruceR, at 12:52 PM  

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