File sharing is not the strongest point of iOS, and Android users rarely lose any chance of showing off the convenience they have at their disposal, thanks to Bluetooth file transfer. At first glance, you might feel like Bluetooth or wireless file transfer is not something that you can have on an iPhone, but in fact, there are some really nice apps available in the App Store for exactly that purpose. All iOS devices come with Bluetooth support, and there are a few apps that let you use Bluetooth to share photos, contacts, music and other files between two iOS devices, and that, too, without the need of jailbreak, or even iTunes.
You might have come across one or two such apps for iOS, but here is a list of no less than 5 free apps that allow iOS users to transfer data between any iDevice(s) wirelessly, and with complete ease.
Although the app is full of really annoying ads, iShareFiles just might be the most easy-to-use file transfer solution available for iOS. You only need this free app installed on both iOS devices, and you are good to go without having to sign up for an account or performing any configuration steps. Just fire up the app on both iDevices, and hit the big Bluetooth button located in the middle of the screen. iShareFiles will search for other devices running the app in your iPhone’s vicinity, and once any such device is found, you are free to start sharing. The app lets its users transfer photos (both from the camera roll and by snapping one directly from your device’s camera) and contacts. Although the files sent by other iShareFiles users will be received on your iPhone or iPod touch without asking for your permission, you do get the choice to preview the contact or image file before actually saving it. The preview screen has got a Save button in the top right corner, and until you hit that, the photo will remain only in the app and won’t go to the Photos library in your iDevice. Received images are stored in the camera roll, while the contact cards go to the stock Contacts app.
Bump is, by far, the most popular app when it comes to sharing data between two smartphones. Like some other apps in our list, Bump deals with photos and contacts, but undoubtedly has the most polished interface as compared to all of its competitors. Another thing that makes Bump unique is the fact that it is completely free of buttons, and the whole sharing process is based upon gestures. All you have to do is select the photos or contact information you want to transfer to another iPhone, and then bump your device with the other one, while both of them are running the app. Bump is also useful for transferring data to a computer, and it even has the option to let you share your own contact card with anyone quickly.
You can read our detailed review of the Bump app, with a special focus on sharing photos between smartphones and computers (which happens to be a newer feature of the app).