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How to connect a Bluetooth device properly?

By Alexandra Bagratian | March 26, 2018 |

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‘A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one’
Heraclitus of Ephesus

Sooner or later, our environment will become completely wireless. That is great news indeed, as literally, the more wires we have to keep lying around, the messier our world is. Therefore, by and large, the idea of our full transition to Bluetooth devices brings sighs of both relief and excitement.

See if your computer has Bluetooth

These days most computers have the built-in Bluetooth feature, which is extremely convenient. First, let’s figure out if you have it on your PC:

  1. Open your Start menu -> Go to Control Panel
  2. Navigate to Network and Internet -> Explore Network Connections
  3. Here you should see the Bluetooth Network Connection entry

However, if it is notably absent, it seems that your machine does not have Bluetooth.

Add Bluetooth to your PC

So, if you happen to own a device without Bluetooth support, there is no need to despair: you can add it quite effortlessly. Just obtain a USB Bluetooth adapter (it should not cost much) and plug it into your USB port.

When the device is recognized, make sure its drivers are installed. If not, you can always use Auslogics Driver Updater to get the job done or browse the net manually for the versions needed.

Auslogics Driver Updater will fix all your driver issues in no time.

For this purpose, you can also employ Device Manager. Here is how you can do that

in Windows 10:

  1. Press the Win + X shortcut-> Select Device Manager
  2. Select your Bluetooth adapter -> Right-tap on it to choose the update driver software option

To help Bluetooth work smoothly, update your adapter driver software.

In Windows 8.1:

  1. Right-click on your Start icon -> The Quick Access menu will open
  2. Locate Device Manager and click on it
  3. Navigate to your Bluetooth adapter -> Right-click on it -> Update its driver software

In Windows 7:

  1. Go to your Start menu -> Select Computer
  2. Click on Manage -> The Computer Management screen will appear
  3. Select Device Manager -> Right-click on your Bluetooth adapter -> Select the Update option

Now you can use the Bluetooth feature to your advantage.

Connect your Bluetooth devices properly

Nonetheless, on closer inspection, things are not that simple: establishing Bluetooth connection often becomes quite a challenge, since numerous pairing issues tend to come up out of the blue. And yet there is no need to worry – just work your way through our guide on how to connect a Bluetooth device on Windows.

Here is how to do that in Windows 7:

  1. Switch on your Bluetooth device -> Make it discoverable (check its manual or vendor’s site to know how)
  2. Open your Start menu -> Navigate to Devices and Printers
  3. Select the Add a device option -> Locate your device -> Press Next

To connect a Bluetooth device to a computer running Windows 8.1, take the following steps:

  1. Turn on your device -> Make sure it can be discovered
  2. Press your Start button -> Locate the Search box -> Type Bluetooth into it
  3. Select Bluetooth settings -> Switch on your Bluetooth
  4. Select the device you wish to connect -> Press Pair

If you wish to pair a Bluetooth audio device with your Win 10 PC, make use of the instructions below:

  1. Enable your audio device -> It should be discoverable
  2. Switch on Bluetooth on your PC. To do that, navigate to your taskbar, click on the Action Center icon and select Bluetooth
  3. Click on Connect and select your device name. Follow the on-screen prompts if any

To connect other devices to a Windows 10 computer, do the following:

  1. Turn on your device -> Make sure that it is discoverable
  2. Click on the Windows logo icon on your taskbar
  3. Select the Settings gear icon -> Go to Devices
  4. Navigate to Bluetooth & other devices -> Switch on Bluetooth
  5. Proceed to Add Bluetooth or other device -> Go to Bluetooth
  6. Select your device -> Follow the instructions if there are any -> Press Done

After the above manipulations, your devices are supposed to work smoothly and connect to your PC automatically when within its range with Bluetooth turned on.

Connect your Bluetooth devices properly so that they can work smoothly.

What if Bluetooth doesn’t work?

Unfortunately, Bluetooth connection errors happen every now and then – there is always a catch, you see. If your Bluetooth seems out of order, we recommend you to look through this article – there you will find an exhaustive guide on how to resolve Bluetooth problems on Windows 10. Some of the presented methods are suitable for Windows 7 as well as Windows 8/8.1.

Now you know how to connect a Bluetooth device on Windows.

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