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Bluetooth is fairly simple to use, but it can be a bit confusing to new users. To connect two Bluetooth devices together, one (or both) of the devices must be “discoverable.” The initial Bluetooth connection process is known as “pairing.”

Enable Bluetooth On Your Computer & Device

First, ensure Bluetooth is enabled on your computer. Many computers come with Bluetooth support, but it may be disabled by default to save battery power. You can often find a button that toggles Bluetooth on your laptop’s keyboard or in your computer manufacturer’s included software.

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Make the PC or Device Discoverable

While Bluetooth is now enabled on both your computer and device, they still can’t see each other. To see a Bluetooth device, it must be discoverable – in discoverable mode, your PC or device sends out signals advertising itself. This is disabled by default for security purposes – it only needs to be enabled when you’re pairing devices.

You only need to make one of the devices discoverable – either your PC or the device you want to connect.

To make your Windows 7 DOWNLOAD The Ultimate Windows 7 Guide DOWNLOAD The Ultimate Windows 7 Guide Read More  PC discoverable, click the Start button, and select Devices and Printers at the right side of the Start menu. Right-click your computer in the list of devices and select Bluetooth settings.

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Click the Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer checkbox in the Bluetooth Settings window, and then click OK. Your computer will now be discoverable to other devices.

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To make a device discoverable, go into its Bluetooth options and look for the discoverable setting.

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Pair the Device

You can now pair the device with your computer. If you’ve made your PC discoverable, you can select your PC in the list of available devices on your other smartphone or tablet to initiate the pairing process.

You can also add a device from your PC, assuming the device itself is discoverable. First, click the Add a device button in the Devices and Printers window. (If you want to pair a Bluetooth printer, click Add a printer instead.)

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Windows will look for discoverable Bluetooth devices and present them in the list. Select one and click Next to add it.

If you don’t see your Bluetooth device here, ensure that it’s discoverable and has Bluetooth enabled.

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For many devices, you’ll see a passkey – ensure the key on your PC and on the device are the same. This helps you ensure you’re connecting the device to the correct computer, not another nearby computer.

You’ll have to agree to the pairing request on the device. If you start the pairing process from the device, you’ll have to agree to it on your computer – a window will pop up asking you to confirm the connection. This helps prevent other people from pairing with your device when it’s in discoverable mode.

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You can double-click the device in the Devices and Printers window to access more features, such as the ability to send files and play music. The exact features available will depend on your device.

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Now that your device and computer are paired, they’ll continue working together — you won’t have to go through the pairing process each time you want to use the device.

When you’re not pairing devices, ensure that both the device and your PC aren’t discoverable. You may also want to disable Bluetooth when you’re not using it – this helps save battery powe 20 Ways To Increase Laptop's Battery Life 20 Ways To Increase Laptop's Battery Life Read More r on both your computer and your device.

What do you use Bluetooth for? Is it something you’ve never used, even though so many new computers and devices include Bluetooth support? Leave a comment and share your experience!

  1. SAVITA
    July 16, 2016 at 5:24 am

    AFTER CHANGING ALL THIS SETTING STILL MY LAPTOP DEVICE NOT ADD ANY DEVICE

  2. Devil
    June 23, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Thanks for such a good advice but i have been blessed with LENOVO with windows 7
    And i can find my lappy bluetooth ever form other devices .

  3. Lenovobites
    April 5, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I am cursed with a Lenovo with Windows 7 so Windows 7 advice is pretty much useless.

  4. Nicole
    March 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    My phone is paired to the computer but no connection when I try to play my tunes. The only option when I double click my cell is sms service. I'm very frustrated can anyone help?

  5. Bottersnike
    March 2, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Surprisingly, I struggled immensely pairing my WP8 to my laptop but this helped load. Thanks.

  6. John Ford
    February 17, 2015 at 9:29 am

    There are some security concerns - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth#Security_concerns.

    Great article but: I have to pair every device every time I want to use it on my laptop (when running any windows operating system). My phone, Android tablet and powerbook seem to remember anything I've used before. Does anyone else have this problem?

  7. Debbie
    February 3, 2015 at 10:07 am

    If you use bluetooth in the office between tablet and pc is the connection secure? I want to transfer sensitive photos from device to computer for storage via bluetooth.

  8. Salubrious
    January 27, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Mine neither - maybe this is a fault of this dongle? Going to research and find out!

  9. preval
    January 19, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    This is really simple except my csr 2.0 dongle wont open up the settings can any body help me figure out why

  10. Aaron Guzman
    October 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I had the worst time getting a Motorola Android cellphone to connect to my PC. Read this and finally got it to work. Thanks!

  11. fatihamzah
    October 9, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Thanks :) i think i'll try with this step

  12. kendall sencherey
    October 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    thanks for that but i all ready know how to set that up, it cool any wAY.

  13. GrrGrrr
    October 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I have used Bluetooth for 2 purposes

    photo transfer between Laptop-Phone
    contacts transfer between Phone-Phone

  14. susendeep dutta
    October 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    A very nice informative article.

    I use Bluetooth to transfer data among smartphones and tablet.It's a very essential technology for me and without this facility,I don't like to see any such tablets or smartphones.

  15. Félix S. De Jesús
    October 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Good one ;)

  16. Reý Aetar
    October 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    that was use ful but that blue soliel is also great software for this job

  17. Harish Jonnalagadda
    October 6, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Thanks! Finally have a use for that dongle I bought ages ago!

  18. Ashwin Ramesh
    October 6, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Really nice article. Thanks for the tip, Chris!

  19. scott boyer
    October 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    what are the benifits of pairing my samsung s3 with my dell xps laptop?

    • Kantanon Wanitpisittana
      October 9, 2012 at 7:44 am

      I always use bluetooth connection to transfer small file(s) between my computer and cell phone: updated music, pdf files to read on the road, etc. It is too troublesome to connect them with the supplied cable.

      When I say small file(s) I mean less than 25-30 MB because anything larger than that can be very slow. However, the speed also depends on the version of bluetooth you have.

    • Chris Hoffman
      October 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Yup, you can transfer files without a cable -- that's the main benefit with a phone

  20. Kavita
    October 5, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    this was fine..but can we make a wifi hub usin windows

    • Kantanon Wanitpisittana
      October 9, 2012 at 7:34 am

      Yes, you can. Use a program called Connectify from http://www.connectify.me.
      There is a lite (free) as well as a pro version.

    • Chris Hoffman
      October 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Connectify is quite good; I was impressed.

  21. Alex Perkins
    October 5, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you! I've been wondering about how I would go about this with my new laptop that has BT built-in.

    • Gig whang
      May 14, 2015 at 1:13 am

      Yeah

  22. Roman Vávra
    October 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks for the useful set up :)

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