How To Pair A Bluetooth Device in Windows

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Are you having trouble connecting your handy Bluetooth device to your PC or laptop?

If yes, then fret not.

This article will help you as we go through how to use Bluetooth on Windows 10

Bluetooth in Windows

What is Bluetooth, and why use it?

Over the past few years, Bluetooth has revolutionized the way we work. Thanks to this handy piece of technology, Desks no longer need to be cluttered with tangled wires and messy cords.

Instead, you can simply connect your peripheral devices, such as mouses, keyboards, headphones, and even printers, wirelessly. 

Not only does Bluetooth make your workspace more organized, but it has other advantages too.

For one, Bluetooth allows you freedom of movement while working. Don’t want to sit on your desk? With a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, you can continue work from your couch or bed.

Alternatively, do you want to listen to music while you’re moving about? Once more, a wireless pair of Bluetooth earbuds will come to your rescue. 

How does Bluetooth work?

Understanding how Bluetooth works are crucial if you want to make the most of this technology.

Essentially, Bluetooth acts like a digital or invisible ‘tether’, connecting two devices together. This process of connecting the two devices is known as ‘pairing’.

Pairing is done through radio waves, similar to the connection between a set of walkie-talkies.

Moreover, just like walkie-talkies, Bluetooth has a limited range and can only be operated within that range.

Thus, before pairing a Bluetooth device to your Windows 10 PC or laptop, you must make sure that the two are within range of one another. 

However, the maximum range differs by version and product; however, keeping the devices within ten feet of each other should be sufficient. 

How to pair a Bluetooth Device in Windows 10

Now that you know some of the basics of Bluetooth, you can proceed to pair a device with your PC or laptop with the help of this step-by-step guide. 

Step 1: Switch on your devices.

The first step is simple; you need to make sure that both your Windows 10 device and the Bluetooth device you want to pair are turned on.

Generally, depending on the device, there may be a switch that you can flip to turn on the device, whereas, in some other devices, there will be a button to hold down. 

However, most Bluetooth devices will have a small blue light to indicate whether or not they are turned on. 

Step 2: Enter Pairing mode 

Depending on your manufacturer and the device, it may automatically enter pairing mode as soon as it is turned on. 

This is not the case for all devices; however, you may sometimes have to set the device to its pairing mode manually.

How to do this will vary depending on the gadget. However, you can likely find information on putting your device in pairing mode in its instruction manual or on the box. 

If the box and manual are not available, you can try holding down the on/off button or pressing on it multiple times.

You will know that your device had entered pairing mode when the small blue light discussed earlier begins flashing at a regular interval. 

Step 3: Locating the Bluetooth Device

Now that your device is within range of your PC or Laptop and is in pairing mode, you can move on to the next steps. 

For this stage, you will need to hop on your Windows 10 device and open the start menu found on the bottom left corner of the home screen/desktop screen. 

Within the start menu, you have to locate and click on the Settings option. Once this has been done, you will see a series of different icons. 

Locate the ‘Devices’ icon and click on it. This will open up another menu that shows you all the devices currently connected to your PC or Laptop.

There will be a series of options on the left-hand side of this menu; one of these will be labeled ‘Bluetooth’. Click on it. 

Doing this will activate the Bluetooth option on your Windows 10 device.

Then, it will start searching the area for any Bluetooth devices that are available to pair with. 

Step 4: Pairing the Bluetooth Devices

Generally, it can take anything from a few seconds up to a minute for the searching to get done. 

At this stage, after the search is complete, you should be able to see your Bluetooth gadget’s name on the menu.

Sometimes the Bluetooth name that appears may not exactly be the normal consumer name of the gadget. 

Sometimes a generic name like ‘Bluetooth Headset’ or a string of letters can appear, depending on the device; this is perfectly normal. 

Now click on your device’s name; when you do this, an option to ‘Pair’ will become visible. Click on this.

This will be the final step in most cases, and you will have successfully connected your Bluetooth gadget to your Windows 10 device.

However, sometimes an extra step is required.

Step 5: Security verification 

Sometimes, your connection may not go through until a security verification has taken place. 

Essentially, the verification ensures that the two devices you are connecting are your own and that you are not trying to connect your PC or Laptop to someone else’s gadget. 

The security verification process tends to depend on the device you are using and its manufacturer. Companies use a plethora of different security techniques; however, a few common ones are used most frequently. 

In devices such as computer mice or keyboards, the security verification will require that you press a specific button or key. In most instances, this button is located on the underside of the device, and pressing it should be enough to satisfy Windows’ security verification. 

Other times, however, the process can be a bit more complex. For example, you may be required to type in a series of letters or numbers into both devices. This ‘passcode’, so to speak, can be found in different locations depending on the devices you are trying to connect. 

For example, if you connect a phone with the PC or Laptop through Bluetooth, you may see a code on one of the devices. In this instance, if the code is visible on your phone, it will need to be inputted to the PC. The reverse will be true if the code is visible on the PC or Laptop. 

Alternatively, some devices, such as speakers, may not have any way to see or input a code. For these sorts of devices, you can find the security code in the manual. Once you locate it, you can simply input it into your Windows 10 device. 

Sometimes, frustratingly, you may not have access to the codes, or they might not work.

In this instance, you can use ‘0000’ as the code. This can prove useful as a last resort and help many devices get through the security verification step. 

Connecting a Bluetooth Printer or Scanner

If you would like to connect a Bluetooth Printer or Scanner to your PC or Laptop, then there will be a slightly different procedure to follow.

For your Printer or Scanner, you will need to click on the ‘Printers and Scanners’ option instead of the ‘Bluetooth’ option in the devices menu.

Once you have clicked this option, your PC or Laptop will start searching for nearby Printers and Scanners that are available to pair. This process is similar to when the PC searched for Bluetooth devices to pair within the earlier step. 

After a few seconds to a minute, the name of your Printer or Scanner should appear in front of you.

At this stage, you may click on the name and pair the two devices just as you had done earlier for regular Bluetooth gadgets. 

Troubleshooting

If you are still facing issues in pairing your devices despite following these steps, then there are a couple of things you should try. 

First, try restarting your Bluetooth gadget and making sure that it is in pairing mode once it turns on again. Now try repeating the steps and pairing your PC or Laptop to it. 

If this does not work, you should restart your Windows 10 device and try the steps again. 

My PC or Laptop has no Bluetooth, what do I do?

Not all Windows 10 devices have Bluetooth features in them. In fact, it is up to the manufacturer of the device to choose whether or not their PC or Laptop will have Bluetooth in it. 

Thus, you may end up in a situation where you cannot connect any Bluetooth device to your Laptop or PC. 

To fix this, try installing a Bluetooth dongle on your Windows 10 device.

These are inexpensive items and can be purchased online or at any electronics store. The small dongle will fit into one of the USB slots on your PC or Laptop and add Bluetooth functionality to the device. 

Hence, you can pair with and use Bluetooth this way, even if your computer did not initially have the feature built-in!

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