How to Find Bluetooth Devices with Windows

By Derek King

Use Windows Control Panel to pair devices to the computer.
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Most modern computers include embedded Bluetooth wireless connectivity. This allows Bluetooth-enabled devices such as cell phones, printers, and televisions to connect to the computer wirelessly. Prior to connecting with a Bluetooth device, Windows must find and recognize it. This is the first step to connecting a Bluetooth-enabled device to the PC. Using the Control Panel, Windows includes an "Add a Device" utility to pair the two devices together. Use "Add a Device" to find, and ultimately connect, a Bluetooth-enabled device.

Open the Start menu by clicking "Start," located in the bottom left portion of the desktop. Click "Control Panel" to open the Control Panel utility.

Select the "Add a device" link, which is located underneath the "Hardware and Sound" header. The computer will begin to search for Bluetooth devices within your personal area.

View the listed Bluetooth devices from the search results window. Select the device that you want to connect to the computer, and click "Next."

Click "Add" in the bottom right portion of the window to confirm pairing the device with the computer. Click "Next" through the series of subsequent prompts to add the Bluetooth device.