How to Connect a Computer to an iPad With BlueTooth

By William Pullman

You cannot use the Bluetooth connection to transfer files to the iPad.
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The third-generation iPads with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity have the Personal Hotspot feature, which enables computers and other devices to access the Internet over the cellular network. Personal Hotspots are a useful backup in the event your Internet service provider is down and you need to access the Internet from your computer. The iPad can connect to your computer via USB, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You need to pair the iPad with your computer to create the Bluetooth connection.

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button, "Control Panel" and then "Add a Device" in the "Hardware and Sound" section.

Step 2

Tap "Settings" on the iPad home screen. Touch "Bluetooth" and then the "Bluetooth" switch to turn on Bluetooth. The iPad is now discoverable and appears in the "Add a Device" window on the computer.

Step 3

Double-click "iPad" on the computer. Windows will attempt to pair with the iPad. A code appears on the computer and iPad screens.

Step 4

Compare the codes on each screen to ensure they match. Select "Yes" on the computer and click "Next." Tap "Pair" on the iPad to complete the connection.