How to Use Bluetooth on a Desktop PC

By Mandy Slake

Bluetooth-enabled headsets, phones and keyboards can be connected to a PC.
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Bluetooth is a wireless protocol that allows users to connect devices together, including computers. Using a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard or mouse can cut clutter on your desktop, and a Bluetooth headset allows you to talk on the PC without worrying about wires. A PC can connect to a variety of Bluetooth-enabled devices, but before you can start using your device, you need to connect it.

Insert a Bluetooth adapter into your computer's USB port, if the computer doesn't have one built in. Windows will find drivers for the device and install them automatically.

Make the Bluetooth-enabled device you want to connect to your computer discoverable. This will vary depending on the device, so refer to the manual if you're not sure how.

Click the "Start" button on the Windows task bar, then select "Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Bluetooth Devices" to view the list of nearby Bluetooth devices. Click the "Add" button and follow the on-screen instructions.

Type in the Bluetooth passkey. Some devices have a default passkey of 0000 or 1234. With others, you manually generate a key by typing it in on the device. Once the process is complete, you are ready to start using your device.

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