Not all computers have built-in Bluetooth adapters. But that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the convenience of wireless technology. In this post, we will show you how to add Bluetooth to any computer.
Why use Bluetooth?
There are many reasons why you might want to consider adding Bluetooth to your computer. For starters, the performance of wireless headsets has improved significantly over the years. Bluetooth headphones add range and mobility for both desktop and laptop users.
But more than audio connectivity, Bluetooth has other features that only enhance your PC experience.
Wireless File Transfer
Bluetooth allows you to exchange data between two paired devices. For example, if you link your phone and PC, you can move images from one device to another without the need for cables or an internet connection.
Tethering refers to devices that share a network connection. If you pair your PC and your smartphone, you can tether your PC and use your mobile data to connect to the Internet.
Bluetooth doesn’t just work on wireless headphones. You can also connect keyboards, mice, and other Bluetooth-enabled peripherals.
Users who like to keep their workspace neat and free of cables often tend to use wireless devices.
Add Bluetooth to a PC
The most convenient solution to not having Bluetooth is to buy a dongle or an internal card.
Bluetooth dongles are cheap, with prices come in around $12 as of this writing on Amazon Prime. They work by plugging directly into one of the available USB ports on your computer.
Once the dongle is recognized by your computer, turn on the Bluetooth device you want to connect to. Your computer will recognize the device and allow you to establish a connection. Once paired, you should now be able to use the connected device.
USB dongles are more convenient to use. They can be removed when not in use or used quickly on another computer.
Internal Bluetooth card
Internal Bluetooth cards are more powerful than USB dongles, but installing them comes at a price. They must be installed in one of your motherboard’s PCI slots. This can be a problem for users who need that slot for other devices. However, also keep in mind that an internal solution would mean freeing up a USB port for other devices as well.
Bluetooth cards are not ideal for laptops. They are more for desktops that need a strong signal for high volume transfers.
What to look for in a Bluetooth adapter?
There are a number of factors that make buying a USB Bluetooth adapter worthwhile. For starters, you’ll want a plug-and-play dongle or card. You wish it would work on any computer – be it a Windows 7 machine or the latest one.
Having good drivers is also important. Buy adapters from reputable companies with good customer support.
You will also likely see different version numbers as you look around. Bluetooth has undergone several updates. You would want to buy a dongle that is at least version 4.0. Bluetooth 1.0 to 3.0 tend to consume more power.
Check Bluetooth devices on Windows 10
Go to Windows Settings † Devices † Bluetooth and other devices† Here you will find the option to turn your Bluetooth connection on or off. It also shows all the devices associated with your PC.
Clicking on a device displays an option to remove the device from the list. Note that unpaired devices can be re-paired at a later date.