How to set up a Bluetooth headset and mute my laptop speakers

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How to set up a Bluetooth headset and mute my laptop speakers
Bluetooth headsets should mute your laptop's speakers automatically. (Getty Thinkstock)

Once you've paired a Bluetooth headset with a laptop, your system's speakers will automatically mute when you go to make a call over the Internet or listen to media from your hard drive. If you've attempted to to get your headset and laptop connected and things aren't working out for you, something's probably gone wrong during the setup process. Starting afresh should have you up and running in no time.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • VoIP application
  • Music library

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Ensure your Bluetooth headset is powered on and discoverable. Set up varies by make and model so, if you're unsure how to do this, consult the instruction manual that came with the device.

  2. 2

    Open your device's "Settings" charm, tap or click "Change PC Settings," select "Wireless" and make sure your Bluetooth transmitter is set to "On."

  3. 3

    Go back to your "Settings" menu, tap or click on "Devices" and then "Add a device." Select your headset from the list of Bluetooth devices displayed once your PC has finished scanning. You may be prompted to enter a passcode to complete the pairing process. If a code isn't displayed on your headset, check the user guide for a default passcode.

  4. 4

    Open a VoIP application or your music library to either make a call or playback some music to test your Bluetooth connection. If you experience any problems, check the troubleshooting section of your headset's user manual.

Tips and warnings

  • You can switch between your laptop speakers and Bluetooth headset by altering your laptop's playback device. Press the "Windows-R" keys simultaneously, type "mmsys.cpl" and then click or tap "OK." Toggle between your system speakers and headset under the "Playback" tab of the window that appears as and when desired.

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