How to Set Up a Bluetooth Dongle

Updated July 20, 2017

Installing a Bluetooth dongle on your computer allows the user to enjoy wireless communications with a compatible wireless Bluetooth device. Users can transfer communicate and transfer data from a compatible cell phones, print wirelesslly to a Bluetooth-enabled printer or videoconference on Skype with the use of a wireless Bluetooth headset.

Insert the USB Bluetooth dongle into an available USB port on your computer.

Follow the prompt that pops up and allow Windows to search for the necessary drivers on your computer or through Windows update.

When installation is complete, locate the blue-and-white Bluetooth logo in your system tray and right-click on it to bring up the options to pair your dongle with a compatible Bluetooth device.

If Windows is unable to locate the software to download, you can do so manually by using the Widcomm Bluetooth software.

Navigate to the Widcomm Bluetooth software page (see Resources) and click the "Download Now" button and accept the user agreement.

Save the download to your computer and upon completion, run the installation file. Click "Accept," and the program will detect your device and download the necessary software to complete the installation process.

When the installation is complete, test your Bluetooth dongle by attempting to pair it with a compatible Bluetooth device. You can do so by right-clicking the Bluetooth logo in the system tray and selecting the "Connect to New Device" option.

Things You'll Need

  • Widcomm Bluetooth software (optional)
  • Bluetooth device
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Christopher Kennedy is a graduate of Montclair State University and holds a degree in communication studies with a concentration in public relations. He began writing professionally in 2005, starting with the campus newspaper, "The Montclairion," and various private clients.