How do I Install Bluetooth Technology on My Laptop?

Updated April 17, 2017

Bluetooth is a wireless, radio-based technology that allows you to connect two devices. The connection process, known as "syncing" or "pairing," creates a secure link between two devices, allowing data transfer speeds that are comparable to Wi-Fi. Several laptop manufacturers offer laptops with integrated Bluetooth technology, but if your laptop doesn't have built-in Bluetooth, you can still connect Bluetooth devices by using a USB device known as a Bluetooth dongle.

Insert the Bluetooth dongle into an open USB port on your laptop.

Insert the driver disc into your optical drive. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process for the software driver.

Set your laptop and your Bluetooth device to "discovery mode." To turn on "discovery mode" on your computer, open the "Control Panel" and double-click the "Bluetooth Devices" icon. Click the "Options" tab then click the "Turn Discovery On" checkbox. See the user manual for details on activating "discovery mode" for the Bluetooth device.

Things You'll Need

  • Bluetooth dongle
  • Driver disc
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