Bluetooth technology allows electronic devices to communicate with each other over short range, most commonly used for headphones. Mobile phones have had this technology built in for a while and you’ll find it on most laptops too, but desktop PCs are a different matter as Bluetooth functionality tends to not come as standard there.
We’ve pulled together some quick steps showing you how you can check if your PC has Bluetooth below. If you want to keep yourself safe online then have a look at our guide here.
How to check if your computer has Bluetooth
First, you’re going to have to open up your Device Manager.
You can find this by searching for it in the search bar at the bottom left of your screen, or by going into your control panel, hardware and sound, then clicking Device Manager.
Once you open it up, you’ll be greeted by a window that looks like this:
The PC I’m using doesn’t have Bluetooth functionality, but if it did then I would have a section here called ‘Bluetooth Radios’. The sections are listed alphabetically, so it would be right at the top.
If you can see ‘Bluetooth Radios’ then your PC does have the ability to use Bluetooth. If it doesn’t, then it may be under the ‘Network adapters’ section a little further down.
If anything in this section says ‘Bluetooth’ then you’re in luck, and your machine has Bluetooth functionality here.
If you don’t have the ability to use Bluetooth on your PC, then you can buy a Bluetooth USB Dongle that will plug into your PC and allow your PC to connect to Bluetooth devices.
Once you have a dongle, or if you have Bluetooth capabilities on your machine already, you have connect your computer to other Bluetooth enabled devices.