If your laptop or PC doesn’t have Bluetooth functionality built in then thankfully there is a quick and cheap way to get it up and running. We’re going to show you how to connect devices via Bluetooth to your computer.
How to find out if your computer has Bluetooth
Before we do anything, let’s just double check that your computer doesn’t already have the ability to connect via Bluetooth. We’ve got an article telling you how to just that which you can find here.
How to add Bluetooth to your computer
Adding Bluetooth functionality to your PC is thankfully nice and simple. It will require you to spend some money but it’s not going to break the bank.
You’ll need to get yourself a Bluetooth dongle which will plug into a USB port on your machine and provide it with the ability to communicate with other devices via Bluetooth.
If you find you don’t have enough free USB ports then getting yourself a USB hub is a quick solution to the problem.
Once you have the dongle, you can plug it directly into your PC’s USB port and it will start up its own installation process. The dongle will come with installation instructions and some software too, but make sure you manually search for updated drivers before you start to use it
How to update your Bluetooth Dongle’s drivers
Hit the Start button at the bottom left and search for the ‘Device Manager’, open it up and find your USB Dongle. You’ll find it under the ‘Universal Serial Bus controllers’ section which is usually located down at the bottom, as below.
Find your Bluetooth Dongle in the list, right-click on it and select ‘Update Driver Software…’ and wait for Windows to update your drivers.
Once these have been installed you’ll be able to follow the instructions included with your specific dongle and connect to your devices nice and easily.