Connect Bluetooth on PC, laptop or netbook in Windows

What is Bluetooth used for? Today it is modern common wireless standard. It might be used when we want to use wireless keyboard and mouse with our computer, to use our phone as modem and etc. Generally, it allows us to connect different type of equipment without any cables or wires.

So we should know how to set up Bluetooth with different units. The generic main steps for Bluetooth connection on computer are

  1. Make sure that the wireless hardware component is turned on our computer according to the User’s Guide. E.g. on many laptops there is particular functional key to do that and special software might be installed that allows it switching on or off.
  2. Activate this technology and searching on second unit. In other articles we can find pairing instructions for mobiles, various gadgets and etc.
  3. Start searching for other ones on the computer and choose the second one to connect with.
  4. Type or compare provided Bluetooth passkey required for authorization and finish connection if required.

Further, they automatically connect when they are in range of each other with turned on the wireless technology.

Unpair they via remove each one from paired list of other one in case of no need if applicable.

Here are detailed steps for each version of windows that is used nowadays:

Windows 10 (Server 2016)

  1. Check that our computer has recognizable external name.
  2. Activate Bluetooth on the second unit. Particular descriptions are available for computer gadgets and mobiles.
  3. Ensure that the technology is on under “Start Menu\Settings\Devices\Bluetooth”. System will start searching. Choose the second one to connect with and use “Pair” button. Or accept incoming connection attempt by click on balloon.

  4. Validate Bluetooth pairing code (or enter it if necessary) to accept pairing and continue.

Now the second one is connected. Choose “Unpair” in list item to disconnect it if it no need anymore.

Windows 8\8.1 (Server 2012)

  1. Check that our computer has recognizable external name.
  2. Enable discoverable state for others via “Desktop\Bluetooth Tray icon\Open Settings\Options” in case of initiate connecting from the second one.

  3. Check that the pairing mode is enabled on the second unit. E.g. there are pairing instructions for keyboard, mouse, headphones and mobiles.
  4. Ensure that wireless technology is on and choose the second one to connect with.
    • In 8.1 version the settings are located in “Charms Bar(Win + C)\Settings\Change PC Settings\PC and devices\Bluetooth.


    • In 8.0 version go to “Charms Bar(Win + C)\Settings\Change PC Settings\Wireless”. The list of connected equipment is in “Devices” section. Choose “Add a device” to begin connecting procedure.



  5. Validate pairing pin (or enter it if necessary) to accept pairing and continue.

Now unit is connected.

Choose “Remove device” to disconnect unit in “All apps\Control Panel\Devices and Printers”.

Windows Vista\7 (Server 2008)

  1. Check that our computer has recognizable external name.
  2. Ensure that particular hardware component is enabled in “Start Menu\Control Panel\Hardware and Sound \Device Manager\Bluetooth Radios”.

  3. Check that associated network connection is enabled via “Start Menu\Control Panel\View network status and tasks\Change adapter settings”.

  4. Check visibility for other equipment if needed.

  5. Activate pairing mode on the second unit. Particular descriptions are available for computer gadgets and mobiles.
  6. Add the second unit or open incoming connection attempt.

  7. Validate Bluetooth passkey (or type the same on second unit if necessary) and finish the process.

Now unit is connected.

To act device as the Internet connection to computer set it as “Access point”, Bluetooth network connection will be activated and we will be able to connect to the Internet.

To unpair them go to “Start Menu\Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Device and Printers” and choose “Remove device” from popup menu.

Windows XP (Server 2003)

  1. Check that our computer has recognizable external name.
  2. Ensure that the wireless equipment is enabled in “Start Menu\Control Panel\System\Hardware\Device Manager\Bluetooth Radios”.

  3. Make sure that “Bluetooth Network Connection” isn’t disabled in “Start Menu\Control Panel\Network Connections”. E.g. it allows using connected mobile unit to act as Internet modem.

  4. Check for visibility for other equipment if necessary in “Start Menu\Control Panel\Bluetooth Devices\Options” by enable “Turn discovering on”.

  5. Enable pairing mode on the second thing. Particular instructions are available for computer gadgets and phone pairing.
  6. Use add wizard via “Start Menu\Control Panel\Bluetooth Devices\Devices\Add” or accept incoming connection by click on balloon.

  7. Validate pairing pin (or enter it if necessary) to accept pairing and finish wizard process.

To unpair second unit choose “Remove”.

To use the unit as the Internet connection press “Connect”. E.g. we can share the Internet from our mobiles such as Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows phone to PC.

Notice that sometimes Windows might unable to connect our unit e.g. long driver installation. In such case try reconnect or repeat connection procedure.

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