How to Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Computer

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What to Know

  • Go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & Other devices > Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth and select your Bluetooth speaker.
  • Make sure your speaker is on and not connected to another device.
  • As long as your Bluetooth speaker is in range of your computer, you can use it to listen to any audio.

This article provides instructions for connecting a Bluetooth speaker to your computer so you can listen to your PC audio from anywhere within range of the speaker.

A bluetooth speaker next to a laptop

How Do I Get My Computer to Play Through a Bluetooth Speaker?

If you want to use a Bluetooth speaker through your computer, it might not be immediately apparent exactly how you can connect the two devices. But once you see how to do it, you'll find how easy it is to set up whenever you want to use your Bluetooth speaker.

Before starting, make sure your Bluetooth device is turned on, not connected to any other device, and is in range of your PC. Then follow these steps to connect the two.

  1. On your PC, go to Settings.

    Selecting Settings within Windows 10 Start Menu.
  2. Click Devices to access settings for Bluetooth and other devices.

    The Windows 10 Settings App Home Screen with Devices highlighted
  3. Click on the plus icon next to Add Bluetooth or other device. Then select Bluetooth.

    Add Bluetooth or other devices in Windows Settings
  4. Wait for your Bluetooth device to show up, and once it does, select it. Wait for your PC to pair with your Bluetooth device. Depending on your device, you should get a notification when they have paired.

    Bluetooth speaker connected notification

Why Won't My Bluetooth Speaker Connect to My PC?

There are plenty of reasons why your Bluetooth speaker won't connect to your PC. However, there are a couple of steps you can take to resolve the issue.

While this sounds extraordinarily basic, try turning the Bluetooth device off and on again, as well as restarting your computer. You can also try un-pairing and re-pairing your Bluetooth speaker if you already had it connected to your computer previously.

Can You Use a Bluetooth Speaker With a PC?

Many modern PCs support a Bluetooth connection. However, not all of them will, and the older your PC is, the less likely it'll have Bluetooth connectivity. You can check if your computer has Bluetooth in a few ways.

If you still have any pamphlets and information that came with your computer, try looking through those first. If not, you can also try searching the model of your PC online and see if you can find your answer there.

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