Computers, Laptops & Tablets Accessories & Hardware How to Set Up a Bluetooth Device on a PC Pair headphones, a speaker, and more by Lisa Johnston Writer Lisa Johnston is a former Lifewire writer and an editor who covers computer peripherals and other consumer electronics since 2004. our editorial process LinkedIn Lisa Johnston Updated on September 11, 2020 Accessories & Hardware The Quick Guide to Webcams Keyboards & Mice Monitors Cards HDD & SSD Printers & Scanners Raspberry Pi Tweet Share Email Most modern laptops and computers come with built-in Bluetooth capabilities. Because of this, you can use all sorts of wireless speakers, headphones, fitness trackers, keyboards, trackpads and mice with your PC. Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7. Connecting Devices to PCs With Built-In Bluetooth Capabilities To make a Bluetooth device work, you first have to ensure you have Bluetooth capabilities on your computer. If not, you can add Bluetooth easier than you think. Once you're sure you have it, then you just need to make the wireless device discoverable and pair it with your computer. The pairing process differs depending on what you are connecting to your PC. For example, you'll take different steps to pair a Bluetooth surround sound system than to pair Bluetooth headphones, or pairing a smartphone, etc SrdjanPav / Getty Images To connect a wireless keyboard, mouse or similar device to your PC in Windows 10, follow these steps: Turn on the keyboard, mouse, or similar device to make it discoverable. On your PC, press Start. Select Settings. Choose Devices. Click Bluetooth & Other Devices in the left pane. Turn on Bluetooth, if it is not already toggled on. Select Add Bluetooth or Other Device. Select Bluetooth in the Add a Device window. Select the device you want to pair in the list of Bluetooth devices Windows finds. Follow any on-screen steps to complete the connection. How to Connect a Headset, Speaker or Other Audio Device The way you make audio devices discoverable varies. Check the documentation that came with the device or at the manufacturer's website for specific instructions. amnachphoto / Getty Images Turn on the Bluetooth headset, speaker, or other audio device and make it discoverable by following the manufacturer's instructions. On your PC's taskbar, select Action Center > Connect to turn on Bluetooth on your PC if it isn't already on. Select your device's name from the next screen and follow any additional instructions that appear to connect the device to your PC. After a device is paired with your PC, it usually reconnects automatically whenever the two devices are in the range of each other, assuming Bluetooth is turned on. Connecting Devices to PCs Without Built-In Bluetooth Capabilities pbombaert / Getty Images Laptops haven't always come to Bluetooth-ready. Computers without built-in Bluetooth capabilities interact with Bluetooth wireless devices with the help of a small receiver that plugs into a USB port on the computer. Some Bluetooth devices ship with their own receivers that you plug into the laptop, but many wireless devices don't come with their own receivers. To use this, you'll need to buy a Bluetooth receiver for your computer. Most electronics retailers carry this inexpensive item. Insert the Bluetooth receiver into a USB port. Select the Bluetooth devices icon in the lower-right corner of the taskbar. If the icon doesn't appear automatically, select the upward-pointing arrow to reveal the Bluetooth symbol. Select Add a Bluetooth Device. The computer will search for any discoverable devices. Select the Connect or Pair button on the Bluetooth device (or follow the manufacturer's instructions to make it discoverable). The wireless device often has an indicator light that flashes when it is ready to be paired to the PC. Select the name of the Bluetooth device in the devices found in Windows. Follow any on-screen instructions to complete the pairing of the device to the computer.