Connect TV to PC Via Bluetooth

TVs have progressed enormously over the last few decades. They've gone from fairly basic entertainment devices producing content from videotapes to highly sophisticated electronic devices, many of which are capable of Internet access, downloading programs and wireless connectivity. Bluetooth is one wireless capability that many newer TVs incorporate. While some of the most common applications are for connecting to a remote control or keyboard, you can connect many TVs to your PC. Different TVs have different features available for this, but set up is essentially the same.

Man watching television with laptop
One convenient application of Bluetooth technology for TVs is remote controls.
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Turn on your TV and enable its Bluetooth. Nearly every Bluetooth-enabled television will have a different method for this, so check your TV's documentation for details if you're unsure where the Bluetooth option is.

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Set your TV's Bluetooth feature to "Discoverable" if it's not set to it already.

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Click "Start" on your computer; then click "Control Panel."

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Click "Add a device" in the "Hardware and Sound" section.

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Wait a moment as your computer scans for nearby devices. If you don't see your TV listed, ensure that you have turned its Bluetooth to "Discoverable" and that it isn't too far away to establish a usable signal. You may need to consult the TV's documentation for its approximate range for Bluetooth.

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Select your TV when it appears in the window.

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Click "Next" and wait for your computer to establish the connection.

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If your TV prompts you for input, allow the TV to connect to your PC using its remote or the buttons on the TV itself. Bluetooth devices require input like this for connection; otherwise anyone with a Bluetooth device could connect to your TV, even without your permission. In a moment your TV and computer should be wirelessly connected.