Connect TV to PC Via Bluetooth

By Matt Skaggs

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Select your TV when it appears in the window.

Step 7

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

Step 8

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.

Tips & Warnings

  • Different TVs offer different features with Bluetooth, so you should look at your TV's documentation for specifics. Some of the most common are transferring media like music for streaming or even for storage, if your TV has internal storage available. Many TVs also allow you to control its features from your computer, such as changing the channel, adjusting settings and even installing system upgrades, all without the use of extra cords. Certain other options, like controlling connected devices such as DVRs and gaming consoles, are not possible over this connection.
  • Earlier Bluetooth technology devices caused interference when they were used near each other, causing data rates to slow significantly. Any modern TV and computer will use at least Bluetooth 2.0, which resolved this problem by keeping Bluetooth channels distinct, allowing you to establish multiple Bluetooth connections near each other without problems.
  • One problems you may encounter is a weak signal between your computer and TV, especially if your PC is several rooms away. Different classes of Bluetooth devices have different ranges, so if you're having trouble establishing or maintaining a connection, you may need to move the two devices closer together or use another device instead of your PC, like a laptop.