How to Configure a Computer for a Bluetooth Headset

By Techwalla Electronics Editor

When you configure your Bluetooth headset to work with your computer, you can control all of the incoming and outgoing sounds wirelessly. This is useful when using voice-over-Internet protocols, video and audio conferencing, playing interactive video games, using speech-recognition software, recording audio dictation and many other applications.

Things You'll Need

  • Bluetooth headset
  • Computer with Bluetooth capability

Setup a Bluetooth Headset for Use with Windows XP

Step 1

Go into the Bluetooth Devices item in the Control Panel on your computer to access configuration options in order to pair your Bluetooth headset with your computer.

Step 2

Click on the Options tab in the Bluetooth Devices menu and select the "Turn discovery on" option. This will allow your computer to discover Bluetooth devices within range. This option is turned off by default for security and will automatically turn off when the Bluetooth connection you establish disconnects.

Step 3

Check the box for "Allow Bluetooth devices to connect to this computer." If this box is left unchecked, your headset will not have permission to connect.

Step 4

Turn on Bluetooth headset so your computer can discover it.

Step 5

Open Bluetooth settings and click Add. This will open the Add Bluetooth Device Wizard.

Step 6

Search for your Bluetooth headset by selecting "My device is set up and ready to be found" in the wizard and clicking on the next button. An icon for your headset will appear in the window when it has been found.

Step 7

Click on the icon for your device and the Next button. Enter the passcode for your headset. Your headset should then appear in the Bluetooth Devices list.

Step 8

Configure your computer to use your Bluetooth headset for audio functions by opening My Bluetooth Places.

Step 9

Right-click on the icon for your headset and select the Connect Headset option from the menu.

Step 10

Accept the connection on your headset according to manufacturer's instruction when you hear a beep. Often you are not required to take action to accept the connection. The icon should light up when the connection is complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • Follow instructions in the Bluetooth Setup Assistant to configure your Bluetooth headset in Mac OS X. This tool does all the work for you on Apple computers.
  • Check the box in the Options menu of the Bluetooth Devices window next to "Alert me when a new Bluetooth device wants to connect" if you want to me notified of other Bluetooth devices trying to connect to your computer. This is unnecessary if you turn the discovery option off when you are not using a Bluetooth device.
  • Turn off Bluetooth discovery when not using a Bluetooth connection to prevent outsiders from accessing your computer in this way without your knowledge.