How to Know If Your Laptop Has Bluetooth
Bluetooth technology is designed to replace the cables that so often clutter up our lives. A Bluetooth adapter creates a short-range wireless network between two devices, so they can share information without having to be physically connected to each other. For a device to have Bluetooth technology, it needs to have access to a specific computer chip that holds the Bluetooth information. Because Bluetooth has a hardware component, it is a straightforward process to see if a laptop has that component installed.
Click on the Windows "Start" button.
Click "Control Panel."
Click on the entry next to "View by:." Choose "Small Icons" from the drop-down menu.
Double-click on "Device Manager" from the list in the Control Panel window. The list is alphabetical.
Locate and click on "Bluetooth Radios" on the list in the Device Manager window. A list of Bluetooth devices will appear. If you see no Bluetooth devices or no "Bluetooth Radios" entry appears, then your laptop doesn't have Bluetooth.
Tips & Warnings
- Some laptops have a lighted Bluetooth icon on the laptop itself. If Bluetooth is currently working, the laptop will display a small Bluetooth icon in the system tray.