How to Know If Your Laptop Has Bluetooth

By Shawn McClain

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.

Step 1

Click on the Windows "Start" button.

Step 2

Click "Control Panel."

Step 3

Click on the entry next to "View by:." Choose "Small Icons" from the drop-down menu.

Step 4

Double-click on "Device Manager" from the list in the Control Panel window. The list is alphabetical.

Step 5

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.

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