How to Make a PC Bluetooth Enabled

By Contributing Writer

Bluetooth is a low-power, wireless standard that allows for many Bluetooth-enabled devices to communicate at short ranges. These devices include cell phones, MP3 players, printers and digital cameras, to name a few. Most desktop computers and many notebook or laptop computers are not equipped with Bluetooth from the factory, but adding this capability is reasonably inexpensive should you require it.

Things You'll Need

  • Bluetooth USB adapter

Installating Bluetooth USB Dongle

Step 1

Insert the manufacturer's CD into your CDROM drive and wait for the manufacturer's software to begin. (This will usually take a minute or two.)

Step 2

Select "Install Software" when the main software menu presents itself.(Please note: The exact wording will vary depending on the manufacturer, but this choice will almost always be the first choice available on the menu.)

Step 3

Click "Next."

Step 4

Check the box labeled "Accept," and then click "Next" when the license agreement is presented. (The manufacturer requests that you read the license agreement.)

Step 5

Click "Next" when presented with the folder into which the software will be installed.

Step 6

Click "OK" if you are presented with a "certification" warning. Typically, this will only be seen during Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft XP installations.

Step 7

Insert the Bluetooth USB adapter into an unused USB port. Microsoft Windows will display a "new hardware found" dialog box. Click "OK" when Microsoft informs you that your device has been successfully installed.

Installing Bluetooth Software

Step 1

Click "Finish" when the Bluetooth software installation is complete.

Step 2

Enter in the security code that was provided by the manufacturer of your Bluetooth device when prompted.(Please note: This security code must be entered in exactly as written.)

Step 3

Click "OK."

Step 4

Restart the system.(Restarting the system is only required for Microsoft Windows 2000, ME, 98SE users.)

Step 5

Open "My Bluetooth Places" located in the system tray to ensure the adapter is functional.(The system tray is on the bottom right-hand side of your screen where your time is displayed.)

Pairing Bluetooth Devices

Step 1

Open "My Bluetooth Places" located in the system tray.

Step 2

Select a Bluetooth device shown in "My Bluetooth Places."

Step 3

Right-click on the chosen device and select "Add a Bluetooth Device."

Step 4

Answer the questions presented to you by the "Add a Bluetooth Device Wizard," then press "OK."

Step 5

Test your remote Bluetooth device for functionality.

Tips & Warnings

  • Every Bluetooth device will have its own variations that require you to follow its instructions.
  • While Bluetooth is a standard, not every Bluetooth-enabled device will communicate with every other device seamlessly.