How to Make Laptops Bluetooth Compatible

By Jay Darrington

Bluetooth technology allows a user to connect two devices together without the need of a physical connection through a device such as a USB Cable and do many of the same things as you could with a physical cable. A Bluetooth connection also allows a laptop to share files with a Bluetooth device or use a cell phone's data connection for web browsing in a process known as "tethering."

Things You'll Need

  • Bluetooth adapter
  • Installation CD

Step 1

Purchase a Bluetooth adapter for your laptop. See the Resources for sample bluetooth adapters. A Bluetooth adapter is what will allow your laptop to access other Bluetooth devices.

Step 2

Insert the installation CD for the Bluetooth adapter into your laptop. Run the installation software and follow the directions contained within.

Step 3

Connect the Bluetooth adapter to the laptop when prompted to do so by the installer program. The computer should then install the adapter to the computer.

Step 4

Run the Bluetooth manager program that is now installed on the laptop. Set the Bluetooth-capable device that you want to connect to the laptop to "Bluetooth discoverable mode."

Step 5

Use the setup wizard on the Bluetooth manager on your laptop to find the device you want to connect to. Note that if there are more then one Bluetooth-capable devices in your area, you will need to choose your device from a list. When you have selected the device, the computer will generate a four-digit code.

Step 6

Enter the four-digit code into the phone or device you are connecting to. You will then be asked if you want to make the connection a trusted connection. Say yes, as this will make sure that you do not have to re-enter the code again.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bluetooth adapters are also called "Bluetooth dongles."
  • Be sure to turn of "Discoverable mode" on your device, so that nobody else tries to connect to it. Your computer will still be able to connect if you made the device a trusted device.