How to Pair a Jabra BT500 to a Laptop

Pair the Jabra BT500 headset with your laptop to add hands-free audio support. How you go about pairing the Jabra BT500 Bluetooth headset with your laptop varies somewhat depending on whether you're using a Windows computer or a Mac.

Pair with a Windows Laptop

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Turn the BT500 on and press the Pairing button to make the headset discoverable. The BT500 must be set to discoverable before your laptop will be able to find it. The Pairing button is located next to the LED light on the back side of the headset.

Open the Settings panel.
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Press Control-C on your laptop while viewing the Windows 8.1 Start screen and then click the Settings icon that appears on the Charms menu along the right side of the screen.

Click Bluetooth.
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Click PC Settings on the main Settings menu, select PC & Devices and then click Bluetooth on the PC and Devices menu to launch your laptop's Bluetooth settings panel.

Toggle the Bluetooth switch on.
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Toggle the virtual Bluetooth switch at the top of the Bluetooth panel to the On position if necessary. Skip this step if Bluetooth is already enabled on your laptop.

Click the Pair button next to the BT500.
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Select the Jabra BT500 on the list of available Bluetooth devices, click the associated Pair button and then click click Yes or OK if prompted.

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Enter 0000 as the passcode to finish pairing the BT500 with your Windows 8.1 laptop.

Pair with a Mac Laptop

Step

Turn the BT500 on and press the Pairing button to make the headset discoverable. The BT500 must be set to discoverable before your MacBook will be able to find it. The Pairing button is located next to the LED light on the back side of the headset.

Click System Preferences on the Apple menu.
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Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your MacBook's screen and select System Preferences on the drop-down menu.

Select Bluetooth.
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Click the Bluetooth icon to display the Bluetooth preferences dialog.

Turn Bluetooth on, if necessary.
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Click the Turn Bluetooth On button if necessary. Bluetooth may already be enabled, in which case this button will say Turn Bluetooth Off instead. Skip this step if Bluetooth is already active on your MacBook.

Click Pair next to the BT500.
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Click the Pair button next to the BT500 on the list of available Bluetooth devices and enter the passcode 0000 if prompted to finish pairing the headset with your Mac laptop.

Laptops Without Bluetooth Capability

The vast majority of modern laptops have Bluetooth capability. If yours doesn't or is otherwise natively incompatible with the BT500, use the Jabra A210 Bluetooth adapter, which is sold separately, or any third-party USB Bluetooth dongle to add Bluetooth functionality.

If you opt for the A210, connect the adapter to an available 2.5-mm headphone jack on your laptop and set it to discoverable mode. Set the BT500 to discoverable as well and the two devices will automatically pair with one another.