How to Tell If Your Computer Has a Bluetooth Adapter Built Into it

By Steve Gregory

If your computer has a Bluetooth adapter installed, you will be able to connect to other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Using Bluetooth wireless communication, you can transfer data up to distances of 33 feet. The technology uses radio waves similar to those used by radios and televisions. Once a Bluetooth adapter is properly installed and configured on a computer, it is listed in the "Device Manager" utility in Windows. Launch the utility to see if a Bluetooth adapter is installed in your computer.

Step 1

Click "Start" and then "Control Panel."

Step 2

Click "System and Security" in the top-left corner of the window.

Step 3

Click "Device Manager" under "System" to open the "Device Manager" utility.

Step 4

Double-click "Bluetooth Radios" from the list of devices. The Bluetooth adapter that is installed in the computer is displayed under "Bluetooth Radios." If a Bluetooth adapter is not installed in the computer, "Bluetooth Radios" will not be in the list of devices.