How to Use a Bluetooth Headset As a PC Microphone

Blue tooth devices are commonly used for hands-free mobile phone operation. There are a lot of Bluetooth device uses that include adding wireless printers to your home network and synchronizing your mobile phone with your desktop computer. Bluetooth is also a great solution as a wireless microphone for your desktop computer. Some Bluetooth headsets will allow you to listen to music but most of them are pure audio or speech capable. Listening to music over a Bluetooth headset is limited to mono, one ear, only. But using a Bluetooth headset for speech, is a wireless alternative to typical desktop microphones.

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Things You'll Need

  • Bluetooth headset with manufacturer's pairing instructions.
  • PC, desktop or laptop, which is Bluetooth capable or a Bluetooth USB adapter.

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Enable Bluetooth on your desktop, if it does not have Bluetooth capability already built-in, by plugging a Bluetooth USB adapter into an available USB port on your desktop.

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Prepare your Bluetooth headset so that your desktop computer can find it by turning on the headset and making it "Discoverable."

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Pair the Bluetooth headset with your desktop in Windows by clicking "Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Bluetooth Devices > Add" and a window will open and start searching for your discoverable Bluetooth headset.

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Choose your Bluetooth headset from the list of discovered devices and click "Next" and follow the prompts which will pair your desktop with the headset.

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Configure the microphone properties by clicking on "Start" button in the lower left tank corner of your screen and clicking "Control Panel."

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Type in "sound" in the Control Panel search box and then click "Sound."Select "Bluetooth audio" as the microphone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once two Bluetooth devices have been successfully paired the pairing process is complete and future Bluetooth sessions are ready to go.
  • Typical Bluetooth passkey is "0000."
  • Blue tooth devices have a range of 10 meters or 33 feet.