How to Use Bluetooth USB Dongle

By Cameron Easey

Laptops that do not have a Bluetooth adapter built into the machine can add connectivity for a device, such as a mouse, by using a USB Bluetooth dongle. A dongle will add the ability to connect any type of Bluetooth device to your laptop without having to install any additional hardware. A Bluetooth dongle is typically smaller than a quarter and plugs directly into a USB port on your computer.

Step 1

Locate a free USB port on your laptop and insert the USB dongle.

Step 2

Start your laptop and wait for the operating system to load. When the operating system loads you should see an “Add New Hardware Wizard” window appear on the screen.

Step 3

Click “Next” to install the drivers for the Bluetooth dongle.

Step 4

Right-click the Bluetooth device's icon from the Windows taskbar and select the “Add a Bluetooth Device” option.

Step 5

Make the Bluetooth device discoverable by pressing the button on the device.

Step 6

Put a check in the box for the “My device is turned on and discoverable” option from the Add Bluetooth Device Wizard.

Step 7

Click “Next” and wait while your system finds the Bluetooth device.

Step 8

Select a passkey option depending on the type of device you want to connect. A Bluetooth keyboard should have a passkey, but a Bluetooth mouse does not.

Step 9

Click “Finish” to exit the Add Bluetooth Device Wizard and begin using your Bluetooth device.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once Windows has installed the drivers for the device, you can unplug the USB dongle when it does not need to be used.
  • A Bluetooth dongle is very small and can be easily lost or misplaced.