How to Turn on a Bluetooth on a Laptop

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Bluetooth technology is now available in more laptop computers than ever before. You can connect everything from a printer to a set of stereo headphones using your computer's on-board Bluetooth capabilities. Many portable computer mice are also available via a wireless Bluetooth connection. Windows makes connection simple with the availability of many standard drivers for Bluetooth devices, but you will never get them to connect if you don't first turn Bluetooth on.


Step 1

Click on the "Start" menu icon and choose "Control Panel" from the list of options. If you have a Bluetooth icon in your system tray (on the right by the clock), you can right-click on it to access the Device menu as well.

Step 2

Click on "Bluetooth Devices" from the Control Panel selections. If you don't see this as an option, look on the left-hand side of the Control Panel window and click on "Switch to Classic View."

Step 3

Select the "Options" tab at the top of the Bluetooth Device window. Check the "Allow Bluetooth devices to connect to this computer" option. Without this option checked, you will not be able to connect any Bluetooth accessories.


Step 4

Check "Turn Discovery On" inside the Options window to allow other Bluetooth devices to be able to find your laptop.

Step 5

Click on "OK" to close the windows and save your changes.


Make sure you turn on any external switch or toggle for your Bluetooth. This will vary between laptops, and it may not be a feature available on your particular model. Check your laptop owner’s manual for further assistance with this feature.