Find Bluetooth Connectivity In Laptop

Find Bluetooth Connectivity In Laptop
  • Jan 11th, 2024
  • Ranjeet Singh
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Bluetooth is a wireless technology protocol for connecting your personal computer with external peripheral devices. Sometimes, users might not even be aware that your device has Bluetooth; in this article, we will learn how to check if your computer has Bluetooth, check the Bluetooth compatibility of the computer to connect Bluetooth devices and whatnot. This whole article is divided into subtopics that will help you in every aspect and will also solve your issue related to your Bluetooth. But we will go to every element individually and briefly learn them.

How to Find Bluetooth Connectivity in Laptop

Most Windows-powered notebooks on the market in 2018 have a built-in Bluetooth module. Only a few new laptop PCs and some outdated notebooks don't. People might wonder whether their computer has Bluetooth and how to check for it on their laptops. We have steps to take to prevent Bluetooth in Windows, Linux, and MAC. Well, to check for Bluetooth in all these operating systems, we have mentioned the following steps for each of them:

Searching Bluetooth Connectivity in Windows

If Bluetooth is up and running on your laptop, you can see a Bluetooth icon on the taskbar in the lower right corner of the screen. It is either shown near the battery, WI FI, and speaker icon, or you must click the nearby (^)up arrow to see it. 

If it is there, then your laptop does have Bluetooth. If it isn't, then chances are the Bluetooth module is missing. Or if it is not present on the taskbar, you can look for Bluetooth by following the steps:

  1. Press the Windows key+X on your keyboard simultaneously.
  2. Search Device Manager.
  3. If Bluetooth is on the list of computer parts in Device Manager, then it is confirmed that your laptop has Bluetooth.

Searching Bluetooth Connectivity in Linux

Suppose we use a Linux laptop or personal computer and want to check if your computer has Bluetooth. We can find this with a simple command, which will work both on desktop and laptop.

  1. Open the terminal.
  2. Type' dmesg | grep -i blue' and hit Enter.
  3. If you see a return listing hardware, you have Bluetooth. If you don't see a hardware listing, you don't have Bluetooth.

But we must be careful because if we are using Linux, we must be aware that some Linux kernels are incompatible with all Bluetooth modules, so we will not recognize them.

Searching Bluetooth Connectivity in MAC

If you are having a MAC and want to look for Bluetooth capability, you can perform the following steps to complete the checking:

  1. Open the Apple menu and About This Mac.
  2. Select System Information to generate a report on all hardware connected.
  3. Look for Bluetooth. Select it to find out what you have and where.

We can also look at System Preferences if preferred. Look for Bluetooth under Internet and Wireless. This would work

Searching Bluetooth Connectivity in Personal PC

Bluetooth compatibility means that the latest Bluetooth version is compatible with your PC or it is an outdated version. You can follow these steps to check the compatibility of your Bluetooth:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for the Device Manager and click the top result.
  3. Expand the Bluetooth category
  4. Right-click the Bluetooth adapter and select Properties.
  5. Click on the advanced tab.
  6. Under "Firmware," make a note of the LMP version number.

After completing the steps, you can see the LMP number using the list of basic Bluetooth versions:

LMP Bluetooth Version

  • 0 Bluetooth 1.0b
  • 1 Bluetooth 1.1
  • 2 Bluetooth 1.2
  • 3 Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • 4 Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • 5 Bluetooth 3.0+HS
  • 6 Bluetooth 4.0
  • 7 Bluetooth 4.1
  • 8 Bluetooth 4.2
  • 9 Bluetooth 5

How to connect Bluetooth Devices?

We know many Bluetooth devices, and the steps are only relevant to some. For example, the steps to pair a Bluetooth sound system to a laptop are not the same as pairing headphones or the same as the pairing of smartphones. So, here are the steps to connect smartphones to laptops: 1. Activate your Bluetooth function on mobile devices to make it discoverable or visible. 2. On your computer, access the Bluetooth settings and choose to make a new connection or set up a new device. For example, right-click the Bluetooth icon in the notification area on Windows or go to the control panel to find the Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers page. 3. When the device appears in the Bluetooth and other devices list, select it to connect(pair) it to the laptop.   

4. If prompted for a PIN code, enter or confirm the number on both devices. If you don't know the pin, try 0000 or 1234; if this doesn't work, search for the device manual online to find the Bluetooth code. 5. So once connected, you will transfer a file through an application or a Send to > Bluetooth option on the OS.

Common Issues related to Bluetooth in Computer

You can't find it connected after pairing or performing all the steps to connect a Bluetooth. But it's all because of the common issues everybody faces; it is not that big a deal. You may experience Bluetooth Connection issues on a Windows computer due to device compatibility, operating system, driver, or software updates. Another cause may include incorrect settings, a broken device, or the Bluetooth device being off. But do not worry; We have troubleshooting ideas for all the possible causes because Bluetooth might not work.

How to Troubleshoot Bluetooth Option

Besides having these common issues, there are several ways to fix Bluetooth connection problems. This part will give you some troubleshooting ideas to get your Bluetooth back to work.

Enable Bluetooth

Before coming to any conclusion, make sure Bluetooth is enabled by going to the Action Center and clicking on the notification icon at the bottom right side of your computer's screen next to the clock. Find the Bluetooth icon and click to turn it on. 

Turning Bluetooth on and off again also resets the setting and helps fix any connectivity issues, as your computer has to search for nearby devices repeatedly. Also, check if your flight mode is on because it disables the Bluetooth.

Bring the devices near one another.

If you use a desktop computer, move the Bluetooth device closer to the computer and pair them together again. When the distance isn't close enough, the Bluetooth connection will be out of range, so make sure they are as close as possible to get an active link. If it is a laptop, move your laptop closer to the device.

Check if your devices support Bluetooth.

It is all assumable that your computer or Bluetooth device supports wireless technology when it doesn't. Not all devices use Bluetooth or have the technology built into them, so check the device packaging or manual to see if it supports Bluetooth before trying to connect. Otherwise, you can connect using a cable or Wifi connection.

Turn on the Bluetooth Device

It is also possible that the Bluetooth device you are trying to connect to your computer or laptop is off. Check and turn the device on before testing the connection again. Sometimes, it might also take time to scan or detect other devices, so if it goes off, turn it on again and try the link.

Check for Device conflicts.

If your Bluetooth device is paired with multiple computers or other devices, it will cause conflicts and affect the connection. To fix this, turn off Bluetooth on all other instruments or computers except one and see if it works again.

Switch Off Nearby Devices

Pairing multiple Bluetooth devices to your computer could make it harder to pair a new one. You are turning off the other nearby devices connected to your computer via Bluetooth.

  1. Make your system Discoverable.
  2. Click on Start > Settings > Devices.
  1. Click More Bluetooth options.
  2. Check the Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC box, and then click OK.

Restart the Computer

A restart usually helps resolve any software glitches that could be causing problems with your computer, including Bluetooth and other connectivity issues. After restarting your computer, try connecting again once you are logged in.

Check for Windows Updates

Sometimes, not being updated to the latest software version may cause glitches and cause the Bluetooth connection to fail as it would with Wifi.

  1. Go to Start > Settings > Update and Security.
  2. Click Check for Updates and click Download if there are any pending ones.

Before starting the update process, ensure your computer is connected to a power source, as this process consumes resources and drains the battery.

Run the Windows 10 Bluetooth Troubleshooter

Click on Start > Settings > Devices. Find your device and click on it. Click remove the device. Restart the computer and try the pairing process again.

How to pair up External Bluetooth Device

To pair up an external Bluetooth device to your computer, you can follow the steps:

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Go to the Control Panel.
  3. Select Devices and Printers, sometimes located under Hardware and Sound.
  4. Under Devices and Printers, click Add a Device.
  1. Make sure your Bluetooth headset has been set to pairing mode.
  2. From the list, select the device you want to connect.

What are the essential drivers for Bluetooth connectivity?

In Windows:

In Windows, there are two installation types for Bluetooth profile drivers:

  1. Client-side installation.
  2. Server-side installation.

In Linux:

By default, the Linux Kernel contains the drivers needed to use Bluetooth. The Bluez system is used as a protocol stack. Additionally, install all packages associated with Bluetooth(bluez-libs, bluez-bluefw, bluez-pan, bluez-sdp, and bluez-utils as these provide some necessary services and utilities.

Conclusion:

So we are towards the end of the article. Dear readers, we think we have provided you with most of the help, like the troubleshooting ideas when your Bluetooth connection is not so strong, how to pair up an external Bluetooth device to your computer, the essential drivers you will need to install the Bluetooth, and many more. In this article, you can do any related query with Bluetooth and help yourself independently.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Getting a Bluetooth adapter for your PC is the easiest way to add Bluetooth functionality to a desktop or laptop. You don't have to open your computer to install it, installing a Bluetooth card or anything like that. Bluetooth dongle uses USB, so they plug into your laptop outside via an open USB port.

Go to Windows settings > Devices > Bluetooth & Other Devices. Here you will find the option to turn your Bluetooth connection on or off

Find and tap the Bluetooth device you want to pair. If you pair a new Bluetooth device with your Android, the device name will show up under the Available devices heading. Just tap the device name to connect. Make sure your Bluetooth device is also turned on and in the pairing mode

pen the device manager on your pc or laptop. If Bluetooth radios are listed, you have Bluetooth enabled. If there is a yellow exclamation icon over it, you might need to install the proper drivers. If Bluetooth radio is not listed, check the Network Adapters category.

Select Start > Devices and Printers. Select Add a Device > select the device > Next. Follow any other instructions that might appear.
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