How to Set Up Bluetooth on Windows 7: Make Your PC Discoverable and Pair Devices

Bluetooth is a convenient alternative to cables. With Bluetooth, you can connect phones, mice, headphones, printers, keyboards, tablets and many other compatible devices to your computer, as long as it also supports Bluetooth.

In general, Bluetooth is quite simple to use, but it can be a bit confusing for new users. To connect two Bluetooth devices together, one (or both) of the devices must be "recognizable". And this initial Bluetooth connection process is known as "pairing".

Sound confusing? We'll show you everything you need to set up Bluetooth in Windows 7.

Activate Bluetooth on your computer and device

First, make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your computer. Many laptops come with Bluetooth, but may be disabled by default to save battery power. Often, you may find a button on the keyboard of your laptop that toggles Bluetooth. You can also have an icon in the system tray in the lower right part of the screen or an option in the software included by the manufacturer of your computer.

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. This is a small USB key that provides Bluetooth access on any machine.

Next, make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on the device you want to pair with your computer. Bluetooth is enabled by default in Bluetooth mice and headphones, but it may be disabled in smartphones and tablets.

The exact location of this option will depend on your device.

On Android, swipe down from the top of the screen twice to access the Quick Settings, then make sure you have Bluetooth enabled. IOS users should open the Control Center by sliding up from the bottom of the screen (iPhone 8 or earlier) or by sliding down from the upper right corner of the screen (iPhone X or later). Then touch the icon Bluetooth to enable it, if it is not already.

Make the PC and devices visible

While Bluetooth is now enabled on both your computer and your device, you still can not see each other. For one Bluetooth device to see another, it must be visible . In visible mode, your PC or device sends advertising signals. This is disabled by default for security reasons; it should only be enabled when you are pairing devices.

You only need to make one of the devices visible. This will work for both your PC and the device you want to connect, but nothing is lost by doing so.

To make your Windows 7 PC detectable, click the button Start and select Devices and Printers on the right side of the Start menu. Then right click on the name of your computer (or name of the Bluetooth adapter) in the list of devices and select Bluetooth Configuration .

If you also need to do this in the latest versions of Windows, we have a guide on how to connect your phone via Bluetooth in Windows 10.

 Bluetooth configuration menu Windows 7

Click Allow Bluetooth devices to find the check box for this computer in the Bluetooth Settings window, and then click Accept . Your computer can now be detected by other devices.

 Windows 7 Bluetooth Options

To make your phone discoverable, enter your Bluetooth options. If you use Android, you will find it in Settings> Connected devices . On iOS, go to Settings> Bluetooth . Both will display a message like now detectable as [Name] when the device is ready to pair.

If you are pairing a device such as a Bluetooth mouse or headphones, follow the instructions in the manual to place the device. in pairing mode. Normally, you will have to hold down the power button for several seconds or something similar.

Link the device

You can now link the device with your computer. If you have made your PC visible, you can select your PC from the list of available devices displayed on your phone or tablet to start the pairing process.

Alternatively, you can pair a device from your PC, as long as that device is visible First, click on the button Add a device on the panel Windows Devices and Printers 7. (If you want to link a Bluetooth printer, click Add a printer instead.)

Windows will search for detectable Bluetooth devices and present them in the list. Select one and click Next to add it.

 Windows 7 Add Bluetooth device

If you do not see your Bluetooth device here, make sure it is visible and Bluetooth enabled. As we mentioned earlier, this may require a certain button entry in Bluetooth accessories such as keyboards.

For many devices, you will see an access code. Make sure that the key of your PC and the device are the same. This helps you make sure you are connecting the device to the correct machine and not to another nearby computer.

You will have to accept the pairing request to start the connection. When you link a phone, you must confirm the code on both your phone and your computer. A window will appear asking you to confirm the connection. This helps prevent other people from linking to your device when it is in discoverable mode.

 Windows 7 Bluetooth pairing code

Once you confirm, Windows can install the drivers as needed. Then everything is ready to start using it.

You can double-click the device in the Devices and Printers window to access more features, such as the ability to send files and play music. The exact functions available will depend on your device.

 Device features with Windows 7 Bluetooth

Discover, link and go

Now that your device and your computer are synchronized, they will continue to work together. You will not have to go through the pairing process every time you want to use the device, and they will automatically connect when they are within range and are turned on.

When you are not really matching devices, for your security, you must make sure that both the device and your PC are not detectable. You may also want to turn off Bluetooth when you are not using it, which can help you save battery power on both your computer and your device.

For more information on this topic, see our Bluetooth Frequently Asked Questions

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