Almost all the modern laptops and computers have Bluetooth installed as it is one of the most important devices in your PC. But how do you know if your computer has Bluetooth?
Bluetooth is a wireless technology which connects your PC with nearby Bluetooth devices. It is an essential software as well as hardware device for your PC as you can import and export large files immediately without having to use any internet data.
You might have upgraded your Windows 7 desktop to Windows 10 which might not support Bluetooth. How to know if your computer has built-in Bluetooth?
In this post, we’ll guide you on how to know if you’re computer has Bluetooth. Let’s get started.
How to Determine Whether Your Computer Has Bluetooth?
One of the easiest ways to check if your PC has Bluetooth hardware is through the Device Manager. It has a list of all the hardware devices on your PC and if they are working correctly. Let’s check it out-
1. Using Device Manager
- Press and hold Windows + X keys to open the Power User menu
- Select Device Manager from the list
- Look for Bluetooth Radios category icon in the Device Manager windows from the list of available hardware devices (it should be listed somewhere to the top of the window)
- If you can’t see Bluetooth Radios anywhere, select Network adapters. You can see Bluetooth Radios here
You can also try out the following quick workarounds to check if your PC has Bluetooth.
2. Using the Control Panel
Control Panel views and changes system settings of your PC. It is a handy tool to manage your hardware and software programs.
- Press and hold Windows + X keys to open Power User menu
- Select Control Panel from the list
- In the Control Panel window, select Network and Sharing Center
- Tap on the Change adapter settings icon to open the network connections
You can now see your Bluetooth hardware connection in the network connections list. If you can’t see it on the list, there are possibilities that your computer doesn’t have a Bluetooth device.
3. Use the Settings App (Windows 10 only)
- Go to the Windows Start menu
- Select Settings (gear icon)
- Click the Devices option to see the available Bluetooth devices
- If you can see the Bluetooth device, you should be able to select Bluetooth and More Bluetooth options
If you are not able to access Bluetooth through Settings also, then your desktop undoubtedly doesn’t have Bluetooth.
However, if you don’t have a Bluetooth device in your PC, you can easily add it by purchasing Bluetooth dongle and plugging it in your USB slot on your desktop.
You’ll have to manually download and install Bluetooth drivers if they aren’t available on your PC. You can download them from the manufacturer’s website. You’ll be now able to add devices by clicking a Bluetooth system tray icon.
It is undoubtedly worth investing a few dollars in buying a Bluetooth dongle as it a flexible wireless technology for exchanging large files in a short time.