However, with the aid of Bluetooth, as long as Bluetooth is enabled, you can connect supported phones, mice, headsets, printers, keyboards, tablets, and many other devices to your computer.
Bluetooth is very quick to use, but it can prove to be confusing for new users. To be connected to two devices, one or both of the devices must be made “discoverable.”
In addition, this initial Bluetooth link process is referred to as “pairing.” The following is all you need to know about setting up Bluetooth on Windows 7.
How to Set Up a Bluetooth Device in your Windows 7 PC
Turn On Bluetooth On Your Computer And Device
The first thing that you need to make sure is that Bluetooth has been enabled on your computer. Many laptops come with Bluetooth support but it is possible that it has been disabled by default.
You can often find a button on your laptop’s keyboard that toggles Bluetooth. If your device does not have Bluetooth support (many desktops don’t), you can buy a cheap Bluetooth adapter.
An adapter is a USB dongle that provides Bluetooth access on any machine. The next thing that you will need to do is make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on the device that you want to pair with your computer.
Although Bluetooth is enabled by default on Bluetooth mice and headsets, it will be disabled on smartphones and tablets.
Swiping down from the top of the screen to access quick settings and checking whether Bluetooth has been enabled is what you can do in Android devices.
iOS users can open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen (iPhone 8 or earlier) or swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen (iPhone X or later). Tap on the Bluetooth icon in order to enable it.
Make The PC And Devices Discoverable
The Bluetooth of both your PC and your device might be discoverable, but that does not mean they can automatically see each other.
For a Bluetooth device to see another one, you need to make sure that they are discoverable. This is usually disabled by default for security purposes, this needs to be enabled if you want to connect two devices.
Although you only need to make one of the devices discoverable, it doesn’t hurt to do it for both. To make your Windows 7 PC discoverable, click on the Start button and select Devices and Printers on the right side of the Start menu.
Then right-click your computer name (or Bluetooth adapter name) in the list of devices and select Bluetooth settings.
Pair the Device
If you have made your PC discoverable, you can select your PC from the list of available devices that show up on your phone or tablet and initiate the pairing process.
You can also find the device through your PC, as long as the device is discoverable. First, click on ‘Add a device’ in the Devices and Printers section of Windows 7.
If you want to pair a Bluetooth printer, click Add a printer instead. Windows will search for discoverable Bluetooth devices and present them in the list.
Select one and click Next to add it.
If you tried to Set Up a Bluetooth Device, know that they will continue working together now that your device and computer are paired. Any time you want to use the unit, you will not have to go through the pairing phase. This is because when they are in range and switched on, they will connect automatically.
When you’re not actually pairing devices, for your security, you should make sure that both the device and your PC aren’t discoverable. You may also want to disable Bluetooth when you’re not using it. This help saves battery power on both your computer and your device.