Bluetooth has pretty much become the wireless technology staple for nearly all portable devices wouldn’t you agree? What happens though when you have a Bluetooth headset or some other device that you want to connect to your Windows 7 computer?
Most smart phones have an easy to configure interface and you’ll have no problem finding it, but it’s not so obvious with Windows 7. There are also times where things appear to connect to Windows 7 but it just won’t work… This is what recently plagued me so I figured if it happened to me, it’s probably happening to more people.. With that being the case, what can you do? Let’s take a look.
Before we get started, for this to work your computer will need:
- Option A: Built-in Bluetooth functionality
- Option B: A compatible Bluetooth dongle that plugs into one of your USB slots.
How To Connect A Bluetooth Device To Your Windows 7 System
1. Click the Start Menu Orb and then Type devicepairingwizard and Press Enter.
2. Make your device discoverable, sometimes also referred to as visible. This has to be done on your Bluetooth device and not your computer (unless your computer IS the “Bluetooth device”). On most portable Bluetooth peripherals this is done by holding down the power button for 5-15 seconds and then the power light will start to flash one or multiple colors. You may need to refer to your manual for the independent device for exact instructions.
3. Select your device an then Click Next to begin pairing.
4. Even once you’ve connected, with MOST devices you’ll need to wait for Windows to install the device drivers for your Bluetooth peripheral. By default Windows will only use it’s built-in device drivers so you’ll want to either enable automatic windows update device driver installation or manually grab the latest driver from your device manufacturer. If you skip that you’ll probably end up with an outdated driver and might not have full functionality of your Bluetooth device.
Now your device should be good to go, congrats and enjoy your slick new Bluetooth connection!
Of course, being that were dealing with an unlimited number of device manufacturers (unlike apple) things might not connect connect flawlessly… Fortunately there’s something we can try to resolve the issue once your device connects but still not work…
How-To Troubleshoot Bluetooth Connection Issues
5. Click the Start Menu Orb and Click Devices and Printers.
6. Right-Click the device you’re having trouble with. Usually it’ll be easy to spot because of a golden exclamation triangle (which is known as the Troubleshoot icon).
9 out of 10 times the problem is because of a missing or outdated driver, but if there is another cause, it may or may not pop-up under the troubleshooter.
Hopefully that fixed your problem!
Unfortunately there will be times that some Bluetooth devices just won’t connect to your computer. This happens to be the case with my iPhone 3GS (or iPod Touch) shown in the screenshot below. The device can connect via Bluetooth but there is just no functionality over the connection simply because a compatible driver doesn’t exist. <bummer> Would have been nice if I could transfer files to is with Bluetooth vs. USB cable but oh well… Looks like one more thing I’ll need to play with. 🙂