How Do I Know If My PC Has Bluetooth?

A computer that is Bluetooth-compatible has the ability to transfer files and information from one computer to another wirelessly. This is important when you want to transfer data in a workroom or between two computers in your own home. Although it is possible to install Bluetooth software onto your computer, this option is standard for computers that are set up for wireless Internet. Checking to see whether your computer is Bluetooth compatible takes little time and only requires some basic computer knowledge.

  1. Search for It

    • One way to see if your personal computer is equipped with Bluetooth is by searching for it. This can be done by going to your computer’s “Start" menu and typing “Bluetooth” into the search bar. You should see options to either click on "Bluetooth File Transfer Wizard" or "Bluetooth Devices." The File Transfer Wizard” is what allows you to transfer information from one computer to another. When you click on “Bluetooth Devices” you can see whether or not your device has been detected. To add your Bluetooth device click the tap on the top menu that says “Add.” Your computer will now search for it.

    Check the Startup

    • Restart your computer. If your computer is equipped with Bluetooth technology, you should see the Bluetooth logo on the bottom right-hand side of the start bar. This logo is a blue oval with two white triangles, with the bottom and left-hand sides of the triangles extending. Another way to see if your computer is equipped with Bluetooth technology is by going to the control panel and searching for Bluetooth. If your computer is Bluetooth -compatible, then you will see the Bluetooth logo that says “Bluetooth Devices" in the control panel. When you click on this logo you have the option to click “Add” to add the device, “Options,” “Hardware,” and to see the “COM or Serial Ports.”

    Wi-Fi Internet

    • If you have a wireless Internet service installed on your computer then you will be Bluetooth-compatible. The Bluetooth option will automatically load if you have wireless Internet installed. One way to check if you have wireless Internet, is by right-clicking on “My Computer” and selecting “Properties > Device Manager > Network Adapters.” If you have wireless Internet it will be listed under this category. Although wireless internet comes standard with most versions of laptops, they are not as common with PC’s. Because people do not carry their desktop with them to wireless hubs, a wireless device needs to be purchased and installed.

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