Here is a guide on how to connect a Bluetooth speaker to your laptop, with the least amount of fuss possible!
Bluetooth might seem like a technology of the last age, but it is far from that. Over the years, Bluetooth has gotten only better. However, when it comes to laptops, Bluetooth pairing can be a pain at times, if you don’t follow the steps. It’s even harder when you’re using a device that doesn’t have a display interface, like Bluetooth speakers.
Step 1: Enable
The first step, of course, is to make sure both your laptop and the Bluetooth speaker are turned on — i.e. the Bluetooth on both devices is enabled.
First off, you need to enable the Bluetooth on your laptop.
For Windows 10:
The thing to remember with Windows laptops is that the hardware toggle for Bluetooth and/or the Airplane Mode/Wireless hotkey on the keyboard is known to be notorious. So check that your Bluetooth is enabled through the hotkey first, just to avoid any issues.
On the software end, in Windows 10 you can switch Bluetooth on from the Quick Access panel. This is available in the bottom right corner of the desktop, on the taskbar.
If that doesn’t work, head into the Settings, which you can find in the Start menu of Windows 10, by simply clicking on the Start button. Once you’re in the settings, click on the ‘Devices’ tab, which should be the second option present on the screen.
Under Devices, click on ‘Bluetooth’, which will be in the left pane of the Devices page. This will show you the Bluetooth settings, with a Toggle to switch Bluetooth on. Flip it to “On.”
For Mac OS:
For Mac OS, the Bluetooth icon should be visible on the menu bar, in the top right corner of the screen. Click on it, and a drop-down menu will appear. Click on Open Bluetooth Preferences, and you will get the Bluetooth settings screen.
If this doesn’t work, click on the Apple menu, seen at the top left corner. Then click on System Preferences, and then on Bluetooth. This brings you to the same Bluetooth settings screen as mentioned above.
Once you’re on this screen, you can enable Bluetooth by clicking on the “Turn Bluetooth On” button in the left pane of the window.
Make sure your Bluetooth speakers are turned on by clicking the power button on them.
Step 2: Search and Pair
Before you can search for it, there is one more thing you need to do with your Bluetooth speaker. Make sure you’re putting the speaker in the available/seek mode. This usually is achieved by pressing or long-pressing the ‘pair’ available on the speakers.
Check your speaker’s manual to determine the key. The mode itself is generally categorized by a blinking light on your speakers. This should indicate that they’re ready to be searched by your laptop!
For Windows 10:
On the Bluetooth settings screen from the previous step, you will see the option to “Add Bluetooth or another device”, at the top. This will pop-up a window titled “Add a device”. Click on ‘Bluetooth’.
Once you do this, your speakers should show up in the list of available devices. Click on the name of your Bluetooth speaker from the list of available devices, and you’ll be good to go!
For Mac OS:
The Bluetooth settings screen will automatically start populating the list of available devices in the right side pane. Click on the ‘Pair’ button to the right side of the name of the Bluetooth Speakers in the list of available Bluetooth devices, and your speakers should be connected.
At times you might need to enter a default passcode while pairing, which should be available in the user manual for your Bluetooth speakers.
Enjoy your new Bluetooth audio setup!
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