You do not need any separate hardware to connect a Bluetooth headphone to your Windows 7 PC. However, you need to make sure if your PC has the built-in Bluetooth feature. Most PCs have built-in Bluetooth technology. If your PC does not have it, you need to purchase a Bluetooth module adapter.
Once you have sorted this, you can follow the steps below to connect a Bluetooth headphone to your Windows 7 PC.
Step 1: Activate the pairing mode
Your Bluetooth headphone will become discoverable only when you activate the pairing mode. The specific way to activate the pairing mode differs from one brand to another.
Some models enter the pairing mode once you start them. In some models, you will have to activate it by long-pressing the dedicated pairing mode button. For other models, you will have to press the volume-up button and the power button.
Please refer to the user manual for specific instructions on how to activate the pairing mode.
Step 2: Activate Bluetooth on your PC
Now, you will have to activate the Bluetooth on your PC by visiting the Bluetooth settings menu. If you see the Bluetooth icon on the right side of the taskbar, right-click on it and select settings.
Otherwise, go to the Control panel, search Bluetooth, and click on the Change Bluetooth settings option. In this screen, you will have to check the following 3 options.
- Alert me when a new Bluetooth device wants to connect
- Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer
- Allow Bluetooth devices to connect to this computer
Once you have checked the boxes, click on Apply.
Step 3: Pair the devices
Now, you will have to pair the devices. Visit the Control panel and select Devices and printers. Under this section, select Add a device. You will have to make sure the device is in pairing mode.
You will see a list of devices that you connect to your PC. From this list, select the Bluetooth headphone you want to connect to. Now, you will receive a Connecting to device notification.
Step 4: Install Bluetooth drivers
Once you receive the notification, your PC will automatically install the Bluetooth driver. However, if you see an exclamation mark, it means the installation was not successful. You will have to update or reinstall your drivers.
Step 5: Enter the pairing code
After the successful installation, you will receive another notification. At this point, you will have to enter the pairing code of the Bluetooth headphone. For most headphones, the pairing code will be 0000. If not, it will be mentioned in the user manual.
Step 6: Configure the Bluetooth headphone
Once you enter the pairing code, a new dialog box will open. Select the Devices and Printers option. You will see a list of devices connected to your PC. Double-click on the Bluetooth headphone name.
You will see options. You can either select the listen to music option or the forward call to hands-free option.
After this, visit the Playback devices menu by right-clicking on the sound icon. Select the headphones as the default playback device.
Now, your Windows PC is connected to your Bluetooth headphone.
- Sometimes, your PC will not show the Bluetooth headphone name even if it is in pairing mode. If that is the case, turn-off, and turn-on your Bluetooth headphone. This process will sort out the issue.
- If there is any problem with your PC’s Bluetooth, the two devices won’t connect. If you see an exclamation mark on the Bluetooth icon in the taskbar, update or reinstall the drivers. If you see a downward arrow, activate the Bluetooth option.
- If your PC is in airplane mode, you won’t be able to connect it with any devices. So, ensure that it is not in airplane mode. To turn it off, click on the WiFi icon in the taskbar. Then click on the airplane mode. Alternatively, you can visit the Network and settings menu to turn it off.
Frequently Asked Questions
In the taskbar, click on the Bluetooth icon. It will take you to the Bluetooth settings menu. Alternatively, you can go to the Control panel, search Bluetooth, and click on the Change Bluetooth settings option. From there, you can enable the Bluetooth option.
If you can’t add a new Bluetooth device, remove all the paired devices. Then, add the new Bluetooth device. You can remove the paired devices by visiting the Devices category under the Hardware and sound section.
If there is a problem with your Bluetooth Driver, your headset will not work. You will also see an exclamation mark on the Bluetooth icon in the taskbar. In such cases, first, check if the driver is updated to the latest version. If the issue persists, uninstall and reinstall the driver.
First, you will have to download the installation file to a folder on your computer. Then, uninstall the current version of the driver that is not working properly. Lastly, open the file to launch the installation process. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.
Most PCs will come with built-in Bluetooth technology. If your PC does not have built-in Bluetooth, you will have to purchase an external Bluetooth adapter. Plug the adapter into the USB port of your PC. This will enable Bluetooth connectivity and allow your computer to connect to other devices.
You can connect a Bluetooth headphone to your Windows 7 PC in a few steps. First, you will have to turn on the Bluetooth option and activate the pairing mode. Then select the headphone name from your PC’s Bluetooth visible devices list. Once you enter the pairing code, it will connect to the Bluetooth headphone.
It is a one-time process. After that, your PC will connect to your Bluetooth headphone directly once you turn them on.
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