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How to Connect Bluetooth Speaker to PC

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Connecting a Bluetooth speaker to a computer is a little difficult than connecting it to a smartphone. However, in most cases, you can do it quickly.

Once you connect the speaker to your PC, you will find it very easy to set up every time you want to use your Bluetooth speaker.

In this article, we will learn about the steps for connecting a Bluetooth speaker to a PC. Whether it is Windows 7 or Windows 10, or Mac Book, we will learn the easiest connection process.

We shall also discuss some troubleshooting tips to help you deal with any connection issues.

What are we waiting for! Let us get started with the discussion.

Before that, let us learn how a Bluetooth speaker works.

How Does A Bluetooth Speaker Work?

A Bluetooth speaker or any other Bluetooth-enabled device works by using short-range radio waves. The normal speakers connect to your home audio system through cables. The Bluetooth speakers connect and communicate using radio waves instead of cables. Be it Bluetooth, cable, or Wi-Fi, you will have to transfer your audio data to your speakers in a similar way.

The working mechanism of Bluetooth is similar to the Wi-Fi network connection. Moreover, it uses the same 2.4GHz frequency to create a network that is about 10 meters in radius. This network enables the connection and can support nearly eight devices at a time.

All it requires is that you should know connecting a Bluetooth speaker or other Bluetooth devices to your computer. When you can do this, you can easily create a home or office Bluetooth network that simultaneously supports around two to eight devices.

In the year 2010, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially announced the adoption of version 4.0 of the Bluetooth Core Specification. Ever since the Bluetooth 4.0 specification got official, Bluetooth started offering features, like low energy, increased range, low costs, and higher speed mode. These features made Bluetooth stand as a viable alternative to similar wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi, etc., that are faster than Bluetooth.

The upside of these Bluetooth speakers is that they can operate for a longer period. Their batteries do not get drained and also the batteries of the computers to which they remain connected.

How Do I Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to My Computer?

Connecting a Bluetooth speaker to your computer or laptop is not apparent as it looks. You need to first pair both devices, and only then you can play music from your PC through the speakers. Pairing the Bluetooth speaker to a computer can vary depending on the operating systems used in it. However, there are basic things you need to do for connecting the devices, irrespective of the OS in your PC. Below are the necessary steps:

  • Switch on both the Bluetooth speaker and your computer.
  • When you turn on your Bluetooth speaker, ensure that it is not connected to any other devices. 
  • Make sure the computer is within the range of the speaker.
  • Put the speaker on pairing mode. When you enable the mode, it will make your Bluetooth device discoverable to your desktop or laptop that you want to connect.
  • Activating pairing mode differs from model to model. You will have to refer to the user manual of the Bluetooth speaker to know how to do it.
  • After you have enabled the pairing mode on your Bluetooth speaker, it is time to pair it with your PC.
  • Let us learn how to connect a Bluetooth speaker to computers of various operating systems like Windows 10, Windows 7, MacBook, etc.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to Windows 10?

You can connect your Bluetooth speaker to Windows 10 Computer in two different methods.

Let us learn about the step-by-step process to connect in both methods.

Method 1

Below are the steps to follow in Method 1:

  • Firstly, click on the Windows button in the bottom left corner. You will find the Settings icon. Click on that.
  • When you select the Settings icon, it will direct you to a new page with a set of options. Select the Devices option from the list
  • In the Devices menu, you will find a list of options to the left-hand side. Select the Bluetooth option. Toggle it to switch on the Bluetooth it is switched off.  
  • Now, turn on the Bluetooth speaker and put it on the pairing mode. 
  • When you enable the mode, it will make your Bluetooth device discoverable to your desktop or laptop that you want to connect.
  • Activating pairing mode differs from model to model. You will have to refer to the user manual of the Bluetooth speaker to know how to do it. Most devices come with a dedicated pairing button.
  • After you activated the pairing mode on your Bluetooth speaker, go back to the Bluetooth menu on your PC. You will see a list of discovered devices displayed on the page. You will notice the name of your Bluetooth speaker popping pop up in the list.
  • Once the name pops up, click on that and select the pair option. Some devices may require entering a code or a number to complete the pairing process. However, it is dependent on the type of Bluetooth speaker you are using.  

Method 2

Below are the steps to follow in Method 2:

  • Switch on the Bluetooth speaker.
  • When you turn on your Bluetooth speaker, ensure that it is not connected to any other devices. 
  • Put the speaker on pairing mode. When you enable the mode, it will make your Bluetooth device discoverable to your desktop or laptop that you want to connect.
  • Activating pairing mode differs from model to model. You will have to refer to the user manual of the Bluetooth speaker to know how to do it.
  • Some devices need plugging them in and turn them on for them to be paired.
  • Some other devices require the PC to be in close range to the computer for pairing.
  • Let us move to your laptop or desktop for the other steps:
  • In the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, you will find a speech bubble icon to the extreme right. Click on that. 
  • If you have enabled active notifications, you may find the icon in a square shape with a small number over it.
  • When you click on the speech bubble icon, it will display the Action Center. It consists of a panel of options in tiles at the bottom of the screen.
  • Select the Bluetooth icon from the panel of tiles. Once you turn it on, the tile will turn blue, indicating that Bluetooth is turned on in the device.
  • Now, select Connect option from the same panel of tiles in the Action Center. When you click on that, you will notice the panel sliding away for a moment while it searches for the discoverable devices.
  • You will see a list of discovered devices displayed on the page. You will notice the name of your Bluetooth speaker popping pop up in the list. Make sure your Bluetooth speaker is turned on, and you have activated the pairing mode.
  • Once the name pops up, click on that and select the pair option to complete the pairing process. 
  • Once connected, you can play your favourite music from the computer.
  • After your computer connects to the Bluetooth speaker, all the audio on the Windows will be rerouted via the speaker. 
  • In any case, this is not happening means that there is no audio playback happening through your Bluetooth speaker. This is what you can do in such instances:
  • Go to the Windows page and select the volume icon located in the bottom right corner of the page. Now, left-click on the icon to choose it as the source.
  • You can also do this. Right-click on the volume icon, and it will display a few options. Select the “Open Sound Settings” option from the list. You can even choose the source here.
  • Whenever you make these changes, you may have to restart some apps in order to apply the changes. 

How to Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to Windows 7?

Let us learn about the step-by-step process to connect your Bluetooth speaker to a Window 7 computer:

  • Click on the start button on your computer screen.
  • Go to the Control Panel option.
  • On this page, you will find a set of options. Select the Change Bluetooth settings option.
  • Upon selecting, it will redirect you to another page. Here you will have to enable the below settings:  
  • Under the Discover segment, you will find the “Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer” setting.
  • Under the Connections segment, you will find these two options.
  • Allow Bluetooth devices to connect to this computer.
  • Alert me when a new Bluetooth device wants to connect.
  • Enable these three settings by selecting the check box.
  • After you enable the settings, click Apply to confirm the changes. After confirming, the window will close.

Let us see how to pair the Bluetooth speaker to your Windows 7 computer:

  • Click on the start button on your computer screen.
  • Go to the Control Panel option.
  • On this page, you will find a set of options. Select the Device and Printers option from the list.
  • After selecting, click on the Add a device option.
  • You will see a list of discovered devices displayed on the page. You will notice the name of your Bluetooth speaker popping pop up in the list.
  • Once the name pops up, click on that, and you will receive a notification that says Connecting to the device.
  • The moment you get the notification on your computer, your PC will automatically start installing the required drivers.
  • After installation, you will receive another notification that requires entering a code or a number to complete the pairing process. For most Bluetooth speakers, it is 0000. If it is not, you can check the user manual of the speaker to find the code.
  • After you enter the pairing code, it will redirect you to another window. Click on the Devices and Printers option in the window. 
  • Now, double-click on the name of your Bluetooth speaker.
  • Your computer is now successfully connected to the Bluetooth speaker.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to MacBook?

Although Mac provides wide access to media, they do not come with the best speakers. Here is the good news. You can connect the audio on your computer to any Bluetooth-enabled speaker using the Bluetooth wireless connection of your Mac. The Bluetooth function on your Mac computer makes it easy to connect to a speaker. Furthermore, you can play music from your Mac without requiring any physical connections.

Let us learn about the step-by-step process to connect your Bluetooth speaker to MacBook:

  • Switch on the Bluetooth speaker.
  • When you turn on your Bluetooth speaker, ensure that it is not connected to any other devices. 
  • Put the speaker on pairing mode. When you enable the mode, it will make your Bluetooth device discoverable to your desktop or laptop that you want to connect.
  • Activating pairing mode differs from model to model. You will have to refer to the user manual of the Bluetooth speaker to know how to do it.
  • Some devices need flipping a switch and turn them on for them to be paired.
  • Some other devices require a few more steps for the same. Let us say you are using Amazon Echo. In such a case, you will have to log in to your Amazon account to make the device discoverable.

Let us move to your Mac for the other steps:

  • On your Mac screen, you will find an Apple logo in the upper-left corner. Click on the logo. 
  • After you click on the Apple logo, it will display a window with an Apple menu. Click on System Preferences.
  • On the System Preferences page, you will find the Bluetooth logo in the third row. Click on the logo. This will make your Mac discoverable.
  • You will see a list of discovered devices displayed on the page under the “Devices”. 
  • You will notice the name of your Bluetooth speaker popping pop up in the list.
  • Once the name pops up, double-click on the name of your Bluetooth speaker and select the pair option.
  • You can even right-click on the name of your Bluetooth speaker and select Connect option. When you do so, your Mc may ask you to accept the connection. You just have to click on the Accept button.
  • Your Mac is now successfully connected to the Bluetooth speaker. Any audio you play from your computer will come through the speaker.
  • When you do not see the speaker’s name listed in your Bluetooth devices, check your device again. Ensure that the speaker is in the pairing mode.

You may ask how to disconnect my Mac from the Bluetooth speaker. It is very simple. Just follow the below steps:

Go back to the Bluetooth menu and right-click on the speaker’s name. Now, click “Disconnect.”

The moment your Mac and speaker are paired, the speaker should always show up in the Bluetooth devices list of your Mac. In some cases, your Mac may even default to Bluetooth for audio as soon as it turns on.

How To Troubleshoot the Connection Issues?

Sometimes, you may encounter issues when are trying to connect your Bluetooth speaker to the computer. Do not worry! We are here to help you how to tackle those problems. Here are some troubleshooting tips listed below.

  • Is your Bluetooth Speaker not seen in the list of available pairing devices? Switch off the speaker and switch it on again. You will now be able to notice the name of your Bluetooth speaker popping pop up in the list of available devices on your PC. 
  • Are you not able to connect your computer to the Bluetooth speaker? This problem mostly arises when there is an issue with the Bluetooth drivers. In such cases, go to the Start Now menu and open the Device Manager. Now, open the Network adaptors category on that page and look for an exclamation mark. If you see that mark, reinstall the drivers. If you notice a down arrow instead of the exclamation mark, it means that Bluetooth is disabled. You can enable Bluetooth by doing a right-click on the icon and selecting the enable option.
  • Always make sure your computer is not in Aeroplane mode. If your PC is in Aeroplane mode, it will not connect with other devices. Go to the Settings and select the Network and Internet section. You will find the option here to turn off the Aeroplane mode.

Why Does Not My Bluetooth Speaker Connect to My PC?

When you are facing issues connecting your Bluetooth speaker to the PC, there are many reasons behind this. Let us follow some basic steps to resolve this issue. 

Start with this: Turn off the Bluetooth speaker and then turn it on again. Simultaneously, restart your computer, as well.

There are chances that other devices may be connected to your speaker. Unpair all the previously connected devices and re-pair to the one that you are trying to connect. 

What Are The Advantages And Limitations Of Bluetooth Speakers?

Bluetooth technology is a viable alternative to wireless technologies like Wi-Fi. It helps connect or pair two devices in a few seconds. It creates a network with a radius of 10 meters to 20 meters. This range is a must to carry on the operations when playing or streaming audio or music, or print documents.  

You should ensure the proximity within the range and check for the walls, floors, or ceilings. These can reduce the network range, and it is true for almost all wireless networks.

The other significant advantage of Bluetooth technology is that it is safer than the other Wi-Fi connections. The Bluetooth networks change frequencies very often, and this makes network penetration a difficult task. Moreover, the Bluetooth-enabled devices come with encrypted connections. This provides an additional layer of network security.

However, there are limitations to the Bluetooth devices, as well. You may have difficulty pairing these devices to your smartphones, laptops, tablets, computers, etc. You need to be aware of the connecting and pairing process. Once you know how to do it, you will not find any problem with the connection process. Even if you do, you will be knowing how to troubleshoot these issues.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Why won’t my Bluetooth speaker connect to my PC?

Ans: If your Bluetooth speaker is not visible in the list of available devices, turn-off and turn-on your Bluetooth speaker. If it does not connect to your PC, remove it from the paired devices list and re-add it. You can do so by visiting the Bluetooth and other devices section.

2. How do I connect my Bluetooth speaker to my computer without Bluetooth?

Ans: If your computer does not have the in-built Bluetooth module, you can get a Bluetooth adapter. You have to plug it into the USB port of your computer. However, you need to ensure that the adapter is compatible with your computer.

3. How do I find Bluetooth on Windows 10?

Ans: Go to Settings from the Windows Start menu. Select the Devices tab and click on Bluetooth and other devices. Check if the Bluetooth is in Off or On. If it is in of, you will have to turn the Bluetooth toggle switch to On. Now, you can use Bluetooth on your Windows 10 PC.

4. Why did my Bluetooth disappear in Windows 10?

Ans: If there is no Bluetooth driver installed on your PC, then the Bluetooth icon may disappear. If the driver becomes correct, then also it will disappear. In such cases, you will have to update or reinstall your driver. Also, note that some computers do not have the in-built Bluetooth feature.

5. Why won’t my Bluetooth speaker connect to my Mac?

Ans: If your Mac does not detect the Bluetooth speaker, then they won’t pair together. To troubleshoot, turn-off, and turn on the speaker. Additionally, remove the speaker from the list of paired devices. This should rectify the problem and connect your Bluetooth speaker to Mac.

Conclusion:

I hope this article explained how to connect your Bluetooth speaker to the PC. Whether it is Windows 7 or Windows 10, or MacBook, you can now connect easily using the information in this article. Let us know if this article helped you with the connection process. Please share this information with your friends and help them, as well.

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