How to connect a Bluetooth speaker to a PC?
A Bluetooth speaker offers the convenience of eliminating the cables off of your work desk. You would be able to enjoy amplified music and overall audio performance without any limitation on your speakers’ placement.
Once you know how to connect a Bluetooth speaker to a computer, you can follow a similar procedure for both desktop computers and laptops.
Does your computer have a built-in Bluetooth port?
Most modern-day desktop computers come with a Bluetooth port, and therefore you do not need any additional hardware for connecting a wireless speaker. If your computer doesn’t support Bluetooth connection, your first step would be to invest in a suitable Bluetooth adapter. This can be connected to the USB port in your computer.
The adapter might come preloaded with the essential driver, which will then be installed in your machine. This makes your desktop computer ready to connect to other peripherals via Bluetooth. This adapter can be used with desktop machines as well as laptops.
Connecting Bluetooth speaker to a Windows System
1. Turn on the Bluetooth
To know whether the Bluetooth port in your computer or laptop is turned on, you should know the Windows version you have installed.
For Windows 10 machines
For Windows 8 machines
2. Make the Bluetooth device discoverable
Setting the Bluetooth speaker in the pairing mode is a simple process. With most speakers powering the device on makes it discoverable. There is a dedicated Bluetooth button in some speakers; you should press and hold to trigger the “pairing mode”.
If the speaker is already paired with another device, make sure that the pairing is disconnected. Some speakers can only be paired to one device at a time.
To know more about putting your Bluetooth speaker in the pairing mode, refer to the product manual. This will also give you details about the device name that is likely to be displayed on your computer when you try to establish a connection.
If your speaker comes with an LED indicator, you should notice the blue light blinking when the device is in pairing mode. A steady blue light often denotes the successful establishment of the connection.
3. Connect the Bluetooth speaker
4. Ensure permissions
By default, your Bluetooth speaker is selected as the preferred output audio device as soon as the Bluetooth connection is established. To ensure that the connected Bluetooth speaker is used for audio output and input (in case the speaker comes with a built-in microphone), go to the Sound Settings page from System settings in the Control Panel.
In “Choose your output device” dropdown, select the connected speaker. Repeat the same for the input device as well. You can adjust the output volume level from the same page. Choose Device Properties and click Additional Device Properties. This lets you tweak additional parameters like Bass Boost, Headphone Virtualization, and Loudness Equalization.
You can also check for any available driver settings. Once you save these settings, all audio output, including video playback and music, would be directed to the connected Bluetooth speaker. Selecting the output device manually might be required in some apps.
At the same time, the basic media player in the computer should have no issues in automatically giving the audio output through the Bluetooth speaker.
Connecting Bluetooth speaker to Mac
The procedure to connect a Bluetooth speaker to a Mac computer remains the same whether you have macOS Catalina 10.15 or macOS Mojave 10.14. You would find Bluetooth settings in the Apple menu.
How to connect Bluetooth Speaker to MAC
Connecting a paired Bluetooth speaker
The steps above for connecting the Bluetooth speaker to the computer is a one time process. Both with Windows and Mac computer pairing doesn’t have to be done each time the speaker is connected. You can simply disconnect the device when it is not in use by turning off the speaker.
The next time the speaker is turned on, it automatically gets connected to the computer as long as the Bluetooth option is still on. If you wish to connect a speaker for one-time use, you can manually remove the device after use. Head on to the Bluetooth Settings page where you added the device in the first place.
In the paired devices list, click the Bluetooth speaker’s name. Select the Remove Device option to remove and clear all settings. Once this is done, you would have to follow the whole procedure mentioned above in order to use the speaker again with the computer.
Tips to enjoy consistent Bluetooth connectivity between your computer and speaker:
Connecting a Bluetooth speaker with a desktop computer is easy. It lets you enjoy better audio quality for music and games, and a clearer voice in calls. If the speaker also comes with a built-in microphone, you would be able to enjoy seamless transitions between videos and calls without having to disconnect the Bluetooth speaker.
Irrespective of your computer’s configuration and the operating system installed, you can connect any Bluetooth speaker of your choice using the steps above.