Last updated on November 30, 2020

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?

How to connect a Bluetooth speaker to a PC?

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

  • Windows 10 brings the Bluetooth adapter toggle option directly in the Action Center. This works much like the notifications bar in most smartphones and tablets.
Turn on the Bluetooth
  • Windows 10 brings the Bluetooth adapter toggle option directly in the Action Center. This works much like the notifications bar in most smartphones and tablets.
  • If you cannot find the Bluetooth option in the Action Center, go to Settings from the Start menu. Select the System tab and then click Notifications & Actions from the menu. Click “Edit your quick actions” option. This lets you customize the buttons displayed in Action Center and also rearrange the layout. You can add the Bluetooth toggle option to Action Center from this option. This lets you quickly turn Bluetooth on or off whenever required.
  • Once the direct toggle button is ready in the Action Center, click the Bluetooth icon to turn on or turn off the Bluetooth connection on your computer.

For Windows 8 machines

  • Go to the Start Menu by clicking the Windows button.
  • In the search bar, type “Bluetooth”. You would be able to see the option “Bluetooth Settings” 
  • Alternatively, you would also be able to find this option from the Control Panel. Select the “Devices” tab on the Control Panel. Click the “Bluetooth & Other Devices” option.
  • Once you are on the Bluetooth Settings page, you can toggle the connection on or off. This is also the page where you can add or remove Bluetooth devices like speakers.

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. 

Make the Bluetooth device discoverable

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 

  • In Windows 10 computer, right-click the Bluetooth icon from the Action Center. This takes you to the Bluetooth Settings page. In Windows 8 computers, you can access settings directly from the page where you toggle Bluetooth connection on.
  • Click the “Add Bluetooth or other Devices” option on the Bluetooth settings page.
  • Choose Bluetooth in the next window that appears.
  • This opens a window that shows all the discoverable Bluetooth accessories in the range. Look for the name of the speaker in the list displayed. If you had renamed the device from any other paired device, you should see the new name on the list. For the default name of the speaker, refer to the device manual. It is often a combination of letters and numbers that denote the device model number.
Connect the Bluetooth speaker
  • Click the device name to connect the computer to the speaker.
  • For speakers with a display, you might sometimes be asked to verify the connection with a code. If you find the same code displayed on both your computer and the speaker, click on the Connect option. For most other speakers, simply choosing the device name when the device is discoverable would be enough to establish the connection.
  • Your computer is then connected to the Bluetooth speaker for audio output.

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

  • To begin with, ensure that the speaker you wish to pair with the Mac computer is turned on. Put it in the pairing mode if there is an option on the device. This step remains the same irrespective of the computer to which you wish to pair the device.
  • Go to Apple Menu by clicking the Apple button at the bottom of the screen. Choose System Preferences to manage Bluetooth settings.
  • Look for the Bluetooth logo to open the Bluetooth settings tab. Turn Bluetooth on if it is not already turned on. You can also choose the option “Show Bluetooth in Menu Bar” in order to reduce the number of steps involved in turning Bluetooth on the next time.
  • Once your Mac computer’s Bluetooth adapter is turned on, you should see the discoverable devices nearby. Select the speaker that you wish to pair with the computer. Right-click the speaker’s name and choose the connect device option. This is also the place where you can choose to change the name of the device if required. Click Accept in the next tab that opens, and your speaker would be connected and ready for use.
  • When you wish to disconnect the device, double click the device name from the Bluetooth settings page and select Disconnect. You can also unpair the device on the same page.

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:

  • The range of the Bluetooth connection depends on the Bluetooth standard available in your speaker and on the computer. For the first time pairing of a speaker, ensure that it is positioned close to the computer so that you can get an obstruction-free connection.
  • Always ensure that your PC’s Bluetooth drivers are up-to-date. This makes your connection more secure. Turning automatic driver updates on would also ensure a reliable connection and uninterrupted audio experience.
  • If you notice a drop in voice or other signs of a bad connection, try disconnecting the device and connecting again.
  • If the Bluetooth speaker is already connected with any other paired device, you might not be able to connect it to your computer. So, turn off all other active connections with the speaker in order to establish pairing with a new computer or laptop.
  • Placing the Bluetooth speaker too close to a Wi-Fi router might sometimes lead to interference. Signal quality is of prime importance when it comes to connecting a new device to your computer. So keep the speaker and computer in an interference-free zone for quick pairing.
  • Refer to your speaker manual or check the product page from the manufacturer’s website to get more information about the speaker’s range, number of devices that can be simultaneously connected, and other details.

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.

About the author 

Piyush

Piyush Kashyap is a Ph.D student at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur. He is a budding editor/ writer and has been working as a part-time reviewer for online content. He loves to read tech-based articles and has a knack for reviewing such articles He likes to stay updated about the latest trends in technology. He has also been working as a reviewer for many scientific journals. He also writes articles based on science. Know More About Piyush

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