How To Connect Bluetooth Headphones To PC? (4 Easy Steps!)

As enjoyable as it is to blast your favorite songs (or Netflix shows) from your PC speakers, it is generally frowned upon by those of us who share our homes. This is where a good pair of Bluetooth headphones come in handy.

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to PC? The process is thankfully extremely simple and has a few advantages.

For starters, you won't have to connect a cable from your head to your laptop or desktop tower, and you might even be able to get up and go to the next room without pausing playback if necessary. So let's go over this relatively simple connection procedure.

How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to PC
How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to PC?


Quick Answer, How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to PC?

Choose Start > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices > Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth on your PC. Select the device and, if any, extra instructions, then click Done.

Make sure your PC has Bluetooth

It would be embarrassing to sit down with a nice, new pair of Bluetooth headphones only to discover that the PC you're using doesn't even support them natively. So, before you go out and buy those headphones you've been eyeing, let's first make sure they'll work with the computer you use every day.

The good news is that it only takes a few seconds. In Windows 10, move your mouse to the lower-right corner of the screen, just to the right of the date and time in the taskbar. This is usually where system-level notifications appear, but if you click on it, it should open the “action center” with a few options along the bottom.

One of them should be to turn Bluetooth on and off. To put it simply, if you see that, you have Bluetooth. Congratulations! On both Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, you can also open the Start menu and type “Bluetooth” into the search bar.

You're good to go if that takes you to a menu called “Bluetooth and other devices.” To be honest, unless you bought your Windows laptop or desktop several years ago, you shouldn't have to worry about this. If you're not a fan of Bluetooth, you can get a USB Bluetooth transmitter for less than $15.

How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to PC? (Windows 10 & 8)

Step 1: Ascertain that your laptop/desktop computer contains a Bluetooth module as the first step.

The first critical step is to ensure that your laptop or desktop computer has a Bluetooth module. Certain laptops and desktops may not include this hardware. Consult the documentation for your laptop/desktop to determine whether the Bluetooth module is available.

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If your laptop/desktop does not include a Bluetooth module, you can purchase an external Bluetooth module adapter to enable Bluetooth functionality on your laptop/desktop.

Step 2: Enable pairing mode on the device you wish to connect to your computer.

By activating pairing mode, you enable the device to be discoverable by your laptop or desktop computer.

The processes for entering pairing mode differ according to the device to which you wish to connect (headphones, speakers, smartphone, etc.).

When the WH-1000XM4 wireless Bluetooth headset is used for the first time, it automatically enters pairing mode. The second time you link it, though, you must press and hold the pairing mode button for seven seconds.

Step 3: On your laptop/desktop computer, enable Bluetooth.

  1. Select [Start] and then [Settings].
  2. Select [Devices].
  3. Select the [Bluetooth & other devices]/[Bluetooth] tab and toggle the [ON] switch to Bluetooth.
  4. If Bluetooth is not enabled, choose [More Bluetooth options] / [Advanced Bluetooth settings] from the Related Settings menu.
  5. The Bluetooth configuration window will appear. The first tab [Options] contains a [Discovery] section that includes the option [Allow Bluetooth devices to discover this PC].
  6. Allow Bluetooth devices to discover this computer] and click the [Apply] button at the bottom.
If It Does Not Work, Perform A Compatibility Check
If It Does Not Work, Perform A Compatibility Check

Step 4: Connect and configure your device

We will pair the WH-1000XM4 Bluetooth wireless headphones in the following example.

  1. Select [Settings] from the [Start] menu.
  2. Choose [Devices].
  3. Ascertain that the [Bluetooth & other devices]/[Bluetooth] button is set to [On] in the [Bluetooth & other devices]/[Bluetooth] tab. Then click [Add Bluetooth or another device] [Add Bluetooth or another device].
  4. [Bluetooth] Click [Bluetooth].
  5. Here: [WH-1000XM4] with the headset symbol and the ‘Audio' signal.
  6. Confirm the pairing by clicking [Done].

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If It Does Not Work, Perform A Compatibility Check

If you are unable to locate the Bluetooth option, it is possible that your PC is incompatible. This is how to verify.

On Windows 10, hover your cursor over the Action Center in the bottom right corner of the screen. It is situated directly above the time and date. You will see a Bluetooth option. If you see it, congratulations! You are only a few steps away from enjoying wireless audio!

Bluetooth Headphones Won’t Connect to PC: What to Do?

Bluetooth may be the standard wireless connection today, but it still has flaws when compared to other wireless connectivity options such as RF and IF. And, before delving deeper into the more complex causes of Bluetooth failure, it's a good idea to figure out where the problem is first.

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Simply connect your Bluetooth headphones to various devices to accomplish this (like your phones, tablets, etc). And then see if it works.

If it doesn't, it's safe to assume that the issue is with your Bluetooth headphones. If it does, however, you should investigate your PC. In any case, we've put together some simple instructions for what to do if your Bluetooth headphones won't connect to your PC.

For Bluetooth headphones issues

There are two common causes of headphones-related connection failure. They are as follows:

  • The battery is running out of power.
  • The Bluetooth configuration must be reset.

If these aren't the issues, you'll need to contact the manufacturer for a warranty replacement or take your headphones to a professional. However, before proceeding with any other repairs, it is critical to rule out these two possibilities.

Check to see if your Bluetooth headphones are still linked to another device. While some headphones support more than three multipoint connections, others, such as Sony's WF-1000XM3, can only connect to two devices at once.

1. Check the battery

For Bluetooth to function properly, your headphones' battery must be fully charged; otherwise, you will likely encounter a problem when attempting to connect your device.

To avoid connectivity issues caused by a low battery level, make sure to fully charge your batteries before using them. Spend some time charging the batteries or replacing them if you have spares. Then try pairing the devices once more.

2. Reset your headphones.

Changes to your device, such as modifying the firmware or installing updates, can have an impact on your headphones' ability to connect. Resetting your Bluetooth headphones may be all you need to correct the errors and get them working properly again.

If you've gotten this far and the above-mentioned procedures haven't solved the problem, check your PC settings.

How to Connect Any Bluetooth Headphones to Your PC?
How to Connect Any Bluetooth Headphones to Your PC?

For PC issues

It's not unusual for your PC to be the cause of your Bluetooth headphones not connecting.

Because a PC is a complex device that relies on a variety of software and hardware to function, expect the problem to manifest itself in multiple areas. Here's a quick guide to resolving Bluetooth connection issues on your PC.

1. Make sure your PC supports Bluetooth

Both devices must be Bluetooth-enabled for Bluetooth technology to function. The good news is that, with the exception of a few inferior models and outdated PCs, most modern PCs have Bluetooth capabilities.

To see if your PC has a built-in Bluetooth feature, try the following:

  • Look for the Bluetooth icon in the lower right corner of your screen on the taskbar. If you don't see the Bluetooth logo, click the arrow up to reveal the hidden icons and look for it.
  • If you can't find the Bluetooth icon, go to the Device Manager.
  • To access the Device Manager, look for the Windows Start button in the lower-left corner of your screen and right-click on it, or press Windows Key + X simultaneously.
  • Bluetooth is easily accessible in Windows 10 Device Manager. It is located under the Devices and Printers heading in Windows 7. If Bluetooth is listed as one of the hardware options in the Device Manager, your computer is Bluetooth-capable.
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Conclusion on How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to PC

Connecting a pair of Bluetooth headphones to a Windows PC is surprisingly simple and has a few advantages.

To begin, you won't need to run a cable from your head to your laptop or desktop tower, and you may even be able to stand and walk to the next room without halting playing if necessary.

Another way to achieve this is to enter the Start menu and type “Bluetooth” into the search box on both Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. If this brings up a menu labeled “Bluetooth and other devices,” you're good to go.

To be honest, unless you purchased your Windows laptop or desktop several years ago, you shouldn't have to worry about this. If you're not a believer in Bluetooth, you may purchase a USB Bluetooth transmitter for less than $15.

FAQs About Pairing Headphones To PC

How can I pair wireless headphones with my computer?

On your headphones, press and hold the power button.
To link your Bluetooth headphones with your Windows 10 PC, you must first enable pairing mode on the headphones. This will switch on your headphones and immediately activate their Bluetooth, depending on the model.

Why are my Bluetooth headphones unable to connect to my computer?

Examine your computer
Ascertain that the Airplane mode is disabled. Activate and deactivate Bluetooth: Choose Start, followed by Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices. Switch off Bluetooth, wait a few seconds, and then re-enable it. To discover how to reconnect your Bluetooth device, see Reconnect your Bluetooth device.

How can I connect my Bluetooth headphones without using an adaptor to my computer?

How to pair your Bluetooth device with your computer
Connect the mouse by pressing and holding the Connect button on the bottom of the mouse.
Open the Bluetooth software on your PC.
Select the Devices tab, followed by Add.
Adhere to the on-screen instructions.

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