Perhaps you have just bought a pair of wireless headphones and would now like to use them with your PC. If you have not yet had any experience with Bluetooth technology, you may be sitting in front of your computer a little perplexed. Establishing a Bluetooth connection is not as difficult as you might think, step-by-step instructions for a PC and a Macintosh computer are provided to help you get started.
Find out if your PC has or has Bluetooth
First you have to find out whether the Windows PC or Mac computer you want to use has an integrated Bluetooth adapter. Depending on which operating system you are using, you will find two different instructions for establishing the connection below. If you find out that your computer is not equipped with Bluetooth, do not worry. There is also a solution for this scenario, which is presented at the end of the article.
Establish a Bluetooth connection with a Mac
- If you have a Macintosh computer, you can find information about Bluetooth interfaces in the “System Settings”.
- Click the “Apple” logo in the top left corner of your screen
- Select “System Settings” from the drop-down menu
- In the window that appears, select the symbol under which “Bluetooth” is written
- If the Bluetooth icon is not disabled and you can click, you have a Bluetooth adapter on your device and can start setting up.
Pair headphones using a USB Bluetooth dongle
Such a device is good quality available from many manufacturers for less than 20 €. When buying, you should make sure that a current standard (BT 4.0) is supported and which range is supported / required. Some dongles also offer encryption.
Setting up your Bluetooth headphones
In general, pairing is a simple process. After you have successfully activated Bluetooth on your computer, put the headphones into Discovery mode by (longer) pressing a certain button. The connection should be established after a few seconds. This is often confirmed by an LED or a small acoustic signal “connected”.