To connect Bluetooth headphones to a laptop with Windows 10 or a previous version of the system, three basic steps are enough: put the headphones in pairing mode, connect them as a device in Windows, configure the sound output and, if necessary, input from the microphone. And now in detail about each stage of the connection:
- Put your headphones into pairing mode. On different headphones, this is done differently: usually you need to either press and hold the button with the Bluetooth logo until the indicator flashes in a “non-standard” way (for example, change the frequency, color), or, in the absence of such a button, press and hold the power button / off.
- After putting the headphones into pairing mode in Windows 10, go to Settings. Devices and click “Add Bluetooth or other device”.
- In earlier versions of Windows, you can right-click the Bluetooth icon in the notification area and select Add Bluetooth Device (if the icon is not displayed, you can use Control Panel. Devices and Printers. Add Device).
- Further, in Windows 10 and in earlier versions of the system (albeit in a different interface), a search for available Bluetooth devices will be performed. Click on the found headphones.
- The headphones are automatically connected and paired with the laptop. If you are prompted for a code / password when connecting, it is usually sufficient to enter 0000 (four zeros).
- Keep in mind that sometimes the connection is not successful the first time, it also happens that modern headphones cannot be connected to very old laptops (or when using cheap, separately purchased Bluetooth adapters).
- Usually, after connecting, the sound immediately begins to be output through the Bluetooth headphones, and if there is a built-in microphone, it becomes the “Default communication device”. If it doesn’t, in Windows 10 go to sound options and select the appropriate playback and recording devices, as in the image below. Please note: do not select Headset as the output device (in this case, a profile with low sound quality will be used), select “Headphones”.
- In Windows 7 and 8.1, open the Playback and Recorder Devices (the Playback and Recorder panel can also be opened in Windows 10) and configure the default playback device (and recording, if you want to use the headphone microphone) by right-clicking on the desired device and by selecting the appropriate menu item. To output audio (music, sound from games), set the item “Headphones” as “Default device”, for communication using a microphone, select “Headphone” and select “Use default communication device” for it.
This completes the connection process. Please note that if the same headphones are used with a phone or other device, it is possible that you will have to reconnect to it.
How to connect Bluetooth headphones to a laptop or computer
Bluetooth headphones are more and more common due to their ease of use: most often they are connected to a smartphone, but you can also connect to a laptop, PC or monoblock, provided they have a Bluetooth adapter for wireless connection.
How to Connect/Pair your Bluetooth Speaker/Headphones to your Computer/Laptop on Windows 10
This manual describes in detail how to connect Bluetooth headphones to a laptop or PC with Windows 10, 8.1 or Windows 7, what problems may arise in this case, how to solve and additional nuances that may be important. A separate instruction about Apple headphones: How to connect Airpods to a laptop.
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Possible problems in the operation of Bluetooth headphones in Windows and solutions
A great Bluetooth headset with excellent sound when paired with a smartphone does not always perform the same when connected to a laptop or PC with Windows 10 or previous versions of the system. Let’s talk about the most common problems after connecting and about possible ways to solve them.
It should be borne in mind that the quality of operation of a Bluetooth headset or headset in Windows depends on a variety of conditions, ranging from the characteristics of the Bluetooth adapter, the technical characteristics of the headphones themselves and the audio codecs they support, to less obvious factors. For example, when the laptop is connected to Wi-Fi in the 2.4 GHz band and other Bluetooth devices such as a mouse are used at the same time, the connection quality may deteriorate.
- Sound delay. It may depend on various factors: the Bluetooth adapter and its drivers, the audio codecs used, the technical capabilities of the headphones themselves. For details on possible solutions to this problem, see the instructions What to do if the sound in Bluetooth headphones lags behind.
- Poor quality mono sound. Solution: Make sure Headphone is selected in Output Device Settings in Windows 10 or Default Device in the Audio Control Panel of previous systems is set to Headphone instead of Headphone.
- Sound degrades or cuts out when using the headphone microphone. The reason for this is that when using the communication functions (“Headset”), Windows switches the headset profile to HSP or HFP (Headset Profile / Hands-Free Profile), which is intended for communication and does not provide high sound quality unlike the A2DP profile. which is used in the “Headphone” mode. There is no good solution, but you can use a different microphone for communication by setting it up as an input device in Windows, and also disable communication profiles for headphones by going to Control Panel. Devices and Printers and opening the Services tab of your headphones. Simultaneous use of a microphone and high-quality sound transmission is obtained on rare devices: it depends on the adapter, its drivers and the headphones themselves.
- Bluetooth headphones have to be reconnected every time. The reason for this, as a rule, is that the same headphones are used with another device: for example, after connecting to a phone, pairing with a laptop may be lost and you need to remove the device in Windows and reconnect. Feature of most bluetooth devices.
- The headphones turn off by themselves. It can occur as a result of poor communication between them and the Bluetooth adapter due to distance or obstacles, power saving settings on your laptop: try turning on the “Maximum performance” power profile, go to the properties of the Bluetooth adapter in the device manager and if there is a “Control uncheck “Allow this device to be turned off to save energy”, check for the presence of the same tab for the headphones themselves in Windows Device Manager.
In all cases, for any strange behavior of the connected headphones, I recommend installing the original Bluetooth adapter driver without relying on the one that was installed automatically: sometimes, even the old driver for the previous version of Windows for your laptop model from the official website of its manufacturer shows the best work than any others, including the latest compatible ones. All the above points are also relevant for the scenario of connecting a Bluetooth speaker to a laptop.
I am constantly tormented with tws-i7 headphones. if I manage to set them up on the phone, but only connect to the phone, then no other device sees them. If I set up on a TV-box, then they only connect to the TV-box, other devices do not see them. To connect them to the laptop, you need to turn off the bluetooth on the phone, on the TV-box, and then somehow it is possible to connect either left or right one to the laptop. The IVT_BlueSoleil program helps, but it is paid and the tablet is constantly reset, so I decided that it was easier to use ordinary headphones on the laptop, and bought two wireless pairs: one for the phone, the second for the TV-box
I bought two USB audio adapter bluetooth 5.0 on AliExpress for a little over 200 rubles and no problem. Driver disk included.
Good day! The problem arose with the JBL TUNE700BT headphones: the headphones are connected to the laptop, but the sounds only sound mono (disgusting, and sometimes even unbearable). I reinstalled drivers for Bluetooth, sound card, removed and reconnected headphones which I just didn’t do. In the sound properties there is (playback) there are gray headphones with a red down arrow “JBL TUNE700BT STEREO connection interrupted” and it is impossible to connect them, they remain disconnected. Windows 10 x64 Help how this can be fixed?
Hello. Judging by the description, for some reason your headphones are connected as a headset, and not as headphones (i.e. as a communication device only). I won’t give a clear recipe, but in general I would try to turn off that version of the headphones in playback (through the right click), which are now active and turn on those that do not turn on.
An acquaintance called, could not connect the headphones to the laptop. The laptop did not see the headphones. Just after buying them you had to charge them.
How to make Bluetooth on a computer if it is not there?
A popular and a bit strange question that is often asked to search engines and me in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев to other articles on this topic. How to make Bluetooth on a computer? It seems to me that many people think that Bluetooth support can be added by changing some settings, or installing some kind of program. This is partly true, but not always. In this article, I will try to explain what is needed for Bluetooth to work. How to add the ability to connect Bluetooth devices to your computer and how it works.
Now there are many different devices that have the ability to wirelessly connect to a computer via Bluetooth. Among the most popular are mice, keyboards, headphones, speakers, headsets, gamepads, etc. Even a phone or tablet can be connected to a computer over the air. But what if your computer doesn’t have Bluetooth? There are no these icons in the tray, buttons and sections in the system parameters, there is no adapter in the device manager, etc. How to add Bluetooth support in Windows? To be able to connect Bluetooth devices on a stationary computer or laptop, we need:
- The presence of the Bluetooth module (transmitter) in the laptop / PC. It is built-in in laptops, but in stationary computers it is usually not.
- Software (drivers). The driver “tells” the operating system how to work with the device (Bluetooth adapter in our case).
Since I do not know what kind of computer you have (I mean stationary (system unit), or laptop). then we will further divide the article into two parts. So it will be easier for me to explain, and for you to understand what needs to be done to enable Bluetooth support.
Bluetooth on laptop
As we have already found out, Bluetooth is built-in in laptops. Typically, this is one module (small board). which is connected to the laptop motherboard. It adds Wi-Fi and BT support. It looks something like this:
There is such a thing in every laptop. And all that is needed for Bluetooth to work is to install the correct driver. Or just include this adapter.
I will not tell you how to do this, as this information is in the following articles:
The required driver can be downloaded without problems from the laptop manufacturer’s website.
Bluetooth on a desktop computer (PC)
If you have a new, and especially a gaming motherboard, then be sure to check out its specifications. The board itself should also have connectors for antennas (or the antennas themselves, which are simply screwed on).
In this case, it is enough to download the necessary driver from the motherboard manufacturer’s website and install it.
If you have a motherboard without a built-in Bluetooth / Wi-Fi module, you will have to buy a USB Bluetooth adapter. There are also PCI (which are installed inside the system unit). but there are very few of them and they immediately support Wi-Fi (for example, Asus PCE-AC55BT, PCE-AC55BT).
But there are a lot of Bluetooth adapters that connect to the USB port and that can be used both on PCs and on laptops (if necessary). I have an adapter like this:
We connect it to the PC, install the driver (if the system does not install itself) and get Bluetooth support.
In more detail about the choice of a Bluetooth adapter and how to connect and configure it, I do not talk only for the reason that I did it in separate articles:
After setup, you can connect Bluetooth headphones, speakers, a mouse and even Airpods to your computer with Windows. And technology from Apple is not very friendly with devices from other manufacturers.
Conclusions: making Bluetooth is not difficult, but programs and settings alone are indispensable. You need the module (device) itself. Many are mistaken in this, thinking that this is some kind of program, after the installation of which everything will magically work.
installing the driver on the adapter
If you use modern Windows 8/10 OS, then, most likely, after connecting the adapter, the operating system will automatically install the driver on it and after 10-15 seconds. a characteristic icon will appear in your tray (next to the clock). By clicking on it with the right mouse button, you can immediately go to adding (pairing) a new device.
If the driver was not automatically installed (and the icon did not appear for you), there are several options for how to fix this.
Bluetooth adapter connection
So, first we need a Bluetooth adapter. The most common models now are in the form of a “USB-stick”. ie. you simply plug such a module into any USB port on your PC, configure the driver, and you’re ready to go. Comfortable?!
By the way, I can’t help but note that Bluetooth adapters can support different versions of the protocol. By far the most popular are 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 and 5.0. Of course, if your adapter supports version 5.0, then it will be able to pair with headphones that only support 4.0 (but if the situation is the opposite, there may be “incidents”.).
Actually, if you purchased the USB version of the adapter, then the whole connection is reduced to installing the module in the port (note that many devices have an LED that should light up during operation).
Note: it is advisable to connect the adapter to the USB ports located on the back of the PC.
The adapter is connected to the USB of the system unit
Setting up Bluetooth on a computer (PC): connecting an adapter. driver installation. pairing devices
If every modern laptop and smartphone already has a built-in Bluetooth adapter, then with a PC the situation is exactly the opposite. only a few motherboards are equipped with a built-in module.
This, in turn, makes it problematic to connect various wireless devices to a PC: joysticks, headphones, speakers, etc. Many users, by the way, are faced with this after purchasing a gamepad.
In this small note I will show you how in 3 steps you can connect almost any wireless device via Bluetooth to a PC.
Note: If you are working on a laptop, then you better read this article. how to enable bluetooth on laptop.
- You need to open the device manager;
- Then open the “Bluetooth” (or “Other devices”) tab;
- Find in it a device with the name “Adapter.”;
- Click on it with the right mouse button, and select “Update driver” from the menu (after agreeing to auto-update the driver from Windows).
Device Manager. updating the driver for the bluetooth adapter
If suddenly it turns out that the driver is updated, and the tray icon still does not appear, do the following:
- open network connections (use a combination of WinR. and the ncpa.cpl command);
- then open the properties of the Bluetooth connection;
then follow the link “Bluetooth settings” (example in the screenshot below);
then check the box to show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area, click OK and restart your computer.
Show Bluetooth icon in notification area
In rare cases, when the previous methods were unsuccessful, you can resort to one universal method. These are the unique identifiers of the device: VID, PID. Thanks to them, you can find a compatible driver for almost any device.!
1) First you need to open the device manager, and go to the properties of the desired adapter (for example). Usually, a device for which there is no driver. marked with a yellow exclamation mark.
2) Next, in the device information, open the equipment ID and copy the line, see VID / PID (see screen below).
3) Then, using any of the search engines (Google, Yandex, etc.), you can find the site from which you can download the driver. I will not give specific resources here, since in some cases you have to download drivers from unpopular Chinese forums.
To automatically detect the adapter model and load drivers for it, it is very convenient to use special. utilities. Recently I am impressed by Driver Booster: literally in 1-2 minutes. after launch, it finds and offers to update everything that is outdated (see screen below).
Note: the utility works in semi-automatic mode. Before updating. it will ask you to check the boxes for those devices for which the drivers will be reinstalled.