How to Connect Bluetooth to Your Dell Laptop

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There is virtually a limitless array of Bluetooth devices that you can hook up to your Dell laptop. Whether you need a wireless keyboard, printer or mouse, Bluetooth has created a gadget that will connect seamlessly with your Windows Vista operating system [source: Bluetooth]. To start getting the most out of your laptop and Bluetooth device, you must pair the two. There are slightly different steps required to pair different devices. Read the steps listed below for an overview of how to connect Bluetooth to your Dell laptop.

  1. Find the Bluetooth icon on the toolbar located on the lower right side of your screen. If you can't find it, click on the Show hidden icons arrow.
  2. Note the color of the Bluetooth icon. This indicates the status of the device. A blue and white icon means your Bluetooth adapter is ready to pair with a device. A blue and green icon means your adapter is already paired to a device. A blue and red icon means your adapter is turned off so there's no wireless connection. If you can't find a Bluetooth icon, it means you haven't properly installed the Bluetooth driver.
  3. Right click on the Bluetooth icon in order to pair the device and start using it. A menu will appear.
  4. Select Add a Bluetooth Device from the menu.
  5. Turn on the Bluetooth device to allow it to go into discovery mode. This allows the computer and the device to connect to one another. Some Bluetooth devices have a blinking blue LED to let you know that the device is in discovery mode [source: Dell].
  6. Select the devise you'd like to pair with your laptop.
  7. Click next. You may be asked to enter a passkey, which can be found in you user's manual.
  8. Click Finish when the pairing is completed.

If you can't connect the laptop to the device, check that:


  • A Dell wireless Bluetooth adapter has been properly installed on your laptop
  • Your device is outfitted with a fully charged battery
  • The device is within 30 feet (10 meters) of the computer [source: Dell].

Originally Published: Jun 16, 2011


Connect Bluetooth To Laptop FAQ

How do you turn on the Bluetooth on a laptop?
Bluetooth lets you transfer data quickly and wirelessly. On a PC, you can find your Bluetooth icon in the lower right toolbar of your window. Make sure it’s turned on – the icon should be blue. Click to see “Add a Bluetooth device” and you’ll see a list of available devices. Choose your device to pair with the laptop by entering the code that appears on your computer screen. Click “Finish” after you’re done pairing. The Bluetooth is now on and your device is connected.
Is it possible to install Bluetooth on a laptop that doesn’t have it built-in?
Yes. If your laptop doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth, you can use an external Bluetooth device that plugs into a USB port. In most cases, the drivers are automatically installed when you plug in the device. Search for the Bluetooth icon in the taskbar and make sure the computer is visible to all. Simply pair the desired devices and you’re done.
What is the difference between Bluetooth 2.0 and 3.0?
The difference is the speed. Bluetooth 3.0 is faster than Bluetooth 2.0, with the ability to transfer data at a speed of 20 Mbit/s.
Why is my laptop’s Bluetooth not detecting devices?
If your Bluetooth isn’t detecting devices, the software may be malfunctioning. Try deleting and reinstalling the drivers. To do this, go to the Control Panel > Device Manager > Bluetooth. Right-click on it to find Properties. Now click the Driver tab and Uninstall Driver. Restart your laptop and go to the same place and select Update Driver.
How do you restore a lost Bluetooth icon in Windows 10?
To restore your Bluetooth icon in the System Tray, go to Start > Settings > Devices. Find “Bluetooth & other devices” and look for “More Bluetooth options” in the right column. It will open up Bluetooth Settings. Then, click “Show Bluetooth…” to restore your Bluetooth icon.