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How To Connect Bluetooth Headphones To PC

Connecting Your New Headphones to Your PC is Easier than You Might Think
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Wireless Bluetooth headphones are the future of audio; there’s no doubt about that. Completely removing cables from the equation, they’re neater, more practical, and can’t be accidentally pulled out a port during gameplay or just before your favorite part of a song is about to drop.

But having lived most of our lives with all wired devices up until this point, human beings are still predominantly tangibility-oriented. Without that trusty little snake, we can physically pick up and plug into our computers, we often find ourselves at a loss.

Not to worry though, folks. We’ve got you covered with this super simple, step-by-step guide on connecting your shiny new Bluetooth headphones to your PC.

How to Connect Bluetooth Speakers to a Microsoft Computer

No matter what sort of device you’re trying to link your headphones to, your first port of call should be to make them ‘discoverable’, which essentially means you’re turning on the Bluetooth signal of your headphones. 

This process differs from product to product, so if you’re unsure how to do it, you’ll have to check the user manual or look up the manufacturer’s suggestions online. Usually, there will be a Bluetooth button or switch situated somewhere on the earcup. Clicking or holding this button/switch should activate ‘Pairing Mode’. You may even hear a little message through your headphones stating that it’s ready to connect to a device. 

Bear in mind that some headphones will have a different Pairing Mode process for their first and second connections. For example, you may have to hold a switch for two seconds when making the initial connection, then if you wanted to connect the same headphones to a different device, you may have to hold the switch for seven seconds.

Once your Bluetooth beacon is burning bright, you need to switch on your PC’s Bluetooth. This is a super simple process, so don’t sweat it.

Assuming you’re using Windows 10 as an operating system, all you have to do is…

  • Click the ‘Start’ button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen (this may be a little Windows icon).
  • Select ‘Settings’ in the dropdown menu.
  • Navigate to ‘Devices’.
  • There should then be a ‘Bluetooth and Other Devices’ option. Click it.
  • Near the top of this menu will be a switch labeled ‘Bluetooth’. Simply flick the switch to on, and voilà. You’ve turned on Bluetooth on your PC. There’s a chance a friendly message will sound through your headphones stating that a connection has been made.

Side Note – You can do this a lot quicker by simply clicking on the action center (bottom right of display where your notifications pop up) and clicking the Bluetooth option.

Now we can go ahead and connect your Bluetooth headphones to the computer by…

  • Navigating to the same ‘Bluetooth and other Devices’ menu.
  • Clicking on the square with a + in it. It should be labeled ‘Add Bluetooth or other device’.
  • Pick your device from the list, and you’re done.

Now your computer and headphones should automatically link up every time they’re in proximity. If this standard procedure hasn’t worked for you, don’t give up hope. There are a few things you can try to get things going.

Headphones Connected to PC But No Audio

When both your PC and headphones are in accord that everything is going swimmingly when it very clearly isn’t can be the most annoying scenario of all. Try to keep your cool, though, friend! We’ll get you through these troubling times with some foolproof troubleshooting.

  • Select Your Headphones as the Primary Output Device – Sometimes, even if your headphones and PC are merrily holding Bluetooth hands, ready for some epic audio action, your PC still tries to push audio through its integrated speakers. 

To set up your headphones as the primary audio output device, click…Start / Settings / System / Sound – at the top of the menu it should say ‘Output’ and ‘Choose Your Output Device’. Beneath, there’ll be a box that states the current output device. Click it to trigger the dropdown menu. Select your headphones from the list, and that’s that sorted.

  • Check Volume Levels Aren’t Turned Down on PC and Headphones – We don’t mean to patronize, but you’d be surprised how often this is the case.
  • Make Sure Airplane Mode is Turned Off on PC – Start / Settings / Network and Internet / Airplane Mode – Switch it off.
  • Re-Pairing Your Device – Disconnect your devices via Start / Devices / Bluetooth and Other Devices – select your headphones – Remove Disk / Yes.

Next, turn off your computer’s Bluetooth, wait a few seconds, then turn it again. Now connect your devices back up again using the initial pairing process.

  • Check That You’re Choosing the Correct Device – These may seem silly, but if you’ve got more than one Bluetooth-enabled device from the same brand, it’s easy to pick out the wrong one in the device menu.
  • System Update – We’re all guilty of putting off that system update week after week because we’ve been hoarding tabs, or we’re just too busy, but eventually, something’s got to give, and that something may be a malfunctioning Bluetooth connection.

Headphones Won’t Show up on PC

If you can’t even get your headphones and PC to acknowledge each other’s existence, things could certainly be going better, but you can try to bring harmony to the situation with some of these solves.

  • Reduce Range – Bluetooth can typically reach around 10 feet, but given the circumstances, there’s no harm in reducing the physical gap between your headphones and computer. Try and re-pair your devices, but this time keep them within three feet of each other.
  • Check for Interference – Sometimes, if they’re on the same 2.4GHz band, other electronics can interfere with Bluetooth signals. The usual suspects are refrigerators, freezers, microwave ovens, baby monitors, and wireless phones. 

Even if there’s no interference to speak of, the very presence of metal between or around two devices can skew their signals and prevent them from connecting. The best thing you can do is try to isolate your headphones and PC.

  • Double-Check Your Device – Make sure your headphones are definitely Bluetooth enabled, have plenty of battery, and are discoverable. See if you can make a connection with another device such as your phone or a different computer. If it works, then you’ll know the issue lies with your PC rather than your headphones.

PC Recognizes Headphones but Won’t Connect

This is a highly unorthodox situation, and it can only really be explained by one thing: you’ve maxed out your PC or headphone’s connected device limit. Fix it in seconds by…

  • Cutting Some Connections – Bluetooth can only connect up to seven devices simultaneously, so in the unlikely event you’ve already set up those seven connections, you’ll need to terminate some before you can make new ones.

Can’t Get Bluetooth to Work on Your PC

If you can’t get your computer to fly its Bluetooth flag, it could be for a number of reasons, but the chances are it’s one of two things. 1. It doesn’t have Bluetooth capabilities. 2. You need to update the drivers.

  • Bluetooth Adapter – You’d think that short of buying a whole new computer, there’d be no way to remedy an innate lack of Bluetooth capabilities, but it’s actually one of the easiest fixes of all.  You can buy this TP-Link USB Bluetooth Adapter, plug it into one of your USB ports, and BOOM! You’ve got yourself some Bluetooth, pard.
  • Updating Drivers – Start / Device Manager – right-click on your device – Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software / Your computer will talk you through it from here.

Still no luck, it’s time to do a full sweep of possible issues with your computer’s Bluetooth.

  • Bluetooth Troubleshooter – Run the Windows Bluetooth troubleshooter via Start / Settings / Update and Security / Troubleshoot / Find and Fix Other Problems / Run the Troubleshooter.

Nothing Else Has Worked Yet

In the unlikely event that none of these quick fixes have had any effect on your dislocated devices, it’s time to pull out the big guns and consider longer-scale fixes.

  • Contact Headphone Manufacturer or Microsoft (Last Resort). If you still can’t get an audible connection, or if one or the other device’s Bluetooth just won’t fire up, contact the companies directly and explain your situation.

Final Thoughts

Honestly, we hope you didn’t even get this far into the article. Nothing would make us happier than if you ironed out all the kinks in that Bluetooth connection 10 minutes ago, and now you’re going about your day listening to your favorite tunes.

On the other hand, if you’re still with us, thanks for your patience, and we’re sorry you’re stuck with those tinny integrated speakers. At this point, it’s not beyond the realms of reality that your headphones may be defective in some way, so we hope you kept your receipt. Get those bad boys switched out for a working pair, and start living the audio high life you deserve!


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