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Wires are quickly fading out of style. Look at any list of the latest and greatest gadgets, and you’ll find brands touting the wirelessness of their products. It’s true across many forms of technology, including the best speakers, TVs, and headphones. However, the best Bluetooth speakers have a unique pairing process, requiring more know-how than simply plugging a wire into the USB port. So, before using them, you must know how to connect Bluetooth speakers to a PC.
If you aren’t a PC user but have some wireless speakers you’re dying to connect to, we have some related articles. For example, we have a great guide on how to connect Bluetooth speakers to an Xbox One.
Windows has a sound settings icon on the main menu bar, allowing users to access Bluetooth devices quickly.
Navigating your sound settings to connect a device is simple whether you’re trying to connect to a PC or understand how to connect Bluetooth speakers to a phone. All you need to know is where to look on your device settings, select the compatible speaker from the available list of devices, and you’re good to go.
If you’re looking to crank up the volume, we have a guide on how to make Bluetooth speakers and computer speakers play simultaneously and how to charge your speakers.
Many older Windows computers will not support Bluetooth. Always check if your computer is Bluetooth enabled before purchasing a Bluetooth audio device. You can purchase a USB Bluetooth adapter if your PC doesn’t have the connectivity built-in.
How to do this depends on what version of Windows you have installed on your PC. Just remember that older PCs may not have Bluetooth capabilities.
Make sure that your computer’s toggle switch to turn on Bluetooth is on. As a note, these would be the same steps to follow if you were adding a pair of wireless headphones as well.
To initiate the pairing process, look into your speaker’s user manual and check what to press to put it in discoverable mode. The majority of devices will usually have you press and hold the power button for a few seconds to put it into pairing mode. Some devices will use a combination of buttons, while others will have a dedicated pairing button.
STAT: Bluetooth speakers typically have a single-charge battery life of 10-20 hours. (source)
After making the correct speaker ready to pair, go back to your computer’s Bluetooth settings. Then press “Add Device” and then select “Bluetooth.” A device list will pop up. Select your desired audio device. Wait a few seconds to connect to the external speaker. Once paired, press “done.” You can now enjoy quality sound from your speaker. If you are going to get rid of the speaker or it breaks, make sure you go back into your device preferences, and select forget device for that speaker.