How to Connect your Bluetooth Headset to a Computer

Yes, you should be able to connect a Bluetooth headset (or any device, for that matter) to your computer. However, you’ll need either built-in Bluetooth or else an external Bluetooth dongle (USB).

There are two main ways of connecting a Bluetooth device to your desktop, laptop or tablet. Method one concerns a PC running Windows and method two deals with a MAC running iOS. We’ll detail both here. The computer you are trying to connect with will determine the method you will need to use.

If you run Windows, adding a Bluetooth enabled device to your computer is as simple as following these instructions (for Windows 7),

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. In the Control Panel search box, type ‘Bluetooth’ and then click Change Bluetooth Settings.
  3. In the Bluetooth Settings dialog box, click the Options tab and check Allow Bluetooth Devices to Find This Computer.

If that doesn’t work for whatever reason, then there is a detailed step-by-step guide (with screenshots) available HERE.

Now, if you’re using a MAC, things get a little difficult. Fortunately, we sourced a pretty nifty step-by-step guide (again, with screenshots), just for you. Check it out by clicking HERE.

If your MAC doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth, then you will need to buy a D-Link DBT-120 USB adapter, (according to the guide we linked to above, this is the only make and model that will work. However, we are quite sure that this is not the case, just ensure that the model you eventually settle on is definitely MAC compatible and will absolutely work with your version of iOS.

Remember also that you may need to download Apple’s Bluetooth Firmware Updater (it is available from the Apple site).

By following the instructions we’ve linked to, you really shouldn’t have any problems. However, if you do, a good trick is to turn the device off and re-start the computer. Don’t ask us why, but this tactic actually has quite a high success rate!

If you require an external Bluetooth dongle, do not despair. They really aren’t all that expensive. They actually start at £0.01! In fact, Amazon has a pretty good selection. Once again, different makes are compatible with different types of computers, so it really does pay to do your research. Ultimately, if a thing is incompatible, it is incompatible and you will have wasted your money, so be careful and check twice.