Are you currently having a hard time connecting Bluetooth Headphones to your PC? Well, the truth is that you are not alone. Actually, a considerable number of people today are having this very problem.
While this is the case, pairing Bluetooth headphones and any other Bluetooth device for that matter, should not be that complicated.
To pair Bluetooth headphones with your computer, this is the procedure you should follow:
Connecting the Bluetooth Headphones: What You Should Confirm
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Before you start pairing your device to the computer, there are several things that you must confirm, as discussed below:
Power the Bluetooth Headphones
Let us just face it, there is absolutely no way you will be able to pair your Bluetooth device to the computer unless the device is on. As such, you first need to power the Bluetooth headphones.
This is the only way the computer will be able to discover the headphones.
Ensure that the Headphones Have Been Discovered by the PC
One you have turned the headphones on, you should check to see whether the discovery settings for the device are configured correctly. If the setting is not configured correctly, it will be impossible for the computer to connect to the headphones. So, how should you check the configuration settings?
The procedure for checking Bluetooth configuration settings varies from one Operating System (OS) to another.
Having checked and ascertained that these are working as they are supposed to, you are ready to go. Basically, there are several methods that may be used to connect Bluetooth headphones to a PC, some of which are described below:
Method 1: Using Settings
This method may only be used for computers that have inbuilt Bluetooth. In this case, you will be entering the Bluetooth menu from Windows settings and then try to establish a connection with the headphones.
Before you begin, you need to ensure that the headphones are powered on and are in the connecting mode. In order to pair your headphones using settings, here are the steps you need to take:
- Put the Bluetooth headphones in the Pairing mode. How to do this will vary from one headphone model to another. Some headphones require you to long press the volume button to enter the pairing mode. Refer to the user manual to understand how you can put the device in its pairing mode.
- On your computer, Press Windows + S key combination and then type ‘Settings’ on the dialogue box that appears.
- From the Settings application, click on the Devices subheading
- This will display all the devices that are currently connected to your computer. If the Headphones had been connected to the PC before, they will be displayed on the rear end. If so, you should click on them and select ‘Remove device’.
- This will get rid of the device, giving you a chance to establish a new connection
- Now select the ‘Add Bluetooth or Other Device’ option to pair your headphones
- From the list of connecting options displayed, select Bluetooth
- The PC will start searching for the available Bluetooth devices within range
- Once the headphones have been discovered, you only need to click on them for the computer to connect to them.
Method 2: Prompting for Discoverable Modes
This method will come in handy if your Bluetooth headphones are not being displayed on the available Bluetooth Devices screen of the computer. In such a case, it is likely that the right discoverable mode is not turned on.
As you may know, some Bluetooth headphones happen to have two or more types of discoverable modes. When set to the first mode, most Bluetooth headphones will search for the devices that they were last connected to. If the headphones were not previously connected to the PC, your attempts to connect it will fail unless you change the discoverable mode.
In the second mode, most Bluetooth headphones are discoverable to all devices within range—and often glow blue. Before you try to pair the headphones to the computer, you need to ensure that they are set to the correct discoverable mode.
Method 3: Updating Drivers
If the other pairing methods discussed above have proven to be futile, you should check to see whether all Bluetooth drivers are up to date. To begin with, you should uninstall the device in order to install default drivers. If this fails, you should try updating the drivers using automatic Windows update or manually. To do this, you should follow these steps:
- Press Windows + R key combination on your computer to open a dialogue box
- Type “msc” into the dialogue box and then press enter to open Device Manager
- Now expand the Bluetooth category in order to locate your headphones
- Once you find the, right-click on them and then select uninstall
- Once the hardware is done uninstalling, you should restart the computer and navigate back to Device Manager.
- Under the subcategory Bluetooth, right-click on the empty space to select “Scan for hardware changes”.
- This will prompt the computer to discover the Bluetooth headphones and install its default drivers.
- Once the installation is complete, you should check to see whether you can connect the device
- If you are still having problems connecting the headphones, right click on the hardware icon and then select “Update Driver Software”
- You should the proceed to download the right driver updates from the manufacturer’s website
- Once you have downloaded the drivers, browse the computer for the software and install it
- Once you have installed the required drivers, you should restart the computer and try pairing the Bluetooth headphones yet again.
Owing to their robust connection, quality sound, wireless connection and enhanced versatility, Bluetooth headphones are now common among laptop owners today. While such devices are meant to pair with your computer without any problem, this may not always be the case.
The good thing about these devices is that they may be connected in more than one ways. If one of the pairing methods is not working, feel free to try out the other methods of pairing Bluetooth headphones discussed in this article.