Bluetooth, as a wireless technology, is very useful because it allows you to connect nearby devices to transfer files and share data. If a computer is Bluetooth-capable, it will do a great help in your daily-work. However, how to know if your computer has Bluetooth built in? In fact, most of the newer laptops come with Bluetooth hardware already installed, but if your computer is much older or if you are using a desktop, chances are lower. Here is the workable way to find if the computer has Bluetooth.
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How to Tell If Your Computer Has Bluetooth (Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista)?
The method below applies to Windows OS, such as Winddows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows XP, and Windows Vista, either 64-bit or 32-bit.
Go to the Device Manager to See If There Is Bluetooth
The Device Manager will list all of the hardware in your computer, and if your computer has Bluetooth, it will show the Bluetooth hardware is installed and active. Here are how to access the Device Manager.
Step 1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap “Search”.
Step 2. Enter “Device Manager” in the search box, and tap or click “Device Manager”. You may be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.
Step 3. Expand the Bluetooth Radios category. You will see the Bluetooth hardware listed there. If there is a yellow exclamation icon other the hardware, you need to install the proper driver before the Bluetooth will work. See how to install or update the best-matched Bluetooth driver.
Step 4. If you don’t see the Bluetooth Radios category, find your Bluetooth adapter in the “Network adapters” category. It normally contains your network card that you use to connect to wireless or wired networks.
If you don’t have Bluetooth hardware installed on your computer, you can buy Bluetooth USB dongles from Amazon or from other retailers. Just a few dollars.
Which Bluetooth Versions Does Your Windows OS Support?
Please note that all Windows Server versions don’t have in-box support for Bluetooth wireless technology. And Windows supports Bluetooth version 1.1 and later. Here are the details.
|Windows OS||Bluetooth Versions Supported|
|Windows 10||Version 1.1Version 2.0Version 2.0 with EDR*Version 2.1 with EDR*Version 4.0And later|
|Windows 8.1/8||Version 1.1Version 2.0Version 2.0 with EDR*Version 2.1 with EDR*Version 4.0|
|Windows 7||Version 1.1Version 2.0Version 2.0 with EDR*Version 2.1 with EDR*|
|Windows Vista||Version 1.1Version 2.0Version 2.0 with EDR*Version 2.1 with EDR*|
|Windows XP||Version 1.1Version 2.0Version 2.0 with EDR*|
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