How to connect a Bluetooth speaker to a laptop

How to connect a Bluetooth speaker to a laptop
How to connect a Bluetooth speaker to a laptop
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If you are tired of having cables everywhere, you can connect a Bluetooth speaker to your Mac or Windows laptop.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Connect a speaker to a Windows computer

Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 1

Step 1. Turn on the speaker

Press the power button on the Bluetooth speaker. The process for turning it on may vary slightly depending on the model. If you don't know how to do it, consult the manual for yours.

  • If the speaker must also be connected to a power source, consider plugging it in before attempting to turn it on.
  • Make sure the speaker is as close to the computer as possible during pairing.
Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 2

Step 2. Open the Start menu

Click on the Windows logo (

Windowsstart

) at the bottom left of the screen.

Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 3

Step 3. Open settings

Click on the icon

Windowssettings

down the menu that opens on the left side of the screen.

Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 4

Step 4. Click Devices

The option is at the top of the settings page.

Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 5

Step 5. Click Bluetooth

This is one of the items in the menu on the left side of the screen.

Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 6

Step 6. Turn on Bluetooth

Click on the button Deactivated just under the option Bluetooth to activate it.

  • If you see the indication Enabled, Bluetooth is already on.
Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 7

Step 7. Activate pairing

Press the pairing button on the speaker. This will start to search for a Bluetooth signal to connect to (for example, the one emitted by your computer). The location and appearance of the button depends on your speaker. If you can't find it, consult the owner's manual for your model.

Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 8

Step 8. Click Add Bluetooth Device

The option is at the top of the page.

Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 9

Step 9. Select Bluetooth

This is the option at the top of the menu.

Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 10

Step 10. Select your speaker

You should see its name appear in the window after a while. Click on it to select it.

Your speaker name will likely be a combination of its brand and model number

Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 11

Step 11. Click Pair

The option is located at the bottom right of the box containing the name of the speaker. It connects the speaker to the computer. Once the pairing is complete, you should be able to use the speaker to stream music and other audio files from your computer.

Method 2 of 2: Connect a speaker to a Mac computer

Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 12

Step 1. Turn on the speaker

Press the power button on the Bluetooth speaker. The process for turning it on may vary slightly depending on the model. If you don't know how to turn on yours, check out the manual.

  • If the speaker must also be connected to a power source, consider plugging it in before attempting to turn it on.
  • Make sure the speaker is as close to the computer as possible during pairing.
Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 13

Step 2. Open the Bluetooth menu

Click on the icon

Macbluetooth1

at the top right of your computer screen to open a drop-down menu.

  • If you don't see the icon in the menu bar, open the Apple menu by clicking

    Macapple1

    and click on System Preferences then on Bluetooth.

Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 14

Step 3. Click Bluetooth Preferences

The option is at the bottom of the drop-down menu and provides access to the Bluetooth settings menu.

If you accessed Bluetooth from the System Preferences menu, this step is not necessary

Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 15

Step 4. Turn on Bluetooth

Click on the button Activate bluetooth in the left part of the window. If the button displays the message Turn off bluetooth, the signal is already activated and you do not need to do anything.

Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 16

Step 5. Activate pairing

Press the pairing button on the speaker. This will start to search for a Bluetooth signal to connect to (for example, your computer's). When she finds it, she will appear in the section Devices in the Bluetooth window. The location and appearance of the button depends on your speaker. If you can't find it, consult the owner's manual for your model.

You may need to hold this button down

Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a Laptop Step 17

Step 6. Click Pair

This is the button to the right of the enclosure name in the section Devices from the Bluetooth menu. After a few seconds, the speaker will connect to the computer. Once the connection is complete, you should be able to use the speaker to stream audio files from your Mac.

It is likely that the speaker's name is a combination of its brand and model number

Advice

  • If you don't want to use the Bluetooth function of the speaker, you can also connect it to your computer with a cable and a normal 3.5mm jack.
  • Some Bluetooth speakers (especially portable models) have batteries that drain and need to be recharged.

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