How To Connect Bluetooth In Windows 7 Full Guide [2023]


Bluetooth is a built-in adapter on a laptop, tablet, mobile or other device that supports the wireless data transmission specification. Using the technology provided by the module, you can organize a wireless connection between a pair of devices. This article gives a guide on how to connect Bluetooth in Windows 7.

Currently, the adapter is supplied in all modern devices. In order to check its presence on a laptop or PC, you need to go to the “Device Manager” and find the inscription “Bluetooth” there.

The difference between this technology and Wi-Fi:

  • Work in a different frequency range;
  • The small coverage area for connecting devices;
  • Does not require configuration of hardware and local network;
  • Faster exchange of information between devices.

How to turn on Bluetooth on a Windows 7 laptop

You will need to perform a number of activities:

  1. Check the physical health of the hardware.
  2. Perform driver installation.
  3. Install special utilities.
  4. Enable Bluetooth.

Equipment health check

To use the module, the laptop must be physically healthy. Therefore, you should first check it for damage. Carry out repairs if necessary.

Driver installation

In the absence or problems with the drivers, it will be unrealistic to start the module. You can install the firmware:

  • By taking them from the CD supplied with the operating system;
  • Download from the official site.

To install the driver, you will need to go through all the steps of the installation wizard.

How to check if Bluetooth drivers are installed on your Win7 laptop:

  1. Press combination:+R.
  2. Specify in the line: mmc devmgmt.msc and pressEnter.
  3. We view and check the name of the installed drivers in the sections “Bluetooth radio modules” and “Network adapters”.

Installing Special Utilities

For simpler and faster work with the module, you may need special utilities. For example, Wireless Console. If necessary, download the utility and install it on a working laptop.

Enable Bluetooth

How to connect Bluetooth and bring it to a working state? The key methods are listed below.

Via Device Manager

How to turn on Bluetooth on a Windows 7 computer using only Task Manager? In order to do this, you must do the following:

  1. Press keyboard shortcut+R.
  2. In the execution line, write: mmc devmgmt.msc and press the keyEnter.
  3. In the “Bluetooth radios” section, select the one you need and right-click on it.
  4. Select the launch option.

After that, the radio module will be active. To disable it, you need to perform a similar sequence of actions, but instead of the launch option, select the “Disable” item.

Through “Start”

You will need to do the following:

  1. Click on “Start”.
  2. Enter “Bluetooth” in the search bar.
  3. Click on the found icon.

After that, the module will go into operating mode.

Via system tray

Where is the Bluetooth module icon located in  Windows 7? In the system tray, which is located at the bottom right of the screen.

To run the module in this way, you must:

  1. Go to the system tray and find the corresponding icon.
  2. Click on it with the right mouse button.
  3. Select the “On” option.

Disabling the adapter is performed in the same way, but instead of the activation option, “Off” is selected.

Through a special tool

To enable the module using utilities, you need to launch the program and select the necessary operation to start or disable the module in the notification panel.

Through the command line

How to start Bluetooth on Windows 7 via the command line? In order for this method to be available, you will need to download a special utility – DevCon, and write down the Bluetooth ID (you can see it in the “Device Manager” in the “Details” tab).

Next, you need to do the following:

  1. Press combination+R.
  2. Enter the line “cmd”.
  3. At the command prompt, type: devcon enable {Bluetooth ID}.

After that, the utility will start and the module will be activated.

Button on a laptop

How to turn on the adapter on a Windows 7 PC using a hot button? To start Bluetooth in this way, you need to click on a special key on the laptop (most often it is numbered F2, F12) while pressing the button Fn.

Where is Bluetooth located on a Windows 7 computer and how do I turn it on?

Adding Devices

Key Bluetooth settings on Windows 7 are set when you add devices. What do we have to do:

  1. Find the Bluetooth icon in the system tray.
  2. Click on it with the right mouse button.
  3. Click on “Open Settings”.
  4. Check the box next to “Allow devices …”.
  5. Click on the “Apply” and “OK” buttons.
  6. Click the tray icon again.
  7. Click on the item to add a new device.
  8. In the opened list of devices to connect, select the required one.
  9. Click on “Next”.
  10. If necessary, enter a code to sync devices.

Bluetooth not working

Why isn’t Bluetooth working? The following video describes the causes and solutions to the problem:

Key issues that may cause operational problems:

  1. The function is disabled. In this case, you should enable it. The activation methods are shown above.
  2. The adapter drivers are out of date. You need to look at the name of the driver and download the latest version from the official website of the manufacturer. Unpack it and install using the installation wizard.
  3. The adapter itself has failed. This issue is technical and requires the adapter to be replaced. If you do not understand the issue, it is recommended to use the services of a specialist.
  4. The adapter is missing. What to do in this case is described below.

What if the adapter is missing?

If there is no Bluetooth adapter, then you need to purchase one. To do this, you will need to select the type of module (external or internal). Depending on the type, you can do the installation yourself (if the external type is selected) or have it installed by a specialist (internal type) to avoid wrong actions.

In principle, whether on Windows 7 or on other operating systems, you should not have problems turning on Bluetooth. There is nothing complicated, the main thing is to find the adapter and activate it, and the system will tell you everything else.

If you still have questions, or you don’t know how to turn on Bluetooth, for example, on Windows 10, be sure to write! Always happy to help our readers!

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