How to connect Bluetooth speaker to laptop [with Pictures]

By Enya Zhang in Technical Tips Tags: BluetoothBluetooth speaker

Streaming music from your phone to your Bluetooth speaker is quite easy. But what about your laptop? Can it do the same thing?

If you’ve ever wondered, “Can my laptop be connected to my Bluetooth speaker?” or “Can my laptop stream music to a Bluetooth speaker like my phone does?” or “Is it easy to connect my laptop to my Bluetooth speaker?”, then you’re in the right place. (SPOILER ALERT: The answers are yes, yes and yes! 😉

This article explains how to quickly connect your Windows 7 or Windows 10 laptop to your Bluetooth speaker. Enjoy!

Two steps to connect your Bluetooth speaker to your laptop

  1. Check your laptop Bluetooth settings
  2. Connect your Bluetooth speaker to your laptop

Step 1: Check your laptop Bluetooth settings

All the screenshots shown below are from Windows 10, but the steps work in Windows 7 too. 

1)  On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  , and type network. Click Network and Sharing Center.

 

2) Click Change adapter settings.

3) The Bluetooth Network Connection shows you have Bluetooth on your computer.

4) If the icon is grayed out, right click on Bluetooth Network Connection, and click Enable

Don’t worry if you don’t see Bluetooth Network Connection. You can buy a USB Bluetooth receiver and plug it in any free USB port on your computer.

Step 2: Connect your Bluetooth speaker to your laptop

Make sure your Bluetooth speaker is within the right distance (typically around 10 meters) from your laptop. Then click the link below that applies to you, to scroll to the instructions for your operating system.

I’m using Windows 10

1) On your speaker, press the Power button, then press the Bluetooth button to make it discoverable.

The method to make your speaker discoverable may vary. Your can check the instruction manual if you have any doubts about it. 

2) On your computer keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type blue. On your screen, click Bluetooth and other devices settings.

3)  Make sure the switch says On (if it says Off, click the switch). Click Add Bluetooth or other device

4) Select Bluetooth.

5) Click the name of your speaker, and then click Pair.

The two devices should have connected successfully. You might also need to follow the on-screen instructions to complete the pairing process.

I’m using Windows 7

1) On your speaker, press the Power button and the Bluetooth button to make it discoverable.

The method to make your speaker discoverable may vary. Your can check the manual if you have any doubts about it. 

2) On your computer keyboard, press the Windows logo key, type add and click Add a device.

3) Click the name of your speaker and click Next

The two devices should have connected successfully. You might also need to follow the on-screen instructions to complete the pairing process.

 

Bonus tip: Update your Bluetooth driver

In order for your Bluetooth devices to work the way it should, it’s always recommended you have the latest Bluetooth driver installed on your laptop. Since corrupted/outdated/mismatched/wrong drivers can cause problems like stuttering, distorted sound etc. , we might have to update our Bluetooth driver to nip these problems in the bud and save us from trips hauling our laptop to a computer repair shop.

There’re two ways you can update your device drivers — 

Update your drivers manually – You can update your device drivers manually by going to the manufacturer’s website, and searching for the most recent correct driver for the exact device. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your variant of Windows system versions.

OR

Update your drivers automatically  – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either  the FREE or  the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.  

3) You can upgrade to the Pro version and click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.

You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.

If you have any trouble using Driver Easy, feel free to contact our support team at support@drivereasy.com. Be sure to attach the URL of this article if needed for more expedient and efficient guidance. 😉

 

That’s it. Hope this post serves its purpose and you’re filling your room with music now. Feel free to comment below if you have other questions. 🙂