How do I connect bluetooth headphones to my laptop?

how to connect headphones to laptop

by Alex Gustman

Updated: November 17, 2021

You can use wireless headphones when working with a laptop, because the absence of a wire creates additional convenience. How to connect Bluetooth headphones to a laptop, you will learn from this material.

How do I connect Bluetooth headphones?

To successfully connect wireless headphones, it is important to make sure that the laptop has a Bluetooth module. Also, check the presence of drivers for the wireless transmitter. If necessary, you will need to install the appropriate software from the disk that came with the laptop or download it from the official website of the manufacturer.

When connecting for the first time, you will need to pair it with the new device. After the first successful pairing, there is no need to repeat the procedure.

To pair headphones with your notebook, follow the next steps:

1. Activate Bluetooth on your laptop. To do this, press the button in the notebook case or activate the transmitter operation from the shortcut in the notification area.

2. From the Bluetooth context menu, select “Connect New Device” or “Add Device”. And then select the type of device you want to connect: “Audio/Video device”.

adding a new device
add audio device

3. The Add Device window will appear on your notebook screen.

search for a new device

4. On the Bluetooth headphones, press and hold the power button for at least three seconds for a new pairing. When a new device is found, the indicator light on the headphones usually glows blue and red or green.

5. Once the headphones are in pairing mode, the icon and the name of the corresponding headset will appear in the “Adding Devices” window. If the search is unsuccessful, click “Search Again” to search for wireless headphones again.

In the next window, highlight the headphones icon and call the context menu with the right mouse button, where you select “open services”. Select the wireless headphones and click “next”. After pairing, the notebook will communicate with the headphones. If necessary, enter the connection password “0000” or “1111”. If the connection fails, right-click on the Bluetooth icon and then select “Show Bluetooth devices”. In the new window, select A2DP (receiver) and then select the “Connect” option.

Possible malfunctions and troubleshooting

The most likely problems and solutions are collected below.

Under “Playback Devices”, for headphones to work, you must specify the connected headphones as the default device.

There are no drivers or the drivers are not suitable. You should reinstall the drivers for Bluetooth or use the automatic driver installation programs.

The headphones didn’t go into pairing mode. Normal power occurred when trying to activate pairing. You must turn off the headphones and try again. Hold down the power button until the color of the indication changes.

The battery is low. The wireless headphones’ battery has probably run out of power and needs to be recharged. Plug in the charger for 20-30 minutes and then try again.

Performance failure. Software failure on the computer or headphones side. Requires you to disconnect the headphones, reboot the laptop, and then retry pairing.

The Bluetooth module on the laptop is defective. Connect another device to your notebook and make sure that the module is working. Otherwise, a new USB Bluetooth module or repair of the old one will solve the problem.

The connection password is not correct. Usually “0000” or “1111” password is used for connection. However, the manufacturer may use another combination, such as “1234”. You should check the reference material or the manual. Otherwise, contact the manufacturer for clarification.


How do I connect wireless headphones to my computer if I don’t have Bluetooth?

Use an external Bluetooth receiver. To do this, you need to connect a Bluetooth adapter via USB or install the appropriate board in a free PCI slot of the motherboard.

Why can’t my laptop see my Windows 7 Bluetooth headphones?

No driver or system failure. Reboot your computer and also disconnect and reconnect the wireless headphones. If this is the first connection, then press the power button for 2-3 seconds to pair.

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to the PC without an adapter?

To connect, you need a built-in Bluetooth module on the motherboard, a USB adapter or a card that is installed in the PCI port of the motherboard.

Why can’t my Bluetooth headphones connect to my laptop?

Driver failure, low battery in the headphones or Bluetooth is not enabled on the laptop.

How do I turn on Bluetooth on my laptop?

Press the corresponding button on the chassis. You can turn on with a shortcut key, for example Fn+F3 in Acer, other manufacturers will be different. You can also enable bluetooth in the system settings or the icon on the taskbar.

Why can’t my laptop see my Windows 10 Bluetooth headphones?

No driver or system failure. Reboot your computer and also disconnect and reconnect the wireless headphones. If this is the first connection, then press the power button for 2-3 seconds to pair.


This article describes in detail how to connect Bluetooth headphones to your laptop. The article also describes and solves the most common problems that may arise during the first or subsequent connections.

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