Some PC computers come with built-in Bluetooth while others don’t. Other times the built-in Bluetooth can stop working and needs to be fixed.
Having no Bluetooth can be annoying especially when a device such as a headset, speakers, or keyboards need Bluetooth to work.
If your computer has no Bluetooth or no longer works it is an easy task to fix that most anyone can do.
Two Ways to Add Bluetooth to a Computer.
- Buy a Bluetooth USB Dongle.
- Add an Internal Bluetooth Card.
Most choose to buy a Bluetooth dongle as they are cheap, easy to setup, and work with most any computer.
They also work with either a desktop or laptop making them ideal for quickly adding Bluetooth ability.
Internal Bluetooth cards can also be installed which have the added benefit of often being faster, having better range, and out of the way not taking up a USB slot.
Installing an internal card will not be for everyone and most will simply buy a USB dongle.
USB Dongles that Add Bluetooth to a PC
- Plugable USB-BT4LE
- ASUS USB-BT400
Plugable USB Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Micro Adapter (Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Raspberry Pi, Linux Compatible, Classic Bluetooth, and Stereo Headset Compatible)
This small Bluetooth adapter works with most any version of Windows from 7 to Windows 10.
It also works with most Linux distros.
It runs Bluetooth 4.0 and is small and low-cost.
This is a good option for those looking for a quick fix plug-and-play solution.
ASUS USB-BT400 USB Adapter w/Bluetooth Dongle Receiver, Laptop & PC Support, Windows 10 Plug and Play /8/7/XP, Printers, Phones, Headsets, Speakers, Keyboards, Controllers
At first glance, the Asus name seems to be the only thing that sets the BT-400 apart from the cheaper units, except that it comes with a slightly more ergonomic design.
This Asus unit features plug-and-play compatibility with both Windows 8/10 and it even comes with the drivers for Windows 7 that work extremely well.
If you encounter any issues with the Drivers you can always install the latest ones from the Asus website.
It is a very good Bluetooth dongle with excellent instructions and support with a stable signal
The unit does cost more compered to other models but it definitely makes it worth the while for the good quality build.
If you want to ensure the best Bluetooth connectivity for your PC laptop or desktop the BT-400 is a good unit to get.
Internal Bluetooth Cards
Atheros AR5B225 WIFI Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Half MINI PCI-E Card 300 Mbps 802.11 b/g/n BT 4.0 HS
Many laptops also allow for upgrading the internal Bluetooth and WiFi.
If you go this route be sure to research what internal card is compatible with your laptop.
Laptops are much harder than desktops when it comes to compatibility since manufacturers vary greatly in how they are built.
Also taking a laptop apart is not as easy as a desktop.
If you are technically inclined this is a good option for a laptop otherwise stick with a USB adapter.
Setting up a computer laptop or desktop with Bluetooth ability is easy to do.
For those who have technical abilities than a internal card is a good option. For those looking for a plug-and-play option than using a USB dongle would be best.
Also keep in mind what the Bluetooth version of the device you need to use has.
While Bluetooth is backward compatible for the most part there can be problems occasionally depending on the device.
The current newest version is Bluetooth 4.2 which should be backward compatible with earlier versions.
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon or elsewhere to be sure it is a good fit for you.