Connect your computer to a Bluetooth device

Before you can use a Bluetooth device like a mouse or a headset, you first need to connect your computer to the device. This is also called pairing the Bluetooth devices.

Before you begin, make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your computer. See Turn Bluetooth on or off.

  1. Click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar and select Set Up New Device.

  2. Make the other Bluetooth device discoverable or visible and place it within 10 meters (about 33 feet) of your computer. Click Continue. Your computer will begin searching for devices.

  3. If there are too many devices listed, use the Device type drop-down to display only a single type of device in the list.

  4. Click PIN options to set how a PIN will be delivered to the other device.

    The automatic PIN setting will use a six-digit numerical code. A device with no input keys or screen, such as a mouse or headset, may require a specific PIN such as 0000, or no PIN at all. Check your device's manual for the proper setting.

    Choose an appropriate PIN setting for your device, then click Close.

  5. Click Continue to proceed. If you did not choose a preset PIN, the PIN will be displayed on the screen.

  6. If required, confirm the PIN on your other device. The device should show you the PIN you see on your computer screen, or may prompt you to enter the PIN. Confirm the PIN on the device, then click Matches.

    You need to finish your entry within about 20 seconds on most devices, or the connection will not be completed. If that happens, return to the device list and start again.

  7. A message appears when the connection successfully completes. Click Close.

You can remove a Bluetooth connection later if desired.