How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Laptop: A Step-by-Step Guide

Bluetooth headphones are now becoming a staple of all computer users. But unfortunately, not many know how to connect to them. Or if they do, there’s a huge chance that they’ll go through some technical issues.

If you are one of those people, then you’ve just found the best place to be in.

In this article, we’re going to show you the right way of connecting your Bluetooth headphones to your laptop, as well as how you can troubleshoot in case technical issues do happen.

Connecting to a Windows Laptop or PC

Step #1

If you have a Windows laptop, the first thing that you should do is to make sure that you put your headphones in the Bluetooth pairing mode.

This varies from headphone to headphone, but you can usually do this by simply pressing and holding on to the power button for 5 to 10 seconds.

There are some cases when you just wait until the notification or status light starts blinking. Or in other models, you’ll hear a beeping sound. You can check and read the manual or user guide of the headphone if you’re not sure how to do this.

Step #2

Then head to your laptop and open the Start Menu. From there, you want to choose Settings. This comes as a gear-shaped icon that is on top of the Power button.

If you want to do it the easier way, then you can just simply type Settings on your search box found in the Start Menu.

Step #3

Then click Devices. This shows up after you’ve clicked Settings. A separate window then appears where you’ll see the Devices options. Below the word, Devices, you’ll see Bluetooth, Printer, Mouse. You want to click that box.

Step #4

Upon clicking Devices, you’ll then be led to the Bluetooth & other devices area. Most likely, this will automatically open. But if not, then you have to manually click Bluetooth & other devices.

Step #5

You’ll then see an On/Off toggle below the word, Bluetooth. You want to turn this on. The looks of this vary as there are some Windows OS that has the button in white. If so, then you need to make the white button turn into blue.

Step #6

Then choose the option, Add Bluetooth or other device. You’ll then see Bluetooth located at the Add a device window.

Step #7

Then have your headphones in Bluetooth pairing mode. The notification light should either be blinking, or there must be a beeping sound.

Step #8

The name of the headphone should then appear in your laptop’s list of devices. This shouldn’t take long, maybe just around 5 to 10 seconds or 1 minute at most for slower computers. You then click the headphone with its name once it appears.

Step #9

Take note that every headphone varies. Some connect automatically to your laptop once paired, while others require and need a Bluetooth pass code for your Windows laptop.

You then enter the pass code that is found on the user manual of your headphone. That’s if there’s a pass code request that pops out of your screen. Take note, though, that there are times when the pass code is just 000 or 0000.

Step #10

You’ll then see a message stating that the headphones have been connected to your laptop. Click Done and then close your Settings window.

Connecting to a Mac Laptop or PC

Step #1

The first thing to do when you’re connecting your Bluetooth headset to your Mac is to go to System Preferences. This can be found in the Apple menu. Then select Bluetooth.

It’s then likely that your Bluetooth preferences will display a number of choices to enable Bluetooth and make it discoverable, then Bluetooth is already installed.

Step #2

Your Bluetooth headset will then appear in your Bluetooth list once your headphones have been successfully been in pairing mode.

Scroll down further if by any means you can’t see your headphones in the list. This is possible especially if it’s your first time connecting to a Mac device.

You can also choose your device in the list that shows up, and then click Pair. This then pairs your device to your Mac computer.

Step #3

You can also connect a number of devices. However, these don’t need to play simultaneously as you need to choose a different output source if this is the case.

Step #4

Double-check your sound settings located at the System Preferences. This way, you can ensure the correct sound output, which is your headphone device.

In case no Bluetooth device is installed.

Don’t worry too much if there’s no Bluetooth device installed on your laptop. Although many laptops and desktops already have the hardware, you can still get a separate one by going to your nearest tech and gadget store and buy a Bluetooth dongle.

Make sure they’re made by a reliable brand so you won’t have any more problems in connecting it to your laptop and to your Bluetooth headphone.

These are small devices that are roughly the size of your thumb. Simply plug these into your laptop’s USB port. You then install the dongle on your laptop and you’re good to go.

Troubleshooting Bluetooth Problems

If by any means your headphones still aren’t connected to your laptop, then it’s best that you go back from the start of the setting up process.

Turn off your headphones and re-read the manual. This way, you assure yourself that the device is set up properly. Specifically speaking, it should be in discovery mode.

If your laptop still can’t detect your headphone, then you can try restarting your laptop. If the problem still persists, contact your laptop or headphone manufacturer.


Connecting Bluetooth headphones to your laptop isn’t that difficult. In fact, it’s easy as long as you set it up properly and that your devices don’t have any issues.

Hopefully, this article helped you with just that. Follow our advice carefully, and you’ll be listening to your laptop through your headphones in no time.

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