Our modern computers offer us seemingly limitless possibilities with all of the functions they allow for both personal and professional use. From basic day-to-day tasks to high-level data management, the many technological advances that we all see every day are sometimes forgotten until they are no longer working in our favor. But with these modern capabilities, problems can also still arise.
One function that many of us use for a variety of different reasons is Bluetooth. This wireless connection capability has given us an easy way to connect our devices to other electronics such as speakers and headsets. Bluetooth connectivity is a must for most of our modern devices and is a great feature to know how to use on a daily level. Here is a quick look at how to turn on Bluetooth on an HP laptop.
What is Bluetooth?
In short, Bluetooth is a wireless technology that was designed to send and transfer data from different devices without the need for cables. The technology works by sending short wave radio frequencies between fixed or mobile devices. This technology was invented and developed in the early 1990s with the first commercial version available to the public coming into existence in 1999. It has since evolved into a common feature on most electronic devices today.
Common uses for Bluetooth include sending audio signals or turning your mobile device into a hotspot. If you have a Bluetooth speaker, you are aware of how you might use your phone for its streaming audio and then signal to the speaker to actually hear the music via Bluetooth connection. If you have ever used your phone as a mobile hotspot for internet connectivity, you are using Bluetooth to connect any other device to your phone.
The technology behind Bluetooth connections has really evolved over the last few decades to improve reliability and function. Modern Bluetooth is a feature that most of us use on a daily level and it has become almost as well-known and important as other tech terms such as WiFi. Bluetooth technology has really revolutionized how are devices are able to connect and interact with one another and paved the way for wireless tech into modern times.
How to Turn on Bluetooth on HP Laptop
If you have an HP laptop, you will want to know how to use all of its functions so you can complete any task you wish. Many features you might already be familiar with and are fairly self-explanatory. Others are a bit more involved and require some initial learning to understand how to operate and use. Let’s take a look at how to turn on the Bluetooth feature on your HP laptop so you can quickly and easily use this function.
The first step to utilizing any Bluetooth enabled devices is to make sure they are equipped with the wireless technology and that this feature is turned on. If the Bluetooth on any device you are trying to use or sync up with is not turned on, it will not connect. Your HP laptop computer is equipped with Bluetooth technology but in order to use this function, you first need to make sure that it is turned on.
To turn on the Bluetooth feature on your HP laptop follow these easy steps:
- Click Start
- Click on Control Panel
- Click on HP Wireless Assistant
- Find Bluetooth from the list of wireless connections and click on it
- From the Bluetooth menu, make sure that the feature is turned on
The steps above will make sure that the Bluetooth feature on your HP laptop computer is turned on. There are a few other steps you need to know about in order to connect any other device to your HP laptop via Bluetooth. If you are trying to connect a phone to your laptop, for instance, you need to also make sure that the Bluetooth function on your phone is also turned on and set to discoverable.
Discoverable means that your phone and/or computer will be searching for any possible Bluetooth connections that are within range. Modern Bluetooth technologies allow for a decent distance of coverage in the range of 20 to 30 feet. I would recommend initially pairing your devices at a closer range than that limit as it is sometimes easier to establish a connection at a shorter range.
Depending on what other devices you have, the steps to turn the Bluetooth on may be a bit different but it should be pretty easy to figure out. Generally, you access this from a settings folder or button on any device. Once you have turned on the Bluetooth feature of your HP laptop and the device you want to pair it with, you can easily connect the two devices by following these steps below.
- Navigate to the Bluetooth and other devices window on your HP laptop. This can be done by following steps 1-4 in the instructions above or by conducting a search on your desktop for Bluetooth and other devices.
- Click on Add Bluetooth or other device
- The computer will now search for other devices within range that have Bluetooth enabled
- Locate the Bluetooth device you want to connect with (phone, speaker, another computer, etc.)
- Select the device and click Connect
- The other device you are attempting to pair with will most likely show a confirmation message asking to allow the connection. Go ahead and allow the Bluetooth pairing from this device
- Your HP laptop is now paired with another Bluetooth device
Bluetooth technology is very useful and can be applied in any number of everyday situations. It is good to know how to use and operate this feature on any device you have. Your HP laptop computer is fully equipped with Bluetooth capabilities and now that you know how to easily turn this feature on and pair it with another device, you can begin to enjoy the benefits of Bluetooth.
Remember that you need to have all devices you wish to pair set up with their Bluetooth features turned on and that they should be within a close range of each other for pairing. Another good tip to remember is that if you are having trouble pairing devices, there may be another Bluetooth device turned on within range. This can cause your computer to automatically connect to that device so it should be turned off while pairing another device.
Do you use Bluetooth on your HP laptop? What do you use the technology for most frequently? Let us know in the comments below.
Chris is a lifelong tech enthusiast with a broad range of interests including coding, data analysis, traveling, and more. He used to work as a software programmer immersing himself in the world of codes, now he finds it more interesting talking to real people.