How to Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to Laptop in Windows 10

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It’s safe to say that we now live in a wireless world. People are moving from traditional stationary computers to mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, wireless headphones, and portable speakers.

Bluetooth is now a ubiquitous technology that’s has helped us get rid of cables in our homes and offices. Today, connecting your speaker to your laptop is quite simple. And it’s even easier with Windows 10.

So, how to connect a Bluetooth speaker to laptop Windows 10?

Here’s How To Connect Bluetooth Speaker To Laptop Windows 10


To connect your wireless speaker to your PC, follow these steps:

Step 1 

on and off button of bluetooth speaker

Ensure your Bluetooth speaker is on and is ready to pair. Some speakers use their On/Off buttons.

But for others, you may need to hold down a button for some seconds until you see some little flashing light which indicates the device is ready to pair.

Modern speakers have gone the extra mile and are now using voice command to turn on Bluetooth.

Step 2

start button of bluetooth speaker

On your laptop, click on the “Start” button, then choose “Settings”, and click on the “Devices” icon.

When the “Devices” page appears, you’ll see a list of all installed devices.

On the left side of the Device window, you’ll see the Bluetooth icon.

Click on the icon and let your computer start searching for nearby Bluetooth devices. Your speaker should be among the detected devices.

If it does not appear, head back to the first step and check whether your speaker is still on and ready to pair.

Step 3

pc detecting a bluetooth speaker

When the PC detects your speaker, you’ll see it listed under the “Add a Device Button” bar. Click on it.

Most times, you will need to put in the Bluetooth speaker’s code to pair. Here is where things get a little bit sticky.

For security purposes, you’ll need to prove that you are actually sitting in front of your PC and that you are not an imposter trying to break in.

Keep in mind that different models employ different techniques for this steps.

Most times, you might be needed to type in a secret passcode into both the computer and speaker (the code is usually somewhere in the speaker’s manual).

On some other devices, you’ll have to hold a button for some seconds. While on others, you’ll have to click the pair button on the display screen.

The Universal Bluetooth Code

If nothing is working, try to type in “0000” on your computer. This is often recognized as the universal Bluetooth code for frustrated devices that don’t pair.

Once the speaker successfully pairs, its name and/or icon should appear on the “Devices” page.

‘See? That’s easy on how to connect Bluetooth speaker to laptop windows 10.

Troubleshooting Tips for Bluetooth Speakers that Do Not Pair

Sometimes your wireless speaker might not connect to your Windows 10 laptop.

If you have religiously followed the steps and nothing is working, consider these troubleshooting tips:

  • Download a driver: If your speaker does not pair with your computer, you might be lacking the appropriate driver on your PC. The easiest way to solve this is by searching online for the name of the speaker along with the word “driver”. Make sure you download drivers from credible and reputable sites only.
  • Incompatibility: Though this is rarely an issue, your speaker might not be compatible with your PC. Some brands clearly spell out what they can connect with and what they can’t connect with. Check your user manual for the complete details.
  • Move your speaker away from the USB 3.0 port: The USB 3.0 can interfere with the Bluetooth connections. This is especially true for newer laptops with high-speed USB 3.0 ports. Try pairing the speaker away from your PC.
  • Get the speaker and laptop away from the Wi-Fi Router: Another Bluetooth pairing obstacle is Wi-Fi connections. Wi-Fi connections use the same spectrum as Bluetooth connections, hence, they can easily cause an interference. So, make sure both your PC and speaker are not close to the router. Alternatively, you can switch off your Wi-Fi router.
  • Delete the Bluetooth speaker from your PC and reconnect it: If your computer detects the speaker’s Bluetooth connection but does not pair, simply remove the speaker from the list of connections on your PC and start from step 1 again. To remove the speaker, click on its name and tap “Forget”.
  • Fully charge both devices: Some speakers and laptops have smart power management systems that disable any Bluetooth connections if the battery is too low. Make sure both devices have at least a 50% charge.
  • Switch off likely Bluetooth interferers: If another device – say your phone – has its Bluetooth on, this could be the problem. Laptops tend to automatically connect to older Bluetooth connections quickly than newer ones.
  • Power both devices off and then back on: A simple reset could do the trick.
  • Bring the devices closer to each other: Sometimes your speaker’s Bluetooth connections might not be strong enough to handle the distance. Bring the devices closer together and try to pair them once more.


how to connect bluetooth speaker to laptop windows 10

With these steps and troubleshooting tips on how to connect Bluetooth speaker to laptop windows 10, your pairing should be successful. Enjoy the music!