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Pair your laptop with a Bluetooth device

Connect your laptop to peripherals using Bluetooth gives you wireless freedom

Bluetooth is a bit like Wi-Fi in that it allows you to connect devices together without having to physically attach them with a cable. However, unlike Wi-Fi it’s designed for use with smaller devices such as mobile phones, printers, mice and keyboards. The advantage of a Bluetooth connection is that it uses less power and once paired the devices can automatically detect each other.

To connect a Bluetooth device to your PC you need to pair it first. Go to the Settings Charm and click on Change PC Settings, then click on Devices and Add a device. A scan will begin and your Bluetooth devices will show up after a short wait.

Click on the device you want to connect. If it’s a mouse, pair of headphones or similar it should automatically pair though you might have to press a button to confirm the connection. With a phone or other computer you’ll need to enter a passcode.

When you click on your device to pair it you’ll be given a code, which you have to enter. Once the code has been confirmed the devices will be connected and you’ll be able to use them wirelessly. If you add your mobile phone to the device list you’ll be able to easily share the data connection, for example.

With the Bluetooth connection set up you shouldn’t need to pair the devices again and can start using them instantly with no further software to download or install.

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