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HP PCs - Using Bluetooth Devices (Windows 10, 8)

This document pertains to HP and Compaq computers with Windows 10 or Windows 8.
 note:
Depending on your version of Windows, some graphics and information in this document might vary slightly.
Bluetooth wireless technology provides short-range Wi-Fi communications that replace the physical cable connections that traditionally link electronic devices, such as printers, audio devices, and computers. Some examples include:
  • Sharing pictures with other Bluetooth devices nearby.
  • Sending files to a Bluetooth printer.
  • Transferring files to nearby Bluetooth computers.
  • Listening to music on a Bluetooth headset.
Bluetooth networking comes pre-installed in some HP and Compaq computers. If it was not pre-installed, you can add it to your computer by installing Bluetooth hardware. Installing Bluetooth hardware can be as simple as inserting a Bluetooth USB dongle into an open USB port and waiting for Windows to detect and set up the new hardware.
Figure : Bluetooth USB dongle
A  USB Bluetooth dongle
Connecting Bluetooth devices
Before you can use a Bluetooth device, you must establish a Bluetooth connection.
Using Bluetooth to transfer photos from your device
Use the following steps to transfer pictures from a Bluetooth phone, tablet or other Bluetooth enabled device:
  1. Click the Bluetooth icon in the lower-right corner of the desktop, then click Receive a File.
     note:
    If the Bluetooth icon does not display in the lower-right corner of the desktop, use the Adding the Bluetooth icon to the lower-right corner of the desktop section of this document.
    Figure : Receive a File selection
    Receive a File selected for a photo transfer
    Bluetooth File Transfer waits for a connection.
    Figure : Waiting for a connection
    Waiting for a connection in Bluetooth File Transfer window
  2. On your phone or other device, connect to the computer using Bluetooth, and send a file.
    The computer receives the file. If prompted, click Next.
    Figure : File is being received
    File is being received under Bluetooth File Transfer window
  3. Click Browse to select a folder on the computer to save the file, then click OK.
  4. Click Finish to save the file to the selected folder.
    Figure : Save the file to this location
    Save the file to this location window
    The photos have been transferred to your computer.
Connecting Bluetooth devices to send or print files
Bluetooth enabled computers and mobile devices can be connected to share files. You can also use Bluetooth to print on a Bluetooth enabled printer.
Adding the Bluetooth icon to lower-right corner of the desktop
To add the Bluetooth icon to the lower-right of the desktop so you can quickly add a device or change Bluetooth settings, complete the following instructions:
  1. In Windows, search for and open Change Bluetooth settings.
  2. On the Bluetooth Settings screen, select the box next to Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area, and then click OK.
    Figure : Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area selection in the Bluetooth Settings window
     Bluetooth Settings window with the Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area selection
    The Bluetooth icon displays in the lower-right corner of the Windows desktop.
     note:
    You might need to click the up arrow in the lower-right corner of the Windows desktop for the Bluetooth icon to display.
Tips for finding a Bluetooth device
If Windows cannot detect the Bluetooth device, check the following items:
Make sure Bluetooth is turned on and discoverable
Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on and set to be discoverable on the device. When a device is set to be discoverable, it uses radio signals to broadcast its location to other Bluetooth devices and computers.
  • A device such as a wireless mouse or a keyboard might have a button on it that you need to push.
  • A device such as a Bluetooth mobile phone might have a setting in the menu that you need to select to turn on Bluetooth so the device can be discovered.
     note:
    If you do not know how to set your device to be discoverable, check the information that came with your device or go to the manufacturer website.
  • A device such as computer might need to have the Discovery setting turned on.
    To turn on Discovery in Windows, search for and open Change Bluetooth settings.
    The Bluetooth Settings window opens.
    In the Discovery area on the Options tab, click Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC, and then click OK.
    Figure : Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC selection in the Bluetooth Settings window
    Bluetooth Settings window with Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC selected

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