Check if your computer has Bluetooth

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Check if your computer has Bluetooth
Check if your computer has Bluetooth
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This wikiHow teaches you how to find out if your computer has built-in Bluetooth capabilities. Most Windows computers and virtually all Macs have built-in Bluetooth cards, but some desktop computers and older models do not.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: In Windows

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Step 1. Open Start

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Click the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.

You can also right-click on Start to bring up the advanced settings pop-up menu

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Step #2. Open Device Manager

Tap device manager and then click Device Manager in the Start menu. The Device Manager window will now open.

  • If you right-clicked the Start icon, just click Device Manager in the pop-up menu that appears.
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Step 3. Look for the heading 'Bluetooth'

If you see a "Bluetooth" heading near the top part of the window (i.e. in the area with the letter "B"), your computer has built-in Bluetooth capabilities.

If you don't see a "Bluetooth" heading, your computer doesn't have built-in Bluetooth capabilities

Method 2 of 3: On a Mac

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Step 1. Open the Apple menu

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Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will now appear.

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Step #2. Click About This Mac

This option is located in the drop-down menu. A pop-up window will now appear.

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Step 3. Click System Summary…

You'll find this option at the bottom of the About This Mac window. Doing so will open a new window.

  • In older versions of macOS, click More info… in this window.
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Step 4. Expand the section under the "Hardware" heading

To do this, click on the triangle pointing to the right

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to the left of the “Hardware” heading. Under the "Hardware" heading, you should see a list of indented options.

If the triangle next to the "Hardware" heading points downwards, the list is already expanded

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Step 5. Look for the 'Bluetooth' sub-heading

Under the heading 'Hardware', look for the subheading 'Bluetooth'. This sub-heading should be at the top of the hardware options list.

If you don't see a "Bluetooth" sub-heading here, your Mac doesn't have built-in Bluetooth

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Step 6. Confirm that your Mac has Bluetooth

If you see the "Bluetooth" sub-heading, click it once to select it. If you see Bluetooth information on the right side of the screen after clicking the heading, your Mac has built-in Bluetooth. If not, you won't be able to use Bluetooth on your Mac.

Method 3 of 3: In Linux

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Step #1. Open the Terminal

Click or double-click the Terminal app icon. This looks like a black square with a white '>_' in it.

In most versions of Linux, you can also just press Alt+Ctrl+T to open the Terminal window

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Step 2. Type the command to search for Bluetooth

Type in the following command and press ↵ Enter:

sudo lsusb |grep Bluetooth

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Step 3. Enter your password

When prompted, enter your password that you use to log in to your computer. Then press ↵ Enter.

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Step 4. View the results

If you see the name and manufacturer of a Bluetooth device on the next line, then your computer has Bluetooth installed.

  • If a blank line appears, then your computer does not have Bluetooth installed.
  • Note that some versions of Linux do not support built-in Bluetooth adapters.

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