How to connect wireless headphones to your computer

Updated: May 18, 2023
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How to connect wireless headphones to your computer
by Oleksandr Lazariev
Tech Expert & Writer
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In most cases, wireless headphones synchronize with the computer via a Bluetooth connection. They allow the computer user to get rid of the wires that keep them at the system unit and limit mobility. You can learn how to connect Bluetooth headphones to a desktop computer using a wireless connection in the article below.

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Connecting a wireless headset to a computer

There are two options for synchronizing wireless headphones with your PC. Let's take a closer look at the connection details and possible problems with the wireless connection of the devices.

Via the adapter

Not all desktop computers have built-in Bluetooth. Therefore, many wireless headset manufacturers equip their devices with an external adapter. Such a Bluetooth module for connecting the headphones to the PC usually reminds a miniature box with a USB connector or mini jack 3.5 mm plug.

Here is the procedure to pair the device.

  1. Insert the adapter into the corresponding socket on the computer.
  2. If the headset is equipped with a toggle switch, you must turn the device on.
  3. Verify from the indicator that the headphones are active.
  4. Go to the software pairing setup.

Make the software settings using "Add Device Wizard".

  1. Use the Windows search engine to find a link to Bluetooth.
  2. Once launched, the utility will generate a list of available devices for Bluetooth pairing.
  3. In the generated list find the name of your headset, move the cursor to it and click "Next".
  4. Add Bluetooth devices wizard.
  5. The program will install the selected device, and once ready, it will inform you that the headset has been added.
  6. Next, you need to go to the "Devices and printers" section. In different versions of Windows, the name of the menu and the transition to the section itself may vary slightly.
  7. In the properties of the headset added to the list of devices you need to select the item "Bluetooth Operations". To call the "Properties" menu, just right-click on the object. Wait until the devices are automatically synchronized and the message "Bluetooth connection established" appears.

Connecting a headset without a module

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More modern laptops and desktops usually have a built-in Bluetooth adapter. On the headphones and computer, you need to activate Bluetooth. The operating system will search for a suitable driver. The sequence for synchronizing the equipment with wireless headphones depends on the version of the operating system.

Windows 10 will automatically download the necessary software if the Internet is connected. Otherwise, you need to take the drivers from the disk that comes with the headphones or download them from the official website of the headset manufacturer.

You can search for drivers using the "Device Manager" application.

In the list of menu items, you need to find and open the "Bluetooth" branch and update the drivers on the device marked with a yellow triangle. If there is no item to update the drivers, open the branch "Other devices" and then "Unknown device". To initiate the operation, right-click and select the context menu item "Update drivers".

When the necessary drivers are installed, you must activate the automatic network search mode. After adding the device, you should start the synchronization. When the process is completed, the notification "Bluetooth connection established" should appear.

Problems with Bluetooth headset recognition

How to connect wireless headphones to your computer

When you connect wireless headphones to your PC, you may encounter a problem when the computer does not recognize the audio device. It may occur in the following points.

  1. The headphones may have turned off because the battery has lost its power reserve. You should recharge the headset and turn it on. The indicator on the housing should light up.
  2. You should check your PC to see if the driver installation was successful. If it failed, the software installation procedure should be repeated.
  3. Physical failure of the headset. Failure of the power button, defective battery, and carelessness resulted in watering the headphones.
  4. There may be a problem with the Bluetooth module or the computer's OS.
  5. The manufacturer's recommended distance from the PC is not followed.

If recharging and restarting the headphones, restarting the PC, as well as trying to pair with another sound source (phone, tablet) did not give the expected effect, then the problem lies in a faulty audio device. The user will have to replace the headset under warranty or buy a new one. The option depends on the nature of the malfunction: factory defect or carelessness in use, which led to the breakage.

Sound problems

If the sound is weak or absent, the first thing to check is the volume setting on the computer. It may be set in the lower position. To check and adjust the sound volume, click on the icon in the form of a speaker. If the manipulation did not give the desired result, the problem may be caused by a driver mismatch. You can try updating the software. The update procedure is described above.

If the sound is of poor quality: intermittent, with extraneous crackling and hissing, without bass, then you need to change the profile in the Windows settings.

  1. To do this, find the sound icon in the "Control Panel" and right-click on it to open "Sound Settings" / "Playback Devices". In the "Playback" tab the wireless headset will be presented in two profiles:
  2. The first profile should be set to "Default Communication Device" and the second profile to "Default Device".

Another way to solve the problem with the sound quality of wireless headphones is to disable the "Wireless Telephony" service on your PC. The service is disabled through the "Properties" window of the device in the "Service" tab. It is enough to uncheck the corresponding item.

To open the window, go to "Device Control Panel" → "Devices and Printers". Among the icons, find the image of the desired device and right-click on it. The manipulation will automatically remove the "Headphone" profile from the settings, and the operating system will not use the built-in microphone of the wireless headset.

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to your phone

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After learning how to connect wireless headphones to the computer, you need to familiarize yourself with the process of connecting the headset to the cell phone.

  1. Activate the Bluetooth connection on both devices using the corresponding menu on the phone and the special key on the headphones.
  2. Search for available devices in the Bluetooth menu of your cell phone.
  3. Identify yourself and connect the headphones to the phone.

Not all wireless headset models are equipped with a microphone. Gamers should pay attention to the model dexp bt 250, characterized by a reliable microphone and high sound quality.

Advantages and disadvantages of Bluetooth headsets

The advantages of this type of technology include:

  • long usage distance;
  • the possibility of flexible customization;
  • high sound quality.

Today there are multiple technology pieces on the market. The sound quality, the absence of wires, and a large signal transmission range are undeniable advantages. But in addition to this, such devices have several disadvantages:

  • large weight;
  • the need to recharge the battery;
  • technical complexity;
  • high price.

The price range of such equipment can vary greatly. And it is true that compared to its wired counterpart, this type of headset will cost much more. Besides, the more complex structure of the equipment virtually eliminates the possibility of self-repair if you do not have special knowledge.

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