How to Activate Bluetooth on a Dell Laptop

Dell's Bluetooth feature allows pairing with Bluetooth headsets.

Dell's Bluetooth feature allows pairing with Bluetooth headsets.

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by Contributing Writer

Many Dell laptops contain an optional Bluetooth internal card that pairs your laptop with peripheral Bluetooth devices such as cell phones and headsets. This connection is made wirelessly via radio waves. To conserve battery life, the Bluetooth device on your Dell laptop may be disabled and require activating before use. Dell laptops have two methods of disabling Bluetooth technology; you need to check both to ensure Bluetooth functionality.

Step 1

Look for a Bluetooth status light on the front or side of your Dell laptop. This light is labeled with the Bluetooth "B" logo. If it is illuminated, you already have Bluetooth activated on your Dell laptop.

Step 2

Locate the wireless switch on the front or side edge of your Dell laptop. Slide the switch to the middle position to enable Bluetooth.

Step 3

Right-click the Bluetooth icon in the Windows 7 notification area and select "Enable Bluetooth Radio." This is necessary if you manually disabled Bluetooth via the notification area icon.

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C. Taylor embarked on a professional writing career in 2009 and frequently writes about technology, science, business, finance, martial arts and the great outdoors. He writes for both online and offline publications, including the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Samsung, Radio Shack, Motley Fool, Chron, Synonym and more. He received a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences at College of Charleston. He also holds minors in statistics, physics and visual arts.

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