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How to connect a bluetooth mouse with a windows 8.1 laptop or tablet

I’m using an ASUS PU500CA with Windows 8.1. My laptop was working perfectly but suddenly these annoying errors appear:

+ Windows cannot connect to my Sculpt Touch Mouse. I still see the mouse in the “Devices and Printers” but its status is not connected. I have tried to remove the mouse from the “Devices and Printer” but no use, the mouse is not removed, just the status change to removing device and then nothing happens. Occasionally, this method is useful, the mouse is remove and when I reconnect the mouse, it work perfectly , but if I restart the laptop, all go wrong again.

+ Windows cannot detect any USB device or SD card plugged in. The most weird thing is this happens together with the Bluetooth problem, if I solve the Bluetooth problems by the method above, it can detect the USB devices normally. This happens only with the USB ports and SD card slot, the audio port still works well.

+ The Control panel is often freeze, especially the “Device manager” and the “Devices and Printer”. When I tried to reinstall the bluetooth drivers from the “Device manager” or remove the device from “Devices and Printers”, it often freezes, I can neither cancel the process I have opened nor close the control panel unless I use the Task manager or restart the system. It seems like the system is preventing me from solving the problems. The same thing happens when I use the Troubleshooting Hardwares and Devices, sometime it returns No problems, sometime it runs forever and sometime I can open it.

+ The last problem is I cannot turn off the laptop. When I hit “Shut down” or “Restart”, the shut down screen appears and the dots in the centers circle. After a few minute, the BSOD appears with “Power state failure”. Most time, I have to press the power button some seconds to completely turn the system off.

I have tried everything I found on the Internet but all are useless. I have even reset Windows 8.1 but these errors appear after a few days. I guess it may be because of some recently update or conflict of drivers but I can’t tell exactly which one causes this.

Modern laptops and tablets get smaller and smaller. As a result they provide fewer USB ports for connecting other devices and they rely more on Bluetooth. That’s why Bluetooth mice and keyboards are becoming more popular. But how do you connect them with your Windows 8.1 device? The procedure is not that long but you do need to pay attention so that you perform each step in the correct sequence. Here’s how it works:

Things to Keep in Mind Before Going Ahead

To demonstrate the whole process we have used the the Surface Pro 2 and a Bluetooth mouse from Microsoft that’s named Sculpt Comfort. You can find its review here. TheSurface Pro 2 is reviewed here.

Before you start the whole process, it is best that you start and log in to your Windows 8.1 tablet or laptop and that you have your mouse close, together with its batteries and manual. Also, if you are about to pair your mouse for the very first time with your Windows 8.1 device, you should be connected to a network with Internet access, so that Windows 8.1 can download the appropriate drivers, if needed.

Insert the Batteries, Turn On the Mouse & Make it Discoverable

Any Bluetooth mouse will need batteries before you can use it. Insert them and then look on the back of the mouse. This is where you will generally find the buttons for interacting with the mouse. On the back of the Microsoft Sculpt Comfort mouse we used as an example, there is a switch for turning on the mouse. Press it and the mouse will turn on. Other mice may have a different system for turning them on. Please read their manual to learn how to turn them on.

Turning on the mouse is not enough though. You need to make it discoverable. On some mice, like the one we are using, this means pressing and holding a different button for 3 to 5 seconds. This button has the Bluetooth icon on Microsoft mice. If you are using a mouse from Logitech, the button will be named Connect and it is not a button but a switch that you should turn on.

Some mice have just one button for turning on and making it discoverable through Bluetooth. If that is the case, press and hold the same button so that the mouse becomes discoverable for the next couple of minutes.

On the Microsoft Sculpt Comfort mouse, when the mouse is discoverable, the blue light on its back flashes. Also, if you turn over the mouse, a light blinks green and red for 6 minutes to indicate that the mouse is discoverable.

Your mouse may have a similar system for highlighting that the mouse is discoverable.

Turn on Bluetooth on Your Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

The next step is to turn on Bluetooth on your Windows 8.1 device. Go to PC Settings and then to PC and devices. Select the Bluetooth section where you will see a switch for turning on the Bluetooth chip on your Windows 8.1 device.

Set it to On and Windows 8.1 immediately starts looking for Bluetooth devices.

Pair the Mouse with Your Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

After a couple of seconds, Windows 8.1 displays your Bluetooth mouse. Depending on whether it has the drivers for it or not, you may see the full name of the device or just a generic name like Mouse. Beneath its name, Windows 8.1 says that the mouse is ready to pair.

Select the newly discovered mouse and press Pair. You won’t see this button without selecting the mouse first.

The pairing process starts. If Windows 8.1 already has drivers for your mouse, it will install it in seconds. If it doesn’t, then it will download them from the Internet and the process will take longer. Also, the name of the device will change until the process is completed.

When done, Windows 8.1 displays the exact name of your mouse and says that it is connected, just beneath the name of the mouse.

Now you can start using the mouse to navigate through the operating system. When you will need to disconnect the mouse from your Windows 8.1 laptop or tablet, simply turn off the mouse using its button on the back. When you turn it on again, Windows 8.1 should be able to detect it and pair it quickly. If it doesn’t, you should go through the pairing process again, as shown above.

Conclusion

As you can see, pairing a Bluetooth mouse with a Windows 8.1 laptop or tablet (like Microsoft’s Surface) is not very difficult. However, you do need to be careful about the steps you take and you must perform them in the order described above. I hope that you have found this guide helpful. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask using the comments form below.

When you’re running out of room on your Windows 8 tablet to plug in USB accessories, Bluetooth is your friend. Bluetooth works much like Wi-Fi, but it specializes in connecting gadgets that live less than ten feet apart. If you add a Bluetooth mouse and Bluetooth keyboard to your tablet, it’s USB port remains free for other items.

Bluetooth can also link your tablet with some cellphones to provide Internet access.

To add a Bluetooth item to your tablet, follow these steps:

Turn on your Bluetooth device and, if necessary, make it discoverable.

Most Bluetooth devices include an Off switch to save power. Sometimes turning it on is as simple as flipping an On/Off switch; others sense movement, automatically turning on and off when needed.

Making a device discoverable makes it available to be detected by a computer, usually for a period of 30 seconds. Some devices automatically become discoverable when turned on. Others make you press a button until their light begins blinking.

Fetch the Charms bar by sliding your finger inward from the screen’s right edge. Tap the Settings icon to fetch the Settings pane; then tap the words Change PC Settings.

The Start screen’s PC Settings screen appears.

From the Devices category, tap the Add a Device icon.

The PC Settings’ Devices screen appears listing all of your tablet’s recognized devices, whether they’re currently plugged in or not. When you tap the Add a Device icon, your computer begins searching for adjacent Bluetooth devices that are in “discoverable” mode.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

If Windows doesn’t find and list your device by name, head back to Step 1 and make sure your Bluetooth gadget is still turned on and discoverable. (If it’s been longer than 30 seconds, your device may have given up.)

When your Bluetooth device’s name appears in the Devices list, tap the device’s name so Windows knows to connect to it.

Type your device’s code if necessary and, if asked, click the Pair button.

Everything usually works pretty smoothly until Step 5, where Bluetooth’s security measures kick in. Windows needs you to prove that you’re controlling both your computer and your Bluetooth device, and that you’re not somebody sitting three rows back on the bus trying to break in.

To clear that security hurdle, different Bluetooth devices offer slightly different tactics. Sometimes you need to type a passcode — a secret string of numbers — into both your device and your computer. (Pull out the device’s manual to find the passcode.) Adding to the tension, if you don’t type in the passcode quickly enough, both gadgets stop waiting, forcing you to start over.

Some Bluetooth gadgets let you press and hold a little push button at this step, proving you’re holding it in your hand.

When in doubt, type 0000 on your tablet’s keyboard. That’s often recognized as a universal passcode for frustrated owners of Bluetooth devices who are trying to connect their gadgets.

Once your new gadget successfully pairs with your tablet, its name and icon appear in the Devices category of the PC Settings screen.

To remove a device shown in the Devices list, tap its name; then tap the minus sign that appears to the right of its name. Finally, tap the Remove button that appears.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to connect a wireless bluetooth mouse to your Windows 10 computer. Tablets generally need bluetooth mouse and keyboards and this tutorial will comply with all such Windows 10 devices which have bluetooth. This tutorial is specific and not generalized because I have the Logitech bluetooth mouse Model no. M557. If you have a different mouse, the steps may vary but will give you a good overview if you are in complete darkness. Check them out.

Steps to connect your wireless bluetooth mouse with your Windows 10 computer

1. This is the Logitech M557 wireless bluetooth mouse I have. In the front, along with the left and right click buttons, scroll wheel, there is a Start button too. Tapping this Start button will open the Start menu in your computer. This mouse is compatible with the previous versions too.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

2. This is the rear side of the mouse, which contains the ON/OFF switch and the Connect Button. First of all, switch ON the mouse.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

3. Now in your Windows 10 computer or whatever you have tablet, laptop etc, tap on the Settings icon on the Taskbar and turn on Bluetooth.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

4. Now you can find a Bluetooth icon on the taskbar. Long press or right click on it and select “Show Bluetooth Devices”.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

5. Now click the Connect button on your wireless mouse. As soon as you do so, you will find that your Windows 10 computer is detecting the Bluetooth mouse. It will read “Ready to pair”.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

6. Now tap on the “Ready to Pair” option and click on Pair.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

7. The two devices will start pairing. It will take some time.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

8. The mouse is connected to your computer.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

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How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Today, almost all wired and wireless mice use USB as the interface to the computer. However, older computers may utilize PS/2 or serial ports. If your mouse is wireless, it can be communicating over Bluetooth, RF (radio frequency), or IR(infrared). To proceed, select your connection type from the list below and follow the instructions.

If you want to disconnect a mouse from a computer, do the opposite of the steps provided on this page.

Connecting a wireless USB mouse

A cordless mouse has a small receiver that communicates with the mouse. The receiver connects to the computer via a USB port.

  1. Look for a USB port in the back or on the side of your computer and plug in the receiver.

If you are unsure what a USB port looks like, there is an example image in the next section.

  1. Once the wireless receiver is connected to the computer, Windows should automatically find and install the appropriate drivers as long as you’re connected to the Internet.
  2. Make sure there are batteries in the mouse or that it is charged.
  3. Next, verify that the mouse is turn on. Many wireless devices have an on and off switch on the bottom of them.

If the mouse you want to change how any special buttons work, additional software may need to be installed. If the mouse is not functioning, see our mouse troubleshooting section.

Connecting a wired USB mouse

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Connect the USB cable coming from the mouse to one of the USB ports (shown right) on the back or side of your computer. If you are using a USB port hub, connect the mouse cable to that.

After the mouse is connected, the computer should automatically install the drivers and provide basic functionality. If the mouse you want to change how any special buttons work, additional software may need to be installed.

If the mouse is not functioning, see our mouse troubleshooting section.

Connecting a Bluetooth mouse

A Bluetooth mouse connects to a computer wirelessly using a Bluetooth signal. The computer must have built-in Bluetooth or have a Bluetooth adapter connected to it.

To connect a Bluetooth mouse to your computer, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Bluetooth utility on your computer and make sure Bluetooth is turned on. The Bluetooth utility, if enabled, is found in the notification area, with an icon that looks like the Bluetooth symbol.
  2. Turn on the mouse if it has an On/Off switch. Check the Bluetooth utility to see if it detects the Bluetooth mouse.
  3. When the Bluetooth utility finds the Bluetooth mouse, select the mouse in the Bluetooth device list and click the Pair button.
  4. If successful, the mouse connects to the computer.

If the Bluetooth utility does not detect the Bluetooth mouse, check the bottom of the mouse or inside the battery compartment for a small button. If found, press the button, as it may be required for the mouse to be discoverable by the computer. If no button is found and the mouse came with a software installation disc, install the mouse software on the computer. After installing, check the Bluetooth utility to see if it detects the Bluetooth mouse.

Connecting a PS/2 mouse

Before connecting or disconnecting the PS/2 mouse, make sure the computer is turned off.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Connect the cable coming from the mouse to the green-colored PS/2 port (shown right) on the back of the computer. If your PS/2 ports are not color-coded, the mouse port is the furthest port from the left side of computer chassis (when viewed from the back).

After the mouse is connected, the computer should automatically install the drivers and provide basic functionality. If the mouse you want to change how any special buttons work, additional software may need to be installed. If the mouse is not functioning, see our mouse troubleshooting section.

Connecting a serial mouse

When connecting or disconnecting a serial mouse, make sure the computer is turned off.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Connect the mouse to the serial port on the back of the computer. If you have more than one serial port on the computer, we recommend connecting the mouse to the first port. Once connected, depending on your computer setup, you may need to configure the mouse COM ports in BIOS setup.

Today, most computers no longer have serial ports. Most serial mice are specialized, so to use one, you need to install the software included with the mouse, or from the mouse manufacturer’s website.

If you’re having problems connecting a serial mouse because the computer has no serial port or the port is not working, consider using a serial to USB adapter.

BIOS setup

If you have an older computer (2005 or earlier) with a serial or USB mouse, it may be necessary to configure the ports in BIOS setup. If you have a newer computer, this section can be skipped.

Older computers with serial mice

If you’re using a serial mouse and it’s not detected, verify that the serial ports or COM ports are enabled and properly assigned in BIOS.

Older computers with USB

If the mouse connects via USB, make sure USB is enabled and if available, also ensure that the USB legacy support is enabled. USB legacy support allows the mouse to work in legacy mode, for example, DOS.

Mouse troubleshooting

If your mouse is not working after following the steps above, additional troubleshooting may be required.

I have a brand new MS mouse without an obvious pairing button and the instructions have disappeared.

How do I connect this mouse to Windows 10 without a pairing button?

Is it a combination of different keys to hold down on the mouse?

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You must have got a manual with the mouse, which should have instructions for connecting it.

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I gave the mouse in the original packaging to my daughter it seems pretty straightforward she tried to install it but threw away the packaging along with the manual.

Its the 1737 model.

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If there wasn’t a transceiver included, Microsoft says:

If your computer includes a built-in Bluetooth transceiver or if you have an external USB Bluetooth transceiver, you may be able to use it to connect your device without using a Microsoft USB transceiver.

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I have just upgrade my windows version from 8 to 8.1 . the problem is my HP WIFI mouse become not working, although the pairing wizard show that the mouse paired successfully . Please Advice

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This issue may occur if the driver or software is corrupted or not compatible.

What is the model number of the mouse?

Method 1:
I would suggest you to run the hardware troubleshooter and check if it helps.

a. Press Windows key + C on your keyboard to show the Charms bar.

b. Type Troubleshootingand click Troubleshooting under Settings.

c. Now type Hardware Troubleshooter in the search option.

d. Click on Hardware troubleshooter to run the troubleshooter.

Method 2:
HP Mouse Control Center software is not available for Windows 8.1 in HP website. I would suggest you to uninstall and re-install HP Mouse Control Center in compatibility mode and check if it helps.

a) Right click on the setup file of the software from the CD and select “Properties”.

b) Select “Compatibility” Tab.

c) Place a check mark next to “Run this program in Compatibility mode” and select Windows 7 from the drop down list.

d) Let the software install and then check the functionality.

Hope this information helps. Reply to the post with updated status of the issue to assist you further.

A cordless mouse brings flexibility with just a few considerations

Wireless mice use Bluetooth technology to connect to your computer, freeing your desktop from the clutter of extra cords. Because they rely on Bluetooth, wireless mice connect just like any other Bluetooth device—with a few considerations.

Information in this article applies to Windows 10, macOS Catalina (10.15) through macOS Sierra (10.12), and Ubuntu Linux (version 18.04).

The wireless mouse relies on an onboard transmitter that communicates with a receiver inside the computer to pair with your computer. Most modern tablet computers and laptops feature built-in Bluetooth radios. However, some desktop computers do not. If your computer doesn’t naturally support Bluetooth, purchase a Bluetooth adapter, or select a wireless mouse that includes a USB dongle that serves as a receiver.

Connect a Wireless Mouse on a Computer Running Windows 10

The Bluetooth menu provides a means to connect a wireless mouse in Windows 10.

Open the Settings app (press Win+I as a shortcut) and select Devices.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

In the left sidebar, select Bluetooth & other devices and then select the plus sign (+) next to Add Bluetooth or other device.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

In the pop-up Add a device window, select Bluetooth.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Follow the steps of the add-device wizard. You need to put the wireless mouse in pairing mode. Windows detects the mouse and adds the relevant drivers.

Making a wireless mouse discoverable differs by manufacturer, so check your quick-start instruction guide.

Connect a Wireless Mouse on a Computer Running macOS

Put your wireless mouse into pairing mode. Check the device documentation for instructions.

Click the Apple logo in the menu bar at the top of the screen and select System Preferences in the drop-down menu.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Click Bluetooth to open the system preferences.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Your Mac searches for any device in pairing mode when you open the Bluetooth panel. You should see a connection request to verify that you want to connect the specified device. If so, click Connect.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

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Place your wireless mouse in pairing mode. Check the device documentation for instructions.

Open the Bluetooth panel and ensure that the switch at the top is set to the On position.

Select your mouse in the Devices list and finish the setup. Complete this step within 20 seconds to avoid timeouts. When the mouse connects, its status displays as Connected.

Select the connected mouse to open a panel for device-specific customization.

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A Bluetooth mouse differs from a wired mouse in several significant ways:

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In this article we will tell you how to connect wireless keyboard to Windows 8. Here’s the complete procedure:

Windows 8 is the new OS from Microsoft which has a mixed bag of reactions from the different quarters of the users. By and large, Windows 8 has got features that are new and novel. But at the same time, some of the popular features have been either removed or hidden from the users.

One of the frequent complaints on Windows 8 is the connectivity for wireless keyboard and mouse. It is a fact that majority of the tablet/Smartphone users prefer to have keyboard and mouse attached as they provide greater flexibility to type or edit documents and spreadsheets.

More often users have said that they are unable to use the wireless keyboard or mouse irrespective of following every instruction given in the Windows 8 user manual. Some of them have expressed their concern over buying additional software or drivers to establish the connectivity between their Windows 8 machine and wireless keyboard/mouse. Actually, there is no need for buying software or special drivers for this purpose.

Here is the guide that would let the users know as to how to connect a wireless keyboard to their Windows 8 machine.

Steps to add wireless keyboard

First check your system for the following consistencies:

  • Firstly ensure that the wireless keyboard bought by you is compatible with Windows 8.
  • Ensure that the port and cables are not having errors.
  • Check whether the required files and drivers have been installed without errors.

The above would ensure that your system free of installation errors of Windows 8 and hardware failures.

Now, by following the below steps, you can connect the wireless keyboard.

  • Go to ‘Computer’ (My Computer) icon on desktop and right click on it.
  • Select ‘Manage’ option and click on it.
  • This shows up a list of Computer Management options on the left side of which ‘Device Manager’ is one.
  • Select this option and right click on it.
  • Run the ‘Scan’ option to detect new hardware.
  • At the end of the scan your wireless keyboard should get added.

Steps to add wireless keyboard with Bluetooth

If you have bought a keyboard with Bluetooth, following steps could help in pairing the keyboard:

  • Turn on the Windows 8 Bluetooth feature in the system.
  • Right click on the Bluetooth icon and select “Add a device”
  • System would automatically scan for the new device.
  • Follow the steps and pair up the keyboard.
  • Once paired up, you can start using the keyboard.

Hope this article about how to connect wireless keyboard to Windows 8 helped you.

When I tried pairing my new Arc Touch Bluetooth mouse to my Windows 8.1 all the Bluetooth setting does is continue to search even when the mouse is discoverable but can’t find it. Is there a driver or something that needs to be installed? Also, when I open the Bluetooth icon the “Allow a device to connect” is not active. I have looked everywhere to activate this and can’t find it. What am I doing wrong?

When I tried pairing my new Arc Touch Bluetooth mouse to my Windows 8.1 all the Bluetooth setting does is continue to search even when the mouse is discoverable but can’t find it. Is there a driver or something that needs to be installed? Also, when I open the Bluetooth icon the “Allow a device to connect” is not active. I have looked everywhere to activate this and can’t find it. What am I doing wrong?

Hello Friend. I also have the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse. It works Flawlessly on my Laptop DELL with Windows 8.1. This Mouse ONLY works with the BT Comm Dongle that comes together with your mouse. It does not work directly connected to Bluetooth on your Computer. You have to Connect the Micro Dongle to your Computer first in order to use your Mouse. Aaron.

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I understand that the Microsoft Arc touch mouse is not working properly.

Are you getting any error message when you connect the mouse to the computer?

I suggest you to follow the steps mentioned below and check if it helps.

Method 1:

You may try running the Hardware and Device troubleshooter and check if it helps.
a. Press Windows Key +R, type Control Panel.
b. Type troubleshooting in the search bar, click on troubleshooting.
c. Click on Hardware and Sound, click on Hardware and Devices.
d. Follow the steps from the wizard to run the troubleshooter.

Method 2: Update drivers

a) Press Windows key + X, select device manager
b) Locate the Mouse, right click and select properties
c) Click on the drivers tab and select update driver.

If you couldn’t find any updated driver by the above method, you can also download the driver from the manufacturer’s website:

If the above steps didn’t help, please checkout this link.

What if a device isn’t installed properly?

You can also refer to the link mentioned below for more information.

Troubleshoot response failures in wireless keyboard or mouse

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If you face any Windows issues in future, let us know and we would be glad to assist you.

I own a Microsoft Sculpt Comfort wireless mouse. I’ve had it for about a year and it always worked perfectly with Windows 7.

Last week, I installed Windows 8.1 on my computer, and the mouse kept on working for a few days, until its batteries died. After I changed the batteries, I’m not able to pair it to my computer anymore.

When I go to Devices -> Add a Device, or Bluetooth menus, and try to add the mouse as a device, it’s never found. Other devices like my smartphone and my bluetooth soundbar are found.

I’ve followed all the steps described in Microsoft’s troubleshooting page (http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/help/support/troubleshooting/mouse/wireless-bluetooth), but still it doesn’t work.

The issue is not on my computer’s bluetooth, since I’m able to connect to other devices. I’ve also tried pairing my mouse with another computer and it did work.

I believe that a fresh install of Windows would solve the issue, but I really wouldn’t like to do that just a couple of weeks after installing Windows 8 for the first time.

Could anybody please assist?

Welcome to Microsoft Community. I will certainly help you with the issue that you are facing. Please try the following methods and check if it helps.

Method 1:
I would suggest you to run hardware and devices troubleshooter and check if it helps.

a) Press the ‘Windows + C’ to activate the charms menu or move the mouse pointer to bottom right corner of the screen and you will get the charms menu.
b) Click on ‘search’ and select ‘settings’ and type ‘Troubleshooting’ and select ‘troubleshooting’.
c) Click on ‘Hardware and Sound’ and select ‘Hardware and Devices’ and click on next to run the troubleshooter.

Method 2: Update Drivers
I would recommend you to download and install the drivers available for Windows 8 for the mouse and install them in compatibility mode. To download the driver, click on the link below.

Install in compatibility mode
You may also try to install it compatibility mode. After downloading the setup file, try the following steps.
a. Right click on the setup file of the driver and select Properties
b. Select Compatibility Tab
c. Place a check mark next to Run this program in Compatibility mode and select the operating system accordingly from the drop down list.
d. Let the driver to install and then check the functionality

Let us know the results once you have tried these methods. Hope this information was helpful.

Am I right, that on W8 it isn’t possible to “disconnect” a bluetooth device?

I can add or remove my headset from the devices, but I cennot “disconnect/connect” it like it is possible with all other devices, i.e. the phone. Do I realy have to pair my headset with the W8 device everytime? I won’t beleave that such a stack like bluetoth isn’t implemented properly.

Any suggestions how to “disconnect”?

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Thanks for posting this question in Microsoft Community.

You may refer the Microsoft help article for information regarding connecting and disconnecting a Bluetooth device. After you connect a Bluetooth device you may change some settings according to your need when connecting and disconnecting the device.

Hope this information is helpful and do let us know if you need further assistance. We will be glad to help.

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Ok, this article opened me another way, how I can disconnect my Headset. I’ve done this via the sound Settings currently, which worked for the Headset only.

But your articke is “Windows 7 related”. Since this instruction uses the control center I do not know, if this also works for a WinRT device like a Surface. I’m using a Laptop currently. And at least, I need to connect or disconnect my Headset very often, since I use it on the Laptop as well as on the phone, this not very convinient.

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I concur and this is very frustrating.

It results in two problems.

– No one else can use the bluetooth speakers if my laptop is on in the room

– My laptop speakers/headphones don’t work if I’m in the room since the sound is going via bluetooth to a speaker system that is off or otherwise occupied.

Both would be solved if I could disconnet.

The second can be remedied slightly by going to the “Sound” settings and setting my laptop speakers as the default device, but that does not seem to persist. Next time I turn on my laptop, the bluetooth is the default again.

Very frustrating, especially since Windows 7 has a solution.

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Thank you for your response and it is very helpful.

I did find that and tested it. However, if I disconnect and then turn off my laptop and then turn it on again, it reconnects automatically and becomes the default device. I can do this several times in a row and inevitably it reconnects.

What that means is I am often unintentionally tying up the bluetooth receiver connected to the home stereo so my wife or teens can’t use it.

On Windows 7 it stays disconnected, in Windows 8 it does not.

Does it remain disconnected for you? Perhaps it is something particular to my machine (a 3 month old HP ultrabook).

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We are speaking here about Windows 8. This shall be usable via Touch. Can anybody explain my which finger is responsable vor Right-Click?

I can’t answer this directly since I don’t yet have a tablet. However you can get to the same place from the start screen by typing “sounds”. By default, “sound recorder” shows up but if you select “settings” on the right then you will see the option for “sound”. Clicking on that will take you to the desktop where you can disconnect or reconnect a Bluetooth device related to sound.

I don’t know of a pure Windows 8 way of doing this. The “Devices” under PC settings does not have this option.

On my laptop, a right click is achieved on the touch pad with a two-finger tap. Perhaps that works on a tablet too?

Learn how to pair your iPad with a wireless mouse or trackpad.

Before you begin

Connecting a Bluetooth accessory to your iPad requires iPadOS 13.4. These iPad models support iPadOS 13 and later:

  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air 2 or later
  • iPad (5th generation) or later
  • iPad mini 4 or later

How to connect a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to your iPad

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth accessory and place it near your iPad.
  2. Make sure that your accessory is in pairing or discovery mode.
    • Apple Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad should be ready to pair at this point.
    • If you’re pairing a third-party accessory that you’ve used with another device, follow the pairing-mode steps from its manufacturer.
  3. Open the Settings app on your iPad.
  4. Tap Bluetooth.
  5. Look under Other Devices for your Bluetooth accessory, then tap its name to pair it with your iPad.
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Depending on the accessory that you’re connecting, you might need to take extra steps. Follow any onscreen instructions that appear. If you’re pairing with Apple Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad and you’re asked to provide a code, use 0000 (four zeros).

If you’re having trouble connecting your accessory, try these tips.

If you see a connectivity alert

When using a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad with your iPad, you might see an alert that says “Using this accessory may affect Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.”
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Wireless interference can happen when you use a Bluetooth accessory with some iPad models. The more Bluetooth accessories that are connected to your iPad and active, the more likely you are to experience wireless performance issues.

If this happens, and you have connectivity issues, try disconnecting any Bluetooth accessories that you’re not using. In Settings > Bluetooth, tap the information button next to the accessory’s name, then tap Disconnect.

Reconnect, disconnect, or forget the Bluetooth accessory

After it pairs with your iPad for the first time, your accessory appears under My Devices in Settings > Bluetooth. Tap your accessory’s name to reconnect it to your iPad when it’s not connected.

To disconnect the accessory or have your iPad forget the accessory, tap the information button next to its name.

Learn more

  • Using a wireless accessory with your iPad is similar to using one with a desktop or notebook computer. But there are some features that make the experience unique to iPad. Learn how to use a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad with your iPad.
  • You can see the battery percentage of your connected Bluetooth mouse or trackpad in the Batteries widget. Learn how to add widgets in the Today View on your iPad.
  • Don’t see the onscreen keyboard when you have a trackpad or mouse connected? Tap and hold the down-arrow key in the shortcuts bar (in the bottom-right corner) until the onscreen keyboard appears.

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In this article we will tell you how to connect wireless keyboard to Windows 8. Here’s the complete procedure:

Windows 8 is the new OS from Microsoft which has a mixed bag of reactions from the different quarters of the users. By and large, Windows 8 has got features that are new and novel. But at the same time, some of the popular features have been either removed or hidden from the users.

One of the frequent complaints on Windows 8 is the connectivity for wireless keyboard and mouse. It is a fact that majority of the tablet/Smartphone users prefer to have keyboard and mouse attached as they provide greater flexibility to type or edit documents and spreadsheets.

More often users have said that they are unable to use the wireless keyboard or mouse irrespective of following every instruction given in the Windows 8 user manual. Some of them have expressed their concern over buying additional software or drivers to establish the connectivity between their Windows 8 machine and wireless keyboard/mouse. Actually, there is no need for buying software or special drivers for this purpose.

Here is the guide that would let the users know as to how to connect a wireless keyboard to their Windows 8 machine.

Steps to add wireless keyboard

First check your system for the following consistencies:

  • Firstly ensure that the wireless keyboard bought by you is compatible with Windows 8.
  • Ensure that the port and cables are not having errors.
  • Check whether the required files and drivers have been installed without errors.

The above would ensure that your system free of installation errors of Windows 8 and hardware failures.

Now, by following the below steps, you can connect the wireless keyboard.

  • Go to ‘Computer’ (My Computer) icon on desktop and right click on it.
  • Select ‘Manage’ option and click on it.
  • This shows up a list of Computer Management options on the left side of which ‘Device Manager’ is one.
  • Select this option and right click on it.
  • Run the ‘Scan’ option to detect new hardware.
  • At the end of the scan your wireless keyboard should get added.

Steps to add wireless keyboard with Bluetooth

If you have bought a keyboard with Bluetooth, following steps could help in pairing the keyboard:

  • Turn on the Windows 8 Bluetooth feature in the system.
  • Right click on the Bluetooth icon and select “Add a device”
  • System would automatically scan for the new device.
  • Follow the steps and pair up the keyboard.
  • Once paired up, you can start using the keyboard.

Hope this article about how to connect wireless keyboard to Windows 8 helped you.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

That’s because Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 supports Bluetooth keyboards. Here’s how it all works.

You first need to first connect the keyboard as you would any other Bluetooth device like a headset. Open up the Settings app, scroll down to “Bluetooth,” and after you’ve turned it on you should see your keyboard as a device to pair with. Just tap to connect, follow the on-screen prompts and you’ll be connected in no time.

Once your keyboard is connected you don’t have to do anything else. When you’re in an app for typing in such as Outlook or Microsoft Word, the phone will recognize that a Bluetooth keyboard is connected and minimize the on-screen one. It’ll still do autocorrect and offer predictions, but you’ve got about 75% of the display place for your typing.

You can also perform a few other commands that we’ve noticed so far. The Windows key to go back to the Start screen doesn’t seem to work but you can turn the display off and lock the phone, turn it back on again to the lock screen, toggle volume up, down or off, even launch the camera. The key combinations will vary depending on your keyboard, on ours they don’t match up to the labels on the keys.

It’s pretty straight forward and it’s not something that everyone will want. But it works. And it works pretty well. The big drawback right now is that it’s limited to the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL thanks to those being the only two phones with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2. But, as the update to Windows 10 rolls out later this year, it’ll open up to many more.

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Use Bluetooth to pair devices, share files, create hotspots, and more

Are you looking for a wireless way to share your phone’s internet connection with your laptop through a hotspot, transfer files between devices, or play music through another device? Bluetooth can make all this, and more, possible. To connect two or more devices using Bluetooth, the devices must support Bluetooth. Most modern wireless devices include Bluetooth support but if your laptop doesn’t, you might need to buy a Bluetooth adapter.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Laptop to Other Devices

There are many kinds of Bluetooth devices and these steps are only relevant to some. Consult the user manual for the device or the manufacturer website for specific instructions. For example, the steps to pair a Bluetooth surround sound system to a laptop are not the same as pairing headphones, which isn’t the same as pairing a smartphone.

These basic instructions for connecting a laptop to a Bluetooth device such as a smartphone or music player might vary depending on the device.

Activate the Bluetooth function on the mobile device to make it discoverable or visible. If the device has a screen, look for Bluetooth in the Settings menu. Other devices have a special button.

On the computer, access the Bluetooth settings and choose to make a new connection or set up a new device. For example, on Windows, either right-click the Bluetooth icon in the notification area or go to the Control Panel to find the Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers page.

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When the device appears in the list of Bluetooth and other devices, select it to connect (pair) it to the laptop.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

If prompted for a PIN code, either enter or confirm the number on both devices. If the device being paired to the laptop has a screen, such as a phone, you might get a prompt that has a number that you must match with the number on the laptop. If they’re the same, click through the connection wizard on both devices to pair the devices over Bluetooth.

If you don’t know the PIN, try 0000 or 1234. If those don’t work, search for the device manual online to find the Bluetooth code.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Once it’s connected, depending on the device, you’ll be able to do things such as transfer a file between through an application or a Send to > Bluetooth option on the OS. This won’t work for some devices such as headphones and peripherals.

Follow these tips to get better performance from your Bluetooth connection:

Bluetooth has become an increasingly important function in laptops. Some Windows 8.1 users have reported experiencing various Bluetooth issues after upgrading from Windows 8. Some common Bluetooth issues in Windows 8.1 and their solutions are detailed in the article below:

Before you proceed to carrying out any troubleshooting steps, you should firstly ensure that the Bluetooth functionality is enabled. The steps to turn on Bluetooth in Windows 8.1 are:

  1. Move your mouse pointer to top right corner of the screen and click Settings
  2. Click Change PC Settings
  3. In PC Settings, click Wireless option
  4. Now you will see a Bluetooth option on the right-hand side
  5. Switch on Bluetooth

Problem 1 – Bluetooth not working

To resolve this issue, follow the steps set out below:

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run command
  2. Type services.msc and press Enter
  3. Look for Bluetooth Support Service and click on it
  4. Go to the General Tab, change the startup type from Manual to Automatic
  5. Next, click on Log On Tab
  6. Click the radio button ‘This Account’ and type your account name
  7. Remove both hidden password and restart your computer
  8. Next, reinstall your Bluetooth Drivers
  9. Go to your laptop manufacturer site and download the latest Bluetooth Drivers for your laptop model and Windows 8.1 system
  10. Download the Drivers and install them. Restart your computer

If the laptop manufacturer does not list the compatible Bluetooth Drivers for Windows 8.1, do the following:

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run command, type regedit to open the Registry editor
  2. In the Registry Editor window, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion
  3. Right-click the CurrentVersion key in the pane on the right-hand side
  4. Select Modify
  5. Change Current version value from 6.3 to 6.2.

Problem 2 – Bluetooth devices get disconnected after a while

This happens mainly as a result of Power settings. In Windows 8.1, several devices (including Bluetooth) are automatically turned off by the Operating System to save Power. You can resolve this issue by changing the power settings.

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run command
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter
  3. In the Device Manager window, click Network Adapter and expand it
  4. Look for Bluetooth wireless network
  5. Right-click on it and go to the Power Management tab
  6. uncheck “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power”

If none of the above solutions solves your Bluetooth issue, you need to update your Bluetooth Drivers for your system. You can either do this automatically by using a Driver Update Tool or follow the steps set out below to manually download and update the Drivers.

  1. Open the Run dialog box and type devmgmt.msc to open the Device Manager
  2. In the Device Manager window, go to Other Devices
  3. Right-click on Bluetooth Low Energy/Unknown Devices
  4. Click on Update Driver Software
  5. In next window, click Search automatically for updated driver software
  6. Windows will now search online for latest Bluetooth Drivers compatible with Windows 8.1 and install them

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Bluetooth can be amazing on Windows 10 until it stops working properly

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Bluetooth is an indispensable technology that connects numerous devices wirelessly to computers, laptops, and tablets. When it stops working properly on a Windows 10 computer, there can be multiple reasons why. To fix these types of Bluetooth problems, there are several solutions to get things working again.

Information in this article applies to PCs and laptops with Windows 10.

Cause of Windows 10 Bluetooth Problems

Bluetooth problems on Windows 10 computers are usually caused by a combination of software and hardware issues. Sometimes multiple Bluetooth devices cause conflicts with each other and the computer to which the Bluetooth devices are trying to connect. Other times, connectivity problems occur because the computer needs an operating system, software, or driver update.

Other common causes of Windows 10 Bluetooth errors include a broken device, the incorrect settings were enabled or disabled in Windows 10, and the Bluetooth device is turned off.

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How to Fix Bluetooth Issues on Windows 10

Because the causes of a faulty Bluetooth connection can vary, there are numerous possible solutions to try. Here are the most effective ways to fix common Windows 10 Bluetooth problems.

Make sure Bluetooth is enabled. Sometimes Bluetooth is accidentally disabled on Windows 10 computers and tablets. To confirm it’s turned on, open the Windows 10 Action Center by selecting the system tray icon in the lower-right corner of the screen, and look at the Bluetooth icon. If it’s dim, Bluetooth is turned off. Select the Bluetooth icon to turn it on.

If you turn on Windows 10 Flight mode while in the air, turn it off after you land. This setting disables Wi-Fi, location settings, and Bluetooth. This can be done by clicking the Flight mode tile in the Action Center.

Turn Bluetooth on and off again. A quick reset of the Bluetooth setting can often fix any connectivity issues. This manually forces your device to search for Bluetooth devices.

To turn Bluetooth on and off, open the Windows 10 Action Center, select the Bluetooth tile to turn it off, wait several seconds, then select the Bluetooth tile again to turn it on.

Move the Bluetooth device closer to the Windows 10 computer. It’s possible that your Bluetooth device could be out of range of your Windows 10 computer or tablet. Place one next to the other when making the initial connection.

Confirm that the device supports Bluetooth. While Bluetooth is common with smart devices, it’s not used by everything. If the product doesn’t mention Bluetooth on its packaging or in its instruction manual, it likely needs to connect to a Windows 10 device using another method, such as Wi-Fi or with a cable.

Turn on the Bluetooth device. A Bluetooth device needs to be powered on to connect to a Windows 10 computer.

If the pairing process takes a long time, your Bluetooth device may turn off because it doesn’t detect any activity. Turn it on again if it shuts down.

Restart the Windows 10 computer. A simple restart can fix a variety of Windows 10 problems, including those associated with connecting to a Bluetooth device.

To restart a Windows 10 device, open the Start menu, select the Power button, and then choose Restart.

Check for a Windows 10 update. Having the latest version of Windows 10 installed on your computer or tablet keeps it secure and helps you pair your Bluetooth device by downloading any necessary files it may be missing.

When performing a Windows 10 update, make sure that your device is connected to a power source. The process can drain battery power, and major errors can occur if the Windows 10 device turns off while installing an update.

Turn off other Bluetooth devices. Even though this technically shouldn’t be an issue for modern computers, having multiple Bluetooth devices paired can occasionally make it difficult to pair new ones.

During the initial pairing phase, turn off all other hardware that connects to your Windows 10 computers through Bluetooth.

Check for Bluetooth conflicts. Some Bluetooth devices have trouble connecting when being paired with more than one computer, tablet, or smartphone. These conflicts can be resolved by turning off Bluetooth on all but one of the smart devices and computers.

Some fitness trackers can have trouble connecting to more than one device at a time. It’s a good idea to only pair a fitness tracker with your smartphone or computer, but not both.

Run the Windows 10 Bluetooth troubleshooter. Windows 10 has built-in troubleshooter programs that scan a computer for specific problems and fix these issues.

To begin the Bluetooth troubleshooter, open the Start menu, then select Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Bluetooth.

Remove the Bluetooth device and re-add it. Open the Windows 10 Start menu, then select Settings > Devices. Locate your Bluetooth device from the list of connected devices, and select its name. Then, select Remove device. Restart the computer, and then pair the device. This process often corrects any problems that were associated with the initial Bluetooth pairing.

Pair headphones, a speaker, and more

Most modern laptops and computers come with built-in Bluetooth capabilities. Because of this, you can use all sorts of wireless speakers, headphones, fitness trackers, keyboards, trackpads and mice with your PC.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7.

Connecting Devices to PCs With Built-In Bluetooth Capabilities

To make a Bluetooth device work, you first have to ensure you have Bluetooth capabilities on your computer. If not, you can add Bluetooth easier than you think. Once you’re sure you have it, then you just need to make the wireless device discoverable and pair it with your computer. The pairing process differs depending on what you are connecting to your PC. For example, you’ll take different steps to pair a Bluetooth surround sound system than to pair Bluetooth headphones, or pairing a smartphone, etc

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

To connect a wireless keyboard, mouse or similar device to your PC in Windows 10, follow these steps:

Turn on the keyboard, mouse, or similar device to make it discoverable.

On your PC, press Start, and select Settings > Devices > Bluetooth.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Turn on Bluetooth, if it is not already toggled on.

Select Add Bluetooth or Other Device.

Select Bluetooth in the Add a Device window.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Select the device you want to pair in the list of Bluetooth devices Windows finds. Follow any on-screen steps to complete the connection.

How to Connect a Headset, Speaker or Other Audio Device

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

The way you make audio devices discoverable varies. Check the documentation that came with the device or at the manufacturer’s website for specific instructions. Then:

Turn on the Bluetooth headset, speaker, or other audio device and make it discoverable by following the manufacturer’s instructions.

On your PC’s taskbar, select Action Center > Connect to turn on Bluetooth on your PC if it isn’t already on.

Select Connect > device name and follow any additional instructions that appear to connect the device to your PC.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

After a device is paired with your PC, it usually reconnects automatically whenever the two devices are in the range of each other, assuming Bluetooth is turned on.

Connecting Devices to PCs Without Built-In Bluetooth Capabilities

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Laptops haven’t always come to Bluetooth-ready. Computers without built-in Bluetooth capabilities interact with Bluetooth wireless devices with the help of a small receiver that plugs into a USB port on the computer.

Some Bluetooth devices ship with their own receivers that you plug into the laptop, but many wireless devices don’t come with their own receivers. To use this, you’ll need to buy a Bluetooth receiver for your computer. Most electronics retailers carry this inexpensive item.

Insert the Bluetooth receiver into a USB port.

Select the Bluetooth devices icon in the lower-right corner of the taskbar. If the icon doesn’t appear automatically, select the upward-pointing arrow to reveal the Bluetooth symbol.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Select Add a Bluetooth Device. The computer will search for any discoverable devices.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Select the Connect or Pair button on the Bluetooth device (or follow the manufacturer’s instructions to make it discoverable). The wireless device often has an indicator light that flashes when it is ready to be paired to the PC.

Select the name of the Bluetooth device in the devices found in Windows. Follow any on-screen instructions to complete the pairing of the device to the computer.

Having a new Surface Arc Mouse and getting stuck on how to connect it your Surface or computer? Here we have an easy and detail guide on how to do that.

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The Surface Arc Mouse is the latest and the most portable mouse ever created by Microsoft. It was introduced at the same as the launch of Microsoft Surface Laptop on May 2nd, 2017. It’s a premium mouse that is very slim, light, and available in three different colors the light gray, burgundy, and cobalt blue.

This mouse uses the Bluetooth low energy version 4.0/4.1 to connect to your laptops or desktops. So make sure your computer has a built-in Bluetooth module or a Bluetooth adapter version 4.0 or later. Read on to see how to connect your Surface Arc Mouse to your computer.

Note All Surface devices including Surface RT are equipped with a Bluetooth module that supports Bluetooth low energy version 4.0. So the Surface Arc Mouse can be connected to any Surface devices you have.

How to connect Surface Arc Mouse to your Computer

The Surface Arc Mouse can only pair to a single computer at a time, so every time you change computer, you will need to pair it again. To connect your Microsoft Surface Mouse to computer:

  1. Make sure your computer supports Bluetooth LE 4.0 or later and have it turned on
  2. On Surface Arc Mouse, make sure you turn it on by bending the mouse into a snap curve position.
    How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet
  3. Press and hold the Bluetooth button for three to five seconds. The laser light under the mouse will blink slowly until it gets paired.
    How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet
  4. On your computer, press or click the Action Center icon, press and hold or right-click the Bluetooth button, Select Go to Settings
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  5. Click “Add Bluetooth or other device
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  6. Select Bluetooth
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  7. Select “Surface Arc Mouse”
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You can now use your Surface Arc Mouse on your Windows 10 PC. If you have any questions or problems with the procedures detailed in this tutorial, please leave a comment below.

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Hi, I have had intermittent issues with my Arc mouse and Surface Pro X dropping connection to each other. I looked in the Bluetooth Control Panel, and the Arc mouse was listed twice. I have removed both, and since rebooted the computer. Pressing the pairing button does not seem to want to make the light flash on the mouse, and when I click add device under bluetooth, the mouse is not coming up on the list of available devices, however the light on the mouse starts to flash. I have taken the batteries out of the mouse, and put them back in and retried on several occasions. Any suggestions, as I just bought this stuff less than a month ago, and it was working. Thanks

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How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Designed for PC users

  • How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Key Features

Works with almost any device

Connect to any Bluetooth ® -enabled PC or Mac ® or Windows ® 8 tablet—no receiver required.

Go for one full year

The M557 offers exceptional battery life for a Bluetooth mouse.

All the control you need

Customizable buttons give you one-touch access to the things you use most, like the Windows 8 Desktop and Start Screen.

Bluetooth wireless

Connect to any Bluetooth -enabled PC or Mac computer or Windows 8 tablet—no receiver required. It’s the one mouse you can rely on to work with all the devices you work on.

Slim, ambidextrous design

Whether you’re a righty or a lefty, whether you use a fingertip or palm grip, the M557 is always a perfect fit.

12-month battery life

Enjoy exceptional battery life for a Bluetooth mouse, and work for up to a full year between battery changes, An On/Off switch helps conserve power, smart sleep mode extends battery life, and an indicator light helps to ensure that you’ll never be caught off guard.1

Windows 8 Start screen button

A button located behind the scroll wheel makes it fast and simple to switch between the traditional Windows desktop and apps and the new, full-screen Windows 8 interface.

Fully customizable

You can change the way each button works to suit your needs and preferences. Our powerful software works with Windows 8, older versions of Windows and Mac OS ® .2

Side-to-side scrolling

The wheel on the Logitech ® Bluetooth Mouse M557 not only lets you scroll up and down through documents, you can also tilt the wheel left and right to move back and forth between web pages, open windows and apps.

High-definition optical sensor

The 1000 dpi, high-definition optical sensor delivers smooth, responsive cursor control, so you can work with precision and confidence on a wide variety of surfaces.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

If you upgraded to Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 and your Bluetooth mouse failed to connect after the upgrade then read below this article to find out more on how to connect your Bluetooth mouse on Windows 10, 8.1. Your Bluetooth might fail to connect for several reasons on your Windows 10 and 8.1 but don’t worry because we are going to solve this issue by doing a few easy steps below.

First of all before we start the troubleshooting in Windows 10 and 8.1 we will need to check the batteries of the mouse or any other Bluetooth device because if the batteries don’t have the sufficient power then your Windows 8 PC or laptop will fail to receive the transmission of the mouse , therefore, failing to connect to your Bluetooth feature.

How to solve connection issues with Bluetooth mouse on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1

1. Use Bluetooth Support Service

  1. Press and hold the buttons “Windows” and “R”.
  2. Now that you have the “Run” window opened we need to type in the search box “services.msc” (type the word without the quotes).
  3. After you finished typing hit the “Enter” on the keyboard.
  4. Now a “Services” window will pop up, we need to look in the list presented for “Bluetooth Support Service”.
  5. Double click (left click) on “Bluetooth Support Service” after you find it.
  6. Click (left click) on the “General” tab presented in the upper side of the window you opened (Bluetooth Support Service Properties).
  7. In the “General” tab click on the menu next to “Startup type” and click(left click) on “Automatic”
  8. Now we need to click (left click) on the “Log on” tab in the upper side of the Bluetooth window.
  9. Click (left click) on “This Account” in order to enable this feature.
  10. Type in there your account name or browse to find the account name.
  11. After the above step we need to delete the “Password” field and the “Confirm Password” field.
  12. Click(left click) on “OK” in the lower side of the Bluetooth window.
  13. Reboot the Windows 10, 8.1 PC or laptop.
  14. After the PC or laptop boots up we need to install the latest Bluetooth drivers available on the manufacturer’s website for Windows 10 or Windows 8.1.

2. Bluetooth drivers not found

If the above steps don’t solve your Bluetooth mouse issue then we will need to do the steps presented below:

There might be a possibility that you wont find the Bluetooth drivers for Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 .

  1. Press and hold the buttons “Windows” and “R” .
  2. After you have the “Run” window opened we need to type in there “regedit”.
  3. Hit the “Enter” button on the keyboard.
  4. Now that the “Registry Editor” window is opened we need to click (left click) on “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE”.
  5. In the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” folder we need to click (left click) on “SOFTWARE”.
  6. In the “SOFTWARE” folder we need to click (left click) on “Microsoft”.
  7. In the “Microsoft” folder we need to click (left click) on “Windows NT”.
  8. In the “Windows NT” folder we need to click (left click) on “CurrentVersion”.
    Note: the path should look like this “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion”
  9. In the “CurrentVersion” folder we will need to look on the right side for the file “CurrentVersion” and double click (left click) on it.
  10. After the “Edit String” window pops up we need to modify the value in there from “6.3” to “6.2”.
  11. Click (left click) on “OK”.
  12. Reboot the Windows 10, 8.1 PC and check your Bluetooth mouse to see if it works.

3. Bluetooth mouse not working in Windows 10, 8.1

If your Bluetooth mouse is simply not working, you can try some of the solutions from this fix article:

  1. Change power and sleep settings
  2. Check if Bluetooth service is running (just in case)
  3. Restart the Bluetooth mouse
  4. Change mouse frequency
  5. Roll back your drivers
  6. Change power management options

You will find how to do id step by step in the article mentioned above, and this will help you fix this annoying issue.

Above you have 2 ways on how to fix your Bluetooth transmission on Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 in order to recognize your mouse. Write us below if you have any questions regarding this article and we will see what we can do to help you further.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2014 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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Bluetooth allows you to connect your device wirelessly to your computer without using a USB receiver. Follow these steps to connect via Bluetooth.

Check if your computer is compatible with the latest Bluetooth technology

The latest generation of Bluetooth is called Bluetooth Low Energy and is not compatible with computers that have an older version of Bluetooth (called Bluetooth 3.0 or Bluetooth Classic).

NOTE: Computers with Windows 7 cannot connect with devices that use Bluetooth Low Energy.

  1. Make sure that your computer has a recent operating system:
    • Windows 8 or later
    • macOS 10.10 or later
  2. Check if your computer hardware supports Bluetooth Low Energy. If you don’t know, click here for more information.

Set your Logitech device in ‘pairing mode’

In order for the computer to see your Logitech device, you need to put your Logitech device in discoverable mode or pairing mode.

Most Logitech products are equipped with a Bluetooth button or Bluetooth key and have a Bluetooth status LED.

  • Make sure your device is turned ON
  • Hold down the Bluetooth button for three seconds, until the LED starts blinking rapidly. This indicates that the device is ready for pairing.

See the Support page for your product to find more information on how to pair your specific Logitech device.

Complete the pairing on your computer
You will need to complete the Bluetooth pairing on your computer, tablet or phone.
See Connect your Logitech Bluetooth device for more information on how to do this depending on your operating system (OS).

I connect and disconnect my RocketFish Bluetooth Headset (RF-MAB2) from my phone and laptop all day long. Connecting and disconnecting Bluetooth devices to one machine is easy, just turn it on and off. The trouble comes when you need to connect and disconnect from multiple devices – Windows depends on third party drivers to help and the result is a non-intuitive experience. As I mentioned in my “How to Quickly Connect a Bluetooth Device to a Windows 7 Machine” post, it wasn’t simple to figure out how to do that in Windows 7 and it’s even harder in Windows 8. The Windows 8 Devices App only allows you to Add and Remove the device. It would be great if I could just double click on a device that is already paired to reestablish the connection, but that isn’t supported for now. I am discussing the issue with the Bluetooth team and they are working on getting this into their backlog.

The short answer to this post is that there isn’t a way to quickly connect a Bluetooth device in Windows 8. But I will show you the only two options I discovered.

If you haven’t done so already then you should find out who manufacture’s your Bluetooth stack and get their Windows 8 drivers. My PC uses the Broadcom Bluetooth stack (Download) so your experience will be different if you have a different stack, but it should pretty similar.

Option 1 – Control Panel & the Bluetooth Driver

This is the option that I prefer. It still isn’t very fast, but it is faster than Option 2 because it doesn’t require you to add and remove the device every time you want to connect it. There is a little bit of initial setup, but it is worth it over time.

Connect Your Device

1. Follow the “How to Connect the Device to Your Computer” section under Option 2 below to establish your initial connection.

Setup the Taskbar Icon

This will allow you to quickly launch into “Devices and Printers” on your computer.

1. Create a Shortcut to “Devices and Printers” by following the steps on this page: How to Create a “Devices and Printers” Shortcut in Windows 7

2. Drag that Shortcut into your Taskbar

How to Reconnect Your Device

1. Put the Bluetooth device in pairing mode. Read the documentation for the device to find out How to do this. For the RF-MAB2, you just need to hold down the button that has the icon of an old school phone for about 6 seconds.

2. Click on the icon in your taskbar that you created above. That will launch Devices and Printers.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

2. Right click on your device and click Control.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

3. Click Connect

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

There will be a series of beeps and then your device will be connected

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Option 2 – Windows 8 Devices App

With this approach you need to manually remove and then re-add the device every time you want to connect it.

How to Connect the Device to Your Computer

1. Put the Bluetooth device in pairing mode. Read the documentation for the device to find out how to do this. For the RF-MAB2, you just need to hold down the button that has the icon of an old school phone for about 6 seconds.

2. Launch the Windows 8 Devices App. You can get there by double clicking the Bluetooth icon in your system tray or by hitting Windows key and then typing in “devices” and click on Settings then click on Devices.

3. Click “Add a device” and your device will be added.

How to Reconnect the Device to Your Computer

This is where Windows 8 is lacking. It would be great if I could just load up the Devices App and double click on my device to reconnect it, but double click doesn’t do anything. The only option is to remove the device and then add it back. It’s a pain, but that’s the only way to do it with the Devices App for now.

1. Follow steps 1 & 2 in the “How to Connect the Device to Your Computer” above to get to the Devices App

2. Click on your device and then click on the icon that appears with the minus icon in it.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

4. Reconnect your device like you did in the “How to Connect the Device to Your Computer” step above.

You device should now be reconnected.

Both options are slow, but it’s the only way I could figure out how to do it. I would be great if I could launch the Broadcom Bluetooth experience directly instead of having to launch the Control Panel first. But I didn’t put any time in to figuring that out.

Last updated on July 16, 2017 by Ekaant Puri 1 Comment

Hello, friends! Today I am going to tell you an amazing trick to add Bluetooth to PC/laptop/computer. Users can add Bluetooth device on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. You need to follow few steps to enable to Bluetooth on your PC/Laptop. You can use Bluetooth with or without an external device.How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Add Bluetooth utility to your computer. It is necessary to do since connecting devices with the cables every time is a tedious job. By Bluetooth, you can almost connect any devices like the speakers, projectors without any external peripherals. Check your computer if you have a Bluetooth radio. Your older version of PC might not provide you built-in Bluetooth. However, Bluetooth is not found on Desktop PCs. But the newer versions of PCs are including Bluetooth radio as a feature too. Cross-check if you have Bluetooth utility by going to the Control Panel àNetwork and InternetàNetwork Connections. You will see various connections like Ethernet, WiFi, and Bluetooth connection (if you have it on your computer). You can also search in the Device Manager for Bluetooth utility. If you don’t have it then the steps are pretty easy to add one.

Requirements for Add Bluetooth to PC/Laptop

You will need a USB hub having multiple ports and USB Bluetooth Adapter. If your PC/laptop has enough, then it is well and good. In this article, I will be using Kinivo BTD-400 USB Dongle. This dongle is cheap and is available in the market for Rs. 699 roughly.

Add Bluetooth to PC/Laptop – Installation

This process takes minutes if you are using Windows 8 or 10 as they have Broadcom Bluetooth drivers that easily recognize and will install Bluetooth radio automatically. But the older versions of PC may not be compatible or having Windows 8 or 10 as their OS. For, older versions you need to download Bluetooth Drivers to install Bluetooth radio. The Kinivo Dongle provides these Drivers and you can download it from them. Another way is by getting Drivers from Broadcom. Download the compatible one for your OS and install it.

Pairing to Add Bluetooth to PC/Laptop

  1. After installing, you need to check if your Bluetooth works. A Bluetooth icon will appear on the taskbar. Just right click on it and choose to Add a Bluetooth device.How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet
  2. In Windows 8 or 10, go to the Action Center or go the Settings for Device Pairing.How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet
  3. In Windows 7 or older versions, you would see a window asking Choose a device or printer to add to this PC.
  4. It connects to the PC and you are ready to use it.

Last words on How to Add Bluetooth to PC/Laptop Windows 8.1 and 10

Most importantly, this is quite an effortless process. You need to spend some money for the Dongle and drivers. That is also cost efficient. Other than that, it is an hour’s job to do so. There are many other dongles available in the market if you don’t want to buy the one which I have used. In some versions of Windows, they wouldn’t ask for pairing and will directly connect to the device. Nowadays, inbuilt Bluetooth requires pairing from both sides the device as well as your PC and mostly happens while connecting your Mobile devices. Check if your device hardware needs some special driver to install Bluetooth radio. You will need to go through some setups to add it. Hope you found this article useful. Comment in the comment box if you have any queries related to this article. Do share it with your friends.

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Want to use your Android device more like a PC by connecting a mouse and keyboard to it? Almost any Android device will allow you to do this if you have the right hardware. Here’s how it’s done.

Option 1: On-the-Go Cable Connection

Note: This option will only work if your device supports On-the-Go (OTG) connections. Most newer Android devices do support OTG. Check with the manufacturer of your particular device to verify.

  1. Purchase an On-the-Go (OTG) hub (USB-C Model or Micro-USB Model) if you wish to connect a mouse and keyboard to your Android simultaneously. If you’re only connecting one device and your Android has a USB-C port, you can purchase a USB-C to USB OTG cable. Of course micro-USB models are also available.
  2. Connect a USB keyboard and/or mouse to the hub or cable, then connect the hub or cable to your Android device.

That’s actually all you need to do. The Android OS has everything built in that will support almost any USB keyboard and mouse.

Option 2: Bluetooth Connection

If your Android device runs Android OS 3.0 or higher, chances are, you can find a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse that will work with it. Just power on the keyboard or mouse, then have a look under “Settings” > “Bluetooth” on your Android and pair the keyboard and/or mouse like you would any other Bluetooth device.

Can I charge my Android device while simultaneously using a keyboard or mouse connected to the micro-USB port?

Due to hardware limitations, it is not yet possible to charge an Android device through the micro-USB port while another hardware device is connected to it.

Can I use a wireless keyboard with an Android device?

In most cases, yes. There are a few wireless keyboards and mice out there on sites like eBay that may not work though.

Do you have a laptop, a tablet, or a 2-in-1 device like the Surface Pro, with Windows 10? Do you need to connect Bluetooth devices and accessories, like a mouse, a keyboard, an external speaker or a headset? If you do, this tutorial details all the steps you need to go through, to make successful Bluetooth connections, in Windows 10:

NOTE: The screenshots used in this guide were made on Windows 10 April 2018 Update . If things look different for you, you may have a different version of Windows 10.

How to connect a Bluetooth mouse to a Windows 10 device

The first step is to make sure that your Bluetooth mouse has its batteries plugged in and working. Then, turn on the mouse and the Bluetooth discovery function. This process is different from mouse to mouse. For example, on a Microsoft Sculpt Comfort mouse, you have a button on its bottom to turn on the mouse and another to turn on Bluetooth discovery. Your mouse may have similar buttons. Use the button for turning on Bluetooth discovery.

On a Microsoft Arc Touch Bluetooth mouse, on the bottom, there is only one Power/Connect button. Press and hold the button for three to five seconds, and Bluetooth discovery is turned on. The light on the bottom of the mouse blinks slowly on and off until your mouse is connected through Bluetooth. Your mouse may have a similar system.

The best way is to read the user manual of your mouse, learn how to turn it on and then turn on Bluetooth discovery.

Once that is done, turn on Bluetooth on your Windows 10 computer or device, using the instructions from this guide: 2 ways to turn Bluetooth on or off, in Windows 10 . After that, it is time to connect your Windows 10 PC with the accessory you want, through Bluetooth. First, open the Settings app . Then, go to Devices and then to “Bluetooth & other devices.”

The Bluetooth switch should be On, like in the screenshot below. If it is not, set it to On. Then, click or tap “+Add Bluetooth or other device.”

The “Add a device” wizard is displayed. Here, choose Bluetooth.

You are shown a list of Bluetooth devices that are present in your area. Click or tap on the name of the Bluetooth device that you want to connect. In our case, we chose “Arc Touch Mouse SE.” The name of your Bluetooth mouse might be different.

Windows 10 spends a couple of seconds to connect the selected Bluetooth mouse and set it up. When done, it says that it is ready to go. Press Done.

You will also receive a notification in the Action Center, like the one below.

You can now use the Bluetooth mouse on your Windows 10 computer or device.

How to connect a Bluetooth keyboard to a Windows 10 device

The first step is to make sure that your Bluetooth keyboard has its batteries plugged in and working. Then, turn on the keyboard and the Bluetooth discovery. This process is different from keyboard to keyboard. For example, on a Microsoft Wedge Mobile keyboard, you have two buttons for turning on the keyboard and a separate one to turn on Bluetooth discovery. Your keyboard may have similar buttons.

On other keyboards, like the Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 , you may need to press a button on the back to turn on Bluetooth discovery.

The best way is to read the user manual of your keyboard, learn how to turn it on and then turn on Bluetooth discovery.

After you have started the Bluetooth discovery on your keyboard, turn on Bluetooth in Windows 10, using this guide: 2 ways to turn Bluetooth on or off, in Windows 10 .

Then, open the Settings app , go to Devices and then to “Bluetooth & other devices.” The Bluetooth switch should be On. If it is not, set it to On. Then, click or tap “+Add Bluetooth or other device.”

The “Add a device” wizard is displayed. Choose Bluetooth and you are shown a list of Bluetooth devices that Windows 10 has discovered.

Click or tap on the name of the Bluetooth keyboard that you want to connect. In our case, we chose Logitech K810. Windows 10 displays a PIN code and asks you to type it on the Bluetooth keyboard so that it can go ahead with the pairing. Type the code on the keyboard and do not forget to press the Enter key when you are done.

After you have entered the PIN, Windows 10 installs the keyboard. After a few seconds, it tells you it is ready to go. Click or tap Done, and you can use your Bluetooth keyboard with your Windows 10 PC or device.

How to connect a Bluetooth headset, speaker or some other device to Windows 10

The process for connecting other types of Bluetooth devices to your Windows 10 PC, is the same as the one for connecting a mouse. Turn on the Bluetooth device that you want to connect, make sure that Bluetooth discovery is started on it, and then use the instructions we shared for connecting a Bluetooth mouse. The only difference is that you choose your device, instead of a mouse, in the “Add a device” wizard.

How to remove or disconnect Bluetooth devices from Windows 10

When you are done using a specific Bluetooth device, you can remove it or disconnect it. One way to quickly disconnect it is to turn off Bluetooth in Windows 10 . However, when you do this, all Bluetooth devices get disconnected.

If you want to disconnect only one Bluetooth device and leave the others connected, open the Settings app and go to Devices and then to “Bluetooth & other devices.” You are shown all the Bluetooth devices that are connected, on the right. Choose the one that you want to disconnect by clicking or tapping on its name. Then you see one or two buttons. Press “Disconnect.”

To connect it later, select the same device and press “Connect.”

The option to disconnect a Bluetooth device appears mostly for headsets and speakers. You do not see it for Bluetooth mice and keyboards. When you select a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard, you only have the option to “Remove device.” Click or tap on it and confirm your choice by pressing Yes.

The selected Bluetooth mouse or keyboard is now removed from the list of Bluetooth connected devices. If you need to use it again, you must follow our previous instructions for connecting it.

Conclusion

As you can see, it is not difficult to pair and connect Bluetooth mice, keyboards, headsets and other devices, to Windows 10 PCs and devices. The procedure is relatively quick and painless unless you have some driver issues or the batteries do not work well on your Bluetooth devices. If you have any questions or problems with the procedures detailed in this guide, leave a comment below, and we will try to help.

Connecting a Bluetooth device on Windows 10 is more or less the same. You go to the Settings app, or the Control Panel, find the correct settings screen, and add a Bluetooth device. For Bluetooth speakers, phones, keyboards, mouse, and headphones, the process is the same. There are however exceptions and you will find it’s not always easy to connect Bluetooth headphones on Windows 10. The problems have less to do with Windows 10, and more to do with your headset.

Basic Checks

  • Bluetooth on Windows 10 is properly set up. If you’ve been having Bluetooth problems with other devices, you need to fix them before you can connect a device.
  • Make sure the device i.e. the Bluetooth headphones are properly charged. Additionally, make sure it isn’t paired and connected to a different device like your phone.
  • Make sure the device is in range.

What You Need

  • Your Bluetooth headphones on hand
  • The manual for your Bluetooth headphones. You can probably find it online if you’ve lost the one that came with it.

Pairing Bluetooth Headphones

Bluetooth headphones aren’t specific for use with phones. Almost anything that can connect with a Bluetooth device can pair and connect with your headphones. To keep Bluetooth headphones from pairing or connecting with unauthorized devices, they often have a way to authenticate the connection. Often, it’s authenticated by pressing, or pressing and holding a button on the headphones. This is where your headphones’ manual comes in. Look under the section that tells you how to pair it. The directions may be for a phone, but they’ll work for other devices.

Connecting On Windows 10

You can connect Bluetooth headphones from both the Settings app, and the Control Panel app. If you want to use the Settings app, open it and go to the Devices group of settings. Select Bluetooth & other devices.

If you want to connect via the Control Panel app, open File Explorer and paste the following in the location bar;

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

On both the Settings app, and the Control Panel app, look for the Add Device button. When Windows 10 begins to search for the device, you need to enter pairing mode on your device. Press the button, or press and hold button that puts your headphones in pairing mode. Windows 10 will not detect the device unless it’s in pair mode.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Ideally, you should be able to connect Bluetooth headphones from both the Settings app, and the Control Panel app however, if one fails you should always try connecting from the other app.

@chrisbhoffman
Updated July 5, 2017, 5:25pm EDT

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Android supports mice, keyboards, and even gamepads. On many Android devices, you can connect USB peripherals to your device. On other Android devices, you may need to connect them wirelessly via Bluetooth.

Yes, this means you can connect a mouse to your Android tablet and get a mouse cursor, or connect an Xbox 360 controller and play a game, console-style. You can even connect a keyboard and use keyboard shortcuts like Alt+Tab.

USB Mice, Keyboards, and Gamepads

Android phones and tablets don’t have standard, full-size USB ports, so you can’t plug a USB peripheral directly into it. To actually connect a USB device to your Android device, you’ll need a USB on-the-go cable. A USB OTG cable is an adapter that plugs into the Micro-USB port on your device and allows you to connect full-size USB peripherals. These cables can be purchased for a dollar or two on a site like Monoprice, or a few bucks more on Amazon.

A USB OTG cable may also allow you to use other USB devices with your Android. For example, you can connect a USB flash drive to your Android phone or tablet.

Important Note: Not every Android device supports peripherals with a USB OTG cable. Some devices don’t have the appropriate hardware support. For example, you can connect USB mice and keyboards to a Nexus 7 tablet, but not a Nexus 4 smartphone. Be sure to Google whether your device supports USB OTG before purchasing a USB OTG cable.

Once you have a USB OTG cable, just plug it into your device and connect the USB device directly to it. Your peripherals should work without any additional configuration.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Bluetooth Mice, Keyboards, and Gamepads

A USB OTG cable isn’t the ideal solution for many devices. Wires add a lot of clutter to what should be a portable device. Many devices also don’t support USB OTG cables.

If your device doesn’t support USB OTG or you just don’t like wires, you’re still in luck. You can connect wireless Bluetooth mice, keyboards, and gamepads directly to your phone or tablet. Just use your Android’s Bluetooth settings screen to pair it with your device, just as you’d pair a Bluetooth headset. You’ll find this screen at Settings -> Bluetooth.

If you’re shopping for a mouse or keyboard to use with your Android tablet, you’ll probably want to purchase Bluetooth devices for convenience and compatability.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Using a Mouse, Keyboard, or Gamepad

Using your peripherals is surprisingly easy. All of these input peripherals should “just work” — no rooting or other tweaks required.

  • Mouse: Connect a mouse and you will see a familiar mouse cursor appear on your screen. The cursor can be used to navigate through Android’s interface, clicking on things you’d normally tap. It works just like it would on a computer. Of course, you can also still reach out and touch the screen while the mouse is connected.
  • Keyboard: Your keyboard should just work when typing in text fields, allowing you to type at a reasonable speed on a mechanical keyboard and see more of the screen by removing the need for the on-screen, touch keyboard. Many keyboard shortcuts work like they do on computers, including Alt+Tab for switching between recent apps and Ctrl + X, C, or V for Cut, Copy, and Paste.
  • Gamepad: The gamepad can be used to navigate through Android’s home-screen interface and launch apps, but that’s not the ideal use. You’ll need to use the gamepad with games that support controllers. Some games (like the Sonic platformer games for Android) beg for one and work much better with a controller than with the standard touch-screen controls.