Connecting a Monitor to the Computer Via Bluetooth can be valuable and necessary, especially when you’re giving presentations or attending meetings. If you have difficulty figuring out how to connect a monitor to the computer via Bluetooth, here are six sure steps to help walk you through the process.
Is Connecting Your Computer to the Monitor a Wise Option?
Before connecting your computer to your monitor via Bluetooth, it’s crucial that you consider whether or not doing so is wise. Not all monitors are compatible with computers, and connecting them using this method means they will never be able to connect using any other connection methods.
Before jumping into things and putting a strain on your wallet by purchasing two devices, you should talk with an expert first. At least then you can get their opinion and won’t blindly make purchases without knowing what you need.
Connecting a Monitor to the Computer Via Bluetooth: A Step-by-Step Guide
Before starting, you must know what kind of monitor you’re connecting. If your monitor is wireless and doesn’t have an HDMI or VGA port (i.e., requires USB or some different type of connector), then follow these steps.
This process is ideal if you want to connect wirelessly, but your computer doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth connectivity.
1. Check Requirements
Does your computer have an available USB port, and does it support Bluetooth? Check these things first. It might appear obvious, but if you’re already sure it supports Bluetooth, save time by checking that there are no other requirements before buying any additional hardware.
To know what you’re buying, check your computer manufacturer’s website and product reviews on reputable sites like Amazon or Newegg. “Do Your Homework.”
While setting up a monitor wirelessly might seem complex, there are plenty of easy tutorials online. Even if you are uncomfortable doing it yourself, don’t hesitate to ask for help from someone who has done it before.
Most folks will willingly share their knowledge so long as you approach them politely and thank them for their help when you’re finished.
While most monitors connect via HDMI cable or VGA cable, sometimes those aren’t options due to space constraints or compatibility issues. Sometimes DVI cables can do the trick, but not always. Also, remember that not all DVI cables are created equal. So, when all else fails, try something different—you never know until you try!
2. Download and Install Software
Before moving any further, ensure you download and install special software on your computer, making communicating easier for your devices. This is called pairing your device since you match it with your computer.
The simplest method is to go into settings on your PC and look for an option labeled “Bluetooth.” Click or tap that option, which should bring up a screen asking if you want to pair your device. It will probably give you some options such as YES or NO, but if that’s not visible right away, search around until you find an option that says “PAIR WITH DEVICE.”
It might ask what type of device you want to pair with – usually a keyboard or mouse. You’ll then be asked to enter a code from your device; after doing so, you should see a message telling you that the pairing is successful.
If there’s any problem, double-check that both devices are turned on and have enough battery power. Also, check that they’re close enough together so they can communicate (usually within about 30 feet). If there’s still an issue, try restarting both devices before trying again.
3. Enable Near Field Communication (NFC)
Some new monitors have NFC (Near Field Communication) built-in. NFC allows your device to establish a wireless connection with another device just by tapping them together. If you have an NFC-enabled monitor, you can try using it to connect wirelessly by making sure both devices are on and placing them back-to-back.
You may need special hardware or software for your computer and monitor for that feature to work. You can use one of these methods if it doesn’t work. For example, if you don’t have NFC but have Wi-Fi enabled on your computer, it’s possible to connect via Wi-Fi.
To do so, ensure both devices are on, and Wi-Fi is enabled. Then select Wireless Display from Windows 10’s menu (or press Windows+P). This will display all available devices nearby that support Miracast or Intel Wireless Display technology. Select your monitor from the list and follow any additional prompts to complete the setup.
4. Enable NFC on the Monitor
For your monitor to communicate with your PC, you’ll need to ensure NFC is enabled on both devices. To enable NFC on your monitor, turn it on by pressing its power button. Once it’s on, tap your NFC-enabled device against its backside until a sound confirms that the two are communicating and transferring data.
Your monitor will prompt you to install an app automatically; accept any prompts or confirmations as necessary. Once NFC is set up, you can begin connecting your monitor to your computer via Bluetooth.
5. Pair With a Computer
If you’re using a laptop, find your laptop’s Pairing Mode button and press it. The device may prompt you for an Access Code. If so, write down or remember that code; you’ll need it later. Turn on your monitor, then use your computer’s input menu (e.g., Fn + F9) to select which monitor should be primary: an attached monitor or a wireless one connected via Bluetooth.
Use your computer’s input menu again to connect it wirelessly via Bluetooth—this time, make sure that both devices are set to Bluetooth and that their pairing codes match.
When prompted, enter your monitor’s pairing code. Once successfully paired, you can disconnect any cables between them. Your display will now appear as “Wireless Display” in your computer’s display settings. You can change its name if desired by right-clicking it and selecting Rename.
6. Enjoy your New Wireless Setup!
Now that you’ve successfully connected your monitor to your computer via Bluetooth, it’s time to enjoy your new wireless setup. You won’t believe how convenient having no wires can be. Whether at the office or home, there are so many benefits of eliminating clutter by ditching wire-laden desks and freeing up extra workspace by allowing you more flexibility with where you put your monitor.
In addition, wireless keyboards and mice are also super convenient because they eliminate extra cords cluttering up precious desk space—which means even more room for monitors.
When you connect your monitor using your PC’s Bluetooth, you must turn off your computer’s power-saving setting. The power-saving option will restrict your computer’s ability to access other devices and make pairing more difficult.
For your monitor to pair with your computer, both devices need parity. The term means that each device has compatible features, like Wi-Fi compatibility. Since Bluetooth is built on top of Wi-Fi, some Wi-Fi connections may be too old for pairing via Bluetooth.
Ensure your connection is updated before connecting with any new devices—especially if those devices are outside typical connectivity ranges like cell phones and tablets.
The Final Word
Disconnecting your monitor is a great way to save money. But are you aware you can save even more if you connect your computer and monitor via Bluetooth? It’s true. Connecting two devices with Bluetooth costs nothing. But how do you make it happen? The process couldn’t be more straightforward. All you need is a USB-to-Bluetooth adapter, which should cost no more than $10. Plug one end into your computer and another into your monitor, and follow the above steps.
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