How to Change Settings for a Bluetooth Enabled Device in Windows 7


After understanding what problems do Windows 7 users face we are trying our best to help them by providing you guides containing precise steps which can help you sort out your Windows 7 related problems.

In this article you can learn how to change settings for a Bluetooth enabled device. Pair (Connect) your Bluetooth enabled device with a Bluetooth enabled computer. Once you paired them, you can change the name of the device or enable or disable services for it. You can also control how your computer pairs with this and with other Bluetooth enabled devices.

Moreover, you must have Bluetooth wireless technology installed on your computer to complete these steps.

To enable or disable services or change the name of a device

The types of services that can be enabled or disabled vary from one device to the next with a device such as a mobile phone generally carries more services than a Bluetooth enabled mouse or keyboard. Examples of some services you can enable or disable on a Bluetooth enabled device are dial-up networking, file transfer, and stereo audio.

  1. By clicking on the Start button, open Devices and Printers by clicking Devices and Printers.
  2. Right-click the Bluetooth enabled device you want to change, and then click on the Properties.
  3. If the device is connected properly, it should appear in the Devices and Printers folder. It might be listed under a different name, than the make and model of the device. If the name of a device in Windows hasn’t been changed, the Devices and Printers folder will display whatever name the manufacturer gave the device.
  4. Do any of the following:
  • Click the Bluetooth tab, type a new name, and then click OK to change the name of the device as it appears on your computer.
  • In order to enable a service, click the Services tab, choose the check box next to the service, and then click OK. Check the device manual or manufacturer’s website, in case if you don’t understand some of the services in the list.
  • In case if you want to disable a service, click the Services tab, clear the check box next to the service, and then click OK.

To control how your computer pairs with Bluetooth enabled devices

There are several options that you can set for how your computer finds (or is found by) Bluetooth enabled devices.

  1. Click on the start button, click on the control panel to open Control Panel.
  2. Type Bluetooth, in the Control Panel search box, and then click Change Bluetooth settings.
  3. Click the Options tab in the Bluetooth Settings dialog box, and do any of the following:
  • In order to make your computer discoverable to Bluetooth enabled devices, select the check box for Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer.

Whenever a Bluetooth enabled computer is in discovery mode, it broadcasts a wireless signal that allows the Bluetooth enabled computer to be detected by other computers or devices. This is sometimes what called as pairing mode. In case if you check this box, your computer will still be able to detect Bluetooth enabled devices that are in discovery mode, but they will not be able to detect your computer.

  • Select the check box for Allow Bluetooth devices to connect to this computer, in case if you want to add Bluetooth enabled devices to your computer.
  • Select the check box for Alert me when a new Bluetooth device wants to connect, if you want to be notified when a Bluetooth enabled device is trying to connect to your computer.

Nitin Agarwal is a Spritual Soul from India. He is a Windows and Windows Phone Expert and Blogger by birth. He has been awarded as Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for three times by Microsoft in Windows Expert category. People often calls him a Geek, techie, gadget freak and A Crazy Heart because of his passion towards doing things differently. Immensly inspired from Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and APJ Abdul Kalam.

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