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How do you use Bluetooth devices with Windows?

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Connect Bluetooth devices to Windows by pairing the devices in Window's "Action Center," which is accessible from Windows' task bar. Ensure the Windows Bluetooth option is turned on, and make sure the Bluetooth device is discoverable. Then, pair the device by selecting its name from the list. Windows automatically pairs the device or gives further instructions. After the initial pairing, devices automatically connect to each other when in range.

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Windows can connect to several Bluetooth devices, including headphones, speakers, phones and fitness trackers. There are different ways to make devices discoverable by Windows; some devices simply need to be turned on, while others need to be on a particular setting. Manufacturers' user manuals or websites have more specific instructions if required.

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that exchanges data over short distances. It uses short wavelength UHF radio waves. Ericsson invented Bluetooth in 1994. The technology can connect several devices and overcome problems with synchronization.

Some Bluetooth devices can communicate with up to seven other devices simultaneously. The devices can coordinate functioning and switch roles to accomplish more complex tasks.

The name "Bluetooth" is an Anglicized version of the name of a 10th-century Scandinavian King who united different Danish tribes.

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