How To Set Up A Bluetooth Mouse Or Keyboard With Your Computer

How To Set Up A Bluetooth Mouse Or Keyboard With Your Computer
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Even if you aren’t very tech savvy, there’s nothing hard about plugging in a keyboard or mouse. But if you have a wireless keyboard or mouse, it takes a few steps to get set up. Here’s how to do it.

Setting up a Bluetooth peripheral may seem confusing at first, but it’s actually quite easy. Check out the video above to see how it’s done, or follow along with the steps below.

  1. Power on your mouse or keyboard. If it’s already turned on, turn it off, then turn it back on. This will make it “discoverable”, which means that when your computer scans for nearby Bluetooth devices, it will see your keyboard or mouse.
  2. In Windows, hit the Start menu and type in “Add a Bluetooth Device”. Click the “Add a Bluetooth Device” option that shows up. On a Mac, you click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar and hit “Set Up a Device”.
  3. Your computer will scan for devices, and your keyboard or mouse should pop up. If it doesn’t after a few seconds, try turning it off and back on again. Once it shows up, click on it, and hit Next.
  4. If you’re setting up a keyboard, you’ll be prompted to type in a PIN number. Type it in on your keyboard, and hit Enter. You should get a message saying the keyboard was paired successfully, and you should be able to start using it right away—with no wires cramping your style.

That’s it! It’s pretty simple. If it doesn’t work the first time, try it again—sometimes these things can be a little finicky. Good luck!


  • I have a bluetooth keyboard with a touchpad mouse thing integrated on it and then I got a separate bluetooth mouse (one’s logitec, the other’s microsoft) and everything worked fine till one day the microsoft mouse started getting a bit laggy and unresponsive, I thought it was the batteries but it wasn’t 🙁 Anyone have any ideas as to why suddenly it seems to not work so well?

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