As we all know, Bluetooth is a short range wireless technology that allows wireless data transmission between two Bluetooth enabled devices placed close together within a certain range. If your Windows device supports Bluetooth, you may sometimes want to know what version of Bluetooth your Windows device is using to determine which features it supports and you can do. What’s with that device.
For example, starting with Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 update), your device must have Bluetooth 4.0 or higher and Low Energy (LE) support if you want to use close sharing ( Nearby sharing) to send files and links to nearby devices via Bluetooth.
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This article will show you how to find out which Bluetooth version is currently used on Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 devices on your PC. Here’s how it works.
Check the Bluetooth version through Device Manager
Step 1 : Turn on the Bluetooth connection on your device.
Step 2 : Press the Win + R key combination to open the Run window, enter the keyword devmgmt.msc in the search box in Run and click OK to open the Device Manager.
Step 3 : Expand the enabled Bluetooth connection in the device manager and double click on the Bluetooth adapter icon or right click and press and hold on the Bluetooth adapter icon and click on Properties (see snapshot screen below).
Step 4 : In the Properties section, click the Advanced tab and see how much LMP (Link Manager Protocol) is, for example: “8.4096”.
Step 5 : Compare the LMP number you have (example: “8.4096”) with the numbers in the table below to see which Bluetooth version your device owns.
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
Step 6 : Once done, you can close Properties and Device Manager if you want.
Check Bluetooth version using Bluetooth Version Finder
This is a small application that can show you the Bluetooth version on your computer. You can download the Bluetooth Version Finder app on your computer.
1. Download the Bluetooth Version Finder on the computer you want to check the Bluetooth version.
2. Extract the file btVersion.zip on the computer.
3. Now, double click on btversion to run it on your computer.
4. Now, in the Bluetooth Version Finder window, click the drop-down menu and select the Bluetooth device. The Bluetooth version is displayed on the window for the selected device.
By this method, you will be able to check the Bluetooth version of the driver on your computer.
Change Bluetooth version
You cannot change the Bluetooth version on your system without hardware upgrade. A firmware or driver update won’t do a thing. You might have a device that supports new and earlier versions of Bluetooth. For example, devices running Bluetooth 4 will also be able to connect devices that require Bluetooth 3, however this is in favor of backwards compatibility.
You can check with your hardware vendor to see if the Bluetooth on your system can be replaced or if you can buy a dongle to connect via USB.
Hope this tutorial was helpful to you!
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