Barb from Toledo writes:
Could you please explain what Bluetooth is, and why I might want to have it, or how I could use it. Thanks!
Bluetooth is a type of short-range wireless communication between electronic devices like phones, tablets, computers and some smart televisions. Not all electronic devices have Bluetooth, so you need to make sure that your device has that function before purchasing a Bluetooth accessory.
With Bluetooth these devices can communicate with other devices like headphones, a mouse, a keyboard, speakers or a microphone.
If you have a Bluetooth headset, you could use it to talk on your phone while that phone was in a pocket or sitting on a dashboard in the car with no wires required.
My Bluetooth mouse communicates with my Surface Pro tablet with no USB or wired connection needed. My husband uses a keyboard with a Bluetooth connection to type on his Kindle Fire Tablet.
I have Bluetooth speakers in my home that can play music from my smartphone or tablet no matter where that device is in the room.
You might want a Bluetooth device if it’s more convenient to make a connection without wires. It increases portability. Anytime you’d like to be hands-free, especially if you have a device like a smartphone that takes voice commands, Bluetooth is a great option.
It also allows you to transfer data wirelessly between devices in some case.
Using a Bluetooth is pretty easy. You must make sure that the Bluetooth is enabled on the device and then it’s normally as simple as pressing a button on the Bluetooth accessory to pair it with the device.