Bluetooth is a wireless technology that uses low-energy radio waves to send wireless data between Bluetooth-enabled devices. It’s the same to Wi-Fi that operates over radio waves. Your laptop, smartphone, and tablet all have integrated Bluetooth support. Most people are familiar with Bluetooth headsets, but there are more things you can do with Bluetooth.

Below are other useful ways you can do with Bluetooth aside from wireless audio transmission.

Transfer Files Between Two Devices

 

Veteran mobile phone users surely know that it is possible to transfer files between two smartphones using Bluetooth. Though not many practice it, you can also connect your smartphone with your Bluetooth-enabled PC to exchange files. Two Bluetooth-enabled computers can also connect with each other and be able to transfer files. It might not be as fast as a cable connection but it can be a great solution if you don’t have a cable to connect them at the moment.

Play Multiplayer Games

 

There are tons of multiplayer games you can choose to download from app stores that can be played over an Internet connection. But did you know that there are also many multiplayer games that you can enjoy playing over Bluetooth? You can find Bluetooth-based games both from the Google Play Store and Apple Store. Try it and play some head-to-head against your buddy while in person.

Connect Different Devices

 

Since Bluetooth’s main purpose is to create a wireless connection between two devices, you can connect other devices using Bluetooth. Here are some of those devices:

  • Mouse – There are many Bluetooth mice that will connect easily with your PC, tablet, and even smartphone using Bluetooth.
  • Keyboard – Bluetooth keyboards are also available for wireless Bluetooth connection with your computer, tablet, or smartphone. They are great solution for using a full physical keyboard with your smartphone.
  • Printers – Many Wi-Fi-enabled printers also come with Bluetooth connection that enables you to wirelessly print documents when you are near the printer.
  • Bluetooth Gamepads – Bluetooth gamepads, like PlayStation controllers, use Bluetooth connection to connect with the gaming console. This also enables them to connect directly with other Bluetooth-enabled devices like a PC, tablet, or smartphone to play supported games. For example, you can connect your PlayStation controller to your Android phone to play PSP games on Android.

Bluetooth Tethering

 

Tethering is a process of sharing the mobile data or Wi-Fi connection of your smartphone with your desktop PC or laptop. Most commonly, this is done using Wi-Fi (for laptops) or a cable connection (for desktops), but there is also an option for Bluetooth connection in the same menu. You can use this option to tether your smartphone to a Bluetooth-enabled PC – preferably a desktop PC with a Bluetooth radio device connected. You can easily find one in Amazon.

Control Home Security Gadgets

 

Nowadays, many home security gadgets come with Bluetooth support to control them wirelessly. For example, you can use your smartphone as a key or lock your doors (no need for a key). Some alarm systems also come with Bluetooth integration.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 6:23:03 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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