Yesterday, I’ve purchased a Bluetooth Windows 10 dongle. I’ve purchased this device with a lot of apprehensions since the package had no mention of Linux compatibility. However, after returning home, connecting the device to a USB port, I’ve started my work.
The installation process is quite easy. The first thing I did was to install the necessary Bluetooth packages. After installing the package the next step was to make sure that nothing is blocking the Bluetooth packages or device. I’ve used the following commands:
sudo apt-get install bluetooth bluez bluez-tools rfkill sudo rfkill list
The first command is self explanatory, install all of the necessary packages to work with Bluetooth. The second command helps you review if the device is recognized and ready. Then ensure nothing is blocking it.
However, if the device was blocked, then use:
sudo rfkill unblock Bluetooth
The above command will aid in unblock it. A fourth command will be needed to start and activate the Bluetooth service. To activate the service use:
sudo service Bluetooth start
Once you complete the above step, you will need to use an additional command to install a Bluetooth manager. Use the Blueman command as follows:
sudo apt-get install blueman
The rest is easy, once the manager is running, seek for active Bluetooth devices and pair the devices to your Linux Computer. However, I personally like to restart the computer to ensure that all changes have been set in stone.