When it comes to Apple products, many people think that you can only connect those products to one another. However, that is not the case! If you have an iPhone and HP computer, there’s no need to fret – you can still connect these products to one another with just a few easy steps.
Follow along in this comprehensive guide to learn how you can connect your iPhone to HP laptop, in order to begin using your devices in tandem!
First Things First – Understanding Bluetooth
Many modern-day products, whether they’re from brands like Apple, HP, or otherwise, come equipped with Bluetooth features. Essentially, what this means is that they are able to connect to other products through satellite services.
The first thing you’ll have to do before connecting any of your products to one another is making sure your Bluetooth features are turned on. Sometimes, they will not automatically be activated upon initial purchase of a device, so you may have to toggle the option to “on.” This can be done within the Settings or System Preferences options within your device.
Now, Here are the Steps You Should Take (From Your HP Laptop)
- Go to your Settings app and select “Devices” to find options for connecting devices via Bluetooth.
- Select the Bluetooth and Other Devices option.
- Toggle Bluetooth “On” if it is not already active. This is how you will connect your devices to one another so you can use them together.
- Select the Add Bluetooth or Other Device option within your settings. From there, you can select the device you would like to pair, and follow along with the prompts for pairing. You may have to put in a code to pair the devices to one another, which you should receive in a text or email.
But Wait, What if I Don’t Have Bluetooth Compatibility?
While many new models of HP computers have Bluetooth compatibility features, many older models do not. If you have an older version of an HP that perhaps does not have Bluetooth pairing features, don’t fret. There is still a way to connect your devices to one another to share photos, files, and the like, but it is important to note that you will not be able to connect as much data as you would through Bluetooth pairing.
The old-school way of doing this is through a USB cord. These cords can be purchased at your local tech store for fairly cheap if you do not already have one. Simply connect one end of the USB to the port in your HP computer, and connect the other end to your iPhone.
Once your two devices are connected with the USB cord, you should be prompted with a box on your computer and/or phone screen to connect certain features of your devices. Again, you should have the option to share photos, files, and certain other features through USB, which you should be able to select via the prompts on your screen(s).
Can I Connect to My Computer Through my Phone?
Yes, as mentioned above, as long as both devices have Bluetooth compatibility, you should be able to connect from either device. If you are trying to connect from your phone, follow the steps below:
- Pull up your Bluetooth options from your Settings screen.
- Toggle your Bluetooth “On” if it is not on already.
- Select the device you would like to pair with your iPhone. Please note that you may be prompted to approve the connection and/or download any features that may not be updated on either device.
- Your phone screen will prompt you to share and connect the files of your choice.
Is it Possible to View my Phone Screen on my Computer Screen?
There are many reasons why you may want to connect your iPhone to your computer in order to see your phone on a bigger screen. Maybe you’re looking to watch a movie, edit a document, or share a file that would be easier to view on a larger screen. Whatever the case may be, you should be able to view and interact with the features of your phone on the larger screen of your HP computer once the two are connected.
The process of casting the screen of your phone onto your computer is known as “mirroring,” and can be done by following the same above steps for connecting your devices via Bluetooth.
When you are prompted to select the devices you would like to pair, you should have an option to “screen mirror,” which essentially means to share the screen of one device with another. It may also show up as an option that says “Enable Wireless Display,” or something along those lines. Select the screen mirroring option from your phone, and you should be able to connect and interact with the screen of your iPhone on your HP computer screen.
What if My Bluetooth Connection Isn’t Working?
If you’ve been trying to pair your devices and your Bluetooth features just aren’t working, there are a couple of troubleshooting options you can try on your own. For starters, if your devices aren’t appearing or aren’t completing connection, the first step is to make sure Bluetooth is on for both devices.
If it is and the pairing still isn’t working, it may mean your storage is full, and could be solved by deleting some other apps, pictures, or files that you no longer need on your device. It could also mean that your devices are not up-to-date, and therefore cannot pair with an older version of software. This could be solved by updating both of your devices.
If pairing still does not work, try shutting down both devices completely, resetting network services, and restarting both devices. If this doesn’t work, further troubleshooting within the device itself will likely be needed (this can be done through system preferences.)
We hope this guide has been helpful for you, and we wish you the best of luck in all your future technology ventures!