How to tell bluetooth version on your Windows 10 PC and Mac

There are a number of Bluetooth versions out there and they keep piling up as time goes. Better and stronger Bluetooth technology is being developed and while newer versions are backward compatible with devices having older versions, you will be limited to the features of the older version. The issue is getting more out of the new version of Bluetooth your computer has by getting an accessory that has the same version has your PC. To do this, you would have to know what Bluetooth version your computer has. It is quite easy, and I will be showing you how.

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On Windows 10 PC

To know the Bluetooth version on a Windows 10 PC all you have to do is follow a few steps, so let’s get right into it. Right click on the start button, then click on ‘Device Manager‘.

Go ahead and expand Bluetooth by clicking the arrow before it. You would see something like ‘Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth(R)’. Double click on it.

Another window will open with tabs in there but you should bother yourself with is finding the ‘Details‘ tab and you click on it. Under the ‘Property‘ option toggle down and select ‘Bluetooth radio LMP version’. Check the value you have against this;

  • Bluetooth 1.0b – LMP 0
  • Bluetooth 1.1 – LMP 1
  • Bluetooth 1.2 – LMP 2
  • Bluetooth 2.0 – LMP 3
  • Bluetooth 2.2 – LMP 4
  • Bluetooth 3.0 – LMP 5
  • Bluetooth 4.0 – LMP 6
  • Bluetooth 4.1 – LMP 7
  • Bluetooth 4.2 – LMP 8
  • Bluetooth 5.0 – LMP 9

According to the list above the Bluetooth version here is 4.0 corresponding to LMP value of 6.

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On macOS PC

Things are quite different here so follow me through some steps and you will know the version of you Bluetooth in a minute. Go ahead to the Apple menu and click ‘About This Mac‘.

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A window will open and you should see ‘system report’ on the landing page, Click on it.

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Expand the ‘hardware‘ section at the side and click on ‘Bluetooth’. Look for the ‘LMP version‘ which might be already interpreted for you if you are on the latest macOS like this ‘4.0 (0x6)‘.

However, if you’re on an older OS it is represented as just the LMP value in the form of ‘0x6‘ for example.

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Ignore the ‘0x’ and focus on the numerical value after that. Check it against the list below;

  • Bluetooth 1.0b – LMP 0
  • Bluetooth 1.1 – LMP 1
  • Bluetooth 1.2 – LMP 2
  • Bluetooth 2.0 – LMP 3
  • Bluetooth 2.2 – LMP 4
  • Bluetooth 3.0 – LMP 5
  • Bluetooth 4.0 – LMP 6
  • Bluetooth 4.1 – LMP 7
  • Bluetooth 4.2 – LMP 8
  • Bluetooth 5.0 – LMP 9