Introduction: How To: Connect Your Wiimote to Your Computer Via Bluetooth

Did you know the Wiimote's capabilities reach far beyond the uses Nintendo is limiting it to? It's true, and in this tutorial I will show you how to connect your Wiimote to your computer and open up a limitless range of opportunities.

Most people don't know that the Wiimote communicates with the Wii via a Bluetooth wireless link. The Bluetooth controller is a Broadcom 2042 chip, which is designed to be used with devices which follow the Bluetooth Human Interface Device (HID) standard, such as keyboards and mice. The Bluetooth HID is directly based upon the USB HID standard, and much of the same documentation applies.

The Wiimote is capable of transmitting huge amounts of data to the Wii (Nintendo just isn't utilizing it's capabilities thus far). By using the internal Bluetooth wireless link, you can connect your Wiimote to your PC (any OS), and use it with a wide range of applications already made for the Wiimote.

So check out the next step and I will show you what you need to do.

Note: If any of you are having difficulties with this, just send me a message here. I'll be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Step 1: What You Are Going to Need

First, you need to find out if your computer has an internal Bluetooth adapter. While some desktop computers have an internal Blutooth adapter, most require an external Bluetooth dongle. Most recent laptops come with a built-in Bluetooth adapter. To check if you have a built-in adapter, look at your PC specifications.

Note, if you need a Bluetooth adapter, I recommend buying one here. That's the exact same one that I use, it's cheap and it comes with the BlueSoleil driver on an installation disk.

If you don't have BlueSoleil already installed, you can download the latest BlueSoleil drivers and software from Softonic.

Also, you're obviously going to need a Wiimote to connect to your computer!

Step 2: Connecting Your Wiimote

First, start up your BlueSoleil Software and activate your Bluetooth adapter if needed.

Then press the 1+2 buttons on your Wiimote simultaneously and click on the center of the orange circle. It will take a few seconds to find it. You need to make sure that the LEDs on the Wiimote are blinking the whole time, you can either press them the whole time or every couple seconds.

Note: If BlueSoleil does not detect your device on the first attempt, unplug your Bluetooth device (or shut it off) and plug it back in. Then press the center orange circle and try again.

When the Wiimote is recognized, it's name will be NINTENDO-RVT-CNT-01. When that shows up on the screen, press the 1+2 buttons again and then right click the Wiimote icon and choose Refresh Services .

You will now see that the Human Interface Device icon at the top of the window is in a box and highlighted yellow. Click that HID icon at this point. The Wiimote icon and Bluetooth HID button should now be highlighted green, and there should be a dotted green line going from the Wiimote icon to the center orange circle (this means it is connected).

You are done! You can now use your Wiimote with programs such as GlovePIE , WiinRemote , and Wiinstrument .

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and have fun with your Wiimotes!

Step 3: Some Fun Extras

Now I'll show you just some cool stuff you can do with your Wiimote connected to your computer.

I have done this one myself over the past couple weeks (lots and lots of fun!), Johnny Chung Lee is really a genius and his Wiimote Projects are well worth a look.


You can download the software for this at Johnny Chung Lee's Wiimote Project page just like every other one of his Wiimote Projects.


This is the Wiinstrument, it's still in beta but it's coming along nicely and you can download the first versions here.


Neat little project to use with NASA World Wind.


While this isn't practical, it's still neat.


Comments

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AdithyaR1 made it!(author)2014-08-21

hi,

i am using a windows 8.1 pc and when i ask for connecting my pc says that i need a passcode

please help me

with regards ,

Adithya

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FaiyazR made it!(author)2017-01-07

Remove the battery panel on the back of the Wiimote and press the red button at the bottom right. That's a reset button, and it may help.

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CharlesB223 made it!(author)2017-03-18

that's not a reset button, its a SYNC button

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The+Uber+Maker made it!(author)2014-11-07

Hi AdithyaR1, sorry for the delay in my response. I've been traveling internationally for the last 5 months. Did you resolve the issue and get it to work? There shouldn't be a passcode required. The only reason I could see that happening is if you're using a pirated copy of Bluesoleil software?

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AlanH129 made it!(author)2016-11-17

hey bud first of thank you for making this page and trying to help people sort out getting this to work I have been trying to do it for awile now but after connecting my wiimote to the pc the wiimote will not stay on it just keep turning of so I can add it but cant use it can get it to stay on only if I hold in a button on it but even then its unusable I have tried it with my wii U so I know that it works fine was wondering if you had any ideas

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Juan+C+Walls made it!(author)2015-04-12

Hi AdithyaR1,

You are trying to pair the WiiMote with the computer but pairing is not necessary, just a request of services.

The bad thing is you need to reconnect every time you want to use it, just like the cheap bluetooth keyboards for Android and Ipad tablets that don't have any pairing management.

Anyway, I'm not sure if it is possible to pair the WiiMote with the PC so it doesn't need to reconnect every time.

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CharlesB223 made it!(author)2017-03-18

HELP! Im on a Macbook Air running Windows 10, the bluetooth can see everything in my house except the Wiimote. I really dont know what to do. One time it connected but the computer would not recognize it as a joystick (Gamepad).

Please help!

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FaiyazR made it!(author)2017-01-07

You can also use a connected Wiimote to play games on your computer. Do some googling and you'll find software that supports it.

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31680701 made it!(author)2017-01-03

can it work on Chrome OS

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LucasS115 made it!(author)2016-07-23

Would this also make the nun-chuck be usable? If so do you know how it will be usable(like normal controller usage, or mouse like)? I will be doing this either way though for the VR-esk side of it, the controller side will be a bonus.

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JadenR3 made it!(author)2016-03-11

Hello, I have tried doing this to use in the game osu!, but however, when I tried to connect it, it will not appear in the BlueTooth device listings. I know my PC has BlueTooth since I connect a DualShock 3 controller by doing so.

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JadenR3 made it!(author)2016-03-11

Note: I have recently upgraded to Windows 10 Enterprise through the free upgrade. My computer had to be downgraded to a 32-bit operating system along with a x64 processor, so just in case, do you know if the upgrade could've affected my BlueTooth capabilities? PS: I upgraded through a Microsoft program that was meant to be used for USBs, so I didn't upgrade the normal way.

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JoshW64 made it!(author)2016-03-20

If you are using a DS3 you cannot use any other BT devices. As the DS3 tools clearely state that it overwrites your BT dongles drivers to make it work for the DS3 but in doing so makes it so no other BT device can pair with it.

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pablo.varelapet made it!(author)2015-05-06

I would like to know if, following this instructions, this would work as a light gun to play Time Crisis, House of the Dead and other similar games on MAME.

Thanks in advance.

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KJay0071 made it!(author)2015-05-01

Om my Buletooth it is not picking up the Wii Mote as "NINTENDO-RVT-CNT-01" instead as DTVbluetooth and it says "Display device" next to it

Is it faulty or am I doing something wrong ?

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SarthakS3 made it!(author)2015-02-03

what to do for built in bluetooth laptops?

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AletheiaC made it!(author)2014-12-21

i finally got it to install

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AletheiaC made it!(author)2014-12-21

i am having some problems while installing bluesoleilamd64

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AletheiaC made it!(author)2014-12-21

i am having some problems while installing bluesoleilamd64

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agsmith479 made it!(author)2014-11-30

Yeah, this doesn't work.... at all....

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NigelA made it!(author)2014-11-20

what about wiimote+

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Dimpl made it!(author)2013-12-02

I didn't need to use BlueSoleil - the native Windows drivers worked fine for me. Maybe suggest trying this before going through the hassle of installing (a trial of) bluesoleil.

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The+Uber+Maker made it!(author)2014-11-07

Good to know, Dimpl! I think we're starting to see that with some newer devices running Windows 7 or 8 the default drivers do work fine. For those with older devices, though, Bluesoleil still seems to be the best way to go.

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KevinC3 made it!(author)2014-11-06

Nice tutorial. Thanks for making this.

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The+Uber+Maker made it!(author)2014-11-07

Thanks KevinC3! Did you try it out? I haven't been on Instructables for a while, but I'm trying to jump back in with some new material now.

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DouglasPhoenix21 made it!(author)2014-08-26

Nobody on comments got to do it. Neither did I. What a coincidence.

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The+Uber+Maker made it!(author)2014-11-07

Hi DouglasPhoenix21.
Sorry you ran into issues. Actually, a lot of people have gotten this to work (in the thousands by now). Unfortunately, the bluetooth adapter that I initially suggested in this article that came with Bluesoleil software is no longer being provided by Amazon. I've just updated the info to suggest a new adapter. What problems are you facing, specifically? I'll try to help you out.

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jkim66 made it!(author)2014-05-07

I think it would work!

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yapoyo made it!(author)2012-09-09

it seems that bluesoleil is a windows only application.... and I have a mac

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Computothought made it!(author)2012-07-21

Forgive me If I am repeating someone. This instructable seems to be just for MSWindows. You can use the willmote on linux too. Even for xmbc and mythtv. There is already a zillion tutorials on how to do it. All the software needed is pretty much in the repositories for most distros..

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Popopopper made it!(author)2012-07-21

I figured out how to do this easily on a mac! just first go to system preferences, then go to bluetooth, then click the "+" button, then repeatedly press the 1 and 2 buttons until something with the word nintendo shows up, then, while repeatedly pressing the 1 and 2 buttons, click on the thing that showed up and click pair. DO NOT stop pressing the 1 and 2 buttons until the pairing process is complete.

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RSV26 made it!(author)2012-07-21

my PS3 has bluetooth will it work with out mesing it up? just for fun

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Nathsem made it!(author)2012-04-04
Hi, I have tried this over and over and over again and it hasn't worked. Here's a screencast of me trying to get the WiiMote and my Laptop paired up to play games using Dolphin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANcOeAnySp0
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n1cod3mus made it!(author)2012-07-21

I have this issue sometimes, I just make sure I keep the remote on, just keep pressing 1 + 2 so it doesnt turn off.

you dont need the bluesoleil if your using the built in drivers

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saurabhgangarde made it!(author)2012-06-06

BlueSoleil drivers' link is not working for me. Can some1 please confirm the same. Or share any other link.

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n1cod3mus made it!(author)2012-07-21

I used windows 7 drivers for the blue tooth, havnt had a problem

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Shade95 made it!(author)2012-03-15

Hey, i have my wiimote appearing and everything, but when i connect it, it just stays on the connecting stage forever. Im using BlueSoleli 8.

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crown3DS made it!(author)2012-02-07

thanks for your sharing,i bought my Wii Bluetooth Wireless Remote and Nunchuck Nunchuk Controller from http://www.digitopz.com/wii-bluetooth-wireless-remote-and-nunchuck-nunchuk-controller-p-156.html , and follow the guide you shared,it works . Thx ~!

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kswaminathan made it!(author)2011-09-30

Can i keep 100% belief on this? Will it work?Can i buy the wii remote believing this?

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acosmicist made it!(author)2011-10-11

It depends specifically on what you believe about it. If you believe that you wil be able to use your wiimote as a pointing devices solely by the bluetooth connection, you have very wrong beliefs.

You'll be able to connect it as a HID (Human Interface Device) - but in order to use it as a mouse pointing device, you have to have some way of transmitting the sensor bar data to your PC

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psphaxzor made it!(author)2011-12-08

the sensor bar doesn't transmit data.

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acosmicist made it!(author)2011-12-12

I'm aware of that...

I don't know why the hell I said it like that.

What I should have said was that he'd need a sensor bar of some kind in order for the wiimote to detect its own orientation and transmit that data to the PC.

Thank you for pointing that out, though.

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Dallins11 made it!(author)2011-09-27

cool!!!

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ItsTheHobbs made it!(author)2008-01-19

pc only? if it is my mac is too good for this

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Joanassie made it!(author)2008-05-12

way too biased for the tastes of anyone who isn't you.

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ItsTheHobbs made it!(author)2008-05-13

Well, not just me, there are probably tons of people who would agree with me that in alot of ways, PCs aren't worth trying. also, Macintosh makes oh, well, lets see, ipods, iphones, all of the other cool i... things, which are all alot better than that thing you like to call Microsoft office. I support Microsoft in 2 ways only, gaming capabilities, and Xbox. My friend's PCs take like, 5 minutes to load, so we go do something else, while with my mac, it takes 5 seconds tops to load a page.

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Joanassie made it!(author)2008-07-26

Yeah, but there are also MORE PEOPLE THAN YOU CAN COUNT who want to improve on PCs and the reputations of those PCs. Also, Macintosh is an operating system and Apple Computers makes iPods and the special model iPhone (you forgot the proper capitalization), which CANNOT be fairly compared to that thing that I myself don't like to call Microsoft Office because those are different categories, hardware like iPods and software bundles like MS Office. I support Microsoft in the same one way you do: video games (it's redundant and therefore repetitive and unnecessary to put X-Box (you really have to learn proper capitalization) in the sentence). My Windows XP operating system (you WERE talking about your friend's operating system, obviously, since you didn't mention any internet or browser whatsoever when talking about your friend's PC) takes like 15 minutes to load, so I leave it on all the time (tell your friend to do that with their PCs), so after power outages I use my emergency Windows XP system, which takes 5 seconds for the OPERATING SYSTEM to load up, while with my normal Windows XP it takes 20 milliseconds to load a page, and that's when my ISP shuts off my connection.

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ItsTheHobbs made it!(author)2008-08-02

Huh, now thats something to say, 'cause I can count to at least 57, which is higher than that pathetic 5 you can. and, no dip! it was explorer, because thats the only junk that'll work besides firefox, which is awesome on my mac. stop filling up my comments while they could be good stuff. I really hate going back on old arguments, so go away and leave me alone!

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Joanassie made it!(author)2008-08-08

funny, I've been counting misspellings that I've seen on the Internet, and boy, it's way higher than your measly 57. It's exactly 13,742 as of right now.

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cstawell made it!(author)2011-08-31

You need to get laid...

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