When you first purchased your Windows PC, you were probably thrilled about its ability to connect to Bluetooth. But you still haven’t quite figured out how to activate it so that you can connect your mouse, keyword, speaker, or other Bluetooth-capable peripherals with your desktop.
That problem is no longer a problem now. To assist you out, we’ll show you how to turn Bluetooth on using various methods. We’ll also help you through the process of pairing your Bluetooth device with your desktop.
If your computer doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can always take the help of a Bluetooth adapter. It’s an inexpensive way of having Bluetooth connectivity for your devices, and it’s not a big deal to install.
However, Bluetooth tends to decrease your device’s battery when it’s connected, and keeping it on comes with few security risks.
If you want to use Bluetooth for wireless audio, to transfer some files or utilize your wireless mouse, keyboard or other peripheral, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10.
Turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10
There are three methods through which you can turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10
- Through Windows Settings
- Turn on Bluetooth in Action Center
- Use Swift Pair
We’ll learn through these one at a time.
1. Use Windows Settings
The primary step before using your Bluetooth device is to configure the Bluetooth settings in Windows 10. To check this, go to the Settings app in Windows 10 by clicking on the Start button, and then click on the Settings icon.
Then, click Devices and open.
Click Bluetooth & Other Devices.
Note: If the Bluetooth icon or symbol isn’t available on the Bluetooth & Other devices settings, your Windows computer perhaps doesn’t have the Bluetooth feature, or the required hardware isn’t detected.
Click More Bluetooth options below the Related Settings section for additional Bluetooth settings.
You can check the window to view the options on the right menu
2. Turn on Bluetooth in Action Center
The Action Center in Windows 10 lets you access quick settings and actionable app notifications.
You can notice the Action Center icon on your taskbar at the lower right side of your screen.
When you click on it, you’ll see the quick settings and app notification icons. Click All Settings.
Next, click Devices.
Click Bluetooth and other devices on the left side.
Make sure the Bluetooth slider to On.
Then, click Bluetooth or another device.
Click Bluetooth. Windows will start finding nearby available Bluetooth devices.
If your other device has Bluetooth on, or it’s in pairing mode, you’ll notice its name appear on the list of available devices. From here, you can tap on the device you need to pair with and once connected, it’ll be seen as a part of your list of connected peripherals.
Otherwise, click on the Bluetooth button in Action Center to enable it or disable. If it’s not connected, you’ll see the Bluetooth icon with the label “Not Connected”. Or else it will be greyed off, which means Bluetooth is off. If you enable it, the button changes blue showing that Bluetooth is turned on (the Bluetooth icon will also appear on your taskbar).
Note: Your paired Bluetooth device should automatically connect if it’s within range or turned on.
Procedure to Connect a Bluetooth Device to Your Windows desktop
You can connect several types of Bluetooth devices to your computer such as phones, printers, speakers, mice and keyboards, among others. Your computer needs to have Bluetooth feature for this to work. If it doesn’t, check and try using a USB Bluetooth adapter to have Bluetooth on your computer.
Let’s take a look at few of the usual devices you can connect to your computer which has Windows 10 version through Bluetooth.
Depending on the type of printer or scanner, you need to connect, power on its Bluetooth setting and make it visible.
On your Windows computer, follow the steps above to power on Bluetooth (from Settings or Action Center).
Next, go to Settings and click on Devices—Click Printers & Scanners on the left panel.
Tap on Add a printer or scanner. Windows will find nearby printers or scanners.
Click on the printer or scanner you need to use and then add it by clicking Add device.
If you need to connect a pair of headphones, a speaker or any other audio device to your Windows computer, turn on the device and make it visible (the way for this lies on the device you’re using).
Many wireless speakers have a Bluetooth button next to the other controls while headphones have a Bluetooth button on the earcup. You can make sure the device manufacturer’s website or the user manual that came in the package to search where it is.
Make sure you turn on Bluetooth on your Windows 10 computer, and then go to Settings > Devices and click Bluetooth & Other Devices. Turn on Bluetooth. Rather, you use the Bluetooth button in the Action Center.
Note: If you can’t find the Bluetooth option in the Action Center, click Start > Settings > System.
Click Notifications & Actions, and then head to Quick Actions > Edit your Quick Actions.
Click +Add and choose Bluetooth to add it on the Quick Settings in the Action Center.
Then Click Connect while in Action centre, and tap on the device you need to pair with your computer. You’ll see the visible device on the list of nearby devices from the Bluetooth & other devices to overlay.
Your devices will be paired and connected, and you can experience music, podcasts or movies and other media from your Bluetooth audio device.
Enjoy Wireless Freedom
We expect you came to know now how to turn on Bluetooth in Windows 10 and connect all your Bluetooth devices with your computer. You can now send and receive files from a Bluetooth device to your PC, listen to podcasts, music and other audio files, and guess what not; many more.