How to Turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10

Updated by Charlene on Nov 24, 2022
  | Computer Instruction

Although there are other ways to transfer or send files from your Windows 10 to another device, using the Bluetooth connection is the easiest without requiring an additional accessory for the transfer to be successful.

This article will teach you how to pair your Bluetooth devices and troubleshoot the connection. In addition, you will know how to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 using any of the three unique ways highlighted. Let's dive into the specific usage of Bluetooth on Windows.

What is the Usage of Bluetooth on Windows

Bluetooth allows you to connect your computer or phone to other devices wirelessly. For devices such as keyboards, earbuds, cars, speakers, and many more to connect wirelessly to a source device and transmit media (audio, video, images, documents, and many more), both devices (source and destination) must be Bluetooth-enabled.

For example, you can listen to music through your Bluetooth-enabled headphone from your PC or connect a Bluetooth mouse/keyboard to your PC. However, Bluetooth is only useful for short-range communication between devices.

How to Turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10

Your PC should have Bluetooth functionality before you can embark on turning it on. There are three options for doing this:

Option 1. Turn on Bluetooth Windows 10 using the keyboard

Option 2. How to turn Bluetooth on Windows 10 through Settings

Option 3. How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 using the Action CentER

Option 1. Turn on Bluetooth Windows 10 using the keyboard

Here"s how to turn Bluetooth on Windows 10 using your keyboard.

Step 1. Locate the Bluetooth icon on the keyboard and press it to turn Bluetooth on.

bluetooth through keyboard

Step 2. Press the Function key before the "F8" key if the Bluetooth icon appears among the function keys.

function keys

Option 2. How to turn Bluetooth on Windows 10 through Settings

Alternatively, you can turn on Bluetooth Windows 10 by going through Settings. Here's how to do it.

Step 1. Click the Windows Start icon, then select Settings.

turn on from settings

Step 2. In the Settings window, select "Devices."

select devices from settings

Step 3. Then click on "Bluetooth & other devices."

Step 4. Toggle on the "Bluetooth" option, and your Windows 10 Bluetooth will be activated.

toggle on bluetooth

Option 3. How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 using the Action Center

To turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 quickly, you can go through the Action Center by following these steps.

Step 1. Open Action Center (the screen's speech bubble at the bottom right corner, beside the clock).

Step 2. Click Expand if you don't see any action tile.

Step 3. Then, toggle on the Bluetooth tile till you can see a blue background.

from action centre

How to Pair a Bluetooth Device on Windows 10

Before successfully transferring media such as audio, images, and so on using Bluetooth, you need t first pair the devices by following the steps below.

Step 1. Turn on the Bluetooth device and ensure it is discoverable. Every device has unique ways of making them discoverable; kindly check the device instruction.

Step 2. Then, click the "Start" button on your computer.

Step 3. Click "Settings" and then "Devices."

Step 4. Click "Bluetooth & other devices."

Step 5. Select "Add Bluetooth or other devices."

add a device

Step 6. Click Bluetooth in the new window that pops up.

selecting bluetooth

Step 7. Choose the device you want to connect with and follow additional instructions on your screen.

Step 8. Click "Done: to complete the pairing.

done

Some Windows 10 versions, such as 1803, come with the Swift pairing option, which enables your device to connect automatically with the Bluetooth device within its range. You will get a notification asking if you want to connect. All you need to do is click connect, and your devices pair together.

Troubleshooting your Bluetooth Connection

You must troubleshoot the connection if Bluetooth is not working on your PC. Here are common ways to do that.

  • Toggle Bluetooth on again in Action Center or through Settings.
  • Turn off and on Bluetooth in the device you are pairing with.
  • Ensure devices are within range.
  • Remove and add Bluetooth devices again.

Final Thoughts

Connecting your Windows 10 with another Bluetooth-enabled device should not be a problem after reading this article. You can troubleshoot the problem and turn on Bluetooth Windows 10 using the three options provided.

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