How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10

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Bluetooth uses radio wave technology to enable communication between compatible devices, allowing users to pair devices wirelessly with their computers. For example, Bluetooth can also connect wireless mouse or headset to laptop or PC, thus conveniently reducing wired devices, supporting cleaner setup. Many gaming devices on the market today are wireless and have Bluetooth technology, so knowing how to pair them is important.

This guide shows some easy ways to turn on Bluetooth for Windows 10. Just make sure you have Bluetooth compatibility built-in on your computer, as well as the device you want to pair. Almost all laptops or PCs are equipped with Bluetooth these days, but not the older platforms.

How to turn on Bluetooth and add a device through Windows settings

  • Click the Windows Start menu icon located in the lower left corner of the screen.
  • Click the Settings icon (the gear icon).
  • On the Settings menu, click Devices.
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  • Locate Bluetooth and select the On / Off icon.
  • Once activated, select Add Bluetooth or another device.
  • Choose the type of device you want to pair.
    • Windows will ask you for the message “Make sure your device is on and discoverable.” Select a device below to connect.
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Alternatively, Bluetooth can be turned on or off via another faster method.

  • Click on the chat bubble, located in the far right corner of the taskbar.
    • Click Expand if only four tiles are displayed.
  • Select the tile with the Bluetooth logo, which turns Bluetooth on and off.
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Note that for Windows 10 to recognize a nearby compatible device, Bluetooth must also be turned on for that device. Depending on the device in question, enabling Bluetooth is somewhere in the settings, so you may need to dig.


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