How to Enable Bluetooth on Windows 10

Connect devices to your computer wirelessly

What to Know

  • Go to Start > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & Other Devices and make sure the Bluetooth switch is set to On.
  • To add and manage wireless devices, go to your Bluetooth settings, or select the Bluetooth icon in the Windows taskbar.
  • To troubleshoot Bluetooth problems, select Troubleshoot settings and select Bluetooth > Run troubleshooter.

This article explains how to enable Bluetooth on Windows 10. Bluetooth comes built-in to all Windows 10 laptops, but if your desktop PC doesn't support it, you can always add a Bluetooth adapter.

How Do I Enable Bluetooth on My PC?

Before you can connect printers, headsets, and other devices to your computer wirelessly, you need to make sure Bluetooth is enabled.

  1. Open Windows Settings. Go to Start > Settings, or use the keyboard shortcut Window Key+I.

    Settings highlighted in the Windows 10 Start menu
  2. Select Devices.

    Devices highlighted in Windows Settings
  3. Select Bluetooth & Other Devices in the left sidebar, then make sure the Bluetooth switch is set to On.

    The Bluetooth switch in Bluetooth & Other Devices in Windows settings

Turn On Bluetooth From the Windows Action Center

Alternatively, toggle Bluetooth from the Windows 10 Action Center. Select the speech bubble icon in the taskbar, or press Windows Key+A to bring up the Windows Action Center. Look for the Bluetooth icon and make sure it's highlighted. You may have to expand the list of options to find it.

Bluetooth icon in the Windows 10 Action Center

Manage Bluetooth Devices and Settings

To add and manage your wireless devices, go to your Bluetooth settings, or select the Bluetooth icon in the Windows taskbar (you may have to click the up-arrow first to expand the list of icons). You'll get a pop-up window with a list of options. From here, you can add devices, transfer files over Bluetooth to nearby devices, join a Personal Area Network, or go directly to your Bluetooth settings.

The Bluetooth icon in the Windows taskbar and its options highlighted

How to Connect a Bluetooth Device to Windows 10

Once Bluetooth is enabled, you can connect a device:

  1. Go to your Bluetooth settings and select Add Bluetooth or other device.

    Add Bluetooth or other device in Windows 10 Bluetooth settings
  2. Select Bluetooth.

     Bluetooth under Add a Device in Windows 10 Bluetooth settings
  3. Turn on the Bluetooth device and put it in pairing mode.

  4. Wait for the device to show up in the list of devices and then select it.

    Bluetooth devices under Add a device in Windows 10 settings

    Depending on the device, you may have to enter a PIN displayed on the Bluetooth device.

Why Can't I Turn on My Bluetooth on Windows 10?

If the Bluetooth option is grayed out, your computer may not support it, in which case you need a USB Bluetooth adapter. There could also be a hardware problem with the Bluetooth device, or there could be an issue with Windows Services.

Troubleshoot Bluetooth on Windows 10

If you know your computer has Bluetooth built-in, but it's still not working, try running the Windows troubleshooter:

  1. Type Troubleshoot in the Window search bar and select Troubleshoot settings.

    Troubleshoot settings in the Windows 10 search bar
  2. Scroll down to Find and Fix Other Problems, select Additional troubleshooters > Bluetooth, then select Run the troubleshooter.

    Run troubleshooter under Bluetooth in Windows 10 Troubleshooter
  3. Your computer will scan for problems and either fix them automatically or make suggestions for further action.

Set Bluetooth Service to Automatic

If you're still having problems with Bluetooth on your PC, another option is to set the Bluetooth service to automatic:

  1. Press Windows Key+R on the keyboard, type Services.msc in the Run box, then select OK.

    Services.msc in the Windows Run box
  2. Right-click Bluetooth Support Service and select Properties.

    Bluetooth Support Service Properties in Windows Services
  3. Set the Startup type to Automatic, select Start under Service status, then select OK.

    Automatic and Start in Bluetooth Services Properties
FAQ
  • My PC doesn't have Bluetooth. Why?

    While Bluetooth is a common feature these days, not every PC comes with it. If your computer is an older model, it might not have the hardware installed. But, you can add it by buying a Bluetooth USB dongle.

  • How do you reinstall Bluetooth drivers in Windows 10?

    Open Device Manager and open the Bluetooth menu. Right-click on your Bluetooth device (it should be called something like Intel Wireless Bluetooth) and choose Uninstall device. Restart the PC and Windows will attempt to reinstall the driver.

  • How can you check which version of Bluetooth you have in Windows 10?

    Open the Device Manager, then open the Bluetooth menu. Right-click on your Bluetooth device (it should be called something like Intel Wireless Bluetooth) and select Properties. Under the Advanced tab, look for Firmware and the numbers next to it that start with LMP. If that number starts with a 6, 7, or 8, it supports Bluetooth 4.0, 4.1, or 4.2, respectively. If it starts with a 9, 10, or 11, it supports Bluetooth 5.0, 5.1, or 5.2.

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