How to Pair and Unpair Chromebook Bluetooth

Plus discover tips for improving Bluetooth performance

A Chromebook with a Bluetooth headset.

Bluetooth is really useful on Chromebooks, since it allows you to connect devices like headphones, game controllers, and even peripherals like mice and keyboards through a wireless process called pairing. If you're ready to set up a Chromebook Bluetooth connection, we'll show you exactly how to do it. And if the connection isn't that great, we've even got a tip that will help improve your Chromebook's Bluetooth performance.

How to Verify That Your Chromebook Has Bluetooth

Before you spend a lot of time trying to pair a device, you should first make sure your Chromebook has Bluetooth. Most of them do, but there are some exceptions.

  1. Turn your Chromebook on, and log in.

    A screenshot of the Chrome OS desktop.

    If you see the Bluetooth icon is already visible in the system tray in the bottom right corner of the screen in this step, you can skip to the next section. You have Bluetooth.

  2. Select the lower right corner of the screen in the area where the clock can be found.

    A screenshot of the Chrome OS system tray menu.
  3. If your Chromebook has Bluetooth, you'll see the Bluetooth symbol.

    A closeup of the Bluetooth icon on a Chromebook.

How to Pair Chromebook With a Bluetooth Device

Once you've verified you have Bluetooth on your Chromebook, you're ready to start pairing devices. This is a fairly easy process, and we'll walk you through it step by step.

  1. Turn on your Chromebook, sign in, and select the clock in the lower right corner.

    A screenshot of Chrome OS.
  2. Select the Bluetooth icon.

    A screenshot of the Chrome OS system tray.
  3. Select the device you want to pair.

    A screenshot of the Bluetooth menu on a Chromebook.

    If you don't see your device, you may need to force your device into pairing mode. Look for specific instructions on pairing your device, like how to pair an Xbox controller, or check with your device manufacturer if you're unsure how to do this.

  4. Wait while your Chromebook pairs with your device.

    A screenshot of the Bluetooth pairing function on a Chromebook.
  5. When you see a message stating your device has been paired and is ready to use, you can start using it or repeat this process to pair additional devices.

    A screenshot of the Chrome OS Bluetooth pairing message.

How to Unpair or Disconnect a Bluetooth Device From a Chromebook

If you want to prevent a device from automatically connecting to your Chromebook in the future, you need to undo the process from the previous section. This is also easy to do.

  1. Select the clock in the lower right corner of the screen.

    A screenshot of the Chrome OS desktop.
  2. Select the Bluetooth icon.

    A screenshot of the Chrome OS system tray menu.
  3. Select the gear icon.

    A screenshot of the Chrome OS Bluetooth menu.
  4. Select the ⋮ (three vertical dots) icon located to the right of the device you want to unpair, or disconnect, from your Chromebook.

    A screenshot of the Bluetooth settings menu in Chrome OS.
  5. Select Remove from list.

    A screenshot of the bluetooth settings menu in Chrome OS.
  6. Your device will no longer be paired.

    A screenshot of the Bluetooth settings menu in Chrome OS.

If you want to use this device with your Chromebook again in the future, you will have to repeat the pairing process from the previous section.

How to Turn Off Bluetooth on a Chromebook

There may be situations where you want to temporarily prevent devices from connecting to your Chromebook, want to save battery power, or you're on a plane and need to avoid creating interference. In these cases, you can temporarily turn Bluetooth off.

When Bluetooth is turned off, your Bluetooth devices won't be able to connect to your Chromebook. Make sure to have wired alternatives, like wired headphones or a USB cable for your game controller, if you're going to be in a situation where you need to have Bluetooth disabled.

  1. Select the clock in the lower right corner.

    A screenshot of the Chrome OS desktop.
  2. Select the Bluetooth icon.

    A screenshot of the Chrome OS system tray menu.
  3. Select the toggle switch.

    A screenshot of the Chrome OS Bluetooth menu.
  4. When Bluetooth has been disabled, the toggle switch will be white, and you'll see the "Bluetooth disabled" message instead of a list of devices.

    A screenshot of a Chromebook with Bluetooth disabled.

You can re-enable Bluetooth at any time by selecting the toggle switch again.

How to Improve Bluetooth Performance With Newblue

If you've been using Bluetooth devices with your Chromebook, you may have noticed issues like spotty connections, sudden disconnects, and static or sound cutting in and out with your headphones.

These issues can be caused by interference and other external problems, but the fact is that Chromebooks just aren't known for having solid Bluetooth connections.

The best solution, if it's available to you, is to enable Google's Newblue Bluetooth stack. Newblue does a pretty good job of fixing a lot of Bluetooth problems on Chromebooks, but it isn't enabled by default.

If Newblue is available on your Chromebook, and it isn't already turned on, here's how you can enable it yourself:

  1. Open a new browser window or tab.

    A screenshot of the Chrome OS web browser.
  2. Type "chrome://flags" and press enter.

    A screenshot of the Chrome OS flags page.
  3. Type "newblue" into the search field, then press enter.

    A screenshot of Newblue in Chrome OS.
  4. Select the drop-down box, then select Enabled.

    A screenshot of Newblue in Chrome OS.

    If the drop-down box already says Enabled when you first open this screen, you're already using Newblue.

  5. When you successfully turn Newblue on, the drop-down menu will say "Enabled."

    A screenshot of Newblue enabled on a Chromebook.