Featured - How to Turn On Bluetooth on Windows 11

Because of the ease of communication that Bluetooth provides, it has become more of a requirement in recent years. All cellphones and most later-generation laptops include the functionality, as do many other devices such as speakers and headphones, to mention a few.

How Bluetooth works

Bluetooth is a technology and software combination that allows you to communicate data between devices wirelessly. Over Bluetooth, you may transmit and receive documents, music, video, and contacts and even share an Internet connection.

Bluetooth transmitters and receivers are frequently integrated into portable devices, and Bluetooth can be added to desktop computers by inserting an external or internal module. USB Bluetooth transmitters are widely available and reasonably priced.

Bluetooth not only improves accessibility and makes a gadget portable, but it also eliminates the need for those unsightly cables running all over the place. Bluetooth may be enabled in Windows 11 using the ‘Settings’ or the ‘Action Center.’

This tutorial will show you how to enable Bluetooth on Windows 11, connect your devices to your PC, and troubleshoot typical Bluetooth difficulties.

How to Turn on Bluetooth on Windows 11 using the Action Center

You can turn on Bluetooth using the action center in just two clicks.

  1. Click on the system icons at the bottom left corner, then click on the Bluetooth icon to turn on Bluetooth

    Windows 11 - Open Action Center - Bluetooth

    ⚠️ Note: If the Bluetooth icon is not in the Quick Settings menu, you may need to add it. Here’s how to enable the Bluetooth icon in Windows 11’s Quick Settings menu.

  2. Click on the system icons at the bottom left corner, then click on the “Edit” icon in the action center

    Windows 11 - Open Action Center - Edit

  3. Click on “Add” to open up the option menu

    Windows 11 - Action Center - Edit - Add

  4. Select “Bluetooth” from the list of options

    Windows 11 - Action Center - Edit - Add - Bluettoth

  5. Click on “Done” to add the Bluetooth icon to your action center

    Windows 11 - Action Center - Edit - Add - Bluettoth - Done

How to Turn on Bluetooth on Windows 11 using Settings

You can turn on Bluetooth from the windows settings. Take a look at the following steps.

  1. Click on the Windows icon on your taskbar, then select “Settings” from the Start menu

    Windows 11 - Open Settings

  2. On the sidebar, select “Bluetooth & devices” and toggle the Bluetooth option to turn on/off the Bluetooth

    Windows 11 - Settings - Bluetooth & Devices - Bluetooth On

How to Pair a Bluetooth Device in Windows 11

You can pair your mobile phones, laptops, or speakers via Bluetooth in windows 11. Take a look.

  1. Click on the Windows icon and select “Settings” from the start menu

    Windows 11 - Open Settings

  2. On the sidebar, select “Bluetooth & devices” and click on “Add device” under the “Devices” option

    Windows 11 - Bluetooth & Devices - Add Device

  3. In your mobile settings, tap on the Bluetooth

    Android - Settings - Bluetooth

  4. Toggle the Bluetooth option to turn on the Bluetooth of your mobile phone

    Android - Settings - Bluetooth - On

  5. In your laptop, in the “Add a device” dialogue box, click on “Bluetooth”

    Windows 11 - Bluetooth & Devices - Add Device - Bluetooth

  6. Your mobile device will be visible there; click on it

    Windows 11 - Bluetooth & Devices - Add Device - Bluetooth - Mateo

  7. A PIN will appear on your laptop; make sure that it matches the one on your smartphone

    Windows 11 - Bluetooth & Devices - Add Device - Bluetooth - Mateo - Connect

  8. On your smartphone, click on “PAIR” once you match the PIN

    Android - Settings - Bluetooth - On - Pair

  9. Your devices are now connected; click on Done

    Windows 11 - Bluetooth & Devices - Add Device - Bluetooth - Mateo - Connect - Done

How to Troubleshoot Bluetooth Issues in Windows 11

If you are experiencing any of the Windows Bluetooth issues or malfunctions, you must run Troubleshooting to fix the problems.

  1. Click on the Windows icon on the taskbar and select “Settings” from the start menu

    Windows 11 - Open Settings

  2. On the sidebar, click on “System” and select “Troubleshoot” from the options

    Windows 11 - Settings - Sistem - Troubleshot

  3. Click on “Other troubleshooters”

    Windows 11 - Settings - Sistem - Troubleshot - Otrher Troubleshoters

  4. Next to the Bluetooth option, click on “Run”

    Windows 11 - Settings - Sistem - Troubleshot - Otrher Troubleshoters - Bluetooth - Run

How to Install a New Bluetooth Adapter for Your Windows PC

Bluetooth adapters are far from infallible. Not all of them are created equal and can cause frequent disconnects, while others may stop working entirely. If this is the case, you may have bit the bullet and purchased an external USB Bluetooth adapter or even a PCI-E network adapter.

Having two active Bluetooth adapters can cause all kinds of stability issues when connecting devices or in general use. To remedy this, we show you how to properly install a new Bluetooth adapter on your computer.