How to enable Bluetooth on Win 10

How to enable Bluetooth on Win 10

Many Windows computers have a Bluetooth connection, which you can use to connect most of your devices, like smartphones, speakers, headphones, printers, and so on.

If the Bluetooth feature is not available, you can always use the Bluetooth adapter. It’s an economical way to get Bluetooth connectivity for devices and is very easy to set up.

However, Bluetooth tends to decrease the device’s battery life when in use, and using it comes with some security risks. Readers can find more information in the article: Learn about Bluetooth technology.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to enable Bluetooth in Windows 10.

How do I enable Bluetooth on Windows 10?

  • How to enable Bluetooth on Win 10
    • 1. Using Windows Settings
    • 2. Turn on Bluetooth in Action Center
    • 3. Use Swift Pair
    • 4. Turn on Bluetooth from Airplane mode settings
    • 5. Use Cortana
  • What to do if Bluetooth is not working on Windows 10?
    • Make the system discoverable
    • Reposition the device
    • Disable other Bluetooth devices
    • Read the Event Log
    • Check for Windows Update
    • Run Bluetooth Troubleshooter

How to enable Bluetooth on Win 10

There are 5 methods you can use to enable Bluetooth in Windows 10

  • Using Windows Settings
  • Turn on Bluetooth from Action Center
  • Use Swift Pair
  • Turn on Bluetooth from Airplane mode settings
  • Use Cortana

1. Using Windows Settings

The first step before using a Bluetooth device is to configure Bluetooth settings in Windows 10. To do this, access the Settings app in Windows 10 by clicking the Start button, then the Settings icon .

Next, click Devices.

Click Devices

Click Bluetooth & Other Devices .

Note : If the Bluetooth switch is not available on Bluetooth & Other devices settings , the Windows computer might not have the Bluetooth feature or the related hardware is not recognized.

Click More Bluetooth options in the Related Settings section to get more Bluetooth settings.

Click More Bluetooth options

You can expand the window to see the options on the right menu.

2. Turn on Bluetooth in Action Center

The Action Center in Windows 10 lets you access quick settings and actionable app notifications.

  • You can find the Action Center icon on the taskbar at the bottom right of the screen.
  • When you click on it, you’ll see quick settings and app notification icons. Click All Settings .
  • Next, click Devices.
  • Click on Bluetooth and other devices on the left hand side.
  • Switch the Bluetooth slider to the On position .
Switch the Bluetooth slider to the On position
  • Click Add Bluetooth or other device .
  • Click Bluetooth. Windows will start searching for available Bluetooth devices.
Click Bluetooth to start searching for available Bluetooth devices

3. Use Swift Pair

For details on how to enable and use Swift Pair on Windows 10, read the article: How to enable Swift Pair on Windows 10 for more details.

4. Turn on Bluetooth from Airplane mode settings

Windows 10 Bluetooth also has a toggle switch in the settings for Airplane mode. Use Win + I to open Settings and click or tap on Network & Internet .

Go to the Airplane mode tab from the left column. On the right side, under Wireless devices , you can see a Bluetooth on / off switch. Click it to switch to the On position .

In the Wireless devices section, you can see a Bluetooth on / off switch

When this switch is set to On , you can start connecting other devices to Windows 10 via Bluetooth. Click it again if you want to turn off Bluetooth.

NOTE : The Bluetooth switch in the Airplane mode tab works regardless of whether Airplane mode is enabled or not. However, turning on Airplane mode turns off Bluetooth by default in Windows 10.

5. Use Cortana

You can also ask Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant, to turn on Windows 10 Bluetooth. Make sure Cortana can hear you and say “turn on Bluetooth”, “enable Bluetooth”, “start Bluetooth” or “activate Bluetooth” . Cortana will turn on Bluetooth and let you know it’s done.

Cortana turns on Bluetooth

To disable Windows 10 Bluetooth using Cortana, say “turn off Bluetooth”, “disable Bluetooth”, “stop Bluetooth” or “deactivate Bluetooth” . Cortana will notify you that Bluetooth is turned off.

Bluetooth is off

Once Bluetooth is turned on in Windows 10, you can connect to supported devices. Reference: Instructions on how to connect to Bluetooth Windows 10 for details on how to do.

What to do if Bluetooth is not working on Windows 10?

Previously, make introduced to readers how to fix lost Bluetooth on Windows 10 Settings settings and how to fix Bluetooth not in Device Manager. If it falls into either of these two cases, the reader can refer to the detailed instructions above. If not, try the following to fix the problem.

Make the system discoverable

Set up to make your PC discoverable to other Bluetooth devices. Press Win + I keys and go to Devices> More Bluetooth options .

Go to Devices> More Bluetooth options

Check Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC and click OK. This isn’t necessary if you want to pair something like a mouse or keyboard, but can be helpful when pairing devices like a phone.

Reposition the device

Bluetooth has limited range. Specific values vary, but in a home setting it falls to around ten meters. This figure can be greatly reduced by physical barriers such as walls.

Therefore, make sure that the device you want to pair with your computer is turned on, fully charged, and within close range of the Windows 10 system.

Also, make sure it’s not too close to other devices using USB 3.0 ports. These USB devices can sometimes interfere with Bluetooth connectivity.

Disable other Bluetooth devices

Technically, you don’t need to disable other Bluetooth devices, but they can cause interference when you try to pair a new device.

Disable other Bluetooth devices

To turn them off, press Win + I to open Settings and click on Devices. In turn, click on each Bluetooth device and click Remove device> Yes .

Of course, remember to re-pair these devices if you still need them.

Read the Event Log

In June 2019, Microsoft patched Windows 10 to protect this operating system from the Bluetooth security vulnerability. However, this causes some Bluetooth devices to have connectivity issues.

You can see if this is affecting you. Press Win key + X and click Event Viewer. On the Summary of Administrative Events , expand Error and look for the following:

  • Event ID : 22
  • Event Source : BTHUSB or BTHMINI
  • Event Message Text : Bluetooth device tried to establish a debug connection. Windows Bluetooth stack does not allow connection debugging if not in Debug mode.

If you see this, Microsoft recommends that you contact the Bluetooth device manufacturer to see if they can take care of the problem. If not, you may need to purchase a brand new Bluetooth device.

Check for Windows Update

It’s best to keep Windows up to date to benefit from the latest features and security patches. This can help solve problems with Bluetooth.

Windows 10 will update automatically, but you can check for and install updates yourself. Reference: How to keep your Windows computer up to date for more details.

Run Bluetooth Troubleshooter

Windows 10 has a built-in Bluetooth troubleshooter. This tool will detect any problems and automatically try to fix them.

Run Bluetooth Troubleshooter

To run it, press Win + I key to open Settings and go to Update & Security> Troubleshoot> Bluetooth> Run the troubleshooter . Follow the instructions.

The tool will fix any problems it finds, but some of them may require manual action on your part.