Bluetooth technology enables wireless communication between devices over short distances, making it an ideal solution for connecting peripherals such as headsets, speakers, microphones, mice, keyboards, and more. With the release of Windows 11, turning on Bluetooth has become even more convenient and accessible. In this article, we will show you four simple ways to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 11.
1. Using the Action Center
The Action Center is one of the easiest (and quickest) ways to turn on Bluetooth in Windows 11.
Step 1: To open the Action Center, click on the notification icon in the bottom right corner of your screen.
Step 2: Alternatively, you can use the “Windows + A” keyboard shortcut to open the Action Center. Once the Action Center opens, you will see a list of quick settings and notifications.
Step 3: To turn on Bluetooth, look for the Bluetooth icon, and click on it to turn it on. The Bluetooth icon usually appears next to the Wi-Fi icon in the Action Center.
This option offers a convenient way to quickly toggle Bluetooth without having to dig through Windows 11 Settings.
Pair a New Bluetooth Device on Windows 11
Pairing a new Bluetooth device on Windows 11 is just as easy as turning on Bluetooth. Once you have turned on Bluetooth on your computer (using any of these methods), you can start searching for new devices to connect to.
Step 1: To pair a new Bluetooth device, right-click on the “Bluetooth” icon in the Action Center.
Step 2: Select “Go to Settings”.
Step 3: Click on the “Add a device” button to start searching for new devices. On the next screen that appears, select the “Bluetooth” option.
Step 4: Select your device from the list of available devices and click on “Pair”. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the pairing process.
It’s that simple! Once the pairing process is complete, your new device will be connected and ready to use. You can manage your connected devices by clicking on the “Manage Bluetooth devices” option in the Bluetooth settings. From here, you can see a list of all connected devices, and you can also remove or rename devices as needed.
2. Using the Windows 11 Settings App
Another way to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 11 is by using the Settings app.
Step 1: To open the Settings app, click on the Start button, and then click on the gear icon.
Step 2: Alternatively, you can use the “Windows + I” keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.
Step 3: Once the Settings app opens, click on the “Devices” tab and then click on the “Bluetooth & devices” tab.
Here, you will see a list of all the devices that are connected to your Windows 11 device. To turn on Bluetooth, toggle the Bluetooth switch to the “On” position. Now you can pair a new device using the instructions given above or connect to already-connected devices by selecting it from the list.
3. Using the Windows 11 Device Manager
The Device Manager is another way to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 11. To open the Device Manager, press “Windows + X” and select Device Manager from the list. Alternatively, you can right-click on the Windows icon in the taskbar and select Device Manager.
Step 1: Once the Device Manager opens, expand the “Bluetooth” category.
Step 2: Expand the Network adapters menu. Select the Bluetooth adapter of your device. You should see something like Realtek, Broadcom, Intel, etc. Then right-click on the Bluetooth device and select “Enable Device”.
This method is ideal for users who are experiencing issues with their Bluetooth devices and need to troubleshoot.
4. Using the Windows 11 Control Panel
Another way to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 11 is through the Control Panel. To turn on Bluetooth using the Control Panel, open the Control Panel by searching for it in the Start menu or by pressing the “Windows key + X” and selecting Control Panel from the list.
Step 1: Once the Control Panel opens, select the “Hardware and Sound” section and then click the “Devices and Printers” option.
Step 2: To add or pair a Bluetooth device with your Windows 11 PC, simply click on “Add a device” and then select the desired device from the list.
Enjoy a Wireless Connection on Windows 11
Overall, Windows 11 has made it easier than ever to turn on Bluetooth and manage your Bluetooth devices. Whether you prefer to use the Action Center, the Settings app, the Device Manager, or Control Panel, there are many ways to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 11. If you run into any issues, let us know in the comments below.