Connect Bluetooth devices to Windows 10
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How to connect Bluetooth devices on Windows 10

You can connect headphones, speakers, mouse, keyboard, and other devices to Windows 10 using Bluetooth — Here's how to do it.

Windows 10 packs a lot of features including the ability to quickly connect devices to your computer without the need of cables using Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth is a standard wireless technology use to transfer data over a short distance (typically just several feet), and on your computer running Windows 10, Bluetooth allows you to use a wide range of wireless devices, such as headphones, speakers, fitness trackers, phones, mice, keyboards, and many other devices.

The best part about Bluetooth is that you don’t need to install extra software or drivers, you only need to pair the wireless device to your computer.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to connect wireless devices to Windows 10 using Bluetooth.

How to connect Bluetooth peripherals to Windows 10

If you’re trying to connect a new peripheral like a Bluetooth mouse, keyboard, or other device to Windows 10, do the following:

  1. Turn on your device.

  2. Make it discoverable. How to make it discoverable depends on the device. Usually there is a button that you have to press and hold until the connect light start flashing. However, visit the manufacturer’s support website to learn how.

  3. Open Settings.

  4. Click on Devices.

  5. Click on Bluetooth & other devices.

  6. Turn on the Bluetooth toggle switch.

  7. Because you made your device discoverable, once you turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10, you can now select the device, and click Pair.

    Bluetooth settings on Windows 10 (1703)
    Bluetooth settings on Windows 10 (1703)
  8. On the Add a device screen, click on Bluetooth.

    Add a device settings
    Add a device settings
  9. Select the device you want to add.

    Select Bluetooth device to connect
    Select Bluetooth device to connect
  10. Follow any on-screen direction if applicable to complete the task.

    Bluetooth device connected on Windows 10
    Bluetooth device connected on Windows 10

Once you completed the steps, you should be able to use your Bluetooth device with your Windows 10 computer.

How to connect Bluetooth audio devices to Windows 10

If you’re trying to connect a Bluetooth headset, speaker, or another audio device, do the following:

  1. Turn on your device.

  2. Make it discoverable. How to make it discoverable depends on the device. Usually there is a button that you have to press and hold until the connect light start flashing. However, visit the manufacturer’s support website to learn how.

  3. Use the Windows key + A keyboard shortcut to open Action Center.

  4. Click the Bluetooth button.

  5. On Action Center, click the Connect button.

    Action Center Quick Action buttons
    Action Center Quick Action buttons
  6. Because you made your device discoverable, once you turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10, select the device from list.

    Connecting Bluetooth device using Action Center
    Connecting Bluetooth device using Action Center
  7. Follow any on-screen direction if applicable to complete the task.

Once you completed the steps, you should be able to use your Bluetooth device with your Windows 10 computer.

This should be a one-time process, usually Bluetooth devices and Windows 10 PCs connect automatically when they’re in range. If you’re having issues, you can use these steps to fix Bluetooth problems on your computer.

While you’re seeing two different ways to connect Bluetooth devices to Windows 10, you can always use the Settings app method to connect any Bluetooth device to your computer.

If your computer doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can alternatively buy a USB adapter very inexpensive on Amazon.

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