How to connect any Bluetooth device on Windows 11

Windows 11 makes it super easy to connect any Bluetooth device – here's how.

Windows 11 Bluetooth pairing
Windows 11 Bluetooth pairing
  • To connect a Bluetooth device on Windows 11, open Settings > Bluetooth & devices, click on “Add device,” choose “Bluetooth,” select the device, and continue with the on-screen directions to complete the pairing.

On Windows 11, you can connect to virtually any Bluetooth device, and in this guide, you will learn how. Bluetooth is a standard radio wireless technology for transferring data over a short distance. On Windows 11, this technology lets you connect and use a long list of devices (such as a mouse, keyboard, headphones, speakers, controllers, pens, and more) through a process known as “pairing,” which you have to do once and doesn’t require extra software or drivers.

This guide will teach you the easy steps to pair Bluetooth devices to Windows 11.

Connect Bluetooth device to Windows 11

To connect a Bluetooth mouse, keyboard, headphones, or speakers to Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Turn on the Bluetooth device.

  2. Turn on the device’s Bluetooth pair option to make it discoverable on Windows 11.

    Quick note: The process to make a wireless device discoverable differs per manufacturer and peripheral. Usually, you will find a button to press and hold until the connect light starts flashing. However, you may need to check the manufacturer’s support website for more details.
  3. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  4. Click on Bluetooth & devices.

  5. Turn on the Bluetooth toggle switch to enable the wireless radio (if applicable).

  6. Click the Add device button.

    Bluetooth add new device

  7. Select the Bluetooth option.

    Windows 11 Bluetooth pairing option

  8. Choose the Bluetooth peripheral – a mouse, keyboard, headphones, or speakers. Usually, you will see the device’s name and brand.

    Bluetooth device pairing

  9. Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).

Once you complete the steps, you can start using the peripheral wirelessly. If you have another device, repeat the steps to add it to Windows 11. Also, this should be a one-time process. After connecting the Bluetooth device, it should reconnect automatically when in range.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].