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

On Windows 11, you can connect 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.

In this guide, you will learn the easy steps to pair Bluetooth devices to Windows 11.

Connect Bluetooth device on 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 Bluetooth pair option to make it discoverable on Windows 11.

    Quick note: The process to make a wireless device discoverable is different 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 to learn more specific 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 – for example, mouse, keyboard, headphones, or speakers. Usually, you will see the device 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.