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How to turn on Bluetooth and connect your device in Windows 10

There are many kinds of Bluetooth devices that you might want to connect to your Windows 10 PC, and that’s okay. Windows 10 can handle everything you need, as you can connect multiple different devices to it at the same time, be it a mouse or a Bluetooth speaker.

Turning on Bluetooth is just the beginning, however. Windows 10 has a robust system for connecting and managing your devices, and making them easier to reconnect in the future.

In this article, we’ll share what you need to know about turning on and using Bluetooth in Windows 10.

How to enable Bluetooth in Windows 10

There are several ways to enable Bluetooth on your Windows 10 PC, and none of them take more than a couple of seconds.

The fastest way is to open Action Center on your desktop by clicking the small icon on the far right of the taskbar that looks like a pop-up message. Alternatively, you can press Windows Key + A to open Action Center. Here you will find the toggle for Bluetooth.

To turn it on, just click the switch and make sure it’s highlighted. When connected to a device, you will see its name here when Bluetooth is enabled, otherwise it will say “Not Connected”.

Alternatively, you can open the Settings app and select Devices. Here you will also find a switch to turn Bluetooth on and off.

How to connect a Bluetooth device in Windows 10

Enabling Bluetooth in Windows 10 won’t get far without actually connecting the device. Windows 10 can work with multiple Bluetooth devices at the same time and makes it easy to manage all of them.

To add a new device, open “Options”, select “Devices”, click “Add Bluetooth or other device”, then select “Bluetooth”, click the desired device and follow the prompts on the screen. Next, your computer will go through the pairing process. Once connected, you will see your device in one of different categories: Mouse, Keyboard & Pen, Audio, or Other Devices.

Windows 10 doesn’t just list Bluetooth devices together here, but mixes them with any other devices connected to your PC, such as monitors and webcams.

In addition, at the bottom of the “Bluetooth and other devices” settings there is an option “Show notifications to connect using fast connection.” Remember to leave this option enabled, as any supported devices will pop up a desktop notification for quick connections.

Conclusion

Bluetooth control in Windows 10 is a really simple process. Also, once you connect or pair different devices, managing them becomes just as easy. The “Show notifications to connect using fast connection” option is also a great addition, and while not every device supports this fast connection, many do, which makes the process even easier.

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