Bluetooth is a popular wireless data transmission standard. It allows two or more Bluetooth-enabled devices to share data, voice, or video without a cable. In Windows 10, turning on Bluetooth is quite easy. You may turn on Bluetooth using the wireless connectivity menus. Or, you can use Command Prompt to set the output mode of your Bluetooth device. Follow the steps below to enable Bluetooth on your Windows 10 PC.
Step 1: Click the Windows Start Button
Step 2: Select Settings
Step 3: Click Devices
Step 4: Click Bluetooth & Other Devices
If you want to set the output mode of your Bluetooth device, click the Setup Bluetooth button in the Devices window.
Check out the video below for a quick guide to turning on Bluetooth on your Windows computer.
Troubleshoot your Bluetooth Connection
If you have Bluetooth connectivity issues or a problem turning on Bluetooth, it might not be a Windows 10 issue. You should first troubleshoot the connection between the PC and your external device to see whether it is an operating system issue or the problem is coming from external devices. Here is how to do it:
1. Reset the Bluetooth Device You’re Trying to Pair
To reset most Bluetooth devices, turn off your Bluetooth device, wait a few seconds, then turn it on again. You can also reset Bluetooth using the device’s Settings or Connection menu.
2. Be Careful of USB Devices
Ensure that the Bluetooth dongle or device isn’t connected to a USB hub, hard drive, keyboard, or another device. If so, try moving the device away from these other USB devices. This can reduce potential interference. However, if the problem persists, you can turn off Bluetooth on your PC or laptop by following these steps:
- Open Settings > Devices > Bluetooth (Bluetooth hardware icon)
- Select “Off” under the Bluetooth section (note: If this option is grayed out, make sure that your hardware is turned on)
- Select “Disable” under the Connection section to eliminate any possible interference with USB devices
- If you are using a Bluetooth device or dongle, turn it off and then on again.
Make Sure That Your Devices are Compatible
Check in the Action Center or Settings to verify whether your computer is Bluetooth compatible; if the Bluetooth option is not stated, it is most likely that it is not compatible or that the drivers are not installed.
Ensure That Your Bluetooth Device is Within the Range
You will need to ensure that your Bluetooth device is within range of your computer. This will ensure that the devices communicate and that the data is transferred within a reasonable distance of your computer.
Remove and Re-Add the Bluetooth Device
Sometimes the Bluetooth configurations may get lost or corrupted. Check whether your Bluetooth device is still visible/searchable on the Windows 10 device. If it’s not visible or searchable, you may need to delete and re-add the devices.
If you have a multi-function device with Bluetooth, such as a Bluetooth headset, the device will appear in Windows 10 if your match the driver with your computer. You can check whether opening Device Manager installs the drivers.
You will need to find and install the driver on your machine if they’re missing. However, if your PC has Bluetooth drivers, but it’s not connecting, you will need to look for an updated version of the driver on your manufacturer’s website and install it.
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