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How to Pair Bluetooth with Laptop With Windows 11, 10, 8

How to Pair Bluetooth with Laptop

How to pair Bluetooth with laptop, you can pair all kinds of Bluetooth devices with your PC—including keyboards, mice, phones, speakers, and a whole lot more. To do this, your PC needs to have Bluetooth. Some PCs, such as laptops and tablets, have Bluetooth built in. If your PC doesn’t, you can plug a USB Bluetooth adapter into the USB port on your PC to get it.

Turn on Bluetooth

After you’ve checked that your Windows 11 PC supports Bluetooth, you’ll need to turn it on. Here’s how:

How to pair a Bluetooth device

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth device and make it discoverable. The way you make it discoverable depends on the device. Check the device or visit the manufacturer’s website to learn how.
  2. On your PC, select Start  > Settings  > Bluetooth & devices  > Add device  > Bluetooth .
  3. Choose the Bluetooth device, follow additional instructions if they appear, then select Done.

Your Bluetooth device and PC will usually automatically connect anytime the two devices are in range of each other with Bluetooth turned on.

Pair a Bluetooth printer or scanner

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth printer or scanner and make it discoverable. The way you make it discoverable depends on the device. Check the device or visit the manufacturer’s website to learn how.
  2. Select Start  > Settings  > Bluetooth & devices  > Printers & scanners  > Add device. Wait for it to find nearby printers, choose the one you want to use, then select Add device.

Pair a Bluetooth device using Swift Pair

Swift Pair in Windows 11 lets you quickly pair a supported Bluetooth device with your PC. If the Bluetooth device supports Swift Pair, you’ll receive a notification when it’s nearby and you put it into pairing mode to make it discoverable.

  1. Turn on a Bluetooth device that supports Swift Pair and make it discoverable. The way you make it discoverable depends on the device. Check the device or visit the manufacturer’s website to learn more.
  2. If this is your first time using Swift Pair, select Yes when asked if you want to get notifications and use Swift Pair.
  3. When a notification appears that a new Bluetooth device was found, select Connect.

Pair a Bluetooth device with Windows 10

Turn on Bluetooth

In action center

Action center can be found next to time and date on your taskbar. On the taskbar, select action center ( or ), then select Bluetooth  to turn it on. If it’s turned off, it might appear as Not connected. 

If you don’t see Bluetooth in your action center, here’s how you can change it:

To pair a Bluetooth headset, speaker, or other audio device

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth audio device and make it discoverable. The way you make it discoverable depends on the device. Check the device or visit the manufacturer’s website to learn how. 
  2. On your PC, select Start > Settings  > Devices  > Bluetooth & other devices > Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth. Choose the device and follow additional instructions if they appear, then select Done.
    Your Bluetooth device and PC will usually automatically connect anytime the two devices are in range of each other with Bluetooth turned on.

To pair a Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, or other device

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, or other device and make it discoverable. The way you make it discoverable depends on the device. Check the device or visit the manufactur’s website to learn how.
  2. On your PC, select Start  > Settings  > Devices  > Bluetooth & other devices  > Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth. Choose the device and follow additional instructions if they appear, then select Done.

To pair a Bluetooth printer or scanner

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth printer or scanner and make it discoverable. The way you make it discoverable depends on the device. Check the device or visit the manufacturer’s website to learn how.
  2. Select Start   > Settings  > Devices   > Printers & scanners > Add a printer or scanner. Wait for it to find nearby printers, then choose the one you want to use and select Add device.

To pair a Bluetooth device using Swift Pair

Swift Pair in Windows 10 lets you quickly pair a supported Bluetooth device with your PC. If the Bluetooth device supports Swift Pair, you’ll receive a notification when it’s nearby and you put it into pairing mode to make it discoverable.

  1. Turn on a Bluetooth device that supports Swift Pair and make it discoverable. The way you make it discoverable depends on the device. Check the device or visit the manufacturer’s website to learn more.
  2. If this is your first time using Swift Pair, select Yes when asked if you want to get notifications and use Swift Pair.
  3. When a notification appears that a new Bluetooth device was found, select Connect.
  4. After it’s connected, select Close.

Pair a Bluetooth Device with Windows 8.1

Before you start, make sure that your Windows 8 PC supports Bluetooth.

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth device and make it discoverable. The way you make it discoverable depends on the device.
  2. Select Start  > type Bluetooth > select Bluetooth settings from the list.
  3. Turn on Bluetooth > select the device > Pair.
  4. Follow any instructions if they appear. Otherwise, you’re done and connected.

Your Bluetooth device and PC will usually automatically connect anytime the two devices are in range of each other with Bluetooth turned on.

Pair a Bluetooth Device with Windows 7

Before you start, make sure that your Windows 7 PC supports Bluetooth.

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth device and make it discoverable. The way you make it discoverable depends on the device. Check the device or visit the manufacturer’s website to learn how.Turn on your Bluetooth device and make it discoverable. The way you make it discoverable depends on the device. Check the device or visit the manufacturer’s website to learn how.
  2. Select Start   > Devices and Printers.
  3. Select Add a device > select the device > Next.
  4. Follow any other instructions that might appear. Otherwise, you’re done and connected.

Your Bluetooth device and PC will usually automatically connect anytime the two devices are in range of each other with Bluetooth turned on.

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FAQs: 

Q1:Why my laptop is not connecting to Bluetooth?

Make sure airplane mode is off: Select the Network icon on the right side of the taskbar, then make sure the Airplane mode quick setting is turned off. Turn Bluetooth on and off: Select Start , then type settings. Select Settings > Bluetooth & devices. Turn off Bluetooth, wait a few seconds, then turn it back on.

Q2: Why is my Bluetooth device not found?

For Android phones, go to Settings > System > Advanced> Reset Options > Reset Wi-fi, mobile & Bluetooth. For iOS and iPadOS device, you’ll have to unpair all of your devices (go to Setting > Bluetooth, select the info icon and choose Forget This Device for each device) then restart your phone or tablet.

Q3: How do I find Bluetooth on my laptop Windows 10?

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.
  2. Select the Bluetooth toggle to turn it On or Off.

Q4: How do I activate Bluetooth?

  1. Search for the Settings app on your device, then select the app.
  2. Scroll down to and select Bluetooth or the Bluetooth symbol.
  3. Toggle Bluetooth to On.

Q5: Can I add Bluetooth to my PC?

Getting a Bluetooth adapter for your PC is the easiest way to add this functionality to a desktop or laptop. You don’t need to worry about opening your computer case, installing a Bluetooth card, or anything like that. Bluetooth dongles use USB, so they plug into the outside of your computer via an open USB port

Jennie Marquez

Jennie is a Staff writer, contributor and has been writing about tech for over a decade. Jennie’s work at trendblog is to specialize in phones and tablets, but she also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. She is based in London, UK.
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