Getting Bluetooth Working on Your Windows 10 PC: An Easy How-To Guide

Have you ever struggled to connect Bluetooth devices like wireless headphones or fitness bands to your Windows 10 computer? Don‘t worry my friend, you‘re not alone!

Bluetooth can sometimes be tricky to set up, but enabling this wireless technology on your desktop or laptop opens up many useful connectivity options.

This guide will teach you step-by-step how to turn on Bluetooth in Windows 10 using simple instructions that anyone can follow. I‘ll also help you troubleshoot any errors you may run into.

So let‘s get your Windows PC ready for wireless freedom!

What Does Bluetooth Do on Windows 10?

Bluetooth allows your devices to connect and communicate over short distances wirelessly using radio waves instead of annoying cables.

Once enabled in your Windows 10 laptop or desktop‘s settings, you can use Bluetooth to:

  • Stream music from your phone to Bluetooth speakers
  • Sync fitness trackers, smartwatches and health devices
  • Connect wireless keyboards, mice, and other peripherals
  • Transfer photos or other media from your mobile devices
  • Use Bluetooth controllers for PC gaming
  • Take calls on your PC using wireless headsets

The most common Bluetooth versions and their maximum data transfer speeds are:

Bluetooth VersionMax Speed
v2.03 Mbps
v3.025 Mbps
v4.025 Mbps
v5.050 Mbps

Now let‘s get your Bluetooth switched on so you can start enjoying these benefits!

Turning On Bluetooth in Windows 10 Settings

  1. Click on the Start button at the bottom left corner of your desktop or laptop screen and select the little cog icon that says Settings to open up your Windows Settings menu:

    Open Windows 10 Settings

  2. On the Windows Settings screen, click Devices in the left sidebar:

    Select Devices in Settings

  3. Next select Bluetooth & Other Devices from the available options:

    Bluetooth & Other Devices option

  4. Now toggle the Bluetooth switch underneath to the On position.

    Turn Bluetooth On

And you‘re all set! These steps will enable Bluetooth on your Windows 10 PC.

If you run into an error turning Bluetooth on, don‘t panic! Head down to the troubleshooting tips below.

Resolving Errors Enabling Bluetooth

Seeing error messages trying to get Bluetooth powered up in Windows 10? Here are some handy fixes:

Can‘t toggle Bluetooth switch

This means your PC likely doesn‘t have a compatible Bluetooth hardware device installed. Check your Windows device manufacturer‘s website for specifics on adding Bluetooth connectivity hardware options.

Alternatively, you can use an inexpensive USB Bluetooth dongle adaptor. Plug it into an open USB port, install any required drivers and then follow the instructions above to turn on Bluetooth with the dongle as your hardware device.

Error that device isn‘t ready

If Windows throws device errors indicating Bluetooth isn‘t ready, a simple reboot typically resolves this. Bluetooth devices and services sometimes get stuck when resuming from sleep or hibernate states.

Restart to reset all hardware connections. Then try turning Bluetooth on again following the steps above and see if that clears things up.

Bluetooth device shows as disconnected

I recommend going into Windows Device Manager and checking whether a Bluetooth driver update is available if you see your Bluetooth hardware showing as disconnected.

To do this:

  1. Right-click the Start button (Windows logo) and choose Device Manager
  2. Expand ‘Bluetooth‘ then right-click your Bluetooth device and choose Update driver
  3. Search automatically then follow the prompts to install updated drivers from Windows Update.

Updating drivers almost always fixes finicky device connection behavior like that in my experience!

What Now? Pairing Bluetooth Devices and More

Once you‘ve successfully enabled Bluetooth on your Windows 10 computer via the steps above, here‘s what you can do next:

  • Pair accessories like wireless headphones or speakers so you can start streaming! Click "Add Bluetooth or other device" under the Bluetooth settings to start pairing
  • Make your device visible/discoverable so other devices can find it to initiate pairing
  • Check what Bluetooth devices are currently active under Bluetooth Settings > Connected devices
  • Connect your fitness tracker or smartwatch to sync data and stats seamlessly
  • Try gaming or taking video calls with Bluetooth controllers, headsets and microphones

If you hit snags pairing or connecting devices, remove an existing pairing and re-pair again from scratch. This usually sorts out any stubborn connectivity issues pronto!

I hope following the easy turn on Bluetooth steps above (plus a bit of troubleshooting) gets your Windows 10 PC decked out for quality wireless time. Let me know if you have any other questions and please do share any Bluetooth pairing success stories!

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