How to Activate Bluetooth on Windows 11 and Connect Devices (2023)

In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to activate Bluetooth on Windows 11 and provide solutions to common connection errors. Many users encounter connectivity and pairing issues when trying to connect smartphones, headphones, speakers, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. We will explain various methods to activate Bluetooth on Windows 11, accompanied by relevant screenshots. Additionally, we have included troubleshooting methods for Bluetooth issues on Microsoft Windows 11 to assist you in resolving any problems you may encounter with your Bluetooth devices.

1. Activating Bluetooth on Windows 11 (via Settings)

To activate Bluetooth on Windows 11 using the Settings menu, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Windows Settings. Alternatively, you can search for "Settings" in the search bar provided on the taskbar.
  2. In the Settings menu, click on "Devices."
  3. In the next window, you will see "Bluetooth & other devices." Click on the toggle switch to turn Bluetooth on or off.

By following these steps, you should have successfully activated Bluetooth on your Windows 11 PC.

2. Turning on Bluetooth on Windows 11 via Action Center

If you prefer not to go through the Settings menu, you can directly enable Bluetooth by clicking on the Bluetooth icon in the Action Center. Please note that this method is only applicable if the Bluetooth icon is available in the Action Center. If the Bluetooth icon is not present, you can add it by right-clicking on the Action Center, selecting "Edit quick actions," and then clicking on "Add." From the list, choose "Bluetooth." If you need further options, you can right-click on the Bluetooth icon and select "Go to settings." In the next window, you can check if your devices are connected or not.

3. Pairing a Bluetooth Device in Windows 11

After activating the Bluetooth menu, it's time to connect with other devices. Follow these steps to pair your Windows 11 PC with other Bluetooth-enabled devices:

  1. Click on the "Add Bluetooth or other devices" button.
  2. A pop-up window titled "Add a device" will appear on the screen.
  3. Click on the Bluetooth switch.
  4. After clicking, the system will start detecting any available devices for connection.
  5. The list of available devices will be displayed at the end of the scanning process.
  6. Click on the device you wish to connect to.
  7. Click on the "Connect" button. A window will prompt you to enter the displayed digits (PIN) to access the device for pairing.
  8. After successfully entering the PIN on both devices, the connection will be established.
  9. Depending on the connected devices, the associated devices will be listed in specific categories in the "Bluetooth & other devices" window. For example, audio or music-related devices will be listed under the "Audio" category, while smartphones will be displayed under "Other devices."

For subsequent connections, you can directly click on the devices you have previously paired from the list. You will no longer need to follow the previous steps to pair the device.

Troubleshooting Bluetooth Issues

During the process of connecting Bluetooth devices to Windows 11, you may encounter some problems that prevent you from continuing your work. These issues can be resolved by identifying the underlying causes and finding appropriate solutions. Here are some troubleshooting steps:

  1. Checking if your computer supports Bluetooth: If you are unable to find the Bluetooth button in possible areas, it's time to check if your PC supports Bluetooth. Look for any physical buttons on your keyboard or other parts of your PC that allow you to connect directly. If this option is not available, and after checking the methods mentioned above, click on the search button in the search bar and type "Device Manager." In the next window, search for "Bluetooth" in the list. If it is not available, click on "Network Adapters" and then select "Bluetooth." Check the availability of Bluetooth in the drop-down menu. If your searches yield no results, you may need to install a Bluetooth adapter or a PCI card to add Bluetooth connectivity. There are other steps that can be taken to resolve the issue, such as checking if the airplane mode is turned on or off (available in the Action Center on the right side of the desktop). If it is enabled, you need to disable it.

  2. Running the Bluetooth troubleshooting tool: Press the Windows key + I to directly open the Settings menu. In the Settings menu, select "Update & Security" from the left sidebar. Click on the "Troubleshoot" button. Then, click on the link "Additional troubleshoot" and navigate to the section "Find and fix other problems." Click on "Bluetooth" and then click on the "Run the troubleshooter" button. The troubleshooter will run and resolve any errors it finds, ensuring that Bluetooth is functioning correctly. Click the "Close" button to exit the troubleshooter.

  3. Checking the status of the Bluetooth support service: By default, the "Bluetooth Support Service" is set to "Manual," as indicated by the startup type. You can change the service type to "Automatic" by selecting it from the drop-down menu. To do this, type "Services" in the search bar after opening the search button on the taskbar. After clicking on the Services app, the list of menus will open. Click on "Bluetooth Support Service." A pop-up window will appear. Click on the "Startup type" field and change it from "Manual" to "Automatic" by selecting it from the drop-down menu.

  4. Updating Bluetooth drivers: Type "Device Manager" in the search bar after clicking on the search button on the taskbar. Click on "Device Manager." From the list, select "Network Adapters." Click on it and right-click on the "Bluetooth Device" (personal area network or RFCOMM TDI protocol). Then, click on the "Update driver" option. In the next window, select "Search automatically." If the driver is available after the search, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.


We hope this tutorial has helped you understand how to activate Bluetooth on Windows 11 and connect Bluetooth devices to your PC. You may also be interested in our guide on how to rotate the screen in Windows 11. Please note that the content provided by B-Fast is supported by the reader, which means that if you click on some of the links in this post, we may earn a small referral fee. Rest assured that we only recommend products that we use ourselves and/or believe can add value to our readers.

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