How and why to use Bluetooth on your Windows 10 computer

The era of the wired device is slowly coming to its end as we are rapidly switching to wireless devices. Laptops, tablets, and smartphones can be used to perform various tasks as you would on a traditional computer. Even wireless charges made their grand appearance on the market, although they are not very popular because this technology clearly needs improvement.  

All those devices support a wide range of accessories, so it is not difficult to connect a mouse, keyboard, headphones, speakers, and other peripherals to your tablet. Furthermore, you can do that wireless thanks to the good old Bluetooth technology.

Today Bluetooth is literally everywhere, transmitting information between devices that are not far away from each other. It is a great application of the technology as it lets users forget about tons of cables under the table.

Windows 10 has Bluetooth support as well. Moreover, Microsoft made it even easier to connect devices via Bluetooth. Today’s guide is meant for beginners, who want to know how they can connect any peripheral to a device with Windows 10 using Bluetooth. Note: be sure to check that your device supports Bluetooth (has a Bluetooth module installed) and has the latest drivers for it. 

How to connect Bluetooth devices on Windows 10

First, you need to turn Bluetooth on your device, and then activate the pairing mode. Only after that, your device will detect the Bluetooth peripheral. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Press and hold the Bluetooth button.
  2. Wait for a flashing light that will inform you that the pairing mode is active.
  3. Press Win+I on your keyboard, and select the menu called Devices.
  4. On the left sidebar, look for Bluetooth.
  5. Make sure to switch the Bluetooth On. When it is active, you will see the message: Your PC is searching for and can be discovered by Bluetooth devices.”
  6. Select the peripheral you need to connect and click Pair.

After clicking Pair, the job is done. The system will do the rest automatically. You will see the “Connected” label that will appear under your peripheral’s name.

Here is another method to connect a Bluetooth device, for example, a wireless monitor or wireless speaker:

  1. Find the notification area on your Taskbar.
  2. Select Action Center (or just press Win+A on your keyboard).
  3. In the Quick actions area, you will see the Connect button.
  4. A list with all Bluetooth-ready device will appear – select the device you need, and the system will do the pairing automatically.

Quick troubleshooting tips

Sometimes you cannot find the Bluetooth section because its missing on your device. It is highly likely that you have a problem with Bluetooth drivers. To check it, you need to open Device Manager (right-click the Start button and select it from the menu). In the Device Manager window, find your Bluetooth adapter and check that drivers are installed and installed correctly. If everything seems to be ok, you might need to reinstall the driver. We recommend you to check the website of the manufacturer of your computer (or motherboard manufacturer) for the latest version of Bluetooth drivers.

If you cannot connect a peripheral such as mouse, speakers, keyboard, or headphones, you can turn that device off, wait a few moments, and then try to reconnect it.

How to remove a Bluetooth peripheral from Windows 10

Disconnecting a device connected via Bluetooth is a very simple procedure. It takes four steps:

  1. Press Win+I on your keyboard to open Windows Settings.
  2. Open Devices and select Bluetooth on the left sidebar.
  3. Select the peripheral you want to disconnect.
  4. Click Remove button and confirm the action by clicking Yes.

That’s all, you have successfully disconnected a wireless device.