Windows 11 supports Bluetooth technology, which uses short-range radio signals to communicate directly with devices.
Tired of wired devices? You can connect a mouse, keyboard, speakers, headphones, and a host of other devices to a Windows 11 PC with Bluetooth connectivity.
Fortunately, connect Bluetooth devices to a Windows 11 PC it is a simple process. Here’s how to do it.
How to enable Bluetooth in Windows 11
Whether or not Bluetooth is enabled will depend on your PC and how Windows 11 was installed. However, it can easily be turned on or off from the Action Center or Settings menu.
Using the Action Center
To check this, open the Action Center with the keyboard shortcut Windows + A (or select it at the bottom left). Then click on the Bluetooth button to activate it.
You can also turn Bluetooth on or off through the Settings menu in Windows 11.
To do this, click Beginning and select Setting. On the menu Setting, Choose Bluetooth and devices in the left column. On the right, scroll down and toggle the bluetooth switch.
Pair Windows 11 with a Bluetooth device
If your PC’s Bluetooth radio is on, you can now pair (connect) with a Bluetooth device.
To do this, bring the Bluetooth device you want to connect to within the pairing range of your Windows 11 PC. Also, make sure it is turned on and in “pairing mode” so that it is discoverable. The steps to do this will vary, depending on your device.
On your PC, open the menu Setting through Beginning. Choose Bluetooth and Devices right, and then press the button Add Device. You can press it at the top or bottom of the menu; both will work.
On the menu Add a device, click the option Bluetooth from the top.
Windows will start searching for nearby Bluetooth devices. When the one you want to connect appears, click on it. In this example, Windows 11 connects to a pair of Logitech MX Sound Bluetooth speakers.
When the connection is established, you will receive a message informing you that the device has been successfully paired with your PC. You can start using your Bluetooth device with Windows 11 immediately.
Remove or disconnect a Bluetooth device from Windows 11
If you want to delete a Bluetooth device, go to Home> Settings> Bluetooth and devices. Find the Bluetooth device you want to remove and click the icon for three points in the upper right corner.
Then click Disconnect if you want to unpair the device. In this way, it will continue to appear in your Bluetooth section and you can reconnect to it when you need it.
To reconnect, click the button Connect.
If you want to remove the device completely, click Remove device on the menu.
To confirm, click Yes in the verification dialog.
Use the Bluetooth Device Wizard
You can still use the classic Windows features to add Bluetooth devices to Windows 11. Although these features are supported at launch, they may not work in the future.
Make sure your device is in pairing mode, turned on, and discoverable. Then press Beginning and write devicepairingwizard; select it on the top best match result.
This will open the classic pairing wizard and search for Bluetooth devices. Select the device you want to add and click Next.
You will see a progress bar while Windows 11 connects to the device.
Once connected, the device will appear in the section “Devices and printers”From the classic Control Panel. It should also appear in the Bluetooth devices section of the Settings menu.
If you want to disconnect and remove the device in the classic Control Panel, right click on the device in the menu Devices and printers. Then click Remove device in the menu that appears.
Click on Yes in the verification message that appears to confirm the device removal.
Troubleshooting Bluetooth problems in Windows 11
If you’re having trouble getting a Bluetooth device to connect, there are a few things you can try to fix it. These include:
- Check that the device is turned on. It may seem obvious, but make sure the Bluetooth device is turned on, in pairing mode, to be discoverable, and make sure it’s within range.
- Disconnect other devices. If you have multiple devices connected, try disconnecting them as they can interfere with each other.
- Update your PC. Run manually Windows Update to make sure your system and drivers are up to date.
Update your Bluetooth device drivers. Make sure your Bluetooth drivers are up to date – you can do this through Device Manager or by downloading a device driver from the manufacturer and installing it manually.
- To do this, right-click on the button Beginning and click Device administrator in the menu that appears.
- Unfold option Bluetooth, right-click the driver you want to update, and click Update driver on the menu.
- Note that you can also right-click the controller, click Uninstall and then restart the PC.
Using Bluetooth in Windows 11
The above steps should help you connect and manage Bluetooth devices in Windows 11. You can easily connect to Bluetooth devices in Settings, but you can also use the classic Control Panel to connect to devices. Turning Bluetooth on or off is easy, thanks to the Action Center (as well as quick access keyboard shortcuts).