This post shows students and new users the steps to pair or unpair and disconnect a Bluetooth device to or from Windows 11. Windows 11 supports Bluetooth on devices that come with Bluetooth chips or are connected via external USB connections with the correct drivers.
By now you probably know a thing or two about Bluetooth. If not, here is a short description; Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows your computers, smartphones, and mobile devices to connect to other nearby Bluetooth-enabled devices.
With Bluetooth connections, you can stream music, connect to devices such as speakers, headphones, keyboards, mice, send data, and communicate with nearby devices wirelessly with ease.
Windows will automatically activate Bluetooth once detected. If Bluetooth is not enabled or enabled in Windows 11 automatically, it may have been disabled or disabled using a physical button or from the settings panel. In either case, you will need Bluetooth enabled in Windows 11 to allow connections from other Bluetooth enabled devices.
If Bluetooth isn’t enabled in Windows 11, read the post below to learn how to turn it on.
How to turn Bluetooth on or off in Windows 11
To start connecting a Bluetooth device to Windows 11, follow the steps below.
How to connect Bluetooth devices to Windows 11
As mentioned above, Windows 11 supports Bluetooth communication by default. If your device supports Bluetooth, Windows 11 will use it to communicate.
To connect or pair a Bluetooth device to Windows 11, follow these steps:
Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from the System settings crystal.
To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and find Settings. Then select to open it.
The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click Bluetooth, then make sure Bluetooth is on and select Add device on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.
Once you click on Add Device, you will see a pop-up screen asking you to choose the type of device you want to add.
Select Bluetooth as highlighted below.
Make sure the device you want to connect also has Bluetooth enabled and you’re done. From the list, select the device to pair.
Once you select the device, you will see prompts to allow or authenticate the device to connect with Windows 11. On the Windows device, you will see a prompt to Connect. After that, both Windows 11 and the device you want to pair need to pair and connect.
Do this for other Bluetooth devices that you want to pair with Windows 11.
If you want to unpair or disconnect Bluetooth devices from Windows, just go to Windows Settings ==> Bluetooth and Devices and select the device already connected. Then click on the ellipse (three points) and select Remove the device.
You should do that!
In this tutorial we have seen how to pair or unpair Bluetooth devices in Windows 11. If you find any errors above, use the comment form below to report.