How to Turn On Bluetooth in Windows 11
This article will explain the simple steps of turning on Bluetooth in Windows 11 and establishing a wireless connection with other Bluetooth devices.
Where Is Bluetooth in Windows 11?
The Bluetooth setting is in the Settings app in Windows 11.
You can find all Bluetooth options and connected devices by going to the Settings app and choose Bluetooth & devices from the left sidebar.
To access your Bluetooth settings immediately, use the Quick Settings menu from the taskbar.
- Select the icons located on the left of the time and date once.
- On the Quick Settings menu, select the Bluetooth button.
- Enabling and disabling the Bluetooth button changes its color to indicate whether it's turned on or off.
- To make a connection or pair a new device, right-click the Bluetooth button and select Go to Settings.
- The Bluetooth & devices section on the Settings app is the home for all Bluetooth-related settings in Windows 11.
How Do I Turn On Bluetooth in Windows 11?
Bluetooth can be enabled (or disabled) from the Settings app or the Quick Settings menu on the taskbar. Once you have paired a Bluetooth device, it's easy to use the Quick Settings toggle button to connect or disconnect the Bluetooth device.
Here are three ways to turn on Bluetooth in Windows 11 or turn it off when not needed.
- Go to the taskbar and select the Network icon or any icon next to the clock. Select the Bluetooth button to turn it On or Off.
- Go to the taskbar and right-click the Network icon. Select Network and Internet Settings > Bluetooth & devices. Use the toggle button to turn Bluetooth On or Off.
- Select Start > Settings > Bluetooth & devices. Select the toggle button to turn Bluetooth On or Off.
How Do I Turn Off Bluetooth in Windows 11?
As explained above, use the Bluetooth toggle button to turn off Bluetooth in Windows 11. You can also turn off Bluetooth permanently from the Device Manager.
- Start and search for Device Manager. Select from the result.
- Go to Bluetooth and expand the list of Bluetooth adapters connected to Windows.
- Select and right-click the specific adapter. Choose Disable device to turn off Bluetooth for that adapter permanently. Select OK to confirm.
Why Is My Bluetooth Not Working in Windows 11?
The Bluetooth toggle button is a default in Quick Settings. Bluetooth could be working, but you don't see the Bluetooth button or icon here. To make it appear, select the Pencil icon. Then, choose Add > Bluetooth from the list.
There can be other software and hardware reasons which stop Bluetooth from functioning correctly. Here's a troubleshooting summary to fix problems with Bluetooth connectivity in Windows 11. First, ensure the Bluetooth button is on, and the paired device is also on.
- Reboot the PC and check if it fixes the problem.
- Power the Bluetooth device off and on and re-pair it with Windows.
- Review all Bluetooth connections as multiple connections cause issues.
- Check Bluetooth connectivity for the device on another computer or mobile.
- Connect the adapter to another port for devices with Bluetooth adapters and check if it works.
- Update Windows 11 to ensure the Bluetooth driver is on the latest version. Also, update the other paired device.
- Restart the Bluetooth service from Services > Bluetooth Support Service > General > Select Stop and then ReStart the Bluetooth Support Service. Change the startup type to Automatic. Save with OK.
- Use the in-built Bluetooth troubleshooter. Go to Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters > Bluetooth. Select Run the troubleshooter to resolve Bluetooth problems automatically.