How to activate Bluetooth in Windows 10

Want to transfer files from your cell phone to your Windows 10 PC via Bluetooth but don’t know how to turn it on? Want to connect Bluetooth accessories to your PC but don’t know where to find the settings to enable this technology? Don’t worry, I can help you. If you give me a few minutes of your valuable time, I will show you step by step how to enable Bluetooth in Windows 10.

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Enabling Bluetooth in Windows 10

Here’s how to enable Bluetooth in Windows 10. I know you are probably thinking that the steps you need to follow might be complicated and inaccessible because you are a computer newbie or definitely not familiar with new technologies, but believe me, it’s not like that at all. Contrary to what you may think and believe, enabling (and using) Bluetooth on a Windows 10 PC is actually very simple, although the steps to be taken are different for older versions of the operating system. Just go to a special section in Windows settings or call the help desk and you’re done.

So, how about we cut the chitchat and get down to business? How about you? All right, fine. So I suggest you stop wasting your valuable time and get straight to the point. Sit comfortably in front of your trusty computer, take a few minutes and read this article, devoted entirely to this topic, in concentration. I am sure that at the end you will be able to say that you are happy and satisfied with what you have learned – have fun with your “work”!

Enabling Bluetooth in Windows 10

As I have already mentioned, enabling Bluetooth in Windows 10 is an action that can be accessed from a specific area of the System Preferences or from the Notification Center. We will see how to proceed in one or the other case. Everything is explained below.

Starting with the configuration

In the first case, that is, if you want to enable Bluetooth in Windows 10 via System Preferences, first go to the Start menu by pressing the corresponding button in the lower left corner of the taskbar (the one with the Windows flag), then press the gear icon on the left side.

In the window that appears on the desktop, click on the device icon, make sure the item on the Bluetooth and other devices page is selected (if it is not, type it in), and then look for the Bluetooth switch next to the Bluetooth text on the right side of the window to show the word on. done!

Once on, the Bluetooth icon (a blue symbol with the letter “B”) will appear next to the system clock in the lower right corner of the taskbar in the Windows notification area. If you do not see this icon, click on the up arrow that is always next to the clock; it is probably automatically hidden in the icon.

Via the Notification Center

If, on the other hand, you prefer to turn on Bluetooth through the Windows 10 Notification Center, you’ll need to first click on the bullet in the lower right corner of the taskbar to bring it up. Then click the Bluetooth button in the window that opens and you’re done.

How to enable Bluetooth in Windows 10

To confirm the actual activation of Bluetooth, the relative button in the notification center will be colored and in the notification area of the taskbar you will see the relative icon appear, as seen overall a few lines above when acting from the system settings.

Now that you have finally managed to enable Bluetooth on your Windows 10 computer, let’s try to understand how to pair devices using the above technology with your PC.

To begin, also enable Bluetooth on the device you are interested in communicating with Windows 10. If you do not know how to do this, you can follow the ad hoc directions I provided in my article on how to enable Bluetooth in which, in fact, you will discover how to do it on all other Windows PCs, on Mac, Android and iOS.

Then click on Start button placed on the taskbar and then go to Settings> Devices> Bluetooth and other devices and on the right side of the open window on the desktop, click on the “+” button that you find next to the wording Add Bluetooth or other device.

Then click on Bluetooth, wait a few moments for your PC to identify the other device to connect to, select it from the list that you will see appear in the new window that opened on the desktop and press the Connect button to confirm what are your intentions.

Once this is done, depending on the device you are trying to pair with, you may need to take a final step. This could include adding a PIN or allowing Bluetooth access to the external device.

Once your Bluetooth devices are paired with Windows 10, you will see them listed at the bottom of the Bluetooth settings page, under the Mouse, keyboard and pen wording or under that Other devices (depends on the type of paired device).

Note that in addition to what I just listed, you can call the peer function to connect a Bluetooth device to Windows also via the icon added to the notification area in the taskbar. To do this, right-click on the latter, select Add a Bluetooth device from the menu that appears and continue in the same way I indicated a few moments ago.

Remove Bluetooth devices

You had paired a Bluetooth device with your Windows 10 PC, but now you have thought about it or realized that it is no longer useful and you want to remove it from the list? Then I will explain right away how to proceed.

To do this, always go to Settings> Devices> Bluetooth and other devices, locate the Bluetooth device you want to dissociate from your PC on the right side of the window displayed, under the text Mouse, keyboard and pen or under that Other devices, click on the corresponding button Remove and then press lo to confirm the operation you intend to perform. Et voila!

Advanced settings

Now that you have perfectly clear ideas on how to enable Bluetooth in Windows 10, I would like to point out some advanced settings to manage it that could make you feel comfortable. I’m referring to the feature that allows other Bluetooth devices to identify the computer and the one that displays a warning when a new device wants to connect with the PC, always via Bluetooth.

To access and manage these settings, all you have to do is click the Start button on the taskbar and always go to Settings> Devices> Bluetooth and other devices. Now, scroll to the right side of the open window on the desktop and select the Other Bluetooth options item that you find in the Related settings section.

In the new window you will see, make sure that the tab is selected options (and if not, you provide), place the check mark (or remove it), depending on what your actual needs are, in the boxes next to the following options.

  • Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC – Useful if you want to leave your Bluetooth connection active but do not want new devices to appear (for example, if you use the computer in a public place).
  • Notify me when a new Bluetooth device wants to connect – Allows you to see a special notification when trying to perform the pairing process from a third-party external device.
  • Show Bluetooth icon in notification area – So easily deducible, it allows you to see the Bluetooth icon in the Windows notification area (as I also indicated in the previous lines).
  • To confirm and apply the changes made, click the apply button and then that good.

Another advanced feature that I suggest you pay attention to is the one related to the dynamic lock that controls the proximity of paired Bluetooth devices. If the function is active and the devices paired via Bluetooth with the computer leave the field of action of the latter, Windows automatically locks the PC. Once the devices return to the field, the computer will be unlocked again.

To enable the Dynamic Lock function, click on Start button, then click on the Settings icon on the left side of the Start Menu, then on Account and select the wording Access Options who is on the left Then identify the voice Dynamic Lock on the right side of the window displayed on the desktop and check the box next to the wording Allow Windows to detect your absence and automatically lock your device.

Obviously, in case of doubt, you can always, and in any case, disable the functionality in question by going back to Settings> Accounts> Logon Options and unchecking the box related to the dynamic block.

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