Enable Bluetooth in Windows 11

In addition to WiFi is Bluetooth one of the most frequently used connections today. It allows you to connect two devices and share resources such as music, documents or printers. Windows 11 also has a Bluetooth device manager, which you should be aware of if you want to get the most out of this type of connection. How to enable bluetooth in windows 11? In the following sections we give you all the answers.

Enable Bluetooth from the Control Panel

The most effective and easiest way to enable Bluetooth connections in Windows 11 is through Control Center. Just click on the battery, volume and wifi icons in the lower right corner of the taskbar.

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Click the button Bluetooth.

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As soon as this button changes its state and gets a blue background color, it means that Bluetooth has been activated on your computer.

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Keep in mind that this option will only appear if you have correctly installed an adapter compatible with this connectivity on your computer.

How to turn on Bluetooth in Windows 11 from the Settings app

Die settings app is the alternative to the control panel to enable the Bluetooth connection. You can access them by locating them with the system search.

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Call the areaBluetooth & devices from the options list on the side. Then move the slider you see next to Bluetooth see.

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The connection is activated immediately and can be used

How to add a Bluetooth device to Windows 11

There’s no point in activating the connection if you don’t know how to pair a new device with it. You have to get back into the area Bluetooth & Devices go in the settings app. There you will see two buttons that do exactly the same thing. First, a generously sized one that shows the text Add device and the plus sign (+). And a little further down there is a slightly more inconspicuous link with exactly the same reference. Click on either one to continue.

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In the pop-up window, select the first option from the list.

Select device typeSelect device type

Wait for Windows 11 to find nearby devices and display their names. Sometimes it is possible that they appear with an unknown name. When you’re sure which device you want to link, click on it.

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Sometimes you have to go through a few steps to confirm the connection. During the pairing that we performed on our test computer, it was necessary to confirm a code that appeared on both the computer and the Android phone. With the button Connect you confirm the connection.

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If you see the message Your device is ready to go! see, congratulations. Your device is now connected.

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From now on, the pairing will be done automatically. For example, if you have a keyboard or headset plugged in, all you have to do is turn it on to allow the computer to connect.

How to remove a connected device

We come to the end of this guide by mentioning the process with which you remove a previously paired device can. It’s as simple as opening System Preferences and closing Bluetooth & devices to go. Then click on the three vertical dots next to your device.

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Confirm with the button Remove device.

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To do this, click on the arrow next to Devices.

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As before, click on the three vertical dots to open the unpair button.

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If you accidentally perform this operation, don’t worry. Reconnecting is as simple as re-pairing the two devices.

What if I can’t turn on Bluetooth in Windows 11?

If the steps mentioned here don’t work for you, there probably are a problem with your Bluetooth adapter. You can check its status with Device Manager. Open the command line dialog with Windows + R and type devmgmt.msc a.

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Check if the adapter is recognized correctly by the operating system.


You can also double-click it to see the installed driver version and check for updates.

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If the problems persist, we advise you to visit the manufacturer’s support site and download the latest driver version available.

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