To most, Bluetooth, often means the ability to connect their headset wirelessly, computer, smartphone to each other. But there are several other uses of Bluetooth. Today in this post, we will see how to turn on or enable – and use Bluetooth in Windows Windows 11 and Windows 10, to send & receive files.
Enable or Turn On Bluetooth in Windows 11/10
To enable or turn on Bluetooth in Windows 11/10, follow these steps:
- Click on the Start Menu.
- Click the Settings option to open Windows Settings.
- Go to the Bluetooth & devices section.
- Toggle the Bluetooth button to turn it on.
To learn more about these steps, continue reading.
Click open the Start Menu. Next open Settings and select Devices to open the Windows 10 Devices Settings. Alternatively, you can press the Win+I button to open the same.
Now in the left panel, you will see Bluetooth in Windows 10. However, if you are using Windows 11, you need to go to the Bluetooth & devices right after opening the Windows Settings panel.
Click on it to open the following settings.
To turn on Bluetooth, toggle the Bluetooth slider to the On position.
Your PC will start searching for other devices to pair up with. So make sure that you have turned on Bluetooth on your smartphone or another device.
Once the device is found, it will be displayed there. Click on it to expand it. You will see a Pair button.
Clicking on Pair will connect your PC to your other device.
Before the devices are paired, you will have to confirm that the passcode displayed on both the devices is the same.
Once you have confirmed this, click on Yes – and the devices will be connected via Bluetooth.
Incidentally, clicking on More Bluetooth settings (first image above) will open up the following panel where you will be offered more settings like – Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC, Alert me when a new Bluetooth device wants to connect, Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area, etc.
Coming back, once the devices are connected, you can use the Bluetooth connection to send or receive files.
You might want to also read about Infrared on Windows 10.
How to use Bluetooth in Windows 11/10
Click on the Send or receive files via Bluetooth link displayed in the settings (first image above). The following wizard will open.
It is an easy-to-understand wizard and you can use it o Send files or Receive files via Bluetooth.
How do I turn on Bluetooth on Windows 11/10 manually?
To turn on Bluetooth on Windows 11/10 manually, you need to go to the Windows Settings and find the Bluetooth & devices section. Here you can find a Bluetooth toggle button. You need to click on it to turn it on. In other words, if you want to disable Bluetooth, you need to visit the same place and toggle the corresponding button.
Why can’t I turn on my Bluetooth on Windows 11/10?
There could be various reasons why you can’t turn on Bluetooth on Windows 11/10. Starting with the hardware, it may go to the respective driver as well. To fix the issue, you need to check if the Bluetooth hardware is working or not. Following that, you need to check if the driver is installed on your PC.
Why did my Bluetooth disappear in Windows 11/10?
If the Bluetooth button or icon is missing or disappeared in Windows 11/10, you can get it back within moments. You need to open the Windows Settings pane and tick the Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area checkbox. Other than that, you can verify if the corresponding service is running.
That is all there is to it!
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