How to Turn On Bluetooth on Windows 10

There are reasons why you might want to use Bluetooth on your Windows 10 system. Whether you want to use a pair of Bluetooth headphones, wirelessly connect to your phone, or transfer things, you need to know how to access Bluetooth on your PC, in addition to that on your phone.

Turning on Bluetooth on Windows 10 has been made very simple and easy. However, there are errors that can occur, making things problematic. Here’s how to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10.

Turning On Bluetooth

By default, there is nothing simpler than doing this. Just go to the Start menu by clicking the Start button in the bottom-left corner of your Windows screen or by using the Windows key on the keyboard.

Then, either browse for or type in Settings and press Enter. In the Settings menu, look for Devices and click this option. The first entry, Bluetooth & other devices should be selected on the list to the left. In the main screen, simply switch the Bluetooth option to on. Your Windows Bluetooth feature should be active.

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Pairing with Devices

In itself, the Bluetooth feature doesn’t make any changes to your computer, other than chipping away at your battery. However, it gives you the option to connect to a variety of Bluetooth-enabled devices.

Connecting your computer to a Bluetooth device is as simple as finding it on the list in the Bluetooth & other devices menu. Of course, the device needs to be in pairing mode and discoverable. You can find the details on how to pair any Bluetooth device in its instruction manual.

To connect to a discovered device, click it and then select Connect. The connection should be established quickly.

Troubleshooting

Unfortunately, the Bluetooth function on Windows 10 computers has been known to act up. Although the abovementioned method is the official and the most straightforward, sometimes it simply won’t work.

The quickest course of action here is restarting your device. Just go to the Start menu, click the Power icon, and select Restart. Now, try turning the Bluetooth feature on/off again.

Does Your Computer Support Bluetooth?

If this doesn’t help, you should try using Device Manager. To run this Windows feature, open the Start menu and either type in “device manager” or right-click the start icon and select Device Manager from the list.

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Once inside the Device Manager feature, take a look at the Bluetooth entry on the list. If you happen to find one or more entry inside the Bluetooth entry, it means your computer supports Bluetooth so that’s not the issue. Alternatively, look for Network adapters and see if there’s a Bluetooth device entry somewhere. Finally, look under Other devices. If you can’t find a Bluetooth entry anywhere, chances are that your computer doesn’t support Bluetooth.

However, if you find a Bluetooth device within Device Manager and you still can’t turn it on, the issue lies elsewhere.

Update the Bluetooth Driver

Whenever a feature on a Windows computer doesn’t work, you should always look for updates. Like most components, Bluetooth adapters need software to work.

Drivers are updated either manually or automatically. The manual method might be a bit tedious, but it will do the job. Just find out which Bluetooth device your computer is using (from the Device Manager). Then, google the name of the device and download the drivers from the official website.

Alternatively, you can download a third-party program that automatically downloads any missing drivers to your computer. These services are often paid, however. If you have such a service, you can rest assured that the latest drivers are always installed on your computer.

After you’re done installing the drivers (one way or another), restart your computer and try turning the Bluetooth on.

Re-Enabling the Bluetooth Software

Sometimes, errors occur and computer components stop working. This tends to happen with Bluetooth components, and the best course of action here is to, well, give them a bit of a nudge. To do this, go to Device Manager and find your Bluetooth component. Right-click it and select Disable device. Don’t worry, as this won’t mess up the device or make it disappear from the list. Now, right-click the entry again and select Enable device.

Restart your computer and try turning on Bluetooth again.

Bluetooth Support Service

Now, we’re going to have to delve a bit deeper. If none of the above solutions worked, it’s time to bring out the big guns. It’s time to visit the Run feature. To access the Run feature, either open the Start menu and type in “run,” or hold down the Windows key on your keyboard and press R.

Now, in the Run box, enter “services.msc” and hit Enter or click OK. A new window will appear with a list of entries. Find the Bluetooth Support Service entry, right-click it, and select Start. If you can’t click the Start option, select Restart.

Unless you want to do this each time you start your computer, you’re not done yet. In the Services window, click the Bluetooth Support Service again. Then, go to Properties. Under the General tab, navigate to Startup type. Click the drop-down box, select Automatic, and hit OK.

What Else?

Although at least one of these is bound to work, there’s an off-chance that you’re still stuck even after trying them all. In this case, contacting the manufacturer or your retailer would be your best bet. If not, getting a USB Bluetooth adapter should help.

Turning On Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a simple feature on Windows computers. At least normally that’s the case. But there’s a whole lot that can go wrong with it, from hardware to software issues. Before doing anything else, check if your computer supports Bluetooth in the first place (many older ones don’t) and update the software. Most likely, at least one of the methods shown should work.

Have you managed to turn Bluetooth service on? Which method worked for you? Hopefully, you wouldn’t have to contact the manufacturer/retailer. Let us know in the comments below and feel free to add your tips or any questions that you may have.

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