How to connect an Android device to a Windows 10 PC using Bluetooth

Bluetooth may not be the latest wireless technology and it’s surely not the most reliable, at least when it comes to using it for file transfers. However, it is still one of the most widely used methods of interconnecting various computing devices. One of the most common situations involving Bluetooth is when you want to connect your Android smartphone with your Windows 10 computer or device, so that you can transfer files between devices or perform other tasks. Today, we’re going to show you how it is done:

NOTE: In order to show you the process involved, we used a laptop with Windows 10 and a Motorola Nexus 6 smartphone with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Although the screenshots might look a bit different on other Android smartphones, the steps involved are the same. You shouldn’t have any problems even if you use an Android 5 device or even one with Android 4.

Step 1. Enable Bluetooth on your Windows 10 PC or device

The first step you’ll have to take is to make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your Windows 10 computer or device. Open the Settings app and click or tap on Devices.

In the column on the left, click or tap Bluetooth.

If Bluetooth is turned Off , click or tap on its switch to turn it On.

NOTE: If your Windows 10 computer or device doesn’t have a built-in Bluetooth chip, you might not see the On/Off switch and you won't be able to make a Bluetooth connection unless you add a Bluetooth adapter, like this one.

Once the Bluetooth chip or adapter is enabled, your Windows 10 computer or device will automatically begin to search for nearby Bluetooth devices. Also, as long as you keep the “Manage Bluetooth devices” window opened, your Windows 10 computer or device can be discovered by other devices using Bluetooth.

Step 2. Enable Bluetooth on your Android device

Now that we have enabled Bluetooth on the Windows 10 computer or device, we’ll have to do the same thing on the Android smartphone or tablet that you are using. The easiest way to do that in Android is to use the quick settings. To get to them, pull down the Notifications from the top of the screen. You should see something similar to this:

Among all the quick settings displayed by your Android device, you should also see a Bluetooth icon. If it’s disabled, tap on it to enable it.

Another way to enable Bluetooth on your Android device is to do it from Settings. You can get there either by tapping the Settings icon from the Notifications drawer or by tapping the Settings icon from the list of apps.

Inside the list of Settings , look for the Bluetooth section and tap on it.

If the Bluetooth chip from your Android smartphone or tablet is turned Off , tap on it to turn it On.

As long as you stay on this screen, your Android device will also look for Bluetooth devices and will be visible to nearby Bluetooth enabled devices.

Remain on this screen before moving on to the next step of this tutorial.

Step 3. Connect your Android device to your Windows 10 PC

Once you enable Bluetooth on your Android device, it will start to look for nearby Bluetooth devices. Among them, you should also see your Windows 10 computer - the one on which you enabled Bluetooth at the first step of this tutorial. Tap on your Windows 10 device to pair it with your Android device.

The Windows 10 device will show a notification telling you that you can “Add a device”. Click or tap on it.

Now both on your Windows 10 computer and on your Android device, you will see a notification with the same passcode. If they match you need to acknowledge it by clicking or tapping the necessary confirmation buttons in both Windows 10 and Android. This is what you will see in Windows 10:

And this what you’ll get on your Android smartphone or device:

Note that you must press the Yes button in Windows 10 and the Pair button on Android, as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the pairing will fail and your Windows 10 device will give you an error message recommending that you add the Bluetooth device again.

If something went wrong, Android will tell you about it also:

If everything worked well, your Windows 10 PC is now paired and connected to your Android smartphone or tablet.

The next time you want to connect them, you won’t have to go through the pairing process again, you can simply connect them. The passcode is only required the first time you pair your Bluetooth devices.

Conclusion

Using Bluetooth to connect your Windows 10 PC with your Android smartphone or tablet is not complicated. Most people want to do this so that they can easily transfer files over Bluetooth, but there are other reasons to do this as well. Do you use Bluetooth to connect your Android smartphone to your Windows 10 PC? And, if you do, what’s the main reason for doing so?