Bluetooth is one of the most widespread wireless technologies in the world. Most devices these days have it, and most of us use it. Whether on smartphones, laptops, or even desktop computers, Bluetooth is extremely useful when you need to connect devices such as mice, headsets, speakers, or keyboards. In this tutorial, we’re going to show you a couple of different ways of enabling Bluetooth in Windows 11 so that you can choose your favorite. Without further ado, let’s begin:
NOTE: Before anything else, you might want to know what Bluetooth is and how it works.
The standard way of turning on Bluetooth in Windows 11 is by toggling the Bluetooth switch from the Settings app. First, launch Settings using the Windows + I keyboard shortcut or by pressing its shortcut from the Start Menu. Then, select Bluetooth & devices on the left sidebar and turn the Bluetooth switch On to enable it on your Windows 11 computer.
There’s also an alternative yet longer way of enabling Bluetooth on Windows 11 from the Settings app. Follow the same initial steps but, on the Bluetooth & devices Settings page, click or tap on “View more devices.”
That will bring you to the Devices page, where you’ll find another Bluetooth switch. Toggle it to turn Bluetooth On or Off depending on whether you want to enable or disable Bluetooth on your Windows 11 PC.
TIP: If you want to pair and connect Bluetooth devices to your Windows 11 computer, here’s a tutorial just for that: Connect a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard & other devices to Windows.
The fastest and easiest way to enable Bluetooth in Windows 11 is via the Quick Settings. Open them by clicking or tapping on the network or sound icon from the taskbar, or by using the Windows + A keyboard shortcut. Then, click or tap the left Bluetooth button to turn it on.
Once you’ve activated Bluetooth, its button changes color, letting you know it’s on. Also, instead of simply showing Bluetooth under the button, Windows 11 will display the name of the Bluetooth device connected. Or, if there are more Bluetooth devices connected, it will tell you how many.
The Quick Settings also offer an alternative way of turning on Bluetooth in Windows 11: instead of pressing the left Bluetooth button, click or tap the caret icon to its right.
Then, if Bluetooth is On, you’ll get the list of Bluetooth devices connected or available to pair. If it’s Off, you’ll just get a message saying that. Either way, you’ll also have a Bluetooth switch on the top-right corner of the fly-out, which you can use to turn Bluetooth on or off.
TIP: If Bluetooth’s missing from the Windows 11 Quick Settings, you can add it. Here’s how to do that: How to use and customize the Windows 11 Quick Settings.
In some situations, you might need to turn Bluetooth on using only the keyboard. For example, if you have only a Bluetooth mouse and somehow Bluetooth got disabled on your Windows 11 PC. Fortunately, you can activate Bluetooth using only your keyboard:
Press Windows + I on your keyboard to launch Settings, and once it opens, start typing “bluetooth.” That will load a list of search results in the Settings app: press the down arrow key to get to “Bluetooth and other devices settings.” Then, press Enter.
This will bring you to the “Bluetooth & other devices > Devices” page from Settings. Now press the Tab key repeatedly until the Bluetooth switch is highlighted. Finally, press Space on your keyboard to enable or disable Bluetooth on your Windows 11 PC.
Another way to turn on Bluetooth using just your keyboard is through the Quick Settings. Press the Windows + A keyboard shortcut to open them and then press Tab until the first button from the Quick Settings is highlighted. Then, press the right arrow key to reach the Bluetooth button and press Space to turn it on.
TIP: If you’ve also configured Cortana on your Windows 11 computer, you can use her too in order to reach the Bluetooth settings. For that, check the instructions in the last section of this tutorial.
A Bluetooth switch is available on the Settings’ Airplane mode page also. Launch Settings (Windows + I), and select “Network & Internet” on the left sidebar. Then, on the right, click or tap on Airplane mode.
The Airplane mode page that loads now includes a Bluetooth switch. Toggle it to turn Bluetooth On or Off depending on what you want.
NOTE: The Bluetooth switch from the Airplane mode enables or disables Bluetooth regardless of whether you’ve activated Airplane mode or not. But keep in mind that enabling Airplane mode will still turn off Bluetooth.
Cortana can also help you enable or disable Bluetooth. Although she can’t do it directly, she can give you quick access to the Bluetooth settings in Windows 11. Open Cortana and say one of these commands: “turn on Bluetooth,” “enable Bluetooth,” “start Bluetooth,” or “activate Bluetooth.” Any of them will make Cortana open the Bluetooth settings.
Then, on the Bluetooth Settings page, you can toggle the Bluetooth switch On or Off using either your mouse or keyboard.
If Bluetooth doesn’t work on your Windows 11 computer, there are two possibilities: you don’t have Bluetooth, or Bluetooth stopped working. So, are you sure you have Bluetooth? Before anything else, you should check whether your laptop or desktop computer is equipped with a Bluetooth chip or a Wi-Fi card that also supports Bluetooth. If it doesn’t, the instructions in this tutorial won’t work on your Windows 11 PC, simply because Bluetooth is missing. In that case, you’ll need to buy a Bluetooth adapter such as this one.
If, however, your Windows 11 PC has Bluetooth, but it disappeared, then something is wrong. In this case, the best thing you can do is troubleshoot Bluetooth using Windows 11’s built-in tool, adequately called “Bluetooth: Find and fix problems with Bluetooth devices.” To find it, click or tap the search button on the taskbar, enter the search terms “bluetooth troubleshoot,” and select the “Find and fix problems with Bluetooth devices” result.
This will launch a Bluetooth troubleshooter to check whether Bluetooth is turned on, its service is running, etc. Just press Next a couple of times, and Bluetooth should be working again when done.
As you’ve seen, enabling or turning off Bluetooth in Windows 11 is easy. Furthermore, there are multiple ways to do it, so you can choose your favorite one. Why did you need this information? Was it because you wanted to know a faster way of turning on Bluetooth than the one you already used? Was it because you kept Bluetooth on all the time and wanted to know how to turn it off? Let us know in the comments section.