While most devices these days come with a Bluetooth chip by default, knowing how to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 is another story. The Windows 10 Bluetooth helps you connect to devices and peripherals in range, allowing you to use them and transmit data. This tutorial shows you how to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 in five different ways:
NOTE: The features presented are available in Windows 10 November 2019 Update or newer. If you're using an older version of Windows 10, you might not have access to all the features. Check your Windows 10 build and, if necessary, get the latest Windows 10 update available.
1. How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 from Quick actions
Turning Bluetooth on lets you connect to your Android smartphone or iPhone, and you can use accessories, such as Bluetooth mice, headsets, speakers, or keyboards on your Windows 10 computer or device. In Windows 10, turn on Bluetooth by accessing the Quick actions from the Action Center. To open the Action Center, click or tap on its icon in the bottom-right corner of the taskbar, or press Windows + A on your keyboard. On the list of Quick actions, press the Bluetooth button to turn it on.
The Bluetooth button from the Action Center turns the Bluetooth chip on or off, so click or tap on it again to disable it. We find this the easiest way to enable the Windows 10 Bluetooth, so, if you can't find the Bluetooth button in the Action Center, we recommend that you add it. To learn how to do that, read The Quick actions in Windows 10: access them, use them, customize them!
After enabling Bluetooth, its button becomes highlighted, as seen below. It might also display the device currently connected through Bluetooth - in our case, Mobile Mouse. If there are more devices connected, their number is displayed in brackets. Unless it is hidden, you should also see the Bluetooth icon displayed in the system tray. You can make it a permanent addition to your Windows 10 taskbar by following the instructions from this guide: The Windows 10 system tray - How to show or hide icons!
TIP: The Quick actions and the system tray icon make for great ways to quickly check your Windows 10 Bluetooth status, but that's not all they're useful for. Right-clicking or pressing-and-holding on either of them opens a contextual menu, letting you access Bluetooth Settings, which is the next way to enable Bluetooth on our list.
2. How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 from the Bluetooth Settings
In Windows 10, turn on Bluetooth from the Settings app. We find it fastest to press Windows + I on the keyboard in order to access it. In the Settings app, click or tap on Devices.
The Devices settings open in the "Bluetooth & other devices" tab. On the right-hand side, the first thing you see should be the Bluetooth switch. Click or tap it to turn it on.
When the switch is On, Bluetooth is active, and you can connect all kinds of devices and accessories using this wireless technology.
You can access Settings and turn the Bluetooth switch Off when you no longer need it.
TIP: Learn how to connect all kinds of Bluetooth accessories to Windows 10 from this guide: How to connect Bluetooth devices to Windows 10 (mouse, keyboard, headset, speaker, etc.)
3. How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 using only the keyboard
What happens if you need to turn Bluetooth on using only your keyboard, like our reader Stumped101, who asks the following: "My mouse is Bluetooth. How do I turn it on in Windows 10 using ONLY the keyboard? :("?
We can access the same Settings illustrated in the previous section using the keyboard only. Press Windows + I on the keyboard to open Settings. Write "bluetooth" in the "Find a setting" field, use the arrow keys to navigate to "Bluetooth and other devices settings," and press Enter.
In the Settings for "Bluetooth & other devices," press the Tab key once, and the Bluetooth switch should become highlighted. Press the Spacebar on your keyboard to enable (or disable) it.
That is the surefire way to turn on Bluetooth using your keyboard. If Bluetooth is shown in the Quick actions, you can also use the Windows + A keyboard shortcut to open the Action Center. Press Tab until one of the Quick actions is highlighted and then use the arrow keys to get to the Bluetooth button. Press Spacebar to enable it.
TIP: If Cortana is enabled, you can also use her to avoid the keyboard. For more details, read the last section of this guide.
4. How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 from the Airplane mode Settings
Windows 10 Bluetooth also has a switch in the Settings for Airplane mode. Use Windows + I to open Settings, and click or tap on "Network & Internet."
Go to the Airplane mode tab from the column on the left. On the right-hand side, in the Wireless devices section, you can see a Bluetooth switch. Click or tap on it to turn it On.
Once the switch is set to On, you can start connecting other devices to Windows 10 via Bluetooth. Press on it again if you want to disable Bluetooth.
NOTE: The Bluetooth switch in the Airplane mode tab works regardless of whether Airplane mode is enabled. However, turning on Airplane mode disables Bluetooth by default in Windows 10. To learn more, read Windows 10's Airplane mode: 3 ways to turn it Off or On!
5. How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 using Cortana
You can also ask Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant, to turn on the Windows 10 Bluetooth. Make sure Cortana can hear you and say "turn on Bluetooth," "enable Bluetooth," "start Bluetooth," or "activate Bluetooth." Cortana turns on the Bluetooth and lets you know it is done.
To disable the Windows 10 Bluetooth using Cortana, say "turn off Bluetooth," "disable Bluetooth," "stop Bluetooth," or "deactivate Bluetooth." Cortana informs you that the Bluetooth is off.
IMPORTANT: If your Windows 10 computer or device does not have a built-in Bluetooth chip, the steps in this article are not available for you unless you add a Bluetooth adapter, like this one.
How often do you toggle the Bluetooth setting?
Knowing how to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 can make your life easier whenever you are trying to connect other devices to your system. As you may have noticed from the screenshots in this article, I use a Bluetooth mouse, so I have to keep Bluetooth on at all times. However, turning off Bluetooth preserves a device's battery, so I would definitely use it less under different circumstances. What about you? How often do you access your Bluetooth settings? What devices do you have connected via Bluetooth? Let us know in a comment below.