Connect a Bluetooth device

Applies to: Windows 7Windows 8.1Windows 10

You can connect all kinds of Bluetooth devices to your PC—including keyboards, mice, phones, speakers, and a whole lot more. To do this, your PC will need to have Bluetooth. Some PCs, such as laptops and tablets, have Bluetooth built in. If your PC doesn’t, you can plug a USB Bluetooth adapter into the USB port on your PC to get it. To get started with using Bluetooth, you’ll need to pair your Bluetooth device with your PC.

In Windows 10

To connect a Bluetooth headset, speaker, or other audio device

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth audio device and make it discoverable.

    The way you make it discoverable depends on the device. Check the device or visit the manufacturer's website to learn how.

  2. Turn on Bluetooth on your PC if it's not on already. To do this, on the taskbar, select action center > Bluetooth.

    If you don't see the Bluetooth icon on the taskbar, select the Start button, then select Settings > Devices  > Bluetooth & other devices  and turn on Bluetooth.

  3. In action center, select Connect > the device name.

    Procedure for connecting to bluetooth from the taskbar


  4. Follow any more instructions that might appear. Otherwise, you're done and connected.

    Your Bluetooth device and PC will usually automatically connect anytime the two devices are in range of each other with Bluetooth turned on.

To connect a Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, or other device

  1. Turn on your device and make it discoverable.

  2. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Devices  > Bluetooth & other devices .

  3. Turn on Bluetooth, then select Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth. Choose the device and follow additional instructions if they appear, then select Done.

If you're having connection problems, see Fix Bluetooth problems in Windows 10 to get help.