Pair a Bluetooth device in Windows

Applies to: Windows 10Windows 8.1Windows 7

You can pair all kinds of Bluetooth devices with 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. 

In Windows 10


Before you start, make sure that your Windows 10 PC supports Bluetooth. For more info on how to check, see Fix Bluetooth problems in Windows 10. If you need help adding a device without Bluetooth capabilities, see Add a device to a Windows 10 PC.

Turn on Bluetooth

After you've checked that your Windows 10 PC supports Bluetooth, you'll need to turn it on. Here's how:

In Settings

Select Start  > Settings  > Devices  > Bluetooth & other devices, and turn on Bluetooth.

Turn on Bluetooth in Settings

In action center

Action center can be found next to time and date on your taskbar. On the taskbar, select action center  ( or ), then select Bluetooth  to turn it on. If it's turned off, it might appear as Not connected

If you don't see Bluetooth in your action center, here's how you can change it:

  • Expand quick actions. On the taskbar, select action center ( or ) > Expand. Bluetooth  should appear here. It will appear as Bluetooth or Not connected.
  • Add Bluetooth to action center. Select Start  > Settings  > System  > Notifications & actions > Quick actions. Go to Add or remove quick actions and turn on Bluetooth

To pair 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. On your PC, select Start > Settings Devices  > Bluetooth & other devices > Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth. Choose the device and follow additional instructions if they appear, then select Done

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

To pair a Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, or other device

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, or other device and make it discoverable. The way you make it discoverable depends on the device. Check the device or visit the manufactur's website to learn how.
  2. On your PC, select Start  > Settings  > Devices  > Bluetooth & other devices  > Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth. Choose the device and follow additional instructions if they appear, then select Done.

To pair a Bluetooth printer or scanner

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth printer or scanner 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. Select Start   > Settings  > Devices   > Printers & scanners > Add a printer or scanner. Wait for it to find nearby printers, then choose the one you want to use and select Add device.

If you’re having installation issues with your printer or scanner, see either Fix printer problems or Install and use a scanner in Windows 10.

To pair a Bluetooth device using Swift Pair

Swift Pair in Windows 10 lets you quickly pair a supported Bluetooth device with your PC. If the Bluetooth device supports Swift Pair, you’ll receive a notification when it's nearby and you put it into pairing mode to make it discoverable.

  1. Turn on a Bluetooth device that supports Swift Pair 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 more.
  2. If this is your first time using Swift Pair, select Yes when asked if you want to get notifications and use Swift Pair.
  3. When a notification appears that a new Bluetooth device was found, select Connect.
  4. After it’s connected, select Close.