How to turn on and use Bluetooth with Windows 10

Nowadays Bluetooth is considered almost a standard for most of the technological devices we buy. Who has a Windows 10 laptop, most likely it supports this type of technology, while it is a bit ‘less certain that a PC does the same (even if just buying a dongle to work around this problem).

In this short article we will explain how to activate and use Bluetooth on devices using the latest Microsoft OS (never forgetting that there are different versions of Bluetooth that work slightly different from each other).

How to use Bluetooth with Windows 10?

To connect a device that uses this technology to your computer, you need to make sure that Bluetooth is enabled. To do so, open your Settings app by pressing Win and I and then click on Devices.

In the window that opens, select the Bluetooth tab and other devices on the left. On the right, make sure that Bluetooth is activated. Alternatively, you can activate and deactivate Bluetooth very quickly even by opening the Operation Center (press Win and A or click on the Action Center icon on the taskbar). Here you can enable Bluetooth from the Quick Actions panel. The location of the Bluetooth icon may vary from system to system, depending on the specific configurations of your operating system.

How to pair a Bluetooth device with your computer

Now that Bluetooth is active, you can go ahead and turn on the device you want to connect with your computer. On your PC or laptop, the device should appear in the list of other devices in the Settings window. Click on the device and click on the Pair button.

Depending on the type of device you are connecting, a confirmation window may appear on both devices, asking if you want to connect. If necessary, check the case, also using PIN verification.

Connect a device even if it is not detected automatically

Devices that use Bluetooth are countless and can sometimes come across someone who does a tantrum. If for some reason your device does not automatically appear on Windows 10, click the Add Bluetooth button or other device located at the top of the Settings window.

Then, you can manually select the type of device you want to connect. Once this is done, you can pair it as described above.

Using a Bluetooth device to send and receive files

Now that the device in question is connected to the PC, you can start using the configured wireless connection. In most cases the bulk is done: Windows 10 and the device will start exchanging data and files without needing you to intervene manually.

If you have connected a phone or device that is able to send and receive files, you can start the Bluetooth File Transfer function from the Bluetooth settings page. Scroll down and click on the Send or receive files via Bluetooth link.

In the Bluetooth File Transfer window, you can choose to send or receive files and then follow the instructions given to you by Windows 10.

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