How to Pair a Bluetooth Device to Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to pair or unpair and disconnect a Bluetooth device to or from Windows 11. Windows 11 supports Bluetooth on devices that come with Bluetooth chips or are attached using external USB with the correct drivers.

By now you probably know a thing or two about Bluetooth. If not, here’s a brief overview: Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows your computers, smart phone and mobile devices to connect to other Bluetooth enabled devices nearby.

With Bluetooth connections, you can stream music, connect to devices like speakers, headphones, keyboards, mouse, send data and communicate with nearby devices wirelessly with ease.

Windows will turn on Bluetooth automatically once detected. If Bluetooth is not turned on or enabled in Windows 11 automatically, then it may have been turned off or disabled using a physical button or from the settings pane. Whatever the case, you’ll need Bluetooth enabled in Windows 11 in order to connect or allow connections from other Bluetooth enabled devices.

If Bluetooth isn’t enabled in Windows 11, read the post below to learn how to turn it on.

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To get started with connecting a Bluetooth enabled device to Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to connect Bluetooth devices to Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows 11 supports Bluetooth communication by default. If your device support Bluetooth, Windows 11 will use it to communicate.

To connect or pair a Bluetooth device to Windows 11, use these steps:

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Bluetooth, then make sure Bluetooth is turned on and select Add device on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

Once you click the Add device, you’ll see a pop up screen asking to choose the kind of device you want to add.

Select Bluetooth as highlighted below.

Make sure the device you want to connect also has Bluetooth enabled and ready. On the list, select the device to pair.

Once you select the device, you’ll see messages to allow or authenticate the connecting Windows 11 device. On the Windows device, you’ll see a message to Connect. After that, both the Windows 11 and the device you wish to pair should be paired and connected.

Do this for other Bluetooth devices you want to pair with Windows 11.

How to remove or unpair Bluetooth devices from Windows 11

If you want to unpair or disconnect Bluetooth devices from Windows, simply go to Windows Settings ==> Bluetooth & devices and select the already connected device. Then click on the ellipse (three dots) and select Remove device.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to pair or unpair Bluetooth devices on Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.