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How to enable Bluetooth on Windows 11

Here are the easy steps to enable or disable Bluetooth on Windows 11.

Windows 11 Bluetooth enabled

On Windows 11 devices, Bluetooth is a wireless adapter that allows you to transfer data over a short distance, and you can use it to connect a slew of peripherals, such as keyboards, mice, headphones, cameras, phones, and the list goes on.

Usually, Bluetooth will be enabled by default, but you can turn this feature on from the Settings app or Taskbar if it’s not.

This guide will teach you the easy steps to enable Bluetooth on your laptop or desktop computer.

Enable Bluetooth on Windows 11

To enable Bluetooth on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Bluetooth & devices.

  3. Turn on the Bluetooth toggle switch on the right side to enable Bluetooth on Windows 11.

    Enable Bluetooth

  4. (Optional) Turn off the Bluetooth toggle switch to disable the feature.

Alternatively, you can open the Quick Settings flyout using the Windows key + A keyboard shortcut, click the volume and network button in the bottom-right corner of the Taskbar, and then click the Bluetooth button. You can click the button again to disable the feature.

Taskbar Bluetooth option
Taskbar Bluetooth option

You can use the Add device button on the “Bluetooth & devices” settings page if you need to pair a new wireless device.

Enable Bluetooth missing on Windows 11

If the Bluetooth option is missing in the Settings app, the hardware is probably disabled, damaged, or not supported, or there’s a driver problem. You can quickly check or re-enable the device in Device Manager.

To enable Bluetooth missing on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Expand the Bluetooth category.

  4. Right-click the hardware and select the Enable device option.

    Enable Bluetooth missing

After you complete the steps, the Bluetooth option should appear in the Settings app. If the device is missing, the hardware may be damaged, or your computer may not support the feature.

If the device has a yellow or red mark, it could be a problem with the drive. You can use these instructions to troubleshoot and fix problems with Bluetooth.