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How to Pair Bluetooth Devices to a Windows PC

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Introduction

Windows 10 tablets and computers can be paired with wireless devices or accessories that use Bluetooth technology and allow you to do the following:

  • Use a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard.
  • Share files over Bluetooth with other tablets, laptops, PCs, and phones.
  • Play music over Bluetooth speakers or headphones.
  • Track your fitness by using a fitness sensor.
  • ...and more.

1 Pair Bluetooth Device

Some Bluetooth devices are configured with a PIN or a passkey that is often listed in its information manual. Check your Bluetooth device documentation for the correct PIN or passkey.

  1. Set the Bluetooth accessory in pairing/discovery mode.

    This process will vary depending on what kind of device you have. Refer to your device's documentation for specifics on how to accomplish this.

  2. Click the Action Center icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.
    Action Center icon highlighted in Windows system tray.
  3. Tap on the All Settings tile after that.
    All Settings option highlighted in Action Center panel.
  4. Then go to Devices.
    Devices option highlighted in Windows settings.
  5. Select Bluetooth from the left-hand column and ensure the Bluetooth switch is in the On position to the right. Your Windows 10 device will become discoverable and start searching for devices.
    Bluetooth switch highlighted in Windows devices settings.
  6. Once you see the device you want to pair the system with, select it then tap on Pair.
    Pair option highlighted for discovered Bluetooth device.
  7. If asked to compare the passcode showing up on both devices, do so.
    screenshot of a message asking to compair PINs and choose if they match.
  8. After the pairing was successful the device will show the Paired status under its name.
    Paired status pointed out for Bluetooth device.

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Windows 10 tablets and computers can be paired with wireless devices or accessories that use Bluetooth technology and allow you to do the following:

  • Use a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard.
  • Share files over Bluetooth with other tablets, laptops, PCs, and phones.
  • Play music over Bluetooth speakers or headphones.
  • Track your fitness by using a fitness sensor.
  • ...and more.

Some Bluetooth devices are configured with a PIN or a passkey that is often listed in its information manual. Check your Bluetooth device documentation for the correct PIN or passkey.

  1. Set the Bluetooth accessory in pairing/discovery mode.

    This process will vary depending on what kind of device you have. Refer to your device's documentation for specifics on how to accomplish this.

  2. Click the Action Center icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.
    Action Center icon highlighted in Windows system tray.
  3. Tap on the All Settings tile after that.
    All Settings option highlighted in Action Center panel.
  4. Then go to Devices.
    Devices option highlighted in Windows settings.
  5. Select Bluetooth from the left-hand column and ensure the Bluetooth switch is in the On position to the right. Your Windows 10 device will become discoverable and start searching for devices.
    Bluetooth switch highlighted in Windows devices settings.
  6. Once you see the device you want to pair the system with, select it then tap on Pair.
    Pair option highlighted for discovered Bluetooth device.
  7. If asked to compare the passcode showing up on both devices, do so.
    screenshot of a message asking to compair PINs and choose if they match.
  8. After the pairing was successful the device will show the Paired status under its name.
    Paired status pointed out for Bluetooth device.