How To Pair a Bluetooth device in Windows 11, 10, 8 and 7?

Bluetooth is a popular way to transport data wirelessly between two devices like your phone and headphones, your media player and a speaker, or your keyboard.

So, if you’ve recently purchased a Bluetooth gadget and aren’t sure how to pair it with Windows, this blog will come in handy. Let’s get this party started.

How To Pair a Bluetooth device in Windows?

You may connect your PC to a variety of Bluetooth devices, including keyboards, mice, phones, speakers, and much more. Bluetooth must be installed on your computer for this to work. Bluetooth is incorporated into some PCs, such as laptops and tablets. If your PC doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can get it by plugging a USB Bluetooth adaptor into the USB port.

No matter which Windows you have, we will discuss on “How To Pair a Bluetooth device in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7?”

How To Pair a Bluetooth device in Windows 11?

Windows 11 is the latest version of windows. If you have installed Windows 11 already, make sure that you have also updated the Bluetooth driver with the latest version. Now follow these steps below:

Turn on Bluetooth

After you’ve checked that your Windows 11 PC supports Bluetooth, you’ll need to turn it on. Here’s how:

  • In Settings
    Select Start > Settings Bluetooth & devices, and then turn on Bluetooth.
  • In quick settings
    To find the quick setting for Bluetooth, select the Network icon next to the time and date on the right side of your taskbar. Select Bluetooth to turn it on. If it’s turned on without any Bluetooth devices connected, it might appear as Not connected.

    If you don’t see Bluetooth in quick settings, you might need to add it.

To pair a Bluetooth device

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth 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 > Bluetooth &devices Add device Bluetooth.
  3. Choose the Bluetooth device, follow additional instructions if they appear, then select Done.

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

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 Bluetooth & devices Printers & scanners Add device. Wait for it to find nearby printers, choose the one you want to use, then select Add device.

To pair a Bluetooth device using Swift Pair

Swift Pair in Windows 11 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.

In case you face any Bluetooth issues in Windows, you may check how to troubleshoot Bluetooth issues on windows.

How To Pair a Bluetooth device in Windows 10?

Follow these steps to pair a Bluetooth device in Windows 10.

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.

In action center

Action center can be found next to the 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 centerExpand. 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 devices

  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 the range of each other with Bluetooth turned on.

To pair a Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, or other devices

  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 manufacturer’s website to learn how.
  2. On your PC, select Start Settings > Devices Bluetooth & other devices Add Bluetooth or other deviceBluetooth. 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.

How To Pair a Bluetooth Device In Windows 8?

Before you start, make sure that your Windows 8 PC supports Bluetooth.

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth 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. Select Start  > type Bluetooth > select Bluetooth settings from the list.
  3. Turn on Bluetooth > select the device > Pair.
  4. Follow any instructions if they appear. Otherwise, you’re done and connected.

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

How To Pair Bluetooth Device In Windows 7?

Before you start, make sure that your Windows 7 PC supports Bluetooth.

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth 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. Turn on your Bluetooth 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. Select StartDevices and Printers.
  3. Select Add a device > select the device > Next.
  4. Follow any other instructions that might appear. Otherwise, you’re done and connected.

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

Conclusion On: How to Pair Bluetooth Device In Windows

This is how you can pair your device with Windows. If you’re having trouble connecting your Bluetooth device, make sure that Windows is fully updated and that you’ve installed any drivers that came with your device. Usually, Bluetooth gadgets don’t need drivers to work, but there are exceptions. Also, make sure that the device is fully charged or that it has a fresh set of batteries.

If you have any questions or still having trouble while connecting Bluetooth devices, you can leave your comment in our comment section below. We will be happy to respond ASAP.

Soumyajit Saha

Soumyajit Saha

I am an information security, privacy and risk management, professional with a solid technical background and a highly analytical mind. I have worked as a Security Program developer in both the financial and IT sector. Now I am working as a cyber-security researcher in a renowned security program developing company.

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