How to Turn On Bluetooth in Windows 11/10 for Laptop HP, Dell, Lenovo

When you have a Bluetooth supported peripheral or device such as speaker, keyboard or mouse, if your laptop or desktop computer have a Bluetooth adapter, you have to turn on Bluetooth in Windows 11 or Windows 10 in order for Windows to discover and pair the device.

Here’s a simple guide on how to turn on Bluetooth in Windows 11/10 for laptop such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Acer and Toshiba. And a guide on how to fix and turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 Pro or Home when there is no toggle in the Bluetooth settings.

Turn On Bluetooth in Windows 11/10

The following tutorial is assuming you have a working built-in or USB Bluetooth adapter on your laptop or desktop PC and that you have installed the required Bluetooth driver for your adapter (read: Download Bluetooth driver for Windows 11/10) and enabled the device.

For example, some laptop computers have a hardware switch usually with the Function keys to physically turn on the Bluetooth hardware on your laptop before it can be detected and used by Windows.

After making sure that your Bluetooth adapter is working as intended, you can follow the steps below to turn on Bluetooth in Windows 11/10.

For Windows 11:

  1. Press Win+i keys to open Settings app.
  2. Select Bluetooth & devices on the left pane.
  3. Beside the Bluetooth option, click on the toggle to turn it on, if it’s not already “On”.

Turn on Bluetooth in Windows 11

For Windows 10:

  1. Press Win+i keys to open Settings app.
  2. Select Devices.
  3. From the left pane, select Bluetooth.
  4. On the right, under Manage Bluetooth devices, click to toggle on the Bluetooth.

How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 Laptop

If the Bluetooth is turned on, Windows should be able to discover your Bluetooth devices or be discovered by them.

If you can’t see the Bluetooth option or if there is no toggle beside it, it may indicates that Windows couldn’t detect any available Bluetooth adapter in your PC or that the adapter has a problem. Try the following solutions or check on this fix: Bluetooth Not Working on Windows 11/10.

No Bluetooth Toggle in Windows 11/10

Check Bluetooth Generic Adapter

You want to turn on or off your PC’s Bluetooth, but only to find that there is no toggle for the Bluetooth option in the Windows settings. If the Bluetooth toggle in Windows 11/10 is missing from the Settings app, it most likely indicates that either the Bluetooth driver is not installed or is faulty. Here’s how to check if your Bluetooth adapter’s driver is correctly installed.

  1. Go to start menu.
  2. Search for and open Device Manager.
  3. Click View from the menu, then click Show hidden devices.Turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 HP Dell Lenovo
  4. Expand Bluetooth or Bluetooth Radios.
  5. Now, if you see any Bluetooth adapter with a yellow exclamation mark beside it, it implies that the driver was not correctly installed.
  6. Right-click on the Bluetooth adapter and then select Update driver to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 no toggle missing
  7. If you’re not sure which is your primary Bluetooth adapter, update all of them.

After updating the driver, retry the steps above to turn on Bluetooth via the Windows settings. You should be able to see the toggle in the Bluetooth Settings if the driver is working as intended.

For in-depth guide on how to download and install Bluetooth driver, read: Download Bluetooth Driver for Windows 11/10.

Uninstall all Bluetooth adapter drivers

Windows has a feature which will automatically install missing drivers for your devices when it detects hardware that doesn’t have a driver. If there is an installed driver but a faulty one, you may want to try to uninstall all these drivers and reboot your computer to allow Windows to automatically install them again for you.

You can uninstall Bluetooth drivers via the Device Manager. Follow the steps as outlined above until step 4. Right-click the Bluetooth adapters from the list and then select Uninstall to remove the driver. Reboot your PC and the Bluetooth drivers should be installed automatically. You can then follow the instruction above for how to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 and see if the toggle is showing up in the Bluetooth settings.

How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 Asus Acer Toshiba

Some Bluetooth adapter drivers come with an installed software. You may also want to check on the Programs & features to see if there is any Bluetooth-related software and uninstall them if you find any.

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