Turn On Bluetooth in Windows 8

Bluetooth! That wireless feature of many newer laptops that lets you connect headphones, earpieces, keyboards and even mobile devices. You don’t use it all that often, do you? It drains the battery when you’re not using it.

In Windows 7, you’d turn on or off Bluetooth by entering the Device Manager and hunting around a wall of text for the adapter to disable. Managing Bluetooth in Windows 8 is much more user friendly.

Turn On or Off Bluetooth

  1. Move the mouse to the lower right so that several icons begin to appear
  2. Move the mouse upward to reveal them. This set of icons is called the Charm Bar
  3. Click Settings
  4. Click Change PC Settings
  5. Click Wireless
  6. Under Wireless Devices, turn Bluetooth on or off


Turn On and Off Bluetooth in Windows 8
Turn Bluetooth on and off from this screen.

Manage a Bluetooth Connection

  1. Move the mouse to the lower right so that several icons begin to appear
  2. Move the mouse upward to reveal them. This set of icons is called the Charm Bar
  3. Click Settings
  4. Click Change PC Settings
  5. Click Devices
  6. Click Add a Device

  7. Turn On and Off Bluetooth in Windows 8
    Click Add a Device to begin the pairing process.

    Check our our Windows 8 guide for more tips on using Windows 8 effectively!

    UPDATE

    We’ve just posted a new article about fixing Bluetooth in Windows 8. If the previous simple steps don’t work for you, find your laptop model on the list and get updated drivers first.

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