How to Pair a Bluetooth Device on Windows 11?

Pairing your Bluetooth device on Windows 11 is super easy! And there are several methods to do it. You only need to ensure your device is discoverable and prepare two to three minutes to get the job done.

Nice to meet you! I’m Megan. I’ve been using Windows computers for 15 years and upgraded my PC as soon as Windows 11 was available. Though I’m a general Windows user, I’ve solved many problems and issues by myself and I’m here to help 🙂

In this article, I’ll show you three different ways to pair a Bluetooth device with your Windows 11 PC so you can use your device right away.

So, let’s get started.

First Things First: Turn on Your Bluetooth Device

No matter you are trying to pair a Bluetooth headphone, speaker, keyboard, mouse, or another device, the first thing you need to do is make sure that the device is turned on and the Bluetooth is discoverable.

Also, ensure that the deivce has enough battery power. If it is low battery, you’ll not be able to successfully pair it to Windows 11.

Pay attention that audio devices such as headphones and headsets are only in pairing mode when you long press the power button and the indicator light flashes. Check the product manual if you don’t know how to open pairing mode. 

Other devices usually have a switch button that allows you to turn on or turn off the device. Make sure it’s switched on before you start.

A simple check can sometimes save a lot of time, especially when the pairing fails for no reason.

Quick tip: Method 1 is more friendly for beginners. If you are comfortable with computers, you can try Method 2 or Method 3.

Method 1: Via Quick Settings Menu (Action Center)

Step 1: Clicking on the set of indicator icons at the right bottom corner.

Step 2: Click the Settings icon on the dialogue to enter the Settings app. 

By the way, you can also press Windows + I at the same time to directly open the Settings app. 

Step 3: Click Bluetooth & devices in the menu on the left side of the screen, and make sure the Bluetooth toggle is on.

Step 4: Choose the + or Add device button on the right side of the screen.

Step 5: Click Bluetooth to pair your device and it begins to detect available devices.

Step 6: Find the device that you want to pair and click on it. If you can’t find the device, close the window and repeat Step 4 and 5.

(I’m using my Bluetooth earbud here as an example)

Step 7: Confirm whether the device PIN code is correct and press Connect.

Step 8: Click the Done button. Now the Bluetooth device is successfully paired and connected to the Windows 11.

That’s it. Now I can start using my Bluetooth earbud on Windows 11.

Method 2: Via Control Panel

Step 1: Click the Windows or Search icon at the middle bottom of the taskbar.

Step 2: Type “ncpa.cpl” command in the search bar and click the Open button or hit Enter key on your keyboard.

Step 3: Double-click the Bluetooth Network Connection icon.

Step 4: Choose the Add a device button.

Step 5: Find the device that you want to pair on Windows 11, click it, and choose Next.

Step 6: Make sure the passcodes are correct and click Yes. Then you will successfully pair and connect your Bluetooth device to Windows 11.

Done.

Method 3: Via Device Wizard

Step 1: Click the Windows or Search icon at the middle bottom of the taskbar.

Step 2: Type “devicepairingwizard” command in the search bar and click the Open button or hit Enter key on your keyboard.

Step 3: After the “Add a device” window pops up, click the device that you want to pair to Windows 11, and click Next.

Step 4: Confirm the passcodes are correct and click Yes. Then you will successfully pair your Bluetooth device.

Press Windows + I to navigate to the Settings app. You can go to Bluetooth & devices section to view the paired Bluetooth devices in Windows 11.

Final Words

Now you’ve learned three different ways to pair your Bluetooth device on Windows 11. Was it easy or hard? Which method works best for you? Or have issue pairing your device in the process? Either way, Leave a comment below. 

By the way, one more reminder – remember to make sure your device is discoverable before pairing.

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