How to Enable Bluetooth on Windows 10

Microsoft’s Windows Operating System has always focused on connectivity. Earlier versions of personal computers came equipped with physical buttons to turn on/off the Wi-Fi or Airplane Mode. You could even control your Bluetooth connection with a simple flick of a hardware button. But unfortunately, laptops are getting thinner day by day an so are the buttons it comes with. Even some desktops don’t have Bluetooth connectivity, although you could get it if you want. If you have a modern laptop or a device with Bluetooth connectivity, this tutorial will show you different techniques to enable Bluetooth on your Windows 10 PC.

How to Enable Bluetooth on Windows 10

Method 1: Action Center

Action Center is the hub of all shortcuts you could imagine. When Windows 10 was introduced, Charms was replaced by Action Center, which was well received by the critics and users, alike. Press the Windows Logo + A to summon the Action Center and you’ll find a neat little Bluetooth toggle along with tonnes of other shortcuts like Wi-Fi, Night Light, Battery Saver, Screen Snip, etc.


How to Enable Bluetooth on Windows 10

Method 2: Settings

This one is a no-brainer. All of the shortcuts you have access to, have their core settings in your PC’s Settings menu. Open the Start menu and select Settings. Find the Devices option. You’ll see that Bluetooth is the first option. Hit the toggle on its right side to turn the Bluetooth on (or off). To send or receive a file via Bluetooth, your PC will keep a Bluetooth icon in the icon tray so you can access it. The Bluetooth should be turned on to be visible in the taskbar.

How to Enable Bluetooth on Windows 10

Method 3: Desktop Shortcuts

Applications such as Google Chrome, Adobe or any other apps that you install on your computer lets you create a desktop shortcut. You must be wondering whether we have access to shortcut for turning on the Bluetooth! Yes, apparently. We can create shortcuts not only for Bluetooth but also for Shutdown, Restart, etc. But, you’ll have to go through a few steps to manually create these kinds of shortcuts.

Here’s how to create custom shortcuts for your desktop – Go to Desktop (Windows Logo + D). Right-click on the desktop and select New > Shortcut.

How to Enable Bluetooth on Windows 10

The contextual menu will tell you to Type the location of the item. You just have to copy and paste the following command on the empty bar and click Next.


Now you’ll have to give an appropriate name. You can name it anything but Bluetooth would suffice.

How to Enable Bluetooth on Windows 10

You can even use the following custom desktop shortcuts:

Shutdown – %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0

Lock the PC – %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation 


Restart – %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe /r /t 0

You just to double-click on the shortcut on access the settings.

These were a few methods through which you can toggle on the Bluetooth functionality. The simplest to access is either the Action Center shortcut or the custom desktop shortcuts. Give all these methods a try and set your own routine on how to enable Bluetooth on Windows 10. Also, if you are working on a battery-powered personal computer, ensure that Bluetooth and other connectivity options like Wi-Fi or Location are turned off as it will help you save some battery.


Saurabh Jadhav
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