How to configure and manage Bluetooth devices in Windows 10

Bluetooth is quickly becoming one of those veteran technologies that may fade in some areas (such as file transfers) but are increasingly thriving in others (wireless controllers, headphones, and other devices). With Bluetooth 5 just released and more devices connected simultaneously to your Windows 10 PC, we’re here to help you manage the increase in wireless traffic by showing you how to manage your collection of Bluetooth devices.


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Configure Bluetooth in Windows 10

Setting up Bluetooth in Windows 10 should be easy. If Bluetooth is already built into your computer, all you have to do is go to “Settings -> Devices” and then click “Bluetooth and other devices” in the left pane. (Alternatively, you may already have a small Bluetooth icon in the system tray in the lower right corner of your desktop. Likewise, if you have a USB Bluetooth dongle, it should be detected by Windows 10 and installed automatically.)

Once you appear on the “Bluetooth and other devices” screen, simply click on the Bluetooth slider on “On” to activate it.

If for some reason you can’t enable Bluetooth, go to Device Manager, then click the Bluetooth dropdown in the list and look for the exclamation marks for the Bluetooth drivers. If there is one, right-click on it and try “Update Driver Software”, or disable it and then re-enable it.

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As an overview, here are the main Bluetooth device drivers that should be listed in Device Manager. (This does not include the Bluetooth devices installed on your computer, which varies from computer to computer.)

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Bluetooth Radio / Wireless Bluetooth / Similar

This is the real Bluetooth receiver/radio that you have on your computer, whether it’s connected to your motherboard or via a USB dongle. If your Bluetooth radio is down, it’s quite possible that the only thing you’ll see under the Bluetooth dropdown is this. This must be enabled for Bluetooth to appear in your Settings window and for the Bluetooth device drivers below to become visible.

Device identification service

It always runs in the background as long as you have your bluetooth radio turned on and is responsible for identifying each of your bluetooth devices, making sure they work as they should (and hopefully) they don’t conflict with each other.

Microsoft Bluetooth counter

This service starts when you install a Bluetooth radio without a driver (a generic USB, for example), and Microsoft “controls” that driver.

Service discovery service

This searches for different services related to your Bluetooth devices and basically helps in coordinating them with your Bluetooth devices. Much like the identification service, this service is essential to the operation of your Bluetooth devices.

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Install and manage your Bluetooth devices

Once you have your existing Bluetooth radio and associated services in order, it’s time to manage your Bluetooth devices: all the cool peripherals you want to connect wirelessly to your PC.

To add a Bluetooth device, you must activate its search/pairing mode. (The way to do this varies from device to device, but it usually involves holding a button on the device for several seconds before its lights start flashing or tell you it’s on. It’s called “pairing.”)

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Une fois que votre appareil est en mode appairage, dans Windows 10, accédez à nouveau aux paramètres Bluetooth (Paramètres -> Appareils -> Bluetooth et autres appareils), puis cliquez sur Ajouter Bluetooth ou autre appareil -> Bluetooth, et ra dan appareil the list. Click on it to pair it. windows Can Then it asks you for the device PIN, which is usually 0000 By default.

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Sometimes, if you pair a specific device with another computer and then want to reconnect it to the one you’re currently using, you’ll have to (annoyingly) have to remove the device and then pair it again as if you were starting over. To remove the device, simply select it from your list of Bluetooth devices and click Remove Device. To re-pair, follow the pairing instructions at the top of this paragraph.



Bluetooth technology can be a tedious task that involves many processes of pairing, repairing, connecting and reconnecting. It’s something you have to live with, unfortunately, so learning how to do it quickly and efficiently is helpful. Keep in mind that the Bluetooth device lists in Device Manager and Settings are basically the same thing, but can be worded a little differently.

In general, for quick setup and pairing of Bluetooth devices, use Settings, and for troubleshooting and updating existing Bluetooth radio drivers, use Device Manager.

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