In this article, we will tell you how to connect Bluetooth headphones to laptop or PC on Windows 10. What seems like a no-frills, straightforward process might become a struggle for those not familiar with technology or Windows in general.
Tip. Bluetooth is a universal standard, and headphones are universal devices. In 99% of cases, pairing Bluetooth headphones with a Windows laptop does not depend on a specific model or manufacturer (laptop or headphones). What we will show here should work regardless of your headphones or laptop manufacturer.
Connecting Bluetooth Headphones to a Laptop
Before you grab your devices and start connecting Bluetooth headphones to Windows 10, make sure your computer has the needed technology. In other words, it should support Bluetooth.
- Press Win + I on your keyboard to open the Windows Settings app.
- Click Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.
- Turn on the Bluetooth toggle. Now your computer is ready to connect Bluetooth headphones.
Tip. Laptops often have a shortcut button for enabling and disabling wireless, including Bluetooth (physically). If Bluetooth is missing in Windows Settings, try to find the shortcut to turn on Bluetooth, then try again.
Once Bluetooth is up and running, time to connect Bluetooth headphones to a PC.
- Grab your headphones and press the power-on button. If you want to pair earbuds to a laptop (so-called “true wireless stereo” headphones), just open the lid on the charging case.
- If you want to pair brand-new Bluetooth headphones with a Windows laptop, they will automatically launch in pairing mode. Most likely, headphones will ring a connection chime and display pairing mode by blinking an LED. That is a standard procedure on virtually all modern Bluetooth headphones.
- Headphones that have already been in use may require a slightly different approach. If there is no explicit “connection” button, try holding the power button for a few seconds. That action turns on connection or pairing mode and makes headphones visible to your computer or smartphone. If that did not work, refer to the user manual.
- Now, on your computer, open the Windows Settings app using the Win + I buttons.
- Go to Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.
- Click a big “Add Bluetooth or other device” button.
- Next, select Bluetooth.
- Now your computer is looking for Bluetooth devices ready to pair. Make sure your headphones are on and in pair mode.
- To connect Bluetooth headphones to a Windows 10 laptop, click your headphones on the list of available devices.
And that is how you pair Bluetooth headphones with a Windows laptop.
What to Do When Bluetooth Headphones Not Connecting to PC?
Here are some tips that might help you when Bluetooth headphones not connecting to a PC.
- Charge your headphones.
- Reset your headphones. Different headphones have different resetting procedures; therefore, we cannot list them in one article. Check the user manual for your headphones to learn how to reset the device when Bluetooth headphones are not connecting to a PC.
- Check the Bluetooth version on your PC. Older laptops with Bluetooth 3.0 (or older) might have a hard time pairing with Bluetooth 5.2 or similar modern headphones or earbuds. Fortunately, you can easily fix the problem by purchasing a cheap USB Bluetooth dongle.
- Check drivers. A missing Bluetooth driver is the main reason why users cannot connect Bluetooth headphones to a laptop (check the article on how to find drivers on Windows). Bluetooth simply does not show up in the Settings app.
- Disconnect other devices. Bluetooth has limited bandwidth, and headphones require a lot of it. A mouse, keyboard, gamepad, or another device that is already connected may prevent you from connecting Bluetooth headphones to Windows 10.
- Try connecting your headphones to a smartphone or another PC. The headphones may be broken or buggy.
- Restart your computer, then turn Bluetooth off and on.