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How To Connect Bluetooth Headphones On Windows 10

Connecting a Bluetooth device on Windows 10 is more or less the same. You go to the Settings app, or the Control Panel, find the correct settings screen, and add a Bluetooth device. For Bluetooth speakers, phones, keyboards, mouse, and headphones, the process is the same. There are however exceptions and you will find it’s not always easy to connect Bluetooth headphones on Windows 10. The problems have less to do with Windows 10, and more to do with your headset.

Basic Checks

Make sure;

  • Bluetooth on Windows 10 is properly set up. If you’ve been having Bluetooth problems with other devices, you need to fix them before you can connect a device.
  • Make sure the device i.e. the Bluetooth headphones are properly charged. Additionally, make sure it isn’t paired and connected to a different device like your phone.
  • Make sure the device is in range.

What You Need

You will need;

  • Your Bluetooth headphones on hand
  • The manual for your Bluetooth headphones. You can probably find it online if you’ve lost the one that came with it.

Pairing Bluetooth Headphones

Bluetooth headphones aren’t specific for use with phones. Almost anything that can connect with a Bluetooth device can pair and connect with your headphones. To keep Bluetooth headphones from pairing or connecting with unauthorized devices, they often have a way to authenticate the connection. Often, it’s authenticated by pressing, or pressing and holding a button on the headphones. This is where your headphones’ manual comes in. Look under the section that tells you how to pair it. The directions may be for a phone, but they’ll work for other devices.

Connecting On Windows 10

You can connect Bluetooth headphones from both the Settings app, and the Control Panel app. If you want to use the Settings app, open it and go to the Devices group of settings. Select Bluetooth & other devices.

If you want to connect via the Control Panel app, open File Explorer and paste the following in the location bar;

Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Devices and Printers

On both the Settings app, and the Control Panel app, look for the Add Device button. When Windows 10 begins to search for the device, you need to enter pairing mode on your device. Press the button, or press and hold button that puts your headphones in pairing mode. Windows 10 will not detect the device unless it’s in pair mode.

Ideally, you should be able to connect Bluetooth headphones from both the Settings app, and the Control Panel app however, if one fails you should always try connecting from the other app.

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