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Connect Bluetooth Devices on Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

The Microsoft Surface includes Bluetooth 4.0 which is the latest version of the wireless protocol and more energy efficient. It’s is backward compatible and allows you to easily connect your Bluetooth devices. Here’s how to find and add Bluetooth devices to the Surface.

Bluetooth Microsoft Surface

By default, the Bluetooth icon appears on the desktop Taskbar. After turning on the Bluetooth device you want to pair, click or tap the icon and select

Add a Bluetooth Device

PC Settings opens with Devices selected. Windows RT will scan and detect Bluetooth devices, select the one you want to add.

PC Settings

Then pair the device by entering the code on the screen or verifying the code it sends to the Bluetooth device. For example, here I’m adding a third party Bluetooth keyboard.

Pair Passcode

You can also make your Surface discoverable by opening settings and check “Allow Bluetooth Devices to Find this Computer” and click OK.

Allow Devices to Find

Bluetooth lets you easily connect devices like keyboards, Fitbit and Nike+ devices, printers and music devices. As Bluetooth 4.0 continues to develop and more devices incorporate it, I’ll have more groovy tips and tricks for using it from your Surface tablet.

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4 Responses to Connect Bluetooth Devices on Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

  1. Joe January 24, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    I noticed you have a Roku connected to your Surface. How do you connect the two and what can you do via that connection?

    • Brian Burgess January 24, 2013 at 9:01 am #

      @Joe It’s the Roku 2 XS and the Bluetooth in it is used to pair the remote / game controller — http://goo.gl/ZQQBP

      Other than that, I haven’t been able to do anything else with it.

      • Joe January 24, 2013 at 10:53 am #

        Thanks, I’ve used the Roku remote Win 8 app and although it’s not “official”, it’s worked ok for me.

  2. Tom Wiesmueller July 23, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    My JLAB Crasher Bluetooth speaker connects to the Surface, but only gives a short burst
    of sound and then stops. The speaker works well with my Acer Aspire using Bluetooth version
    4.0 + HS.

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