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How to Turn Bluetooth On or Off in Windows 8.1

BluetoothMicrosoft includes the most recent version of the Bluetooth wireless protocol which allows you to connect to other Bluetooth enabled devices. When it is turned on, it’s constantly checking for new devices, which ends up draining a lot of battery juice in the background even when you’re not using it. Here’s a look at how to turn it off or back on when you need it.

Turn off Bluetooth Windows 8.1

To turn it off in Windows 8.1 go to PC Settings > PC and Devices > Bluetooth. Or you can hit the Windows key and search for it from the Start screen and select Bluetooth settings from the results.

Bluetooth Search Windows

If you’re on the desktop, click the Bluetooth icon on the Taskbar and then select “Show Bluetooth Devices.”

Show Bluetooth Devices

Either way, you’ll get to the same spot where you need to be where you’ll see the devices that are connected or available to your laptop, Surface, or other device. Flip the switch to Off to disable it. Keep in mind you won’t be able to connect to any of the listed devices. In fact, when you it off, all of the listed devices will disappear. When you need to connect to a device again, just go to the same location and flip the switch to On again.

Bluetooth Off

More About Bluetooth

If you’re new to Bluetooth, make sure to check out our article on how to pair your Windows 8.1 system to other Bluetooth devices.

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4 Responses to How to Turn Bluetooth On or Off in Windows 8.1

  1. Berl April 21, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    This does not work with Windows Desktops. Only with Laptops.
    There is not toggle switch with Windows desktop computers. Any idea why not?
    Any idea how to get it to work with a windows Desktop computer?

    I tried this at a microsoft store. Tried about 6 or 7 desktops and the same number of laptops.
    None of the desktops have this toggle switch.

  2. Rebecca October 20, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

    Is there a way to just add an on/off toggle to the task bar? It’s annoying to have to open up the settings every time I want to connect or disconnect a bluetooth device.

  3. Owen April 1, 2017 at 2:10 am #

    The bluetooth tab isnt showing up for me

  4. Rambu May 29, 2017 at 10:49 pm #

    I was tring so many times but could not get it on

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