Bluetooth is a simple to use wireless protocol for connecting devices together and sharing data. If you leave it on though, it drains battery juice fast.
Update: Microsoft has ended mainstream support for Windows 8.1. According to Microsoft: “Windows 8.1 reached the end of Mainstream Support on January 9, 2018, and will reach end of Extended Support on January 10, 2023. With the general availability of Windows 8.1, customers on Windows 8 had until January 12, 2016, to move to Windows 8.1 to remain supported.”
Microsoft 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 Bluetooth On or Off in 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.
If you’re on the desktop, click the Bluetooth icon on the Taskbar and then select “Show Bluetooth Devices.”
You will get to the same spot where you need to be, where you’ll see the connected or available devices to your laptop, Surface, or other devices. 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 turn it off, all of the listed devices will disappear. When you need to connect to a device again, go to the same location and flip the switch to On again.
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.
You might also be interested in checking out these other articles about it too:
- Pair a Bluetooth Device with Windows 7
- Connect your iPhone to Windows 7 via Bluetooth
- Connect a Bluetooth Keyboard to Apple TV
- Connect a Bluetooth Keyboard to Kindle Fire