Manage Bluetooth Devices in Windows 8

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With Windows 8, Microsoft has really pushed for a touch-centered interface over the familiar Windows experience. For many users, this is a massive improvement, especially when you are using touch-based devices like the Surface Pro 2. Along with the new OS has come more user-friendly ways to do things, which is all part of making Windows accessible for everyone. In this age, Bluetooth devices are becoming more and more common as people move to wireless solutions for tasks like syncing cell phones, and using a wireless mouse, headset or even a whole speaker system. Below we are going to show you how you can sync and manage your Bluetooth devices on your Windows 8 PC.

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Navigating To The Bluetooth Settings

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    Pull up the charms menu to begin
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    If you are using a mouse and keyboard move the mouse to the bottom right hand side to access this menu. For touch users, simply swipe in from the right hand edge of the screen.
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    Once you have opened the charms menu, just click or press the "Settings" gear
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    From Settings, click or press "PC Settings" to access the PC Settings menu.
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    From the PC Settings menu, click or press on PC and Devices and then choose "Bluetooth".
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    At any time you are on the Bluetooth screen, your PC will start searching for, and be discover by other Bluetooth devices.
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Pairing a Bluetooth Device With Windows 8

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    To connect a Bluetooth device, set your device to pairing mode (this varies from device to device so consult your user guide), and wait for it to appear on the "Manage Bluetooth Devices" screen.
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    Your device will now appear in the list, and once Windows has identified the device, you will see the message, "Ready to Pair".
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    To pair the device, click or press on the device and choose "Pair"
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    Windows 8 will automatically begin pairing the device and download any necessary drivers
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    You will see a status bar while the installation is taking place. Once pairing and driver installation is complete, you will see your device in the list, except now it will say, "Connected".
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    You can now use the paired device with your computer.
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Removing A Bluetooth Device From Windows 8

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    Navigate to the Bluetooth Settings menu.
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    From the list of devices, click on the device you want to remove.
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    Click or press on "Remove Device".
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    The device will now be removed
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    Any drivers associated with the device will also be removed with this process. You should only remove a device that you do not intend to pair with again.
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Managing Bluetooth Audio Devices

When you pair a Bluetooth audio device, it will act like any other physical audio device on your computer. Because of this, you will need to manage any headsets or speakers from the Playback device properties window.

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    Turn on your Bluetooth audio device and make sure that you have already paired it as per the previous section.
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    Go to the desktop view on your PC
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    You can quickly navigate to the desktop view by pressing the Windows key and "M" at the same time.
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    Right click on the speaker icon next to your clock and select "Playback Devices".
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    From the Properties window that opens up, you can connect your audio device that will be shown on the list
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    Just right click on the device and click "Connect" (if it is not already connected).
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    Once it is connected, simply right click on the device and choose "Set as default device" to begin sending audio to the Bluetooth device.
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    You can also disconnect the device from this same properties box
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    If you want to re-enable your computer speakers or sound card, just navigate to the Playback Devices properties, right click on your "PC Speakers" or "Sound Card" and set it as the default device.
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    If you have paired multiple Bluetooth devices to your PC, you will see all of them in the same properties window
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    They can all be managed in the same way by following the previous steps.
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Tips, Tricks & Warnings

  • Aside from audio devices, managing Bluetooth devices with Windows 8 is very much a "set and forget" experience. Modern Bluetooth devices will automatically reconnect and begin functioning, as long as the original pairing has been made.
  • If a device stops responding or does not automatically reconnect, simply navigate to the Bluetooth settings page, remove the device and pair it again by following the instructions above.

Questions and Answers

How to Manage Bluetooth in Windows 8.1? Is it different than Windows 8?

Windows 8 has different settings than 8.1

  • To enable a Bluetooth device using Windows 8.1, look for the Windows symbol and click on it. A tab will appear where a gear will show. Click on it to go to "Settings". You can also press the Windows symbol on your keyboard + C to view your Charms.
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  • Click on Settings to view PC Settings.
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  • Under PC Settings, you will see PC and Devices. Click on it to access your devices.
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  • Under the PC and Devices tab, you will see the Bluetooth device installed on your computer. Click on it to view its current setting.
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  • On this tab, you will see the current settings of your Bluetooth device. Toggle to switch on. It will start to search Bluetooth devices nearby.
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How do I pair with a device once it has been removed?

Device I wanted to pair with was not connecting, so I removed it in order to reset the pairing and start over. Now I cannot find the device to pair with it. How do I bring it back to my devices menu?

This may take a while to re-detect the other device, especially if you have already removed. Give the system a bit of time to be able to process the activities. In some cases, turning off your device and then turning it back on may help to detect the other device that you are trying to connect to.

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I want to pair my Bluetooth headphones with my W8 PC?

I don't have a Bluetooth option under PC and devices in PC Settings.

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Cannot pair as well as unpair Bluetooth device in Windows 8 laptop.

Even tried with Bluetooth support service, but couldn't overcome it. I have tried: Bluetooth support service.

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