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How to Connect Bluetooth Accessories to Your Windows 8 Tablet
By Andy RathboneWhen you’re running out of room on your Windows 8 tablet to plug in USBaccessories, Bluetooth is your friend. Bluetooth works much like Wi-Fi, but itspecializes in connecting gadgets that live less than ten feet apart. If youadd a Bluetooth mouse and Bluetooth keyboard to your tablet, it’s USB portremains free for other items.Bluetooth can also link your tablet with some cellphones to provide Internetaccess.To add a Bluetooth item to your tablet, follow these steps: 1. Turn on your Bluetooth device and, if necessary, make it discoverable.Most Bluetooth devices include an Off switch to save power. Sometimes turningit on is as simple as flipping an On/Off switch; others sense movement,automatically turning on and off when needed.Making a device discoverable makes it available to be detected by a computer,usually for a period of 30 seconds. Some devices automatically becomediscoverable when turned on. Others make you press a button until their lightbegins blinking. 2. Fetch the Charms bar by sliding your finger inward from the screen’s right edge. Tap the Settings icon to fetch the Settings pane; then tap the words Change PC Settings.The Start screen’s PC Settings screen appears. 3. From the Devices category, tap the Add a Device icon.The PC Settings’ Devices screen appears listing all of your tablet’srecognized devices, whether they’re currently plugged in or not. When you tapthe Add a Device icon, your computer begins searching for adjacent Bluetoothdevices that are in “discoverable” mode.If Windows doesn’t find and list your device by name, head back to Step 1 andmake sure your Bluetooth gadget is still turned on and discoverable. (If it’sbeen longer than 30 seconds, your device may have given up.) 4. When your Bluetooth device’s name appears in the Devices list, tap the device’s name so Windows knows to connect to it. 5. Type your device’s code if necessary and, if asked, click the Pair button.Everything usually works pretty smoothly until Step 5, where Bluetooth’ssecurity measures kick in. Windows needs you to prove that you’re controllingboth your computer and your Bluetooth device, and that you’re not somebodysitting three rows back on the bus trying to break in.To clear that security hurdle, different Bluetooth devices offer slightlydifferent tactics. Sometimes you need to type a passcode — a secret string ofnumbers — into both your device and your computer. (Pull out the device’smanual to find the passcode.) Adding to the tension, if you don’t type in thepasscode quickly enough, both gadgets stop waiting, forcing you to start over.Some Bluetooth gadgets let you press and hold a little push button at thisstep, proving you’re holding it in your hand.When in doubt, type 0000 on your tablet’s keyboard. That’s often recognized asa universal passcode for frustrated owners of Bluetooth devices who are tryingto connect their gadgets.Once your new gadget successfully pairs with your tablet, its name and iconappear in the Devices category of the PC Settings screen.To remove a device shown in the Devices list, tap its name; then tap the minussign that appears to the right of its name. Finally, tap the Remove buttonthat appears.
Start and stop push notifications from an Android mobile device
1. Tap the menu icon and scroll down until you see Account Settings. 2. Tap Account Settings, Notifications, and then Mobile Push. 3. Check the boxes next to the items you want to be notified about and uncheck the boxes to remove notifications.
From your mobile device’s Bluetooth settings
1. On your mobile device’s Home screen, tap Settings Bluetooth . 2. Turn on Bluetooth . 3. Tap the name of the speaker or display you’d like to pair.
From your computer’s Bluetooth settings
Note: Steps vary depending on computer or laptop model.Windows OS 1. Select the Start button type “Bluetooth” select Bluetooth settings from the list. 2. Turn on Bluetooth. 3. Tap the name of the speaker or display you’d like to pair.Mac OS 1. Click the Apple menu. 2. Go to System Preferences 3. Find the Bluetooth icon 4. Turn on Bluetooth. 5. Select the name of the speaker or display you’d like to pair.
Step 2. Connect your mobile device and speaker or display
If your speaker or display is paired with multiple mobile devices, it connectsto the most recently paired device. Here’s how tocheck which mobile devices are connected to your speaker or display.
1. How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 from Quick actions
Turning Bluetooth on lets you connect to your Android smartphone or iPhone,and you can use accessories, such as Bluetooth mice, headsets, speakers, orkeyboards on your Windows 10 computer or device. In Windows 10, turn onBluetooth by accessing the Quick actions from the Action Center. To open theAction Center, click or tap on its icon in the bottom-right corner of thetaskbar, or press Windows + A on your keyboard. On the list of Quick actions,press the Bluetooth button to turn it on.Press the Bluetooth button from Quick actionsThe Bluetooth button from the Action Center turns the Bluetooth chip on oroff, so click or tap on it again to disable it. We find this the easiest wayto enable the Windows 10 Bluetooth, so, if you can’t find the Bluetooth buttonin the Action Center, we recommend that you add it. To learn how to do that,read The Quick actions in Windows 10: access them, use them, customize them!After enabling Bluetooth, its button becomes highlighted, as seen below. Itmight also display the device currently connected through Bluetooth – in ourcase, Mobile Mouse. If there are more devices connected, their number isdisplayed in brackets. Unless it is hidden, you should also see the Bluetoothicon displayed in the system tray. You can make it a permanent addition toyour Windows 10 taskbar by following the instructions from this guide: TheWindows 10 system tray – How to show or hide icons!The Bluetooth button is active, and an icon is displayedTIP: The Quick actions and the system tray icon make for great ways to quicklycheck your Windows 10 Bluetooth status, but that’s not all they’re useful for.Right-clicking or pressing-and-holding on either of them opens a contextualmenu, letting you access Bluetooth Settings, which is the next way to enableBluetooth on our list.
2. How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 from the Bluetooth Settings
In Windows 10, turn on Bluetooth from the Settings app. We find it fastest topress Windows + I on the keyboard in order to access it. In the Settings app,click or tap on Devices.The Devices settings open in the “Bluetooth & other devices” tab. On theright-hand side, the first thing you see should be the Bluetooth switch. Clickor tap it to turn it on.Press on the Bluetooth switchWhen the switch is On, Bluetooth is active, and you can connect all kinds ofdevices and accessories using this wireless technology.Turn Bluetooth On to connect devices in Windows 10You can access Settings and turn the Bluetooth switch Off when you no longerneed it.TIP: Learn how to connect all kinds of Bluetooth accessories to Windows 10from this guide: How to connect Bluetooth devices to Windows 10 (mouse,keyboard, headset, speaker, etc.)
3. How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 using only the keyboard
What happens if you need to turn Bluetooth on using only your keyboard, likeour reader Stumped101, who asks the following: “My mouse is Bluetooth. How doI turn it on in Windows 10 using ONLY the keyboard? :(“?We can access the same Settings illustrated in the previous section using thekeyboard only. Press Windows + I on the keyboard to open Settings. Write“bluetooth” in the “Find a setting” field, use the arrow keys to navigate to“Bluetooth and other devices settings,“ and press Enter.Access Bluetooth and other devices settingsIn the Settings for “Bluetooth & other devices,“ press the Tab key once, andthe Bluetooth switch should become highlighted. Press the Spacebar on yourkeyboard to enable (or disable) it.Press Spacebar to enable Bluetooth once you reach itThat is the surefire way to turn on Bluetooth using your keyboard. IfBluetooth is shown in the Quick actions, you can also use the Windows + Akeyboard shortcut to open the Action Center. Press Tab until one of the Quickactions is highlighted and then use the arrow keys to get to the Bluetoothbutton. Press Spacebar to enable it.TIP: If Cortana is enabled, you can also use her to avoid the keyboard. Formore details, read the last section of this guide.
4. How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 from the Airplane mode Settings
Windows 10 Bluetooth also has a switch in the Settings for Airplane mode. UseWindows + I to open Settings, and click or tap on “Network & Internet.“Access Network & InternetGo to the Airplane mode tab from the column on the left. On the right-handside, in the Wireless devices section, you can see a Bluetooth switch. Clickor tap on it to turn it On.Press the switch to turn it onOnce the switch is set to On, you can start connecting other devices toWindows 10 via Bluetooth. Press on it again if you want to disable Bluetooth.NOTE: The Bluetooth switch in the Airplane mode tab works regardless ofwhether Airplane mode is enabled. However, turning on Airplane mode disablesBluetooth by default in Windows 10. To learn more, read Windows 10’s Airplanemode: 3 ways to turn it Off or On!Use the switch to control Bluetooth
5. How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 using Cortana
You can also ask Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant, to turn on theWindows 10 Bluetooth. Make sure Cortana can hear you and say “turn onBluetooth,“ “enable Bluetooth,“ “start Bluetooth,“ or “activate Bluetooth.“Cortana turns on the Bluetooth and lets you know it is done.To disable the Windows 10 Bluetooth using Cortana, say “turn off Bluetooth,““disable Bluetooth,“ “stop Bluetooth,“ or “deactivate Bluetooth.“ Cortanainforms you that the Bluetooth is off.Cortana lets you know Bluetooth is disabledIMPORTANT: If your Windows 10 computer or device does not have a built-inBluetooth chip, the steps in this article are not available for you unless youadd a Bluetooth adapter, like this one.
Solution 2: Correct Date and Time Settings of Your Devices
The correct date and time of your devices are essential for the operation ofFitbit devices and applications. You may encounter the update issue if thedate and time settings of your devices are not correct and Fitbit fails tosync properly. This can be important if you are encountering the issue in acountry that uses daylight savings. In this context, correcting the date andtime settings of your phone may solve the problem. For illustration, we willdiscuss the process of an Android device. 1. Exit the Fitbit app. 2. Launch Settings of the phone and open Date and Time.Open Date and Time Settings of Your Phone 3. Then disable Automatic Date & Time and Timezone.Disable Automatic Date & Time and Timezone 4. Now change the date, time, and time zone as per your area. Make sure to check for Daylight Savings. 5. Then launch the Fitbit app and open the Today tab. 6. Now tap on Your Profile Picture and then open Advanced Settings. 7. Then disable the option of Set Automatically for time zone.Disable Automatic Time Zone on Fitbit 8. Now set the time zone as per your area. Make sure it matches your phone’s time zone and do not forget to count in the Daylight Savings. 9. Now sync your Fitbit device and then restart your devices. 10. Upon restart, try to perform an update on your device to check if the issue is resolved.
Solution 4: Unpair and Forget the Fitbit Device in the Phone’s Settings
You may encounter the update error if the Bluetooth settings (especiallyrelated to the Fitbit device) of your phone are glitched. In this context,removing the Fitbit device from the phone’s settings and repairing the devicesmay solve the problem. For illustration, we will discuss the troubleshootingprocess for an Android device. 1. Exit the Fitbit app and open Settings of your phone. 2. Then tap on Bluetooth and then tap on your Fitbit’s device name (or the gear icon in front of it). 3. Now tap on Unpair or Forget this Device. If possible, remove all the paired devices from the Bluetooth settings of your phone.Unpair the Fitbit Device from the Bluetooth Settings 4. Then disable Bluetooth of your phone.Turning Bluetooth on in your smartphone 5. Now restart your Fitbit devices and phone. 6. Upon restart, enable Bluetooth of your phone and pair it with the Fitbit device. 7. Now check if you can update the device. 8. If not, and your Fitbit app shows Try Again message, do not tap it. Instead, minimize the Fitbit app (do not close it). 9. Then disable Bluetooth of your phone. 10. Now wait for 10 seconds and then enable Bluetooth. 11. Now open the minimized Fitbit app and tap on Try Again to check if the issue is resolved.