While a wired keyboard offers a lag-free typing experience, nothing beats the convenience of using a Bluetooth keyboard with your computer. The problem occurs when the computer cannot connect to your Bluetooth keyboard. If you are facing the same issue, read on to learn how to fix Bluetooth keyboard connection issues on Windows 11.
Your favorite Bluetooth keyboard with custom keycaps is useless if it can’t connect to your computer. Before you settle for a wired connection, use the following tricks to fix the problem.
1. Check the battery level on your Bluetooth keyboard
Most Bluetooth keyboards are equipped with a battery level indicator. If a red LED is flashing, your Bluetooth keyboard is running out of battery. You can use the included cable to charge your bluetooth keyboard. The LED indicator on the keyboard will notify you when it is fully charged. After that, reconnect the Bluetooth keyboard to your computer.
2. Reset the Bluetooth keyboard
If your Bluetooth keyboard starts behaving badly out of nowhere, you can reset it to fix the problem. You need to open your bluetooth keyboard manual and check the bluetooth keyboard reset steps.
Each keyboard you use has a different mechanism – either a special switch or a combination of keys that you have to press together. For example, we had to press fn + J + Z keys for about four seconds and fix keyboard errors on a Keychron K6 keyboard. Enable the Bluetooth toggle and reconnect to your computer.
3. Enable Bluetooth toggle on the keyboard
If you’re switching from a wired connection to Bluetooth, you’ll need to enable the same on your keyboard. On hybrid keyboards that support wireless (Bluetooth) and wired connections, you will find a physical switch on the keyboard to enable Bluetooth.
4. Plug the Bluetooth adapter back in
Are you using a Bluetooth adapter to connect wirelessly on your PC? You need to make sure the adapter is plugged in properly. You can temporarily remove and reconnect the Bluetooth adapter.
If you’re still having trouble connecting to your keyboard via Bluetooth, try plugging the adapter into a different USB port. Your PC probably has four or five USB ports for connecting various accessories.
5. Invest in a better Bluetooth adapter
If you are using an outdated Bluetooth adapter (v4.0) on your PC, it is time to upgrade to the latest adapter with at least Bluetooth 5.0 support. Get a new Bluetooth adapter from Amazon and use it on your PC. This establishes a stable connection between your PC and the keyboard.
6. Remove other connected devices from your computer
You can remove Bluetooth devices like mouse, microphones, headphones and speakers if they are connected to your Windows 11 PC. After that, try to reconnect the Bluetooth connection with a keyboard. How to remove saved Bluetooth devices from Windows.
Step 1: Open the Windows 11 settings menu (use Windows + I keys).
Step 2: Select Bluetooth & device in the left sidebar.
Step 3: Next to a Bluetooth device you want to remove, choose a three-dot menu.
Step 4: Click Remove Device.
Step 5: From the same menu, select the Add Device button.
Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your keyboard (with sufficient charge) and connect it to your computer.
7. Switch between devices on your Bluetooth keyboard
Some Bluetooth keyboards allow you to connect to up to three devices at the same time. When using such a keyboard, you may need to press the appropriate key combination to switch between devices such as tablet, phone, and computer.
For example, you need to press the fn +1 or 2 or 3 switches at the same time to easily switch between the paired devices.
8. Run Bluetooth troubleshooter
Are you having Bluetooth issues with just your keyboard or other devices? You can run a Bluetooth troubleshooter on Windows to fix the problem. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Boot into the Windows 11 Settings menu and open the Troubleshoot menu.
Step 2: Select “Other fixes”.
Step 3: Run Bluetooth troubleshooter from the following menu.
Once Windows has completed the Bluetooth troubleshooter, reconnect your keyboard.
9. Reinstall the Bluetooth drivers
Corrupt Bluetooth drivers also lead to connection problems with your keyboard. You can reinstall the Bluetooth driver from the Device Manager menu.
Step 1: Right-click the Windows key to open Device Manager.
Step 2: Expand the Bluetooth menu and find your keyboard in the list.
Step 3: Right-click on it and select “Uninstall device” from the context menu.
Step 4: Confirm your decision and restart your computer.
10. Use a wired connection
Still having trouble connecting your Bluetooth keyboard to a computer? You have no choice but to switch to a wired connection for now (until your new keyboard arrives).
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A Bluetooth keyboard that does not connect to a computer can cause significant inconvenience. What trick helped you to reconnect? Share your findings in the comments below.