While a wired keyboard offers a lag-free typing experience, nothing beats the convenience of using a Bluetooth keyboard with your computer. The problem arises when the computer fails to connect to your Bluetooth keyboard. If you are facing the same, read on to know how to fix connection issues with Bluetooth keyboard in Windows 11.
Your favorite Bluetooth keyboard with custom keycaps is useless if it fails to connect to your computer. Before you settle for a wired connection, use the tricks below to fix the issue.
1. Check Your Bluetooth Keyboard’s Battery Level
Most Bluetooth keyboards have a battery level indicator. If it flashes a red LED, your Bluetooth keyboard is running out of battery juice. You can use the supplied cable to charge your Bluetooth keyboard. The LED indicator on the keyboard will let you know when it is fully charged. After that, connect the Bluetooth keyboard to your computer again.
2. Reset the Bluetooth Keyboard
If your Bluetooth keyboard doesn’t work out of nowhere, you can reset it to fix the issue. You should open the manual of your Bluetooth keyboard and check the steps to reset the Bluetooth keyboard.
Every keyboard you use has a different mechanism – either a dedicated switch or a combination of keys that you need to press. For example, we had to hold down the fn + J + Z keys for about four seconds and troubleshoot keyboard glitches on a Keychron K6 keyboard. Enable the Bluetooth toggle and reconnect to your computer.
3. Enable Bluetooth Toggle on Keyboard
If you switch from a wired connection to Bluetooth, you need to enable the same on your keyboard. For hybrid keyboards that support both wireless (Bluetooth) and wired connections, you’ll find a physical switch on the keyboard to enable Bluetooth.
4. Reset the Bluetooth Adapter
Are you using a Bluetooth adapter to establish a wireless connection with your PC? You need to make sure that the adapter is plugged in properly. You can temporarily remove the Bluetooth adapter and plug it back in.
If you are still facing Bluetooth connection issues with your keyboard, plug the adapter into another USB port. Your PC probably has four or five USB ports to connect various accessories.
5. Invest in a Better Bluetooth Adapter
If you use an old Bluetooth adapter (v4.0) on your PC, it’s time to update to the latest one with at least Bluetooth 5.0 support. Get a new Bluetooth adapter from Amazon and use it on your PC. That will help establish a strong connection between your PC and the keyboard.
6. Remove Other Connected Devices from Your Computer
You can remove Bluetooth devices such as mouse, microphone, earphone, and speaker when they are connected to your Windows 11 PC. After that, try to re-establish the Bluetooth connection using the keyboard. Here’s how to remove saved Bluetooth devices from Windows.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu in Windows 11 (use Windows keys + I).
Step 2: Select Bluetooth & devices from the left sidebar.
Step 3: Select the three-dot menu next to the Bluetooth device you want to remove.
Step 4: Click ‘Remove device.’
Step 5: Select the Add device button from the same menu.
Make sure to enable Bluetooth on your keyboard (with enough charge) and connect it to your computer.
7. Switch Between Devices with Your Bluetooth Keyboard
Some Bluetooth keyboards allow you to connect three devices simultaneously. If you are using such a keyboard, you need to press the relevant shortcut keys to make it switch between devices such as a tablet, phone, and computer.
For example, you need to press fn +1 or 2 or 3 switches simultaneously to jump between paired devices without issue.
8. Run Bluetooth Troubleshooter
Are you facing Bluetooth issues with your keyboard or other devices as well? You can run Bluetooth troubleshooter in Windows to fix the issue. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Launch the Windows 11 Settings menu and open the troubleshoot menu.
Step 2: Select ‘Other troubleshooters’.
Step 3: Run the Bluetooth troubleshooter from the following menu.
When Windows finishes running the Bluetooth troubleshooter, reconnect your keyboard.
9. Reinstall the Bluetooth Drivers
Bad Bluetooth drivers also lead to connection issues with your keyboard. You can reinstall the Bluetooth driver from the Device Manager menu.
Step 1: Right-click on the Windows key to open the Device Manager.
Step 2: Expand the Bluetooth menu and find your keyboard from 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
Are you still facing issues 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 lead to great inconvenience. What trick helped you restore the connection? Share your findings in the comments below.