A Guide to Connecting to a Bluetooth Personal Area Network (BTPAN) on Windows 11

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This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to connect to a Bluetooth Personal Area Network (BTPAN) on Windows 11. BTPAN enables wireless internet connectivity sharing between devices, offering a more secure option when no Wi-Fi is available. It requires having a Bluetooth adapter and a device supporting hotspot functionality. The procedures for connecting and…

This article explains connecting or joining a Bluetooth Personal Area Network (BTPAN) on Windows 11.

A Bluetooth Personal Area Network (BTPAN) is another way to wirelessly share Internet connectivity between devices. This feature can connect your computer to a PC or phone’s hotspot through Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi.

To use BTPAN, you will need a Bluetooth adapter on your computer and another device that has Bluetooth and supports hotspot functionality.

For several reasons, one might use a Bluetooth Personal Area Network (BTPAN) on Windows. One reason is that BTPAN can be useful when no Wi-Fi network is available, but you still need to connect your computer to the internet.

Additionally, using BTPAN can be more secure than using a public Wi-Fi network, as it creates a direct connection between devices without needing a router or internet service provider.

Finally, BTPAN can be a useful tool for those who need to share their internet connection with other devices, as it allows you to share your computer’s internet connection with other devices through Bluetooth.

Connect to a Bluetooth network

As mentioned above, users can connect to a Bluetooth network on Windows using BTPAN.

Here’s how to do that.

First, turn on Bluetooth on both devices and ensure the devices are paired to each other. For more, see Pair a Bluetooth device in Windows.

Next, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting Settings. Or press the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Setting app opens, click the Bluetooth & devices button on the left.

Windows Bluetooth and internet in Settings

Select the Devices tile on the right to expand it.

Bluetooth devices tile in Windows Settings

On the Bluetooth & devices settings page, click the More settings (three dots) button on the Bluetooth-paired device. Then, select Join Personal Area Network (PAN).

Bluetooth devices join Bluetooth pan

You may need to select the connection mode (Access Point or Direct connection) and then select Connect in the dialog that appears.

You should connect if all is well. You will see the status of the connection on the Devices page.

To disconnect, return to the Bluetooth -> Devices settings page and select the device. Then, click More Options again and select Disconnect PAN.

That should do it!

Reference:

Microsoft

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to connect to a Bluetooth Personal Area Network (BTPAN) on Windows 11. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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