Fix: Bluetooth is not working in Windows 10
Newly installed Windows 10 could bring a lot of troubles to its users. One of these troubles is, as reported, the problem with Bluetooth devices. Apparently, after the upgrade, Windows 10 seems to not even recognize certain Bluetooth accessories.
Here are some more examples of this problem:
- Bluetooth is not available Windows 10 – If Bluetooth isn’t available, you’ll likely see an error message. Use that error message to further investigate the problem.
- Bluetooth unable to connect Windows 10 – Bluetooth connection problems are usually the most common Bluetooth-related problems.
- Bluetooth disappeared Windows 10 – A certain system error can cause Bluetooth to completely disappear from Windows 10.
- Bluetooth not detecting devices Windows 10 – Although everything looks just fine, it’s possible that the Bluetooth service isn’t able to even detect other devices.
What to do if Bluetooth stops working in Windows 10
Table of contents:
- Update drivers
- Reinstall the Bluetooth device
- Check if the Bluetooth service is running
- Run the Troubleshooter
- Change Power Saving options
- Try different USB port
Fix: Bluetooth unable to connect in Windows 10
Solution 1 – Update drivers
That one solution will fix your Bluetooth problems in Windows 10 is updating a driver. It’s probably the millionth time you’ve read about it, but it could be helpful. So, if you didn’t receive an update for your driver through Windows Update, head to Device Manager and try to download the latest driver for your Bluetooth device manually.
If you think you’d be luckier, you can also search for the compatible driver on the manufacturer’s website. Here’s how to properly search for the Bluetooth driver on the internet:
- Go to Device Manager and right click on your Bluetooth Device
- Select Properties and go to the Advanced tab
- Write down the number next to Manufacturer ID
- Go to this page and enter your Manufacturer ID
- It will identify the manufacturer of your Bluetooth accessory, and it will redirect you to the right page where you can download the latest driver
Update drivers automatically
If you don’t want the hassle of searching for drivers on your own, you can use a tool that will do this for you automatically. Of course, as you’re not able to connect to the internet at the moment, this tool won’t be useful. However, once you get online, it will help you to keep all your drivers up to date, so you won’t be in this situation anymore.
Tweakbit’s Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus) will help you update drivers automatically and prevent PC damage caused by installing the wrong driver versions. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best-automatized solution.
Here is a quick guide on how to use it:
- Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater
- Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
- Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.
Solution 2 – Reinstall the Bluetooth device
If updating your Bluetooth device didn’t get the job done, let’s try with reinstalling it. Here’s how to do that:
- Go to Search, type devicemngr, and open Device Manager.
- When Device Manager opens, find your Bluetooth device, right click it and press Uninstall.
- Windows will ask you to confirm that you wish to uninstall the driver. Click on Uninstall.
- After confirming and uninstalling your keyboard driver, restart your computer.
- Now you need to visit your device manufacturer’s website and check if there’s a new driver available for Windows 10.
Solution 3 – Check if the Bluetooth service is running
Maybe your Bluetooth device is not even running. Obviously, you won’t be able to use it then. So, make sure it’s enabled:
- Go to Search, type , and open Services.
- Find the Bluetooth Support Service.
- If this service is not enabled, right-click it, and select Start. If it’s enabled, right-click it and select Restart.
- Wait for the process to finish.
- Restart your computer.
Solution 4 – Run the Troubleshooter
If none of the previous solutions worked, let’s try with Windows 10’s built-in Bluetooth troubleshooting tool. Here’s how to run it:
- Go to Settings.
- Head over to Updates & Security > Troubleshoot.
- Select Bluetooth, and go to Run the Troubleshooter.
- Follow further on-screen instructions and let the process finish.
- Restart your computer.
Solution 5 – Change Power Saving options
Although it may seem unrelated, your power saving settings may actually disable the Bluetooth device. So, let’s change these settings to (hopefully) make Bluetooth work again. Here’s what you need to do:
- Open Device Manager.
- When Device Manager opens, locate your Bluetooth keyboard and double-click it.
- When Properties window opens, navigate to Power Management and uncheck Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power. Now click on OK to save changes.
Solution 6 – Try different USB port
There’s a chance there’s nothing wrong with your Bluetooth peripheral, but with the USB port. It may not support the peripheral, or it’s simply damaged. To eliminate the doubt, simply try another USB port and see if it makes any difference.
That’s about it, we certainly hope at least one of these solutions helped you resolve the problem with Bluetooth. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, just let us know in the comments down below.
If you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness
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