FIX: Bluetooth won’t turn on in Windows 10

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  • You used to have no issue connecting to devices via Bluetooth. Things have though changed.
  • If you can’t turn on Bluetooth in Windows 10, try getting the most recent drivers for your device.
  • To get answers regarding the cause, use one of these great troubleshooting tools and software.
  • Visit our Windows 10 Fixes Hub too, in order to find your way around nearly every single issue.
Bluetooth won’t turn on issue

A whole lot of users reached for us asking about Bluetooth issues on Windows 10, as Bluetooth won’t turn on through the user interface no matter what they do.

You can find the solutions below. As we are used to, with prior Windows versions we get various incompatibility issues.

This happens whether we are referring to basic features such as HDMI port, video card drivers, or to more complex capabilities like WiFi or Bluetooth connectivity.

So, as you can see, your Bluetooth problems are also related to the Windows 10 system, which needs some extra attention from its users in order to make everything work without any kind of errors or alerts.

Anyway, fixing the Bluetooth won’t turn on the problem is easy, as you only have to apply a few steps in that matter – don’t worry as you won’t need to use third-party tools or complex procedures.

Basically, all you need to do is to address the incompatibility problems that are caused by your device drivers.

What can I do if Bluetooth won’t turn on in Windows 10?

  1. Get the latest drivers for your device
  2. Try to remove Conflict programs
  3. Reinstall the Bluetooth device
  4. Run the Troubleshooter
  5. Check if the Bluetooth service is running
  6. Disable Airplane mode
  7. Modify Registry settings

1. Get the latest drivers for your device

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First of all, you should know that since more and more users are complaining about Bluetooth errors in Windows 10 OS.

Microsoft released its own troubleshoot solution. So, if you want to run the official fixing solution, don’t hesitate and use these quick tips.

However, if you want to address the problem manually, use the guidelines from below. In most cases, your drivers are outdated meaning that you have to download the latest ones compatible with your laptop, tablet, or desktop.

This method should do the trick especially if you noticed Bluetooth problems after updating to Windows 10. So, head towards to your manufacturer’s website and grab the latest Bluetooth drivers.

We also strongly recommend DriverFix as it automatically downloads all the outdated drivers on your PC.

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2. Try to remove conflict programs

try to remove conflict programs

Many users are installing or using different wireless clients or managers that can interfere with the Bluetooth feature.

The best will be to manage your wireless connections directly from Windows 8 and without using any other dedicated tools.

Therefore, if after updating your Bluetooth drivers the issues aren’t fixed, try in removing your wireless managers that are running on your device.

Basically, anything but the system-based controller shouldn’t be present on your PC. They tend to collide and this might lead to a conflict.


3. Reinstall the Bluetooth device

  1. Go to Search, type devmngr, and go to Device Manager.
  2. Find your Bluetooth device, right-click it, and go to Uninstall Device.uninstall bluetooth device
  3. Restart your computer

Now, we’ll try to reinstall the Bluetooth device, and see if it has any positive effects.

Now, Windows should automatically recognize and install the Bluetooth device shortly after you uninstall it. However, if that doesn’t happen, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to Control Panel.
  2. Under Hardware & Sound, go to Add a device.
  3. Wait for the wizard to scan for hardware changes.
  4. Once it finds your Bluetooth device, the installation will be finished.

You can’t open Control Panel? Take a look at this step-by-step guide to find a solution.


4. Run the Troubleshooter

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Head over to Update & Security > Troubleshoot.
  3. Find Bluetooth, and click Run the troubleshooter.run bluetooth troubleshooter
  4. Follow further on-screen instructions.
  5. Restart your computer.

You can also use Microsoft’s new troubleshooting tool for dealing with various system issues, including Bluetooth problems.

If the Troubleshooter stops before completing the process, fix it with the help of this complete guide.


5. Check if the Bluetooth service is running

  1. Go to Search, type services.msc, and open Services.
  2. Find the Bluetooth Support Service.reset bluetooth services
  3. If this service is not enabled, right-click it, and select Start. If it’s enabled, right-click it and select Restart.
  4. Wait for the process to finish.
  5. Restart your computer.

6. Disable Airplane mode

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Go to Network and Internet > Airplane mode.disable airplane mode
  3. Toggle Airplane mode off.

If the Airplane mode is turned on, you won’t be able to use Bluetooth devices. So, let’s check if this mode is on, as described above.


7. Modify Registry settings

modify Registry settings

  1. Go to Search, type regedit, and open Registry Editor
  2. Navigate to the following path:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft Windows\CurrentVersion\ActionCenter\Quick Actions\All\SystemSettings_Device_BluetoothQuickAction
  3. On the right pane, right-click the string Type and go to Modify.
  4. Change the Value data from 0 to 1.
  5. Save the changes and restart your computer.

If none of the solutions from above solved the problem, one last thing we’re going to try is modifying some Registry settings.

Well, those were the most common troubleshooting solutions that can be applied for addressing the Bluetooth won’t start error in Windows 10.

If you can’t use your Bluetooth connection after completing this guide, don’t hesitate and share your problem with us and with our readers.

Just use the comments field from below; of course, we will assist you as soon as possible.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in December 2017 and was revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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