Fix: ‘Bluetooth won’t turn on’ in Windows 10, 8.1

By: Andrew Wafer
5 minute read

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In case you have a Windows powered device with support for Bluetooth connectivity, then you should know that after updating (or after installing) to Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 OS you might have several issues with the mentioned feature. So, because of that, during the following lines I will try to show you how to easily fix the Bluetooth won’t turn on error by detailing several troubleshooting methods.

As we are used to, with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 we get various incompatibility issues, whether we are referring to basic features such as HDMI port, or 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 new Windows system, which need some extra attention from its users in order to make everything work without any kinds of errors or alerts.

Here are some examples:

  • Windows 10 no option to turn on Bluetooth
  • Windows 10 device does not have Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth wont turn on Windows 8
  • Windows 10 Bluetooth toggle missing
  • No Bluetooth toggle Windows 10
  • Option to turn Bluetooth on or off is missing
  • No Bluetooth switch Windows 10
  • Can’t turn on Bluetooth Windows 8

Anyway, fixing the Bluetooth won’t turn on 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 Windows 8 based device drivers.

How to fix Bluetooth won’t turn on in Windows 10 / Windows 8.1

Table of contents:

  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
  8. Conclusions

Fix: Bluetooth won’t turn on in Windows 10/8.1

First, you should know that since more and more users are complaining about Bluetooth errors in Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 OS, Microsoft released its own troubleshoot solution. So, if you want to run the official fixing solution, don’t hesitate and use this link; but if you want to address the problem manually, use the guidelines from below.

Solution 1 – Get the latest drivers for your device

In most cases, your drivers are outdated meaning that you have to download the latest drivers compatible with your laptop, tablet or desktop. This method should do the trick especially if you noticed Bluetooth problems after updating to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. So head towards to your manufacturer’s website and grab the latest Bluetooth drivers from there.

We also strongly recommend TweakBit’s Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton) to automatically download all the outdated drivers on your PC. This tool will keep your system safe as you can manually download and install the wrong driver version. You can even get the Windows 7 drivers (if there isn’t a software compatible with Windows 8) as your OS will install the programs in “compatibility mode”.


Solution 2 – 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.


Solution 3 – Reinstall the Bluetooth device

Now, we’ll try to reinstall the Bluetooth device, and see if it has any positive effects. Here’s what you need to do:

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

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

Solution 4 – Run the Troubleshooter

If you’re running Windows 10 Creators Update or later, you can use Microsoft’s new troubleshooting tool for dealing with various system issues, including Bluetooth problems. Here’s how to run the Troubleshooter:

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

Solution 5 – Check if the Bluetooth service is running

  1. Go to Search, type services.msc, and open Services.
  2. Find the Bluetooth Support Service.
  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.

Solution 6 – Disable Airplane mode

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:

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

Solution 7 – Modify Registry settings

If none of the solutions from above solved the problem, one last thing we’re going to try is modifying some Registry settings. Here’s what you need to do:

  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

Conclusions

Well, those were the most common troubleshoot solutions that can be applied for addressing the Bluetooth won’t start error in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. 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 by using the comments field from below; of course we will assist you as soon as possible.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2014 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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