Bluetooth is an important functionality in modern computers. It allows users to connect their Bluetooth-enabled devices to their computers wirelessly. However, sometimes users are not able to connect Bluetooth enabled devices to Windows 10 PC. When this happens, you may notice signs like:
- Bluetooth icon is missing from the system tray or you cannot turn Bluetooth On or Off
- Bluetooth is not shown in Device Manager
- Bluetooth stops working after installing an update
- Bluetooth stops working after upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8 or Windows 8.1.
In this post, we’ll discuss some Bluetooth driver troubleshooting tips for Windows 10 that can help you.
Solution One – Check if Bluetooth is enabled
Sometimes users forget to turn on the Bluetooth functionality. If you are facing any problem with Bluetooth, first check whether or not Bluetooth is enabled.
Here are the steps to follow.
- Go to the Windows notification area located at the right bottom corner of the desktop
- Click the notification area to expand
- If the Bluetooth option is grayed out, the Bluetooth functionality is switched off. In that case, click the Bluetooth icon to turn it on.
- If the Bluetooth symbol is blue, it means the Bluetooth option is enabled. In that case, you don’t need to do anything and perform other troubleshooting steps. In some cases, the Bluetooth icon also shows the number of connected devices.
- Alternatively, you can turn the Bluetooth On/Off with the toggle switch. Go to Settings – Devices – > Bluetooth and other devices.
- On the right-hand side, you will see the Bluetooth toggle switch. Click the toggle switch to turn Bluetooth On/Off a few times. In the end, make sure the Bluetooth toggle switch is at the On position
Solution Two-Turn Off Airplane Mode
Airplane mode in Windows is a quick way to turn off all wireless communication in your computer. If the Airplane Mode is on, the Bluetooth functionality won’t work.
It’s possible that you might have turned on Airplane mode accidentally. You can check whether this is the case or not by performing these simple steps:
- Click Start-> Settings
- In the Settings window, click Network and Internet
- In the left-hand pane, click Airplane Mode
- Look for the Airplane Mode toggle switch. If it is at on position, click the switch to turn off Airplane mode.
Solution Three – Check your Bluetooth device
The Bluetooth functionality devices are not enabled by default. You need to start Bluetooth service in your device to connect it with your Windows 10 computer.
Check your Bluetooth device to make sure the Bluetooth functionality is switched on. Also, make sure the Bluetooth device is nearby. Additionally, check your Bluetooth device instruction manual to find out how you can enable Bluetooth in the device.
Here are some troubleshooting steps you can follow
- Turn off your Bluetooth device. Wait for few seconds and turn it on again
- Go to Bluetooth settings and turn on Bluetooth
- Make sure the Bluetooth device is closer to your Windows 10 computer.
- Check whether the Bluetooth device can establish a Bluetooth connection with your Windows 10 computer.
- If you are not able to connect your Bluetooth device to Windows 10 computer, try the troubleshooting steps given below
Solution Four – Re-install your Bluetooth device
Many times reinstalling your Bluetooth device can resolve Bluetooth connectivity issues. Here are the steps to reinstall the Bluetooth device.
- Click Start-> Settings -> Devices -> Bluetooth and other devices
- In the right-hand pane, go to the other devices section and select the device having Bluetooth connection issues.
- Click Remove device
- When the system prompts for confirmation, click Yes
- After you have removed the Bluetooth device, you need to reconnect it to your windows 10 computer. Here are the steps to follow.
- Click Start-> Settings -> Devices -> Bluetooth and other devices
- In the right-hand pane, click Add Bluetooth or other device
- In the Choose kind of device menu, click Bluetooth
- Click the device you want to add
- Some devices require a PIN to pair. Windows will show you a PIN on the screen for pairing the Bluetooth device. Check your Bluetooth device screen and confirm pairing. On some devices, you need to enter the PIN shown on Windows 10 computer screen to complete the pairing.
Solution Five- Run Windows 10 Troubleshooter
Windows 10 comes with an in-built troubleshooter tool that can fix most connectivity issues. Here are the steps to run Windows 10 troubleshooter.
- Click Start button-> Settings
- In the Settings window, click Update and Security
- In the left-hand pane, click Troubleshoot
- In the right-hand pane, click Bluetooth under Find and fix other problems
- Windows 10 will launch the Bluetooth troubleshooter. Wait until the troubleshooter completes its operation
- Follow the troubleshooter prompts for a guided solution
Solution Six – Special Case- Bluetooth Audio
Many users complain of low-quality sound when their Bluetooth audio device is connected to Windows 10 computer. Such a problem can occur when the discovery mode is open on your Windows 10 PC. In that case, windows will continuously search for devices to connect.
Additionally, many users do multitasking like transferring files through Bluetooth and listening to the audio on their Bluetooth device. The Bluetooth device is not capable of fast transfers, and if you are performing two tasks simultaneously, there’s a good chance that one task will get affected. If you are experiencing similar issues, follow the steps given below.
- Click Start
- Type sound in the search bar
- Click Sound in the search results
- In the Sound settings, select your Bluetooth audio and click Set Default
- Click Apply and then click OK
Solution Seven – Check your Bluetooth Drivers
Sometimes, the Bluetooth drivers can cause the aforementioned problem. You can fix the issue by performing these steps:
- Click Start Button
- Type Device Manager in the search box
- Click Device Manager from the search results
- In the Device Manager window, click Bluetooth and expand it
- Right-click Bluetooth adapter and click Update Driver
- In the next window, click Search automatically for updated driver software.
- Windows will connect to the Internet and search for driver updates and install them.
- Follow any prompts shown on the screen to update your drivers
If the automatic driver update method does not work, you can use the DriverDownloader utility. It can update system drivers including Bluetooth drivers automatically at a click of the mouse.
DriverDownloader is one of the best driver update software out there and comes with a money-back guarantee (30 days). This means you can try the software without any issue. While the program is free to download, install, and run, to get automatic updates, you will need to register it.
Here’s the link to download DriverDownloader
What you should do if the Bluetooth icon is missing from your computer?
In some cases, you will see there is no Bluetooth icon in the system tray, and searching for Bluetooth settings in windows yields no results.
If you are experiencing a similar issue, follow the steps given below.
- Open Device Manager window (refer to the steps in the Update driver section)
- Go to the Bluetooth section and expand it
- Right-click Bluetooth adapter and click Uninstall device
- Close Device Manager
- Restart your computer
- When the computer reboots, Windows will identify the Bluetooth adapter and install appropriate drivers. This will make the Bluetooth icon appear again in the system tray
- If you do not see a Bluetooth icon in the system tray after reboot, do the following
- Open Device Manager
- Click Action -> Scan for hardware changes. This will allow Windows to detect Bluetooth adapters and missing drivers. It will install reinstall Bluetooth drivers.
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