Bluetooth icon is missing from Windows 10 / 11 [Fixed]

In case if you can’t find the Bluetooth icon on the Taskbar on your Windows 10 pc and wondering what to do, don’t worry. This problem usually occurs when the Bluetooth driver on your computer goes haywire or it’s simply can be a Bluetooth settings issue. Simply, follow these fixes and you will be seeing the Bluetooth icon back where it should be.


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Alternative approaches

1. Sometime the Bluetooth icon may be hidden in TaskbarHidden icons‘. Simply click on the ‘Arrow icon‘ on the Taskbar and check if you can see the Bluetooth icon.

 

Hidden Bluetooth Icon

 

2. You can turn ‘On‘ or ‘Off‘ your Bluetooth settings from the Notification area. Click on the notification icon on the Taskbar and check the Bluetooth status.

 

Notification Center

 

If any of these alternative workarounds didn’t help you out, try these fixes-

Fix-1 Enable Bluetooth icon from Bluetooth settings-

You can enable the Bluetooth icon in the Notification area.

1. Click on the Search box and then, type “Bluetooth and other devices settings“.

2. Click on “Bluetooth and other devices settings” in the elevated search results.

 

Bluetooth Settings From Search New

 

3. On the right-hand side of the Settings window, scroll down and then click on “More Bluetooth options“.

 

More Bluetooth New


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Note: – For Windows 11 Users , Click on More Bluetooth Settings

4. In the Bluetooth Settings window, under the ‘Options‘ tab, check the option “Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area“.

5. Then, click on “OK” to save these settings on your computer.

 

Show Bluetooth Icon

 

Close the Settings window and check if the Bluetooth icon is appearing in the Taskbar or not.

 

Fix-2 Turn Bluetooth ‘ON’-

You can easily turn the Bluetooth device ‘ON‘ on your computer from Settings.

1. Press Windows key+I together.

2. Then, click on “Devices“.

 

Select Devices From Settings Window

 

3. Now, on the left-hand side, you have to click on “Bluetooth & other devices“.

4. On the right-hand side, you need to change the ‘Bluetooth‘ to turn it “On“.

 

Bluetooth On

 

Now, check if you can see the Bluetooth icon on the taskbar or not. Go for the next fix if this one didn’t work out.

Note: -For Windows 11 Users

1 -Press Windows key and I key together from the keyboard of the computer.

2 -Now, click on Bluetooth & devices from the left menu and then make sure Bluetooth is turned ON in the right side.

Bluetooth Windows 11 Turn On Min

Fix-3 Check Bluetooth service is running or not-

The proper functionality of the Bluetooth device on your computer depends upon Bluetooth support service.

1. Pressing Windows Key+R will launch the Run.

2. Now, write down “services.msc” in the Run window. After that, a simple click on “OK” and the Services window will appear in a moment.

 

Run Command Search Services.msc Ok

 

3. In Services window, right-click on “Bluetooth Support Service” and click on “Restart“.

 

Bluettoth Restart

 

3. Similarly, double click on the “Bluetooth Support Service“.

 

Bluetooth Services Double Click

 

4. Now, in the Bluetooth Support Service Properties window, click on the ‘Startup type:‘ and set it to “Automatic” mode.

5. Check if it is ‘Running‘ or not. If it isn’t, then click on “Start” to start it.

 

Bluetooth Support Service Start

 

6. After doing all these changes, click on “Apply” and “OK“.

 

Aplply Ok

 

Now, close the Device Manager window and check if you can discover the Bluetooth icon on your computer.

 

Fix-4 Uninstall and reinstall the Bluetooth driver-

Uninstalling and reinstalling the Bluetooth device may help you out-

First, follow these steps to uninstall your Bluetooth adapter driver-

1. Press Windows key+R to open Run.

2. Now, type “devmgmt.msc” and hit Enter.

 

Run Devicemanager

 


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Device Manager utility will open.

3. In the Device Manager utility window, look for the “Bluetooth” option and click on it.

4. In the list of Bluetooth drivers, what you need to do is to right-click on the Bluetooth adapter you are using, then click on “Uninstall device“.

 

Uninstall Bluettoth

 

The Bluetooth driver will be uninstalled in a while.


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Process 1-

Simply, reboot your computer and Windows will automatically install the uninstalled driver.

Process 2

If rebooting your computer didn’t install the driver then you have to install the driver yourself. Follow to install the driver manually-

1. In the Device Manager window, click on Action.Then, you need to click on “Scan for hardware changes” to scan for any missing driver.

 

Scan For Hardware Change

 

Windows will detect the removed driver and reinstall it automatically.

Close Device Manager window.

You will be seeing the Bluetooth icon on the Taskbar.

Your problem will be fixed.

Fix-5 Troubleshoot

1 – Search Troubleshoot settings in search box of Windows PC and then click on it.

 

Troubleshoot Settings Min

2 -Now, click on other troubleshooters.

 

System Other Troubleshooters Bluetooth Min1

 

3 -Now, Run Bluetooth troubleshooter

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15 thoughts on “Bluetooth icon is missing from Windows 10 / 11 [Fixed]”

  1. This was excellent and fixed my problem – “more bluetooth options” was what I needed.
    Thank you!

  2. Just want to say thank you to the author, this is a great help to me. It fixed the problem that I can’t find any workable solution anywhere else.

  3. I’ve tried all options and still doesn’t show.
    In the last option managing device it doesn’t show the Bluetooth to uninstall and install later.
    oh, God!

  4. Hi there,

    I tried to get my Bluetooth working again on my Lenovo IdeaPad 330 (Windows 10) but as detailed as your instructions are, Bluetooth doesn’t appear in the Device Manager for my to uninstall/reinstall the driver. What do I do now? I tried restarting in Bluetooth Support, made sure its status is running and set to manual but I’m still stuck here. Any ideas? Your help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

  5. This was SOOOOOOO helpful! THANK YOU!!! And thanks for having multiple fix options, I had to get to number 4 before it worked for me.

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