Fix Windows 11/10 Bluetooth Missing [Solved]

Sometimes it happens in Windows 10 or Windows 11 systems,  that you can not find your Bluetooth settings anywhere in settings or control panel. Bluetooth is a great wireless option for transferring files across devices and connecting devices like speakers. Many users have faced this issue so we have found these methods which will help you to get your Bluetooth settings back.


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Preliminary Fix

Some laptop manufacturers place a dedicated bluetooth button seperately or along with function keys. Just check on your laptop keyboard to locate any Bluetooth button which you have accidentally pressed.

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Method 1 – Restart Bluetooth services

Bluetooth services are the programs that make sure that Bluetooth is working on any device properly or not. Sometimes Bluetooth does not work because Bluetooth services are stopped. Restarting services manually can solve this issue easily. Follow these steps to restart Bluetooth services.

 

Step 1] Press Windows and R at the same time, type service.msc and hit Enter. It will open Windows services.

 

Run Services

 

Step 2] Locate Bluetooth support services in the services list and select the restart option from the right click on it.

 

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Step 3] After restarting, double-click on it to open properties of the service. Set Automatic in the startup type and then click OK.

 

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Step 4] Repeat steps 3 and 4 for every Bluetooth related services you can find in the list like Bluetooth audio gateway service and Bluetooth user support service.

 

Open Device Settings and check that Bluetooth settings have reappeared or not.

Method 2 – Run Bluetooth troubleshooter

1 – Open RUN command box by pressing Windows key and R key together

2 – Copy and paste the path given below in the run window and click OK.


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msdt.exe -id BluetoothDiagnostic

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3 -Now, Click Next to run troubleshooter and follow on screen instructions to troubleshoot bluetooth

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Method 3 – Disable and then Enable Bluetooth Device

 

Sometimes simple methods like disabling and enabling devices also work for many users. Follow this process to disable and enable back the Bluetooth device.

 

Step 1] Search Device manager in Windows search box.

Step 2] Now, Click on Device manager from the search result.

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Step 2] Now, double click on Bluetooth to expand the list and then locate your main bluetooth device.

Select the Bluetooth Device, right click on it and select Disable Device option.

 

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Step 3] Click yes on to confirm Disabling.

 

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Step 4] After some time, right click again on the Bluetooth device and select Enable Device option.

 

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Close the Device Manager Windows and check for Bluetooth settings in Settings.

Method 4  – Hard Power loop

1. Shutdown your computer

2. unplug the power supply from your computer (For example charging cable from laptop) and wait for two minute

3. Press and hold the power button continuously for 10 seconds to drain any extra charge

4.  Attach the power source again to the PC

5. Turn on the computer again

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Fix-5 Enable Bluetooth icon from Bluetooth settings-

1. CPress Windows key and S jointly from keyboard then, type “Bluetooth and other devices settings“.

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

 

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

 

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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-6 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“.

 

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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.

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Method 7 – Reinstall Bluetooth Device

If none of the above methods has worked for you then your device drivers may be faulty or corrupted and you have to reinstall them to repair it.

 

Step 1]  Search Device manager in Windows search and then click on device manager to open device manager.

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Step 2] Locate the Bluetooth device, right click on it and select Uninstall Device option.

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Step 3] Click on Uninstall to confirm.

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After the completion of Uninstalling process reboot your PC. It will automatically install the default driver again and most probably Bluetooth settings will show up.

 

If you are still facing the issue then it is possible that your Bluetooth device drivers’ are old and need to be updated. To update them you have to download the installer from the PC manufacturer website and then install according to installation instructions.

Method 8 – Show hidden devices

Step 1]  Search Device manager in Windows search and then click on device manager to open device manager.

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Step 2 – Now, Click on View and then click on show hidden devices.

 

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Method 9 – Buy an external USB Bluetooth stick

If all else fails , you can buy an external USB stick from amazon and attach it to your USB port and everything will fall in place. This works , when every fixing procedure fails and there is  a strong chance that your bluetooth adpater is damaged.

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Method 10 – Update BIOS

Some users have reported that updating their BIOS to the latest version solved this issue with bluetooth. So just , google your BIOS and the laptop manufacturers’s name and download and install and update the BIOS.

 

Method 11 – Check Bluetooth devices and drivers in Device Manager

 

If Bluetooth settings are not shown in settings then it is caused by an error in device drivers or missing of the device drivers. You can check them in the Device Manager that devices are working fine or not.

 

Step 1]  Search Device manager in Windows search and then click on device manager to open device manager.

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Step 2] Expand Bluetooth and check that there is at least one device is present. Double click to open properties and then make sure that it is in running status.

Step 3] Under the Network Adapters check for Bluetooth adapter. If it is there double click on it and check that it is in working status.

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