Windows 10 is a great operating system, but what’s more remarkable is that it’s a free operating system – except it’s not.
Microsoft only gives Windows 10 as an upgrade to Windows 10, so if you want to reinstall Windows 10, you have to spend the $200 or more that each version of Windows usually costs. The problem arises when an upgrade doesn’t go as planned – it’s supposed to be an easy thing to watch go, but behind the scenes, things don’t always go as planned.
For this reason, a new installation is always preferable to an upgrade, but since Microsoft employees themselves were involved in the upgrade process this time, people decided not to get involved. One of the problems caused by the wrong update is that your Bluetooth devices don’t work. It’s more like Windows 10 can’t find your Bluetooth devices.
Don’t worry, there are solutions to this problem that don’t require a complete reinstallation of Windows. Let’s give it a try.
What is the reason why Bluetooth devices are not detected in Windows 10?
Many people use Bluetooth technology on a daily basis. For these users, it is impossible to perform their daily tasks without using Bluetooth-connected devices. But what happens when Bluetooth does not recognize devices?
Before discussing how to solve the problem of unrecognized Bluetooth devices in Windows 10, it is best to discuss the scenarios related to this problem. This will give you a better understanding of how to handle it.
Bluetooth not working on Windows 10: Many users claim that they cannot start Bluetooth on their computer. The best way to solve this problem is to reinstall the Bluetooth device and update its driver.
Bluetooth does not detect or recognize devices in Windows 10: If you encounter this problem, you need to restart Bluetooth support and see if this solves the problem.
Bluetooth can’t find your headphones or keyboard: This problem can occur on a variety of devices. Make sure the device is properly paired with your computer to repair it.
Bluetooth does not connect: If Bluetooth does not seem to connect, the problem is probably Wi-Fi related. On some devices, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are included in the same card. You can solve this problem by temporarily turning off Wi-Fi.
Bluetooth is not detecting devices: after upgrading to Windows 10, you may encounter this problem. However, you can solve this problem by running the “Hardware and Devices” diagnostic program.
How do I troubleshoot Bluetooth in Windows 10 that doesn’t find devices?
Hardware and device troubleshooting
The built-in “Hardware and Devices” troubleshooter checks for problems and makes sure that any new peripherals or equipment connected to your computer are installed correctly or not. To begin troubleshooting, follow these steps:
- Press the Windows + W keys.
- Enter the words “troubleshooter” in the search box and press the Enter key.
- Press Hardware & Sound and run Hardware & Sound Troubleshooter.
Restart Bluetooth support
- You must make sure that the appropriate services are running and working properly.
- To do this, press the Windows + R keys, type services.msc.
- Then right-click on the Bluetooth support service and select Restart.
- Right-click on the Bluetooth Support service, select Properties and make sure that the startup type is automatic.
The Bluetooth service allows you to discover and pair remote Bluetooth devices. Disabling this service or turning it off can cause existing Bluetooth devices to stop working properly and unable to detect or pair new devices.
Enabling Bluetooth Audio
Check to see if the Bluetooth hands-free settings below are enabled by default or not. If not, turn them on and see if that solves the problem. To enable the Bluetooth audio service, follow these steps.
- Press Win+X at the same time and select Control Panel from the list. Select Devices and Printers.
- In Devices and Printers, locate the Bluetooth speaker and right-click it. Click Properties and click the Services tab.
- Select “Audio Sink”, “Hands-free Telephony” and “Remote Control” and click “Apply”.
Update Bluetooth device drivers
You can use the Device Manager to do this.
- Press Win+R, type devmgmt.msc to open the Device Manager. Expand Bluetooth.
- Click on the Properties link and click on the Drivers tab.
- Click the Update Drivers button.
- Click the OK button.
Installing the latest Windows updates
The latest versions of Windows 10 seem to have solved this problem for good unless it’s caused by third-party programs. Although the problem is often caused by a Windows update, Windows has subsequently released fixes to fix it. Updating your operating system to the latest version is always helpful when it comes to these types of errors, and users have reported that the latest versions of Windows 10 have actually solved this very problem.
- Use the Windows + I key combination to open Windows PC Settings. You can also search for “Settings” by using the search bar on the taskbar.
- Under Settings, locate and open “Updates and security” under the “Windows Updates” tab and click “Check for updates” under “Update status” to see if a new version of Windows is available.
- If it is, Windows should install the update immediately, and then you’ll be prompted to reboot your computer.
Frequently Asked Questions
For Android phones, go to Settings -> System -> Advanced -> Reset options -> Reset Wi-Fi, cell phone and Bluetooth. For iOS and iPadOS devices, you must disable pairing of all devices (go to Settings -> Bluetooth, select the About icon, and select "Forget this device" for each device) and reboot your phone or tablet.
Android: Open the Settings screen and tap Bluetooth under "Wireless and networks.
Windows: Open the Control Panel and tap Add Device under Devices and Printers. You will see Bluetooth devices that can be found near you.
- Turn off Bluetooth and turn it back on. Learn how to turn Bluetooth on and off.
- Make sure your devices are paired and connected. Learn how to pair and connect using Bluetooth.
- Restart your devices. Learn how to restart your Pixel phone or Nexus device.
- Make sure Bluetooth is active on your phone.
- Download a Bluetooth scanner app, such as LightBlue for iPhone or Android.
- Open the Bluetooth scanner app and start scanning.
- If the device appears in the list, try to find it.
- Play music.
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