Troubleshooting Windows 10: Bluetooth not working

The problem of Bluetooth not working in Windows 10 keeps occurring, which is very annoying. What do you need to do to get rid of the Bluetooth problem? In this article, Techquack will tell you the most common solutions; try them to solve the problem on your PC.

Bluetooth refers to wireless technology that can be used to exchange data between stationary and mobile devices over short distances. In Windows 10, Bluetooth allows you to pair phones, speakers, keyboards, etc.

However, when pairing a device with the Windows 10 operating system, there may be problems with Bluetooth. Reportedly, the system doesn’t seem to recognize some Bluetooth accessories. This problem always occurs after a Windows update.

Let’s look at some examples of Bluetooth related problems:

  • Bluetooth doesn’t connect to Windows 10
  • There is no Bluetooth in Windows 10 or there is no Bluetooth in the Windows 10 device manager.
  • Bluetooth is not available on this device on Windows 10.
  • Bluetooth is not detecting devices in Windows 10

If you find that Bluetooth in Windows 10 is not working, what should you do? Follow the solutions below to fix it now!

What is the reason why Bluetooth doesn’t work in Windows 10

What is the reason why Bluetooth doesn't work in Windows 10

Bluetooth problems on Windows 10 computers are usually caused by a combination of software and hardware issues. Sometimes multiple Bluetooth devices cause conflicts with each other and with the computer the Bluetooth devices are trying to connect to.

In other cases, connection problems occur because the computer needs to update the operating system, software, or driver. Other common causes of Bluetooth errors in Windows 10 are malfunctioning devices, enabling or disabling wrong settings in Windows 10, and disabling Bluetooth devices.

To fix the “Bluetooth not working” error in Windows 10

To fix the "Bluetooth not working" error in Windows 10

Update the driver

  1. Go to Device Manager and right-click on your Bluetooth device.
  2. Select “Properties” and click on the “Advanced” tab.
  3. Notice the number next to the manufacturer ID.
  4. It’s time to enter the manufacturer ID.
  5. It will identify the manufacturer of your Bluetooth accessory and direct you to the right page where you can download the latest driver.

The only way to solve your Windows 10 Bluetooth problems is to update the driver. You may be reading this for the millionth time, but it can be helpful.

So if you didn’t get a driver update through Windows Update, go to Device Manager and try manually downloading the latest driver for your Bluetooth device. If you have better luck, you can also visit the manufacturer’s website to find a compatible driver.

Reinstall your Bluetooth device

  1. Go to Search, type Devicemngr, and open the Device Manager.
  2. When the Device Manager opens, find your Bluetooth device, right-click it, and click Uninstall.
  3. Windows will ask you to confirm that you want to uninstall the driver.
  4. Click Uninstall.
  5. After confirming and uninstalling the driver, restart your computer.
  6. Now you should wait for Windows to automatically install the new driver, or go to the device manufacturer’s website and check if the new driver is available for Windows 10.

Check if the Bluetooth service is working.

  1. Go to the Search page, type services.MSC and open Services.
  2. Find the Bluetooth support service. If the service is not enabled, right-click it and select Start.
  3. If it is enabled, right-click and select Restart.
  4. Wait for the process to complete.
  5. Restart the computer.

Run Troubleshooting

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Go to Updates and security -> Troubleshooting.
  3. Select Bluetooth and go to the Run Troubleshooter option.
  4. Follow the rest of the instructions on the screen and let the process finish.
  5. Reboot your computer.

If none of the above solutions worked, let’s try using the built-in Windows 10 Bluetooth diagnostic tool.

Change the power saving settings

  1. Open the device manager.
  2. When Device Manager opens, find the Bluetooth keyboard and double-click it.
  3. When the Properties window opens, go to Power Management and uncheck “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.”
  4. Now click OK to save your changes.

Although it may seem unrelated, the power-saving settings can actually turn off your Bluetooth device.

Try a different USB port

It may not be a problem with the Bluetooth device, but with the USB port. It may not support the device or it may simply be damaged. To remove any doubt, simply try a different USB port and see if that makes a difference.

Frequently Asked Questions

Select Start, then Settings -> Update and Security -> Troubleshooting. Under Troubleshoot Other Problems, select Bluetooth, then select Run Troubleshooter and follow the instructions.

In other cases, communication problems occur because your computer needs an operating system, software, or driver update. Other common causes of Bluetooth errors in Windows 10 are a malfunctioning device, turning on or off the wrong settings in Windows 10, and disabling the Bluetooth device.

  1. Tap the Start button and select Settings -> Devices -> Bluetooth and other devices.
  2. Select the Bluetooth switch to turn Bluetooth on or off as needed.

If your Bluetooth devices are not connected, they are probably out of range or not in pairing mode. If you are having persistent problems connecting via Bluetooth, try rebooting your devices or letting your phone or tablet "forget" to connect.

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