Bluetooth Not Working is a common issue in Windows 10. The new update brings many issues and bugs including Bluetooth pairing problem.
Bluetooth is an indispensable wireless technology that lets you connect devices together. But sometimes you might encounter problems while trying to pair your device to a Windows 10 system. Well, you don’t need to worry about that. You can fix the issue easily following a few steps.
Cause of Bluetooth not working in Windows 10
Before trying to fix the pairing issue, you must figure out what exactly leads to Bluetooth not working in your windows 10 system.
Bluetooth problems on Windows 10 computers most likely arise due to a combination of software and hardware issues.
- Broken device
- The incorrect settings being enabled or disabled in Windows 10
- Bluetooth device itself being turned off
- Multiple Bluetooth devices causing conflicts with each other and the computer they’re trying to connect to.
- Connectivity issues like driver updates, operating system updates or basic software updates.
Fix Bluetooth not working in Windows 10
Check and ensure that Bluetooth is enabled: Your device won’t necessarily have Bluetooth enabled by default. For the purpose of connecting any devices to your Windows 10 system, first, you turn on the Bluetooth connection.
You need to click on the action center icon shown in the lower right corner of the taskbar and then click on the ‘Bluetooth’ tile to turn on. You have to make sure it’s highlighted. If it is not visible, click Expand. While in there, you need to check Flight mode too. If it is enabled, then Bluetooth won’t work.
Alternative way: You press Windows key + I to open Settings and then go to Devices > Bluetooth & other devices and slide Bluetooth to On.
Turn Bluetooth on and off again: Sometimes all connectivity issues with Bluetooth can be resolved with a quick reset and it manually forces your PC/Laptop to begin searching for Bluetooth devices.
Check for a Windows 10 update and keep your system always updated: Having the latest version of Windows 10 installed on your computer or tablet not only helps to keep up with new features and maintain security but also helps you pair your Bluetooth device by downloading any necessary files it may be missing.
Windows 10 usually automatically updates itself, but you can manually check for and install updates too.
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To do this,
- You need to press Windows key + I to open Settings.
- Then go to Update & Security and click Check for updates
- If your system is not running the latest Windows version already, it will begin to download and install new patches.
Keep Bluetooth drivers updated: Many times Bluetooth in Windows 10 does not work because of outdated drivers esp if you have recently updated Windows 10.
To check for driver updates,
- You need to press Windows key + X and click Device Manager.
- Then expand Bluetooth and right-click the adapter.
- Click the Update driver > Search automatically for updated driver software.
- Follow the instructions. Once the driver has updated, you need to restart your system.
Note: If this process doesn’t find any drivers, double-check your system’s manufacturer website and download it from fresh drivers from there. In case it’s an exe file, open it up and follow the instructions.
Most problems regarding connectivity will be resolved by just updating the Bluetooth drivers on your PC.
Fix more Bluetooth Pairing Issues
Check the status of Bluetooth service: Bluetooth is a service on Windows 10. Before pairing a device, you must check the service’s status.
To do this,
- You need to do press the Windows key + R to open Run and input services.msc.
- Since the list is sorted in alphabetical order, you need to look for all those that begin with Bluetooth.
- Then double click each and check the service status if the status is shown as ‘Stopped’ you need to click on ‘Start‘ to get it going.
Use the Bluetooth troubleshooter: There is a built-in Bluetooth troubleshooter in Windows 10 for detecting problems and automatically repairing them.
To run it,
- Press the (Windows key + I) to open Settings and go to Update & Security –> Troubleshoot –> Bluetooth –> Run the troubleshooter.
- It should fix any problem it encounters, but some of them might require your manual action, so you need to follow instructions.
Disable other Bluetooth devices: Some old devices connected to your Windows 10 system might cause interference when you try to pair a new device. You need to disable them.
To do this,
- Press (Windows key + I) to open Settings and click on Devices.
- Taking turns, you need to click on each Bluetooth device connected and click Remove device > Yes.
- Once pairing establishes again, you can reconnect them.
Discoverability of the device: When you are connecting a device with a laptop/PC, then both of them should be discoverable to other devices around it.
To check this,
- Open ‘Settings’ app, go to ‘Devices- > ‘Bluetooth & other devices‘.
- From the ‘Related settings‘, choose the ‘More Bluetooth options‘.
- Check the option ‘Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC’. Click on ‘Apply’ and then ‘OK’.
Reposition your device: Sometimes, the position of the device makes it difficult for it to be detected. You need to keep the Bluetooth device closer to your Windows 10 computer. The Bluetooth device could be out of range of your Windows 10 computer or tablet so you must keep them next to each other when trying to make the initial connection.
It’s frustrating when Windows 10 Bluetooth pairing stops working. But hopefully, if you followed the steps above it is working for you again! Always remember to keep your system up to date with the Windows Updates for all the new patches. A fully updated Windows 10 system should not have any Bluetooth not working issue.