windows 10 bluetooth missing

Fix: Bluetooth Missing And Disappeared On Windows 10

Sometimes, you are not able to locate the Bluetooth in your laptop or computer. This happens due to the fact that it becomes disappeared and missing owing to various reasons. But before moving ahead, you need to check if the Bluetooth hardware is actually present in the laptop or not. For this do the following-

Boot into safe mode and then back to Normal mode

  1. Hold the WindowsKey and Press R. Type msconfig and click OK
  2. Go to the Boottab and put a check on Safe Boot
  3. Rebootthe PC and it should boot into Safe Mode. Once in Safe Mode, the drivers should be installed automatically.
  4. RepeatStep 1 and 2 to uncheck Safe Boot and boot back into Normal mode and check to see if the issue is resolved.

Now, try the following methods to get rid of the issue-

Check first that the Bluetooth service is functioning properly on the computer to check this, you need to do the following-

  1. Press Windows + Rto launch the Run application. Type “msc” in the dialogue box and press Enter.
  1. Once in Services, navigate through all the entries until you find “Bluetooth Support Service”. Double-click the service to launch its properties.
  2. Start the service first by clicking the “Start” button and set the startup type as “Automatic”. Press Apply to save changes and exit.
  3. Go to settings by pressing Windows + I and then navigate to “Devices” and check if the problem is resolved.

Install the default drivers

  1. Press Windows + R, type “msc” in the dialogue box and press Enter.
  2. Once in the device manager, expand the category of “Bluetooth”. Your Bluetooth hardware will be listed here. Right-click on it and select “Uninstall”.
  3. The Bluetooth category will completely vanish from the device manager. This means that the device was successfully uninstalled.
  4. If you cannot see Bluetooth devices there, click on View menu, then click on Show Hidden Devices.
  5. Right-click on any space and select “Scan for hardware changes”. Your computer will now scan all the hardware connected. After it comes across the Bluetooth hardware, it will automatically install the default drivers.
  6. Open the Bluetooth category again and check if the driver was successfully installed.
  7. Now you can check if the option is back in the settings. If it isn’t, restart your computer and check again. Do note that you might have to scan for hardware changes more than once if it doesn’t detect it on the first try.

Enabling Bluetooth on the taskbar

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the search bar. Type “Bluetooth” in the dialogue box and open the most relevant application which comes forth.
  2. On the left side of the screen, there will be additional options. Select “More Bluetooth options”.
  3. Once in Bluetooth Settings, check the box which says “Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area”. Press Apply to save changes and exit. The Bluetooth icon will automatically be present on your taskbar.

Run the Bluetooth trouble shooter

  1. Press Windowskey, type Troubleshoot and then click on Troubleshoot Settings.
  2. In the right pane of the window, scroll down and Find Bluetooth.
  3. Now click on Bluetoothand then click on Run This Trouble shooter
  4. Now follow the instructions displayed on the screen.
  5. Once the trouble shooter has completed its process, restart the system and check if the Bluetooth icon is back.

 Check Bluetooth service status

  1. Press Windows + R keyboard shortcut, type servcies.msc and click ok
  2. This will open windows services console, scroll down and locate Bluetooth service
  3. Now, you have to right-click over the Bluetooth Support Service or any other kinds of services related to Bluetooth such as Bluetooth Driver Management System and then start.
  4. Here, you have to right-click on the service again and click on the Properties option.
  5. You have to set up the startup type of automatic and apply the change.
  6. Now, to check the results, press Windows and I key together on your keyboard to invoke Settings windows and checkout if the Bluetooth option is present there.

Re-enable Bluetooth driver software

  1. Open device manager using mscfrom start menu search,
  2. Look for and expend the Bluetooth section,
  3. Up next, you need to right-click on your Bluetooth driver software in the Bluetooth section and later on select the Disable device and press on Yes to initiate the process.
  4. Once everything is done, you have to right-click on the driver again and this time select Enable device option.
  5. Lastly, on your keyboard, you need to press the Windows key along with I key to open Settings and see if the Bluetooth option is available now.


Thus, you see there are these few steps that must be followed to enable the Bluetooth appear again on the screen. These steps are not exhaustive and must be taken into consideration with due care and caution. If any update is being carried out, kindly save all the important files and documents.