7 WAYS TO FIX BLUETOOTH NOT WORKING IN WINDOWS 10
Having problems with Bluetooth in Windows 10?
Unable to use Bluetooth devices with your laptop / computer after the latest Windows 10 anniversary update?
Do not worry! You are not the only one. And we are here to help you.
Microsoft's latest update, the Windows 10th anniversary update, has improved. But this update also comes with its own set of bugs.
Bluetooth not working after the update is the most common problem with the Windows 10 update.
Bluetooth devices are replacing the traditional devices that connect to a computer / laptop. This means that the Bluetooth connectivity is indeed a cause of great discomfort to many users and the need for immediate solution arises.
If you are looking for a problem, you are at the right place.
Here's seven easy ways to tackle the problem.
A few common issues due to which the Bluetooth could not be working;
- Issues caused by the Bluetooth device itself.
- Problems due to the programs or software you have installed in your computer / laptop.
- Any operations you might have performed incorrectly.
- Disabled Bluetooth support device.
- Incompatible Bluetooth drivers.
- Other unknown causes.
Before going into the software issues, it is always important to check if your computer / laptop has a manual wireless switch. Check in the upper part of the keyboard or the corners of the laptop. If there is a manual switch, make sure it is in the ON position.
But if your system does not have any such switches or if the switch is in place and the problem still persists, here are a few solutions.
- Make sure Bluetooth is turned on in both the devices.
In most cases the issue is as small as the Bluetooth switch. Make sure that it is on the computer and the Bluetooth device which you want to connect.
To check if Bluetooth in your system is enabled or not, follow these steps
- Go to Settings from Start Menu .
- Select Network & Internet.
- On the right side, the Bluetooth settings are visible.
- Enable Bluetooth.
- Check the Bluetooth hardware device.
Make sure the Bluetooth device you want to connect is compatible with your version of Windows, ie Windows 10. If it is not compatible or if it is a very old device, you will have to upgrade to the latest one. Most Bluetooth devices which are old (about 5 or 10 years old) are not compatible with the Windows 10 version.
- Check for any malware or virus.
Run the virus on your computer and get rid of any viruses or malware that could cause the Bluetooth problems. Delete any program or software you have installed that is infected or defective. A malware or a virus also hinders the functioning of the wireless services and results in problems with Bluetooth connectivity.
- Disconnect and reconnect the Bluetooth devices.
In case the Bluetooth device can not be detected by the computer / laptop, try removing them and adding them again. Follow these steps to remove and re-add a Bluetooth device to your computer / laptop;
- Go to the Control Panel in the Start
- Click Hardware & Sound .
- Under that, select Bluetooth Devices .
- Select the device that is not working and click on Remove .
- Now select Add and press the reset button on the Bluetooth device.
- Select My device is set up and ready to be found and click on Next .
- When the Bluetooth device is found, select it, click Next and follow the rest of the wizard.
- Update the Bluetooth driver
Bluetooth driver is the software that enables communication between the computer and the Bluetooth device. If the Bluetooth driver in your system is outdated or is not compatible with the Windows 10 update it will not function and the problem of Bluetooth not connecting occurs.
Check if the Bluetooth driver is corrupted, damaged, outdated or missing and fix the problem by installing suitable software. There are a number of Bluetooth driver software available online which can be installed easily.
- Check for Airplane mode settings
Check if the airplane mode in your laptop / computer is on.
- Open Settings from the Start
- Select Network & Internet.
- Click on Airplane Mode from the left column.
- Toggle it to OFF.
Now the airplane mode is disabled.
After this, go to Bluetooth settings and enable Bluetooth.
If the above solutions do not work, try using the built-in windows troubleshooting tool. Follow these steps;
- Go to Settings in the Start
- Under Updates & Security, select Troubleshoot.
- Click on Bluetooth and select Run the Troubleshooter.
- Follow the instructions given by the wizard and let the process finish.
- Now restart your laptop / computer.
These are the common problems encountered by Windows 10 users and some solutions. Hope this article has helped you solve your Bluetooth issues. If you have a Bluetooth connectivity, you can get help from the technical support group or contact a service center nearby.