Bluetooth not working on a laptop: 8 ways to solve the problem
Bluetooth is one of those features that is used on a daily basis, and it’s only when it stops working that we really understand its value. It is used to connect headphones, cameras, phones and other devices. Fortunately, the issue of a broken or missing Bluetooth option is not a big deal, at least in most cases. Below we will consider all methods of solving this problem.
Solution 1. Change and expand the Action Center menu
The Action Center has two parts. At the top, you will find messages from various installed applications, as well as from the system itself. At the bottom is the Quick Actions menu, which contains all the shortcuts for the main settings. To save space or when a series of toast notifications appear, Windows collapses this list.
Just click the Expand button to open all the available radio buttons.
Not all shortcuts appear in the Quick Actions menu. However, the Bluetooth icon, although enabled by default, can be disabled accidentally. You need to add it again.
- Open the Action Center and click on “Manage notifications” in the upper right corner.
- Once Windows Settings opens, click on “Edit Quick Action Menu”.
- This will launch Action Center again, but this time it will be possible to add / remove shortcuts.
- Click the Add button.
- A list of all available shortcuts that are not yet active will appear. Select Bluetooth and the system will add it to the quick action menu.
- Click Finish to save your settings.
Note that in edit mode, you can also drag the shortcuts in any order.
Solution 2. Run the troubleshooter
All versions of Windows come with a set of troubleshooting tools that allow the system to diagnose itself and fix any errors it finds.
- Press the Win + I combination to open Windows Settings.
- Type in the search: Troubleshoot Bluetooth problems, and select the appropriate option.
- In the pop-up window that appears, click Apply Fixes Automatically, and then click Next.
- The system will try to fix the problem or suggest a solution after starting the scan.
Solution 3. Updating, removing and reinstalling drivers
If the problem occurs with the connection of a specific device, one of the reasons may be outdated or corrupted drivers. You need to go to the manager and update the corresponding application.
- Press Win + X, and select Device Manager.
- Expand the Bluetooth section.
- This section displays the drivers of all devices ever connected to the computer.
- Select the problematic application from the list, right-click on it, and click Update.
- Next Run automatic search and update.
- When the process is complete, restart your computer.
- If this does not help, you need to reinstall the driver.
- Go to Device Manager again, click on the RMB application, and select Uninstall.
- After that, visit the official website of the manufacturer of the problematic device, and download the latest driver.
- Run the automatic installer and reboot again.
Solution 4: Scan for hardware changes
As a result of the installation of third-party programs, some system files may have been changed. It is necessary to carry out diagnostics, and restore them, if necessary.
- Open Device Manager again.
- Right click on the computer name and select “Scan for hardware changes”.
Solution 5. Turn on automatic start of the Bluetooth service
Among other things, you can check if the Bluetooth support service is working correctly and enable it to start automatically if the settings have been changed.
- Press the combination Win + X, and select Control Panel.
- Go to the Administration section, and then to Services.
- Find in the list: Bluetooth Support.
- Right-click on it and select Properties.
- In the Startup type section, set the setting to Automatic.
- Click Apply and Ok.
- In the list of services, select the restart button.
Solution 6. Disable Fast Startup
Fast Startup helps speed up the boot process, taking less time to get to the Windows desktop. However, this can lead to occasional crashes in programs that open at startup.
- Right click on the Windows icon and select Power Management.
- On the left menu, click the Power Button Action tab.
- Scroll down the page and uncheck the box: Enable fast startup.
- Save your changes.
Solution 7. Startup Repair
How to implement it:
- Open the Windows menu again by pressing the Win + X combination.
- Select the Restart option, hold down the Shift key, and click on it.
- After restarting the computer, the system parameters will open with a blue background.
- Select: Troubleshoot> Advanced options> Startup Repair.
- Next, log in under your account with administrator rights by entering your password.
- Run Startup Repair.
Solution 8. System Restore
Windows creates a restore point every few days or when it detects serious problems. If none of the above methods helped, try rolling back to a previous system state.
- Right click on the Windows icon and select Control Panel.
- Go to the Recovery section, and then Start System Restore.
- Check the box: Show other restore points.
- Select a date with a dot to roll back when Bluetooth was working properly.
- Click the Next button and follow the prompts from the system.
The listed methods are bound to help if Bluetooth does not work on a Windows laptop. However, if the wireless module fails, the problem may persist. In this case, you will have to contact the repair specialists. If you have something to write about this issue, leave comments and help other people fix their problem faster and easier.