- If you try to remove a Bluetooth device on Windows and it doesn’t work, there are a few troubleshooting methods to try.
- You can generally remove Bluetooth devices using the Settings app, but that process won’t work on occasion.
- You can also remove your Bluetooth device from the Control Panel, restart some services, and update drivers.
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Although there’s usually no disadvantage by leaving
devices paired to your computer, you might occasionally want to clean up your Bluetooth settings by removing devices you no longer use.
It’s generally easy to remove unused Bluetooth devices, but sometimes Windows suffers a glitch, and removing the device doesn’t work. Here are some common and easy troubleshooting steps you can take to solve this problem and get your unwanted devices removed.
Remove a device using Settings
There are several ways to remove Bluetooth devices from Windows 10 or Windows 11, so start by double-checking the most common approach: using Bluetooth settings.
1. Click Start and then click Settings.
2. Click Bluetooth & devices in the pane on the left. (Select Devices in Windows 10.)
3. Find the Bluetooth device you want to remove. You might need to click View more devices.
4. To the right of the device, click the three dots and then click Remove device.
Find the device you want to remove and then click Remove device from its three-dot menu.
Turn off Bluetooth
If you’re having trouble removing a Bluetooth device, it’s possible that Windows won’t “let go” of the device because it thinks there’s an active Bluetooth connection. To remedy that, open Settings in Windows 11 and click Bluetooth & devices. Then turn off Bluetooth by swiping the button to the left.
If you’re having trouble removing a Bluetooth device, try turning off Bluetooth first.
Remove the device using Control Panel
If Settings didn’t work, there’s more than one way to get rid of the device in Windows, so try using the Control Panel instead.
1. In the Start Search box, type “Control Panel” and when you see Control Panel appear in the results, click it.
2. In the Hardware and Sound section, click View devices and printers.
3. Right-click the device you want to remove and choose Remove device.
The Control Panel offers an alternate way to remove a Bluetooth device from Windows.
Restart the Device Association Service
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