Bluetooth is missing or not showing in Device Manager – TheWindowsClub
Some Windows 11/10 users have experienced that their Bluetooth devices have stopped working suddenly. When they tried to fix the problem via a driver update method, they did not find the Bluetooth driver in the Device Manager. In computing, a driver is a piece of software that establishes a communication link between an Operating System and a device. If the driver gets corrupted, the respective device does not work properly. If the Bluetooth is missing or not showing in the Device Manager in your system, the suggestions provided in this post may help you fix it.
Bluetooth is missing or not showing in Device Manager
First of all, we suggest you restart your computer and then if the problem disappears. If not, you can proceed ahead with the troubleshooting methods described below.
- Run Bluetooth and Hardware & Devices Troubleshooter
- Restart Bluetooth Support Service
- Enable hidden devices in the Device Manager
- Download the Bluetooth driver from the manufacturer’s website
- Turn off Fast Startup
- Uninstall the latest Windows Update
- Perform a System Restore
- Perform an In-place Upgrade
Below, we have described all these solutions in detail.
1] Run Bluetooth and Hardware & Devices Troubleshooter
Microsoft has developed automated troubleshooter tools for the devices running on Windows operating systems so that the users can run appropriate troubleshooter tools if a problem occurs on their systems. Run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter and see if it fixes the problem.
In addition to the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter, you can also try running the Bluetooth Troubleshooter. The Bluetooth Troubleshooter is available in Windows 11/10 Settings.
If you are a Windows 11 user, open Windows 11 Settings app and then go to “System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshooters.” Now, click on the Run button next to Bluetooth.
If your system is running on Windows 10, open the Windows 10 Settings app, then go to “Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters.” After that, select Bluetooth and then click on the Run the troubleshooter button.
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2] Restart Bluetooth Support Service
The Bluetooth Support Service is responsible for the proper functionality of the Bluetooth devices connected to a PC. If this service has been stopped or not working properly, your Bluetooth devices will not work. In your case, restarting the Bluetooth Support Service can fix the issue. The steps to do that are as follows:
- Press Win + R keys.
- When the Run command box appears, type services.msc and click OK.
- When the Services app opens, look for Bluetooth Support Service.
- Right-click on it and select Restart.
- After restarting the Bluetooth Support Service, double-click on it to open its properties.
- Select Automatic in its Startup type.
- Click Apply and then OK.
3] Enable hidden devices in the Device Manager
It might be possible that the Bluetooth driver is hidden in the Device Manager. You can check this by enabling the hidden devices in the Device Manager. If the Bluetooth driver appears, update or uninstall it and restart your computer. The steps to …….