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Bluetooth not working on Windows 11? 15 Best Fixes to Try

Having trouble pairing or reconnecting Bluetooth devices in Windows 11? Or are you encountering other Bluetooth issues on your PC? We’ll show you how to fix that.

Bluetooth issues are no stranger to Windows 11, like any other desktop operating system. If you are unable to pair or connect Bluetooth devices, or are experiencing frequent disconnects, read on to learn how to fix Windows 11 Bluetooth issues.

1. Check Bluetooth status in Windows 11

It’s a good idea to first check the Bluetooth status on your Windows 11 PC. An inactive Bluetooth module is a common reason for Bluetooth devices not connecting to your PC.

To make sure this isn’t the case, open the Action Center (select the Wireless Internet access, volumeor battery icon) in the right corner of the taskbar). If the Bluetooth icon is not active, select it to activate it.

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note: If the Bluetooth icon is missing from Action Center, select it pencil icon, add Bluetoothand choose Finished.

2. Disable/enable Bluetooth module

Next, turn Bluetooth off and on again. This usually helps solve unexpected Bluetooth module issues on your PC.

1. Right-click on the Start button and select settings.

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2. Choose Bluetooth & Devices on the settings sidebar.

3. Disable and enable the switch next to Bluetooth.

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You can try turning Airplane mode on and then off. This will help restart all wireless radios on your computer. Open the Action Center again and select the airplane mode Symbol. Then wait a few seconds and disable it.

3. Run the Bluetooth automatic troubleshooter

Windows 11 has a built-in Bluetooth troubleshooter that detects and fixes Bluetooth issues on your computer. To run it:

1. Open settings.

2. Go to system > Troubleshooting > Other bug fixes.

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3. Choose To run Next Bluetooth.

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4. Restart your Windows 11 PC

Restarting your PC is another quick way to fix Bluetooth issues in Windows 11. If you haven’t already, open the start menu and select perfomance > Start anew.

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5. Make the Bluetooth device discoverable

If a Bluetooth device doesn’t show up when you try to pair it with your PC, check if the device needs to be discovered first. This may involve pressing and holding a specific button on the device, or going into the Bluetooth settings screen (e.g. when pairing a phone). See the device documentation or online FAQ for details.

6. Charge the Bluetooth device

A Bluetooth device with little to no charge causes various pairing and connection issues. Charge the device or replace the batteries and try again.

7. Bring the device closer to your PC

Although Bluetooth devices are said to work up to a distance of 30 feet, in practice this is rarely the case. Bluetooth interference from other wireless objects and physical obstacles will significantly degrade the signal at longer distances. Bring the device closer to your Windows 11 PC while pairing or using it.

8. Remove and re-add Bluetooth device

If you’re having connection issues with a Bluetooth device that’s already paired, try removing and re-adding it from your PC. If a corrupted Bluetooth device cache is the cause of the problem, this should help fix it.

1. Open the start menu and select settings > Bluetooth & Devices.

2. Select the More icon (three dots) next to the Bluetooth device and select Remove device. Then select Remove confirm.

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3. Choose add device > Bluetooth and add the device again.

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9. Check Windows 11 compatibility

Although Windows 11 is a widely compatible operating system, it may not be supported by the device you are trying to pair. Check the packaging or online FAQ for relevant compatibility information.

If you can pair the device but it doesn’t work properly, check the manufacturer’s website for any support software or drivers you need to install to get it working.

10. Check the Bluetooth support service

Windows 11 relies on a background feature called Bluetooth Support Service for Bluetooth connectivity and management. If Bluetooth is missing from Action Center or the Settings app, or a Bluetooth device suddenly stopped working, try restarting it.

1. Press Windows key + R to open the Run box. Then enter Services.mscand press Enter.

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2. Search Bluetooth support service.

3. Right-click and select Start anew. If the option appears greyed out, select beginning.

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If that helps, make sure the Bluetooth service above is always set to run at startup. To do that:

1. Double-click the Bluetooth support service.

2. Open the drop down menu next to startup type and select Automatically.

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3. Choose OK > Apply.

11. Update your PC Bluetooth driver

If Bluetooth issues persist in Windows 11, you need to turn your attention to your PC’s Bluetooth driver. Update it and see if that makes a difference. To do that:

1. Right-click on the Start button and select device manager.

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2. Expand the Bluetooth Category.

3. Right-click on the Bluetooth adapter – e.g. B. Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth(R)– and choose update drivers.

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4. Choose Search for drivers automatically.

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5. Wait for Device Manager to update the Bluetooth adapter and select Close.

If Windows cannot update the drivers, check your computer manufacturer’s website for newer Bluetooth or motherboard driver updates. Or use a driver updater tool like Driver Booster to update Bluetooth driver automatically.

12. Update your Windows 11 PC

Bluetooth cannot work due to Windows 11 issues. The best way to fix this is to update the operating system to the latest version.

1. Open settings and select windows update.

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2. Choose Check for updates.

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3. Choose Download & install to install any pending Windows 11 updates.

Select optional Expanded options > View optional updates and install any Microsoft verified Bluetooth driver updates if available.

13. Roll back the Bluetooth driver

In rare cases, updating the Bluetooth hardware on your PC with the latest drivers can cause problems. If so, try resetting them.

1. In Device Manager, right-click and select the Bluetooth module Characteristics.

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2. Choose rollback driver.

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3. Restart your computer.

14. Reinstall the Bluetooth driver

Reinstall the Bluetooth driver on your computer to rule out possible driver corruption issues.

1. In Device Manager, double-click and select the Bluetooth adapter Uninstall device.

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2. Check the box next to Try removing the driver for this device and choose Uninstall.

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3. Restart your computer. Windows 11 reinstalls basic Bluetooth drivers during startup. If you want to be sure, visit Device Manager again, right click on the Bluetooth Category and select Scanning for hardware changes.

15. Run an SFC and DISM scan

Running the SFC and DISM tools improves Windows 11 stability and fixes Bluetooth issues caused by system file corruption. To run them:

1. Right-click on the Start button and select Windows Terminal (Admin). Or search for command prompt via Windows search (press window + S) and select Execute as administrator.

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2. Choose Yes in the User Account Control pop-up window.

3. Run the following commands one by one:

  • sfc /scan
  • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth
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note: An SFC and DISM scan can take up to an hour. Feel free to continue working, but don’t close Windows PowerShell or the command prompt.

Windows 11 bluetooth not working issue fixed

Did you manage to fix Bluetooth in Windows 11? Leave a comment and let us know what worked for you. If the problem hasn’t been resolved, you may be dealing with a faulty Bluetooth adapter that warrants a visit to a PC repair shop. Before that, you can always try to reset your PC’s network settings, restore the operating system to a previous state, or factory reset Windows 11.

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