How to Turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 [Solved]

How to fix it if your Bluetooth won’t turn on? Here's the real fix!

By April Cai in Common Errors Tags: BluetoothWindows 10

To connect your Bluetooth device (headphones, mouse, etc.), or to transfer files from your iPhone to your PC via Bluetooth, you need to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 first. 

How to Turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 (and how to fix it if it won’t turn on)

In this guide you’ll learn:

  1. How to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10 easily
  2. What to do if you can’t turn Bluetooth on in Windows 10

How to Turn on Bluetooth on Windows 10

Normally you can turn on Bluetooth in Windows 10 in three easy steps:

1) On your keyboard, hold down the Windows logo key  and press thekey to open the Settings window.

2) Click Devices.

3) Click the switch (currently set to Off) to turn on Bluetooth. (The status will change to On.)

But if you don’t see the switch and your screen looks like the below, there’s a problem with Bluetooth on your computer.

But there’s no need to panic. We’re about to show you how to fix Bluetooth on your Windows 10 computer and get that switch back for you.

What to do if you can’t turn Bluetooth on in Windows 10

Here are the top three ways to fix Bluetooth issues in Windows 10. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Update the Bluetooth driver on your computer
  2. Re-enable the Bluetooth driver software in Device Manager
  3. Make sure the Bluetooth Support Service is running

Fix 1: Update the Bluetooth driver on your computer

Bluetooth needs the supporting hardware and software to work. When you’re sure your computer supports Bluetooth,but it’s still not working, the first thing you should do is update your Bluetooth driver.

There’re two ways you can update your Bluetooth driver: manually and automatically. 

To manually update the driver, head to your computer manufacturer’s website and search for the most recent correct Bluetooth driver. Make sure the choose the right driver for your version of Windows (32-bit or 64-bit).

But if you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your Bluetooth driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically find the correct Bluetooth driver for your computer, download it, and install it correctly. Here’s how:

1) Download, install and run Driver Easy.

2) Click Scan NowIt will detect all of your computer’s driver issues (including your Bluetooth driver) in less than a minute.

3) If you have the Free version of Driver Easy, click the Update button next to the flagged Bluetooth driver to automatically download the correct driver, then you can manually install it.

But if you have the Pro version you can click Update All to automatically download and install all of the missing or outdated drivers on your computer.

(If you click the Update All button in the Free version you’ll be asked if you want to upgrade to the Pro version.)

4) Restart your computer.

5) On your keyboard, hold down the Windows logo key  and press thekey to open the Settings window.

Do you see the option to switch Bluetooth on now? If you do, great. You’ve fixed the problem. But if it’s still not there, there’s something else you can try…

Fix 2: Re-enable the Bluetooth driver software in Device Manager

1) Right-click on the Start button. and select Device Manager.

2) Right-click on your Bluetooth device in the Bluetooth section, and choose Disable device. (If you’re asked to confirm, click Yes.)

3) Right-click on the device again and click Enable device.

4) On your keyboard, hold down the Windows logo key  and press thekey to open the Settings window.

  

Is the Bluetooth switch appearing now? If it’s not, we have something else you can try…

Fix 3: Make sure the Bluetooth Support Service is running

1) Hold down the Windows logo key  and press the R key to bring up the Run box.

2) Type services.msc and press Enter.

3) Right-click Bluetooth Support Service, then click Start. (If the Start option grayed out, then click Restart.)

4) Right-click on Bluetooth Support Service again, and this time click Properties.

5) Set its startup type to Automatic. click Apply, and then click OK.

6) Finally, hold down the Windows logo key  and press thekey to bring up the Settings window, and make sure the Bluetooth option is there.

Hopefully this has fixed your Bluetooth problem. Please feel free to comment below with your experiences, and to share this post with friends and colleagues, if they’re having Bluetooth troubles.