Bluetooth gives you the freedom to move without tether, but it is not always the most reliable way to use wireless devices. If you have problems with Bluetooth on your Windows machine, you can follow the steps below to solve the problem.
Basic steps for resolving Bluetooth problems
Although many of these steps seem obvious, they solve many of the most common Bluetooth problems with Windows.
Check if Bluetooth is switched on
Start by checking whether Bluetooth is actually switched on on your Windows PC. Just because the symbol is on the taskbar does not mean that your Bluetooth radio is actually switched on.
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Click the Windows notification icon to check this on your taskbar at the bottom right of your screen. If you do not have a tile & # 39; Bluetooth & # 39; , click the & # 39; Expand & # 39; button. If the "Bluetooth" tile is gray, your Bluetooth radio is switched off.
Click to turn it back on – the tile turns blue to show the change.
You can also go to Settings> Devices> Bluetooth and other devices and switch the "Bluetooth" switch until it turns blue.
Restart your Bluetooth radio
If Bluetooth is on, switch it off and on may be able to solve some underlying problems that you are not aware of.
To do this, click on the notification icon in your Windows taskbar to access your quick settings. Click on the & # 39; Bluetooth & # 39; tile to turn it off. Once it turns gray, click it again to turn it on again.
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Check the battery
If you do not keep track of the battery level on your Bluetooth device, you may know not even when it runs out.
Before trying a more serious solution, you may want to replace or recharge the batteries in your Bluetooth device and then try again.
Restart your PC
The best solutions to be sometimes the easiest and if you haven't already tried it, give your pc a quick restart.
When you restart your PC, wipe the slate clean and remove all inactive processes or memory leaks. It's not a miracle solution, but it can fix some hardware issues, so give it a try.
Check Bluetooth interference and device distance
Bluetooth devices communicate wirelessly via radio waves. Just like a Wi-Fi network, interference can affect Bluetooth connections. Other radio signals, physical obstacles (such as thick walls) and devices such as microwaves can all block or disconnect a Bluetooth connection.
Take a moment to look over the area. How far is your Bluetooth device removed from your PC? The greater the distance, the weaker the signal.
Move your device closer to your PC and see if it affects Bluetooth connectivity. If this is not the case, try (if possible) to use your Bluetooth device in a different location. You can also use third-party apps, such as the Bennett Bluetooth Monitor, to check the signal strength of your Bluetooth.
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Installing & updating Bluetooth driver & # 39; s
Windows 10 automatically installs & # 39; s driver for devices that connect to it, but only when that & # 39; s driver is available are on your PC or via Windows Update, in most cases Bluetooth devices (especially keyboards and m on the other hand).
However, if Windows cannot find the correct & # 39; s driver for your Bluetooth device, it will not work. If this happens, consult the device manufacturer's website to see if it provides a driver for your device. If this is the case, download and install it, and that should solve the problem.
This also applies to the Bluetooth radio itself. If the & # 39; s drivers for your Bluetooth chipset are not installed automatically, Bluetooth will not work on your PC. Go to the PC manufacturer's website or, if you built the PC yourself, check the motherboard manufacturer's website for supported drivers.
You may also find that a new Windows update affects your device, which requires updated drivers. In most cases, Windows will automatically search for and install updated & # 39; s drivers. If this is not the case, visit the device manufacturer's website and install the latest & # 39; s drivers.
To check whether your Bluetooth device is installed, you must check Windows Device Manager. To do this, right-click on the Windows Start button and click on "Device Manager".
If your Bluetooth device is recognized, it appears under the appropriate category. to its purpose. For example, a Bluetooth radio would be in the & # 39; Bluetooth & # 39; fall. If the device is not recognized, it is listed under the "Other devices" category.
Right-click the device and then click "Update Driver" to search for a new driver.
Click "Automatically search for updated driver software" if you want to search for a driver automatically.
If you downloaded the driver from the manufacturer's website (and it does not include an automatic installer), click "Search my driver for driver & # 39; s" and follow the instructions on the screen.
If you have clicked "Automatically search for updated driver software", Windows will tell you if it thinks you already have the best driver for your device. However, you can also search for Windows Update for alternatives.
To do this, click on "Search for updated driver & # 39; s on Windows Update" to continue.
This opens Windows Update in Settings. Click on "Check for updates" to start a search.
When (or as) Windows Update finds an updated driver for your device, it is downloaded and installed. When that process is complete, restart your PC and try your Bluetooth device again.
Removing and reconnecting your Bluetooth device
Sometimes removing the Bluetooth device from your PC solves connection problems. You can then pair the device with your PC again.
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To start this process, open the Bluetooth settings in Windows. If the Bluetooth icon is visible in the Windows taskbar, right click on it and then select "Open Settings".
Bluetooth and other devices to access your Bluetooth settings.
Your known Bluetooth devices are displayed here. Select your device, click "Remove Device", and then click "Yes" to confirm. This will remove the device from your PC.
When the process is complete, restart your PC. After you have logged in to your device again, you will be returned to the Bluetooth settings. At the top, click & # 39; Add Bluetooth or other device & # 39 ;. In the "Add a device" window, click "Bluetooth".
Wait for your PC to detect the device and click on it to connect. Then click You may need to type a pin code on one or both devices to pair them.
Use the Windows 10 troubleshooter
If all else fails, you can also try the Windows troubleshooter on Windows 10 and see if it can solve your Bluetooth problems. It checks your Bluetooth radio and device settings step by step and identifies any issues.
If it detects a problem, you will be notified and asked if you want to solve it or how you can solve the problem yourself.
If you want to run Windows Troubleshooter, right click on the Start menu and select "Settings".
From there, go to Update and security> Troubleshooting> Bluetooth and then click "Run the troubleshooter." Windows automatically starts working via your Bluetooth status and configuration, and if a problem is found, you will be asked to resolve it.
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