How to Fix Bluetooth Missing from Device Manager?

By Dominic Chooper on April 13, 2023

You may have several Bluetooth devices connected to your computer, from the keyboard and mouse to the speakers and headphones.

So, if Bluetooth is missing from the Device Manager, you will have a pretty hard time managing those devices.

Well, if you ever find Bluetooth missing from the Device Manager, do not fret. You can bring it back in Windows by following these particular steps.

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Why is Bluetooth Not Showing Up in Device Manager?

One of the most common reasons for Bluetooth not to show up in the Device Manager is that Windows itself may have decided to hide it from the list.

Apart from that, there can be a few other specific reasons for an invisible Bluetooth in the Device Manager, such as:

Also, when a particular Bluetooth service that is supposed to be running in the background and requiring little or no attention malfunctions, it may prevent the Device Manager from showing the Bluetooth.

Steps to Fix Bluetooth Missing from Device Manager

How to Fix Bluetooth Missing from Device Manager

You can fix the issue of Bluetooth not being listed in the Device Manager with some simple steps, such as restarting your system or checking the hidden devices.

However, there are also some other methods that are both simple and relatively complex on the list for you to try out.

Here is the step-by-step guide for each.

Method 1: Restart Your Computer

More often than not, issues like these may be resolved by the simplest of all steps, such as restarting the computer.

Restart Your Computer

Alternatively, you can press the Windows and L keys to go to the Lock screen and follow the same process, or simply go to the Start menu, select, and click on the Restart option.

If that does not help resolve the issue, perform a power flush.

Unplug the power supply cord

power button

If the issue is caused by the hardware, this will resolve the problem.

Method 2: Remove, Check, and Reconnect the Bluetooth Adapter

In most cases, users use a Bluetooth dongle and connect it to their PC. The dongle or the ports may be faulty at times. You can resolve the issue simply by:

If that does not resolve the issue, try it on another USB port.

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try it on another USB port

If Bluetooth shows now, the previous port may be faulty. Leave it connected via the new port.

If that does not work, try the dongle in another computer to check whether or not the device itself is faulty. If it does not show Bluetooth even then, replace the dongle with a new one. You must also update the USB driver, which is the next obvious method.

Method 3: Update the USB Driver

If the Bluetooth adapter works on another computer, the apparent method to make it work on your original computer is to update the USB driver, which may be corrupt.

Update driver

This will make Windows search for and install a driver that is compatible, and Bluetooth will be visible once again on the Device Manager.

Method 4: Unhiding the Devices

If the above method does not resolve the issue, then perhaps Windows has kept it hidden. You will need to unhide it, following these steps:

Show hidden devices

Method 5: Enable and Disable Airplane Mode

If Airplane mode is enabled on a Windows computer, it will disable all sorts of wireless communications such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and others. Anything wrong with it will not show Bluetooth on the Device Manager.

Therefore, check it and reset it by following these specific steps:

Open action center

Airplane mode

Also check that the Bluetooth mode is set to ON from the above Action Center and make sure that the device is properly paired.

You may also check whether or not Bluetooth is enabled in the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) in the following way:

(This key may be different from one system to another. Check your system manual to know the precise key.)

In the BIOS window:

Restart your PC and check whether or not Bluetooth is displayed in your Device Manager.

Method 6: Remove and Add Device Again

If it does not work even after turning the Bluetooth mode On and Airplane Mode On and Off, you can check, remove, and add the Bluetooth device again. The steps to follow are:

Select Devices from the page this time

Remove device

Add a device

This should resolve the issue.

Method 7: Perform Bluetooth Troubleshooting

If you still find that Bluetooth is missing from the Device Manager, it is time to try out a few relatively complex methods, such as running the built-in Bluetooth troubleshooter.

Click on the gear icon

(Alternatively, you can press the Windows and I keys together on your keyboard to open up Windows Settings.)

Update & Security

Additional troubleshooters from

Run the troubleshooter

Method 8: Reinstall the Bluetooth Driver

If the above method does not resolve the issue, there may be issues with the Bluetooth driver. In that case, you will have to reinstall it.

Uninstall device

Windows will reinstall the driver of the Bluetooth adapter.

When the process is complete, check whether the device is working properly and is shown in the Device Manager. If not, then the adapter may not have been installed automatically.

In that case, you will have to install it manually by following these steps:

Scan for hardware changes

This will reinstall the adapter when Windows recognizes it.

Method 9: Run a System File Checker Scan Using Command Prompt

If a system file responsible for the functionality of Bluetooth is damaged or corrupted, it may also hide it from the Device Manager. Run an SFC scan to fix this issue.

Command Prompt App

sfc /scannow

It will take some time to execute. Do not close the Command Prompt until the scanning process is complete.

This way, Windows can detect any damaged or corrupt files and replace them to show Bluetooth in the Device Manager again.

If it still does not show, additionally, you can also run the following Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) commands in this particular order and press Enter every time:

Here, the first command will check whether or not there are any corrupt files. The next command will find those errors that the first command failed to find. And the final command will restore the corrupt files.

Method 10: Check Bluetooth Service

Usually, Bluetooth service does not need any attention while running in the background. However, sometimes it may malfunction to cause such an issue. Check it to resolve it.

Select Run as administrator

Bluetooth Support Service

If it is running, click on Stop and restart it after a few minutes by clicking on the Start button.

Also, make sure that the Startup Type is set to Automatic instead of Manual by clicking on the small arrow at the end of the box and choosing Automatic from the options in the drop-down menu, as shown in the image above.

Method 11: Disable Fast Startup

Sometimes, the Fast Startup feature in Windows may also cause Bluetooth to be hidden from the Device Manager. Disabling it might resolve the issue.

control panel app

Power Options

Choose what the power buttons do

Change settings that are currently unavailable

Now, it will show up. Uncheck the box and click on the Save changes button below to exit.

Method 12: Install the Latest Version of the Operating System

Sometimes the Windows operating system may not recognize the Bluetooth device, especially if it has not been updated for a long time.

In such situations, simply updating the OS may resolve the issue.

Go to the Windows Update

Now that you have the latest operating system on your PC, you will have to reset it in order to bring back Bluetooth in the Device Manager.

Reset this PC

Method 13: Install Legacy Hardware

If you still cannot see Bluetooth in the Device Manager, installing legacy hardware would resolve the issue.

Add legacy hardware

Welcome to the Add Hardware Wizard

Install the hardware that I manually select from a list

Network adapters

Microsoft

When you click on the Next button in the next window saying that The wizard is ready to install your hardware, it will be installed.

The wizard is ready to install your hardware

Now, to resolve the issue, all you have to do is update the driver of the Bluetooth device you installed, which brings to the final solution to show missing Bluetooth in the Device Manager.

Method 14: Update the Bluetooth Driver

If the above methods fail to bring back Bluetooth in the Device Manager, you should update the Bluetooth driver, which makes Bluetooth work in the first place.

At this point, you must know that Bluetooth drivers may not have the same name. It may also be referred to as ‘Radio.’

If you do not find anything here, you will need to follow this alternative method to update the Bluetooth driver.

Update Bluetooth driver

Browse my computer for driver software

Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer

Select the device driver you want to install for this hardware

Wait for some time until the Bluetooth driver is installed on the computer and you see the following window that says Windows has successfully updated your drivers:

Windows has successfully updated your drivers

Now, click on the Close button on this final window.

Finally, close the Device Manager window and restart the PC to see if the issue has been resolved.

If the automatic update of the driver does not solve the issue, you can update the Bluetooth driver manually in the following way:

Intel Wireless Bluetooth Driver

choose the latest Version

Scroll down to see the Download option

Click on I accept the terms in the license agreement

Double-click on the driver in the Downloads folder

Click on the Yes button to confirm you want an upgrade

Click on the Next button in the following Welcome window

click on Next on the following Setup Wizard window

End-User License Agreement

Choose the setup type

(You may choose the Complete setup type at the bottom of the window above, provided you have enough disk space and want to have all the features of the driver installed on your PC.)

Click on the Install button in the following window

When it is done installing, click on the Finish button

Now, restart your computer, and you will be able to see Bluetooth in the Device Manager.

Conclusion

Bluetooth missing from the Device Manager is quite a common issue, and it is not fatal.

As you can see from this article, this issue can be fixed easily with some simple and quick steps.

It will make it easy for you to manage and upgrade your Bluetooth devices when it shows in the Device Manager in the first place.