How To Fix Windows 10 Bluetooth Setting Is Missing Issue

Windows 10 is the latest operating system developed by Microsoft which was first released in 2015. It is a follow-up to Windows 8 and has several outstanding features making it ideal to use on modern computers. Although this is a solid performing operating system there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Windows 10 Bluetooth setting is missing issue.

How To Fix Windows 10 Bluetooth Setting Is Missing Issue

Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps listed below it’s best to restart your computer first. This action refreshes the operating system and remove any corrupt temporary data that could be causing the problem.

There are several factors that can cause this particular problem ranging from a glitch in the software to the Bluetooth hardware module not present in your computer. Listed below are the troubleshooting steps that you will need to perform to fix this problem.

Verify if your computer has a Bluetooth hardware module

If this problem occurs while you are using a desktop computer then it’s best to start the troubleshooting by checking if the desktop has a Bluetooth hardware module. You won’t need to do this if you have a new laptop since these devices will usually have the Bluetooth feature. A desktop is different since most motherboards won’t have the Bluetooth feature.

  • Press the Win key + X to open the Win + X menu.
  • Select Device Manager on that menu.
  • Look for the Bluetooth Radios category. That should be listed somewhere nearer the top of the window.
  • If you can’t find Bluetooth Radios, click Network adapters on the Device Manager window. Bluetooth Radios might be listed there instead.

Another way to do this is by using the Settings app.

  • Click the Start menu button and select Settings.
  • Click Devices
  • If you have Bluetooth, you should be able to select Bluetooth > More Bluetooth options.

In case your computer does not have a Bluetooth hardware module you can still get this feature by using a Bluetooth USB dongle.

Boot into Safe Mode and then Back to Normal Mode

If your computer has a Bluetooth hardware module then you can try to toggle between Safe Mode and Normal Mode. This will remove any software glitch that could be causing the problem.

  • Hold the Windows Key and Press R. Type msconfig and click OK
  • Go to the Boot tab and put a check on Safe Boot.
  • Reboot the PC and it should boot into Safe Mode. Once in Safe Mode, the drivers should be installed automatically.
  • Repeat Step 1 and 2 to uncheck Safe Boot and boot back into Normal mode.

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Check if the Bluetooth service enabled

One factor that can cause this problem is if the Bluetooth service is disabled.

  • Press Windows + R to launch the Run application. Type “services.msc” in the dialogue box and press Enter.
  • Once in Services, navigate through all the entries until you find “Bluetooth Support Service”. Double-click the service to launch its properties.
  • Start the service first by clicking the “Start” button and set the startup type as “Automatic”. Press Apply to save changes and exit.

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Try installing the default Bluetooth drivers

  • Press Windows + R, type “devmgmt.msc” in the dialogue box and press Enter.
  • Once in the device manager, expand the category of “Bluetooth”. Your Bluetooth hardware will be listed here. Right-click on it and select “Uninstall”.
  • The Bluetooth category will completely vanish from the device manager. This means that the device was successfully uninstalled.
  • Right-click on any empty space and select “Scan for hardware changes”. Your computer will now scan all the hardware connected. After it comes across the Bluetooth hardware, it will automatically install the default drivers.
  • Open the Bluetooth category again and check if the driver was successfully installed.
  • Restart your computer.

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