[FIXED] Bluetooth Disappeared Windows 10 Issue

Updated by Dave on Sep 05, 2022
 | Computer Instruction

Bluetooth is one of the primary ways to connect wireless devices such as keyboards, mice, and speakers. But after upgrading to Windows 10, many users have reported experiencing Bluetooth issues where it never usually caused any issues. The issues include not being able to connect headphones or microphones to the laptop and not finding the Bluetooth icon while transferring data from your mobile phone to Windows 10. For some people, Bluetooth is missing from the device manager as well.

Thus, one cannot unquestionably link your wireless device to the computer using Bluetooth if Bluetooth settings are lacking in Windows 10 or if it has vanished from the Device Manager or Control Panel. This article will suggest some solutions for the Bluetooth issue in Windows 10. 

How to Fix Bluetooth Disappeared Windows 10 Issue

These solutions include figuring out the problem, reenabling a few Windows services, resetting the driver, checking on the hardware, and restarting Windows PC.

Identify The Problem Device 

Before taking any technical steps, it's essential to figure out the source of the problem. First, ensure that the Bluetooth issue is happening with all the devices, not just one. If one device is not working, you may want to remove the device from paring and then add it again. 

Are you worried that you cannot view the Bluetooth icon on the System Tray? The Bluetooth may be on, but you cannot see the Bluetooth icon in the Taskbar due to some taskbar setting adjustments. Try these measures to rule out this option in your instance before doing anything else.

Step 1: Launch the search bar by pressing the Windows and S keys simultaneously. In the search box, enter Bluetooth.

Step 2: From the list of outcomes, pick Bluetooth and other device settings. Then choose Bluetooth and other devices in the following box.

Step 3: Click More Bluetooth options under Related Settings in the right-hand pane.

Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area

Step 4: Check the box next to the Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area option in the Bluetooth Settings window. Press Apply > OK.

Step 5: Close all the Windows and check to see if the Bluetooth symbol has now shown in the taskbar notification area. 

Re-enable Windows Services

The Bluetooth Support Service enables remote Bluetooth device discovery and pairing. The operation of existing Bluetooth devices may be compromised by stopping or disabling this service. Also, you will not be able to connect any new devices.

WLAN AutoConfig service is necessary to configure, discover, connect to, and disengage from this service's wireless local area network. Additionally, it includes the code necessary to transform your computer into a wireless access point, allowing other electronic devices or computers to connect to it wirelessly when using a WLAN adapter that can do so. The WLANSVC service can be stopped or disabled to prevent access to the WLAN devices on your computer using Windows networking.

Step 1: Open Run prompt using Win + R

Step 2: Type services.msc and press the Enter key to open Services windows.

Step 3: Locate the mentioned services (WLAN AutoConfig and Bluetooth Support Service) from the list and double-click to open it.

Restart Bluetooth Services

Step 4: Click the Stop button and then the Start button to re-enable.

Reopen The Hardware

Step 1: Type Control Panel on the Windows search bar and double-click it.

Step 2: On the search bar, type Network and Sharing Center and click on it.

Step 3: Right-click on the Bluetooth hardware and choose to disable it. You will be prompted with UAC; click Yes.

Disable Bluetooth Device

Step 4: Restart the computer and then enable it to see if it returns to normal.

Reset Your Drivers

The only way to reset the driver is to uninstall the device and let Windows figure it out. Once Windows determines the hardware, you can install the driver if the OEM offers specific drivers. If not, then Windows will automatically download and install the driver.

Step 1: Open Device Manager using Win + X, followed by M on the keyboard. 

Step 2: Expand the Bluetooth section, right-click on the hardware, and choose to uninstall it. 

Uninstall Bluetooth Device

Step 3: You can restart the PC and return to the Device manager. If you notice the Bluetooth device, check if the issue is resolved.

Step 4: If not, click on the Action menu, and click on Scan for hardware changes. It will automatically find the device and install the driver. You should now check if the issue persists.

Restarting Your Computer

Restarting Windows can resolve a lot of issues. It would help if you did it right away when you have issues, and basic troubleshooting is not helping. The Bluetooth device may be stuck, and restarting can clear the error. 

We will recommend avoiding a shutdown and restarting the PC. 

Step 1: Open the Start menu, and choose the Power button.

Restart Windows PC

Step 2: Select Restart to reboot the Windows 10 device.

Once you login back into your account, check if you can connect with the devices and if they are working as expected.

Conclusion 

These solutions should help fix the Bluetooth device problem post-update. However, you can do two things if you still face an issue.

The first is to run the Windows 10 Bluetooth troubleshooter, which will run the automated script from the Windows team to resolve the issue. The second is to check if there is a hardware issue. You can add a USB-Bluetooth adapter and check if it's working. If it works, then Windows is not causing the issue and its hardware problem.

You can connect to the OEM if Bluetooth is on the motherboard or with tech support if it is an adapter. 

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