In this post, we are going to discuss on how to fix Windows 10 Bluetooth Driver Missing with easy & recommended steps. Also, you can read about actually what this issue is, how do you get Bluetooth back on Windows 10, why Bluetooth driver is missing in ‘Device Manager’, and how to install or reinstall Bluetooth driver. Let’s starts the discussion.
What is ‘Bluetooth Driver Missing’ issue in Windows 10?
Bluetooth Driver Missing is common problem in Windows 10 PC/laptop occurs due to several reasons. If Bluetooth driver is not showing in ‘Device Manager’, then one possible reason behind this issue can be problem Bluetooth driver whether it is corrupted or outdated, and/or is not installed properly.
If you are not aware, depending on Bluetooth device connected/integrated into computer like Bluetooth mice, Bluetooth keyboard, Microphone, speakers or other peripheral devices, Bluetooth drivers for such hardware devices must be installed.
To check the status of Bluetooth driver in Windows 10, you need to open ‘Device Manager’, expand ‘Bluetooth’ category or ‘Other Devices’ category, and check if it shows ‘Yellow Exclamation Mark’ on your Bluetooth Adapter. If yes, then Bluetooth driver update is necessary. If Bluetooth driver is not showing in ‘Device Manager’, then you need to reinstall the driver to fix.
Bluetooth driver is important software acts as mediator between Bluetooth hardware device like Bluetooth Mice, keyboard or others, and Operating System installed in computer. Depending on Bluetooth device model and Operating System version, Bluetooth driver must be installed in your computer.
If you have already installed Bluetooth driver recently but Bluetooth Adapter is missing from Device Manager, then it might possible that it is not enabled in your device or in Device Manager. However, you can enable your Bluetooth with our instructions and check if it works.
Windows 10 Bluetooth Driver Missing issue can trigger several other issues like ‘Bluetooth disappears in Windows 10’, Bluetooth not working, Windows 10 can’t detect Bluetooth or similar issues. On other hand, if Bluetooth hardware is in good condition, and Bluetooth driver is also properly installed but still you are facing Bluetooth missing/not working in Windows 10, then recent Windows update, missing important Windows update and wrong configuration in Bluetooth settings could be the reasons behind this problem. Let’s go for the solution.
How to fix Windows 10 Bluetooth Driver Missing?
Method 1: Check for Windows Update, update the Windows OS and then restart
Updating Operating System can fix any problems or bugs associated with System files or entire Windows OS, and improve performances as well. Windows update can also fix Bluetooth driver issues by reinstalling updated drivers.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows + I’ keys together from keyboard to open ‘Settings’ in Windows 10
Step 2: In the opened ‘Settings’ window, click on ‘Update & Security > Windows Update’
Step 3: Click on ‘Check for updates’ and if there are any updates available, click on ‘Download’ button and update your PC. Once done, restart your computer to save the changes. Restarting Windows 10 will save some changes which required restart to save and this way, you can fix this issue.
Method 2: Show Hidden Devices
If ‘Bluetooth Driver not showing’ in Device Manager, and then you find it in ‘Hidden Devices’ and then add to devices list. To do so, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows + X’ keys together from keyboard and select ‘Device Manager’
Step 2: In the opened ‘Device Manager’, click on ‘View > Show Hidden Devices’
Step 3: Locate your Bluetooth device in list of hidden devices in appeared window, right –click on it and select ‘Enable’ and then close ‘Device Manager’ window. Please check if the problem is resolved.
Method 3: Run Bluetooth Troubleshooter
Windows built-in Troubleshooter App offers you to detect and fix PC problems. You can run Bluetooth troubleshooter to fix Windows 10 Bluetooth Driver Missing issue.
Step 1: Click on ‘Windows button’ or ‘Start Menu’ and type ‘Troubleshoot Bluetooth’ in ‘Windows Search Box’, and then select ‘Find and fix problems with Bluetooth devices’
Step 2: In the opened ‘Bluetooth Troubleshooter’ window, click on ‘Next’ and follow on-screen instructions to finish troubleshooting process
Step 3: Once done, close ‘Troubleshooter’ window and check if trouble is resolved.
Method 4: Update Bluetooth Driver and USB drivers
If Bluetooth driver is not showing in Device Manager, then how Bluetooth driver update is possible. Yes, it is possible. One Microsoft support user suggested that you need to update all USB drivers in Windows computer and then you are allowed to update Bluetooth drivers. So if you are facing this problem, then at first you need to update all USB drivers, and then update Bluetooth drivers.
Step 1: Open ‘Device Manager’ and expand ‘Universal Serial Bus Controllers’ category
Step 2: Right-click on USB device on the top in this category, and select ‘Update Driver’ and follow on-screen instructions to finish update process
Step 3: Similarly, update all other USB devices using above step.
Step 4: Once done, restart your computer and open ‘Device Manager’ again, check if Bluetooth is showing in Device Manager. If yes, right-click your Bluetooth Device, and select ‘Update Driver’, and follow on-screen instructions to finish update process.
Step 5: After that, reboot your computer again, and check if it works.
Method 5: Run SFC and DISM Scan
SFC (System File Checker) and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) offer you to look for corrupted files and repaid them, and these tools can fix this problem by repairing any corrupted fiels associated with Bluetooth.
To run SFC and DISM Scan, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Press ‘Windows + X’ keys together from keyboard and select ‘Command Prompt as Administrator’
Step 2: In the opened ‘Command Prompt’, type ‘sfc/scannow’ command and hit ‘Enter’ key to execute
Step 3: Wait to finish. Once done, type the following command in command prompt to run DISM scan and hit ‘Enter’ key after each to execute. These commands include CheckHealth, ScanHealth, and RestoreHealth offers you to check for corruption, used when Checkhealth fails to find errors, and to restore corrupt files respectively.
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
Step 4: Wait to complete the process. Once done, restart your computer to see the changes and check if Bluetooth Driver Missing problem is resolved.
Method 6: Restart ‘Bluetooth Support Service’ in Windows 10
Bluetooth driver not showing or similar issue occurs if Bluetooth Support Service is not running properly or stopped working. You can fix this problem by restarting this service in ‘Services’ Window.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows + R’ keys together from keyboard to open ‘Run Dialog Box’
Step 2: In the opened ‘Run Dialog Box’, type ‘services.msc’ and hit ‘Enter’ key to open ‘Services’ window
Step 3: In the opened ‘Services’ window, locate ‘Bluetooth Support Service’ in list of services
Step 4: Right-click on it and select ‘Restart’. Also, double-click on this service to open its ‘Properties’, in ‘General’ tab, select ‘Automatic’ from the dropdown under ‘Startup type’, and hit ‘Start’ button under ‘Service Status’ section. Finally, click on ‘Apply’ and ‘Ok’ to save the changes.
Step 5: After that, restart your computer to see the changes and check if Bluetooth Driver Missing problem is resolved.
If above methods didn’t work, and then you can go with steps below to fix.
Step 1: Use USB Bluetooth Adapter. USB Bluetooth Adapter is just plug & play hardware and can easily be connect to computer via USB port. This can be one replacement of Bluetooth wired device.
Step 2: Reset Windows 10. The last option to fix this issue is to reset Windows 10 and you can easily perform resetting operation in Windows 10 but before that, you should make sure that you have backup of your all personal or necessary data and if yes, then you can perform resetting Windows 10 through given link.
I am sure this post helped you on how to fix Windows 10 Bluetooth Driver Missing issue with several easy methods. You can read & follow our instructions to do so. You should keep all System drivers including Bluetooth driver up-to-date that could helps to prevent System from bugs or problems like Bluetooth Driver Missing in Windows 10. That’s all. For any suggestions or queries, please write on comment box below.