Settings is a UI present in Windows 10 which allows you to access many applications and configuration of your operating system in a user-friendly way. You can always use control panel as an alternative but some of the features are only present in Settings.
Many users reported that Bluetooth was missing in their settings. First of all, you should check if Bluetooth hardware is indeed present on your device. If it is, it means that there isn’t proper configuration because of which you are facing this difficulty. Take a look at the solutions listed down below.
Solution 1: Boot into Safe Mode and then Back to Normal Mode
- 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.
- Check to see if this resolves the issue.
Solution 2: Checking the Bluetooth Service
The most common reason why Bluetooth doesn’t show in Settings is that its service isn’t enabled. By default, the service startup type is set as Manual instead of Automatic. We can try starting the service again, changing it to automatic and check if this solves the problem.
- 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.
Do note that in some devices, there may be other services as well such as ‘Bluetooth Driver Management System etc.”. Make sure that you perform these changes to all of them.
- Start the service first by clicking the “Start” button and set the startup type as “Automatic”. Press Apply to save changes and exit.
- Check if the option is back on settings by pressing Windows + I and navigate to “Devices”. The settings should be present here.
Solution 3: Installing the Default Drivers
Another workaround to solve this problem is to install the default drivers for the hardware. We can do this by uninstalling the device and then checking for hardware using the device manager.
- 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 the 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.
- Now you can check if the option is back in the settings. If it isn’t, restart your computer and check again. Do note that you might have to scan for hardware changes more than once if it doesn’t detect it on the first try.
Note: You should also check if the device is enabled. Right-click on the device and select “Enable device”.
In rare cases, the driver for your hardware is corrupt or isn’t compatible. In that case right-click on the device, and select “Update driver”. There will be two options available (Automatic and Manual). Opt for automatic and make sure that you have an active internet connection. Windows will now search for drivers online and update them.
If you can’t find any drivers automatically, try using the manual method and install the drivers after downloading them from the manufacturer’s website.
Solution 4: Enabling Bluetooth using the Physical Key
In many laptops, there is a separate key present for enabling/disabling the Bluetooth device. Make sure that the Bluetooth is indeed enabled using that physical key on your laptop.
There are also many laptops which have a shortcut of Bluetooth on their keyboard. These keys are usually Fn + F12 etc. Check your keyboard thoroughly and make sure that Bluetooth is indeed enabled. It seems that the physical keys always override the software so software alone cannot start/initiate your Bluetooth.
Solution 5: Enabling Bluetooth on the Taskbar
If you want to add Bluetooth to your notification area, you can do so easily by changing the settings. By having it on your taskbar, you can perform actions but just right-clicking the icon instead of navigating to settings and performing them there.
- Press Windows + S to launch the search bar. Type “Bluetooth” in the dialogue box and open the most relevant application which comes forth.
- At the left side of the screen, there will be additional options. Select “More Bluetooth options”.
- Once in Bluetooth settings, check the box which says “Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area”. Press Apply to save changes and exit. The Bluetooth icon will automatically be present on your taskbar.
If you can’t see it, press the arrow on the taskbar to show hidden icons. It will most probably be present there.