How to Fix Bluetooth Devices Not Showing in Device Manager for Windows

There are plenty of uses for Bluetooth on your computer. You can connect your headphones, speaker, keyboard, or any other device. You can even share files with nearby devices. So, if Bluetooth is missing from Device Manager, you’ll have a hard time managing your Bluetooth devices.

If this has happened to you, there’s no need to fret, as one or more of the below solutions will help you bring Bluetooth back to Device Manager.

1. Show Hidden Devices

There’s a chance Bluetooth is not missing from Device Manager, but Windows somehow decided to hide it from the list.

To check for hidden devices, launch Device Manager and open the View menu. There, click Show hidden devices and check if Bluetooth is now visible. If you still can’t find it, move on to the next fixes.

2. Reconnect the Bluetooth Adapter

If you’ve connected a Bluetooth dongle as a way to add Bluetooth to your computer, the driver might be missing because of faulty hardware. Reconnect the adapter or try another USB port and check if it’s now showing in Device Manager.

Additionally, try to connect it to another computer to determine if the adapter is still working or if you should buy a new one.

3. Update USB Drivers

If the Bluetooth adapter is working on another computer, your issue might be caused by an outdated or corrupt USB driver.

Open Device Manager and expand the Universal Serial Bus controllers list. There, right-click the driver and select Update driver. Windows will search for a compatible driver version and install it.

4. Check Flight Mode

On a Windows computer, enabling Flight Mode is a quick way to disable wireless communications such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or NFC. So if there’s something wrong with Flight Mode on your computer, it could cause Bluetooth drivers to miss from Device Manager.

Launch Action Center and check if Flight Mode is turned off. If it’s already turned off, enable it for a couple of minutes and turn it off again. If you can’t turn it on and off from Action center, there are more ways to control Flight Mode on a Windows computer.

5. Run the Bluetooth Troubleshooter

If Bluetooth is still missing from Device Manager, you should use the built-in Bluetooth troubleshooter to fix the problem.

  1. Press Windows key + I to bring up Windows Settings.
  2. Go to System > Troubleshoot > Other trouble-shooters.
  3. From the Other list, click Run next to Bluetooth.

6. Run an SFC Scan

Bluetooth could be missing from Device Manager because a system file associated with its functionality got corrupted or damaged. Running the System File Checker should fix these files.

To do this, use one of the ways to open Windows Search to bring it up. Search for command prompt and select Run as administrator. Then, type the sfc /scannow command line and press Enter. Make sure you don’t close Command Prompt until the scan is not complete, so Windows can detect and replace any corrupt or damaged files.

7. Check Bluetooth Service

While the Bluetooth service is running in the background and usually requires no attention, sometimes it could malfunction, causing Device Manager to stop showing Bluetooth drivers. In this case, you should take a look at the Bluetooth service.

In the Start menu search bar, search for services and select Run as administrator. Then, in the Services window, locate and open Bluetooth Support Service.

Take a look at its Status and check if it’s Running. If the service is already running, you can click Stop > Start to restart it.

Bring Bluetooth Back on Windows

On a computer, Bluetooth makes your life easier as you don’t have to worry about cable management or use USB adapters to connect peripheral devices. With Bluetooth showing again in Device Manager, you can upgrade your audio setup by connecting multiple Bluetooth speakers at once.

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