Bluetooth Disappeared after Windows 11/10 Update (Fix)

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After updating Windows, especially Windows 11 or Windows 10, some users might find their Bluetooth suddenly missing. This means you can’t see the Bluetooth turn on/off button and Bluetooth devices or adapters in the device manager. It’s a big headache if you rely on Bluetooth for your daily activities. If you’ve already tried fixing it with the troubleshooting tool or played around with the service settings but got nowhere, don’t worry. We’re going to walk you through several steps that have worked for others in getting their Bluetooth back after a Windows Update.

Also see: How to reinstall Bluetooth driver in Windows 11

Bluetooth Disappeared after Windows 11 10 Update

How to fix Bluetooth disappearing after a Windows update

Here are six steps you can try to get your Bluetooth working again. It’s best to try them one by one, starting with the most likely solutions to save time and effort.

Solution 1: Power cycle your computer

Power cycling means turning off your device completely and then turning it back on. Here’s what to do for a computer:

  1. Shut down your computer completely: You’ll want to do more than just the normal shutdown. Hold down the Shift key and click “Shutdown” to ensure a full shutdown, not just a hybrid one that Windows often does.Shift Shutdown Windows 11 PC
  2. Disconnect power: After your computer is completely off, unplug it from power. If you have a laptop, try taking out the battery too. If the battery doesn’t come out, skip this step.Disconnect power plug from socket
  3. Press the power button a few times: This won’t turn your computer on, but it helps get rid of any leftover power.Press the power button on PC case
  4. Plug it back in and start up: After plugging your computer back into power, turn it on and check if Bluetooth is back.

This might seem too simple, but it’s surprisingly effective for solving various hardware issues after updates.

Similar problem: Bluetooth not detecting devices in Windows 11

Solution 2: Fix driver problems

Driver issues are a common reason for missing hardware functions after updates. Here’s how to tackle them:

  1. Go to Device Manager: Click the Start button, type “Device Manager”, and open it from the search results.
  2. Show hidden devices: In Device Manager, click “View” then “Show Hidden Devices” to see devices not currently active.Show hidden devices Device Manager Windows 11
  3. Uninstall the device: If you see your Bluetooth device but it’s hidden, right-click it and choose “Uninstall Device”. Make sure to also tick “Attempt to remove the driver for this device”.Uninstall Bluetooth driver Windows 11
  4. Reconnect or scan for changes: If you use a Bluetooth dongle, unplug it and plug it back in. Otherwise, click “Action” in Device Manager and choose “Scan for hardware changes”.Scan for hardware changes Windows 11
  5. Update your driver: Go to Settings, find “Windows Updates”, then “Check for updates”. Look for “Optional updates” and “Driver updates” to see if there’s an update for Bluetooth.Uninstall Windows 11 Driver Updates
  6. Check the manufacturer’s website: Sometimes, the best drivers are on the device maker’s site. Look there for the most suitable drivers for your Bluetooth device.

Linked issue: Can’t completely uninstall a driver in Windows 11 (Fix)

Solution 3: Remove bad USB drivers

A messed-up USB driver might be the problem. Here’s a fix:

  1. Open Device Manager again and look for any failed USB drive or devices with a yellow warning.Unknown USB Device Set Address Failed Windows 11
  2. Delete any problem USB drive by right-clicking and choosing “Uninstall Device”.
  3. Restart your computer. This often brings Bluetooth back.

Related resource: Bluetooth remove failed in Windows 11/10

Solution 4: Use Windows System Restore

Windows System Restore lets you go back in time on your computer to when everything was working right. Here’s how:

  1. Find System Restore: Click Start, type “Create a restore point”, and open it.
  2. Start System Restore: In the window that opens, click “System Restore…”.Protection system restore Windows 11 or 10
  3. Pick a restore point from before the problem started.System Restore Windows 11

Learn more: How to System Restore Windows 11/10 to a previous date

System Restore won’t mess with your files, but it might uninstall recent apps and drivers.

Solution 5: Manually reinstall Bluetooth drivers

If you’re still stuck, try installing the Bluetooth driver yourself:

  1. Find your device on the maker’s website to get the right Bluetooth driver.
  2. Download and install the driver from there.Download Intel Bluetooth Driver for Windows 10
  3. Restart your computer to see if Bluetooth is back.

Solution 6: Check BIOS/UEFI settings

Last resort: Check the BIOS/UEFI settings. Be careful, as changing these settings can affect how your computer works. Here’s what to do:

  1. Restart your computer and press the key to enter BIOS/UEFI (it’s usually “F2”, “F10”, “F12”, “DEL”, or “ESC”).
  2. Find the “Integrated Peripherals” section and make sure Bluetooth is turned on.How to fix Bluetooth disappeared after Windows update
  3. Save your changes and restart.

A quick recap

Getting Bluetooth back after a Windows update can be a bit of a puzzle, but with these solutions, you stand a good chance of fixing it. Always make sure to download any software or drivers from safe and official sources. And if nothing works, it might be time to ask for professional help or contact support.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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