In this day and age, Bluetooth is essentially a key to wireless technology. Whether you use it to connect your favorite wireless mouse, keyboard, or headset, Bluetooth is arguably the most convenient way to connect devices to your Windows 11 PC. But what happens when it suddenly stops working? Well, you can take matters into your own hands and try to fix it.
To a large extent, Bluetooth connection problems only occur when Windows has a bug or has drivers that are incompatible or corrupted. In any case, this post should help you untangle the Bluetooth not working problem in Windows 11 with some quick and easy fixes. So, let's get right to that.
1. Restart your PC
Restarting your PC helps fix temporary crashes in Windows 11. It also closes all background processes, including those that might be interfering with Bluetooth. After your PC starts up, it is a good idea to restart your Bluetooth device.
2. Turn off airplane mode
Like mobile devices, Windows 11 also has an Airplane mode that effectively prevents your PC from communicating with any network or device. So if you accidentally enabled Airplane mode, Windows will automatically turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
You can turn Bluetooth on again or disable Airplane mode from the Action Center to see if it helps.
3. Check Bluetooth connections
If you are using multiple Bluetooth devices on your PC at the same time, you may have trouble connecting with your preferred devices. To avoid that, you can turn off Bluetooth on nearby devices or disconnect unwanted devices from your PC by following the steps below.
Step 1: Press Windows Key + A to open Action Center. Right-click on the Bluetooth icon to open Settings.
Step 2: Use the three-dot menu icon to disconnect unwanted devices.
4. Run the troubleshooter
Your Windows PC is loaded with troubleshooters that can help you identify and fix such common problems in Windows. You can try taking advantage of a Bluetooth troubleshooter in Windows 11 to see if it can solve the problem. That's how.
Step 1: Click the search icon on the taskbar, type the troubleshooting settings, and press Enter.
Step 2: Go to Other troubleshooters.
Step 3: Next, click the Run button next to Bluetooth and follow the onscreen instructions to run the troubleshooter.
5. Remove the device and pair it again
If the Bluetooth not working problem is limited to a particular device, the device may not have been paired properly. You can remove the device and pair it again.
For that, you can open the Windows Settings app and click on Bluetooth and Devices in the left column. Click Devices, click the three vertical dots on the right side of devices, and select Remove Device. Then pair it again.
6. Restart the Bluetooth service
Windows 11 has a service for almost every function that starts every time your PC starts up. If the Bluetooth service in Windows 11 did not start correctly or failed to start, Bluetooth may not work. Fortunately, you can fix it by simply restarting the service in Windows. That's how.
Step 1: Press Windows key + S to open Windows search, type services and press Enter.
Step 2: In the Services window, scroll down until you find the Bluetooth Support Service. Right click on it and select Restart from the list.
Now go ahead and see if the Bluetooth works fine now.
7. Update or reinstall the drivers
The Bluetooth driver on your PC helps Windows interact and connect with your wireless devices. So if those drivers are out of date or incompatible, Bluetooth may not work. So you can try updating the Bluetooth driver from Device Manager to see if it helps. That's how.
Step 1: Click the search icon on the taskbar, type device manager, and click the first result that appears.
Step 2: Find and expand Bluetooth, right-click on the problem device and select Update Driver from the list.
Follow the instructions on the screen to finish updating the driver. You will need to repeat these steps for other Bluetooth devices.
If no updates are available and the problem persists, try uninstalling the problematic Bluetooth driver. Follow the steps above and then restart your PC.
8. Update Windows 11
Windows tends to respond quickly when it comes to troubleshooting bugs and errors. So, if your Bluetooth issue is due to a faulty update, Windows may have already released a more recent update that resolves the current Bluetooth issues you are facing. So you can check and install any pending updates for your Windows 11 PC.
Bluetooth has become a reliable tool for connecting devices and creating a neat desktop. With various devices offering Bluetooth support, you may run into this issue at some point. Hopefully, the solutions mentioned above were good enough to help you solve Bluetooth problems in Windows 11.
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