Bluetooth Driver Missing on Windows? Here’s the Fix!

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Thanks to Bluetooth technology as it allowed us to finally bid goodbye to messy cables. Don’t you think so? When it comes to sharing data between devices, Bluetooth works miraculously well to securely transmit data wirelessly. It is a widely used technology that is supported on almost all gadgets that we use including smartphones, tablets, laptops, car speakers, smartwatches, and other devices.

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Is the Bluetooth driver missing on Windows? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.  If the Bluetooth drivers go missing on your device, you may not be able to connect any of your external devices to your Windows PC or laptop. It’s a pretty common issue that may be encountered on both Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices.

In this post, we have listed a bunch of resolutions that will allow you to fix the “Bluetooth driver missing” issue on Windows 11/10.

Let’s get started.

Also read: Update, Install & Download Windows 10 Bluetooth Drivers In Your PC

Solution #1: Check the Bluetooth Driver in Device Manager

Well, there may be a rare instance when the Bluetooth driver may get hidden in the device manager. To make sure that’s not the case, here’s what you need to do.

Press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run dialog box. Type “Devmgmt.msc” in the textbox and hit Enter.

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In the Device Manager window, tap on view and select “Show Hidden Devices”.

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After enabling this option, check the list again whether you’re able to view Bluetooth drivers in the list. If not, then proceed to the next set of solutions to perform further troubleshooting.

Also read: How to Enable Bluetooth on Windows 11

Solution #2: Run the Bluetooth Troubleshooter

Windows features a variety of built-in troubleshooters that you can use for fixing common errors and bugs related to WiFi, Bluetooth, printer, audio, keyboard, and other devices. To run the Bluetooth Troubleshooter on Windows, follow these quick steps:

Windows 11:

Tap the Windows icon placed on the Taskbar, select Settings.

Navigate to System> Troubleshoot.

Tap on “Other Troubleshooters”.

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Locate “Bluetooth” in the list and then hit the “Run the Troubleshooter” button.

Follow the on-screen instructions until the troubleshooting process gets completed. After running the Bluetooth Troubleshooter, try locating the Bluetooth drivers again in Device manager to check whether it fixed the issue.

Windows 10:

Open Settings> Update and Security.

Switch to the “Troubleshoot” section from the left menu pane.

Tap on “Additional Troubleshooters”.

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Locate “Bluetooth” in the list and then tap the “Run the Troubleshooter” button.

Solution #3: Manually Install the Bluetooth Drivers

Press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run dialog box, type “Devmgmt.msc” in the textbox, and hit Enter to open Device Manager.

In the Device Manager window, tap on Bluetooth, select the driver, right-click on it, and hit on “Properties”.

In the Properties window, switch to the “Details” tab. Select “Hardware Ids” from the drop-down menu.

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Tap on OK to save changes.

Solution #4: Download and Install Smart Driver Care Utility Tool

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Manually installing and keeping a track of outdated and missing drivers on Windows can be really tedious, isn’t it? Download and install the Smart Driver Care utility on your Windows PC.

Smart Driver Care automatically scans your device to look for outdated, missing, and corrupt devices drivers. It then fetches its latest update from the web allowing you to update all the outdated drivers in just one click. Smart Driver Care is one of the best driver updater tools for Windows that can also enhance your system’s performance efficiently.

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Also read: Solved: Bluetooth keeps disconnecting – Smart Driver Care

Solution #5: Enable the Bluetooth Support Service

Press the Windows + R key combination, type “Services.msc” and hit Enter.

In the Windows Services list, look for “Bluetooth Support Service”. Double-tap on it to open Properties.

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Select the “Startup type” value as “Automatic”. Hit on the OK and Apply buttons to save the recent changes.

Conclusion

Here were a few simple workarounds that you can use to fix the “Bluetooth driver missing” issue on Windows 11/10 devices. Once you reinstall the missing Bluetooth driver using any of the above-listed solutions, you can easily resolve this issue within no time.

Do let us know which solution worked out the best for you. For any other queries or assistance, feel free to use the comments section.

Good luck!

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