What are the most common Bluetooth troubleshooting techniques?While Bluetooth issues might trouble you a lot, most of these issues can be solved using pretty simple troubleshooting methods. Most of the time, the problems are simple eyewashes that you might have missed. The simple techniques mentioned in this section must be able to solve most of your Bluetooth issues on Windows.
Is your Bluetooth on at all?As stupid and naive as it might sound, many users have reported that they simply forgot to turn on the Bluetooth of their device and realised much later that it was the cause of their Bluetooth issues! Hence, before you start worrying, make sure your Bluetooth is turned on.
Try restarting your BluetoothSometimes, there are some underlying issues with Bluetooth that can easily be solved by restarting your Bluetooth. For this, go to the Bluetooth tile in the notification section on your taskbar. Click on the tile to turn it off. Click again to turn it on. It is highly probable that your Bluetooth would work fine now.
The battery?Frequently the problem is with the battery remaining in your Bluetooth device. Make sure that your Bluetooth device is charged enough. And your Bluetooth issues might get solved.
Bluetooth interference and device distanceBluetooth is a data-sharing technique based on radio waves. Radio waves are known to get hampered by physical blockages like thick walls. Microwaves can also disrupt the transmission of radio waves. Hence, try to keep your PC as close to your Bluetooth device as possible. Try to avoid any physical barriers between your PC and your Bluetooth device. Remember, the larger the distance and the more the number of barriers between your PC and Bluetooth device, the weaker would be the Bluetooth connection. Additionally, you can also use third-party applications such as Bennett Bluetooth Monitor to monitor the strength of Bluetooth connectivity between your PC and Bluetooth device. The above simple troubleshooting methods do the magic for most users. Most of the Bluetooth issues in Windows can be solved using those techniques. However, if the problems still persist, try one of the following techniques. They are a little more complex than the above ones, but are perfectly doable by everyone. Just follow the steps and you should be good to go!
Bluetooth Device DriversIt can also be the Bluetooth device drivers on your PC that are causing you the Bluetooth issues you are facing.
Re-pair the Bluetooth DeviceRe-pairing the Bluetooth device to your PC might also work wonders. For this, you can simply re-pair the device from the Bluetooth settings on your PC. If you have the Bluetooth icon on the taskbar, right-click on the icon and then click on Open Settings. Alternatively, you can go to the Bluetooth settings from the Start menu. Locate the Start menu on the left corner of your taskbar and right-click on it. From the menu that appears, click on Settings. Now go to Devices. Head over to Bluetooth and Other Devices. All the Bluetooth devices that your PC knows of would be listed now. Locate the one that you are facing issues with and click on Remove Device. Now click on Yes to confirm the unpairing of the problematic Bluetooth device. Your device is now unpaired from your pc. You can now restart your PC to save the changes. Once your PC restarts, head over to the Bluetooth settings again. Opt to add a new device and locate the Bluetooth device unpaired earlier, from the list of all available Bluetooth devices. You might need a pin on both devices to pair your Bluetooth device with your PC. Once you are done with that, try using the Bluetooth device again.
Windows 10 TroubleshooterWhen you fail to detect and solve the Bluetooth issues in Windows on your own, it’s better to leave the fixing to the professionals! And by professional, we are talking about the Windows 10 troubleshooter. It checks all the device settings and Bluetooth radio sequentially to detect any and every issue that might be hampering your experience. If and when it detects a case, it either fixes it or shows you how to fix it. To run the troubleshooter offered by Windows 10, you can follow the following steps:
- Locate the Start menu on the left corner of your taskbar and right-click on it.
- From the menu, select Settings by clicking on it.
- Head over to Update and Security.
- Go to Troubleshoot.
- Go to Bluetooth.
- Now click on “Run the Troubleshooter”.