If you are experiencing problems connecting your Bluetooth devices to your computer on Windows 10/11, you may want to reinstall your Bluetooth driver and see how it works. In this article, we will introduce three simple methods for reinstalling your Bluetooth driver. Please read on.

  1. Reinstall Bluetooth driver through Device Manager
  2. Automatically install the latest Bluetooth driver
  3. Perform a system repair reinstall

Note: When you suspect that Bluetooth isn’t working due to a faulty driver, please first make sure that you have enabled Bluetooth on your computer and that your Bluetooth device is powered on. Then, proceed to reinstall your Bluetooth driver.

1. Reinstall Bluetooth driver through Device Manager

When you want to make any changes to your drivers, Device Manager is always the first place to go. To reinstall your Bluetooth driver, you can simply uninstall the Bluetooth driver here and restart your computer. Then, Windows will automatically reinstall the Bluetooth driver for you.

Below are the steps to uninstall your Bluetooth driver (please note that the following screenshots are taken on Windows 11, but the instructions work on Windows 10 as well):

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key and X at the same time, select Device Manager.
  2. Double-click to expand the category Bluetooth. Then right-click your Bluetooth driver and click Uninstall device.
  3. Then click Uninstall to confirm.
  4. When the Bluetooth driver is uninstalled, restart your computer and let Windows reinstall the driver for you.

If your Bluetooth driver doesn’t show up in Device Manager, make sure to click “Show hidden devices” as follows:

  1. In Device Manager, click View from the top menu, and then select Show hidden devices.
  2. Right-click the category Bluetooth, and select Scan for hardware changes.
  3. Double-click to expand the Bluetooth category and see if your Bluetooth adapter is showing up.

If the Bluetooth driver shows up, then perform the reinstall. If it doesn’t, try the next tip.

2. Automatically install the latest Bluetooth driver

Either way, you can use Driver Techie to scan and repair outdated, corrupt, or missing Bluetooth drivers. It works in most cases where you have a driver-related issue. You can download Driver Techie by Clicking Here or following the guide below.

To use Driver Techie to find you the latest Bluetooth driver:

  1. Download and install Driver Techie, then launch it.
  2. Click Scan Now.
  3. After the scan, select all the drivers you need to update and click Update All (for Pro subscribers), and all your drivers will be updated automatically. (Please note that you can only update the driver one at a time if you use a free version. To see how to manually update the drivers one by one, please check this post.)

Driver Techie involves the direct human review of the driver database by our engineers, which ensures you always have the safest and latest device drivers. You can rest assured that all your device drivers are in good hands.

Furthermore, if you’ve subscribed to Driver Techie Pro, and need our technical support to help with reinstalling the Bluetooth driver, please feel free to contact <support@drivertechie.com>.

3. Perform a system repair reinstall

In some cases, Windows may fail to reinstall the Bluetooth driver after you uninstall it, or the Bluetooth adapter just can’t show up in Device Manager. This indicates that some system files may be corrupted or missing on your computer. Hence, we recommend a repair reinstall for your Windows, as it can restore your system to a clean version and the Bluetooth driver will be back to normal.

This works for many of those affected by the Bluetooth issue. But before we reinstall Windows, try the SFC scan first.

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R together to invoke the Run prompt, type cmd and press ShiftCtrl, and Enter together.
  2. Paste the following command line and press the Enter key, Windows will automatically detect and repair files that went corrupted.
  3. SFC /scannow

Once SFC finishes, check if the issue is found and fixed. If nothing is found, we can do the clean reinstall as follows:

  1. Click Start > Settings > System > Recovery > Reset PC
  2. Before the reset starts, you’ll be prompted to choose either Keep your files or Remove everything. In this case, you don’t have to remove everything on your system, so just choose to keep your files and then proceed.
  3. Next, you can either choose Cloud download or Local reinstall. Cloud download means you will get the latest version of Windows 11 from Microsoft, whereas Local reinstall is to reinstall the Windows version that you’re currently using. Both of them are OK, albeit Cloud download requires more than 4GB of data.
  4. Now, confirm the settings you made and click Next > Reset to begin the reinstall.
  5. Wait until the process finishes. Note that Windows will restart while resetting.

Once complete, sign in to your system and your Bluetooth should be working then.

Now you should know how to reinstall your Bluetooth driver on Windows 10/11. We hope these methods work for you. If you have any other related issues, please let us know in the comments.