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How to Install and Fix Bluetooth Drivers in Windows 10

Drivers are important in order to get things going on your device. Microsoft isn’t capable of including native support for every single type of hardware out there, so you often need to take care of downloading, installing, and fixing these drivers yourself.

With wireless technology becoming more and more popular each day, take the launch of Apple’s AirPods for example, PC users are looking for ways to use Bluetooth on their devices. In this guide, you can find out how to download and install Bluetooth drivers and fix any issues with them.

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How to download and install Bluetooth drivers in Windows 10

If you don’t have your Bluetooth drivers yet, the first thing you need to do is acquire them and properly install them onto your computer. This can be done quite easily, and our guide is here to make sure you take the quickest route to use Bluetooth technology.

Step 1: Check your system

Before we can get into downloading anything, you need to get a bit of information on your system. This will ensure that you download the correct Bluetooth drivers, and not something incompatible with your setup.

  1. Press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard to bring up a utility called Run. Here, simply type in “control” and click on the OK button. This will open up the classic Control Panel application.
    control panel
  2. Make sure that your view mode is set to “Category.”
    view by category
  3. Click on the “System and Security” heading.
    system and security
  4. Next, click on the “System” heading. This is where you can view general information about your device.
    system heading
  5. Check the brand of your processor under the System section. You need to remember this, if needed, note it down somewhere! Some common brands are Intel and AMD.Make sure to also note down your System type, which is either 64-bit or 32-bit.
    system type

Step 2: Look for and download the Bluetooth driver that matches your processor

After gathering the needed information about your system, you can confidently search for and download the appropriate Bluetooth drivers. If you aren’t sure how to do that, continue reading the guide below!

  1. Open a web browser. Microsoft Edge comes pre-installed on every Windows 10 device, allowing you to browse the internet immediately.
  2. Navigate to a search engine, such as Google or Bing.
    search engine
  3. Type in your processor type and add “Bluetooth driver download” next to it, then hit the Enter key to search.
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  4. Locate the website that takes you to the official download links. Make sure to only download files from the official source to avoid viruses and malware!
    download intel drivers
  5. Download the appropriate Bluetooth driver for your system. Make sure to pay attention to the bit versions, and download the driver that matches your system!
    download appropriate drivers

Step 3: Install the downloaded Bluetooth driver

After having the Bluetooth driver file on your computer, you simply need to open it and follow the on-screen instructions to install. This process is slightly different for each brand, which means we can’t provide a step-by-step guide.

Note: You might be required to use an administrator account to be able to install the driver on your device. 

After the installation is complete, you may need to restart your computer. Afterward, you should be able to use Bluetooth devices with your computer.

How to fix Bluetooth driver issues in Windows 10

Having issues with your Bluetooth driver? We’re here to help you resolve them. Below are several methods to help you troubleshoot problems related to your Bluetooth drivers. These methods are safe to perform and easy to follow, so let’s get right into it!

Method 1: Enable or restart Bluetooth on your computer

Many people don’t realize that even after installing Bluetooth drivers, the Bluetooth itself may be disabled on their computer. Luckily, you can fix this in no more than a few minutes.

If Bluetooth is already enabled on your device, you might also try to restart it in order to get it to work properly. This can be done by following the next steps as well.

  1. Click on the Windows icon in your taskbar to bring up the Start menu, then choose “Settings.” You can alternatively use the Windows + I keyboard shortcut.
    Power settings
  2. Click on the “Devices” tile.
    devices tile
  3. Make sure you’re on the default “Bluetooth & other devices” tab. You can select this from the left side panel of the Settings window.
    bluetooth and other devices setting
  4. Check the toggle under “Bluetooth.” If it says “Off,” make sure you enable Bluetooth by clicking on the toggle.
    bluetooth
  5. If “Bluetooth” is already set to “On,” click on it once to turn it off, then wait for at least half a minute and turn it back on. This is going to restart the Bluetooth.
    how to turn bluetooth on
  6. Check if your Bluetooth driver and devices are properly functioning now.

Method 2: Run the System File Checker scan

The System File Checker is a tool available in Windows 10 by default. It’s also called an “SFC scan,” and it’s your quickest way to automatically fix corrupted system files and other issues.

Here’s how to run it.

  1. Press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard to launch the Run utility. Type in “cmd” and  press Ctrl + Shift + Enter. This is going to open the Command Prompt with administrative permissions.
    command prompt
  2. If prompted, make sure to allow the Command Prompt to make changes on your device. This means that you might need an administrator account.
  3. Type in the following command and press Enter: sfc /scannow
    scannow
  4. Wait for the System File Checker to finish scanning your computer. If it finds any errors, you’ll be able to fix them automatically through the SFC command itself, which may also fix related errors.

Method 3: Update your Bluetooth drivers to the latest version

Just like your system itself, your drivers can become outdated as well. Especially for those who have installed Bluetooth drivers in the past and forgot to update them.

Here’s what you need to do to update your Bluetooth drivers quickly and efficiently.

  1. Press the Windows + X keys on your keyboard and click on the Device Manager option from the menu.
    device manager
  2. Expand the Bluetooth menu by clicking on the arrow next to it.
  3. Right-click on your audio device listed in the menu and choose Update Driver.
  4. Allow Windows 10 to look for the newest driver on your local computer or online, then follow any on-screen instructions.
    search for software automatically

Method 4: Run the Windows Bluetooth troubleshooter

Windows 10 comes with a variety of troubleshooters that aim to automatically solve issues on your computer. This makes solutions more accessible to users and benefits Microsoft as they don’t have to assist individual users via phone or e-mail.

Luckily, the one used for getting rid of Bluetooth errors is readily available on your computer without the need to download a single file.

Users have found that the Bluetooth troubleshooter is able to address and fix issues related to the taskbar. The next steps describe how you can reach and run this troubleshooter.

  1. Launch the Settings application by using the Windows + I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Click on the Update & security tile.
    update and security
  3. From the menu on the left side of the window, choose Troubleshoot.
    troubleshooter icon
  4. Scroll down until you see Bluetooth. Click on it, then simply click on the Run the troubleshooter button.
    run bluetooth as administrator
  5. Wait for the troubleshooter to scan your device and identify any issues. Please note that this troubleshooter is not perfect —  which is why we suggest trying it last. It might not detect any issues, but that doesn’t mean our previous methods can’t fix your Bluetooth.

Method 5: Make sure you have the latest Windows 10 release installed

Some users report that simply updating to the newest version release of Windows 10 made any present Bluetooth errors go away. As a bonus, you might even get access to new and exciting features, improved security, and more optimization.

  1. Open the Settings application using the Start menu or the Windows + I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
    updates and security
  3. In the Windows Update tab, click on the Check for updates button.
    check updates
  4. If a new update is found, click on the Install button.
  5. After your system successfully installs the newest Windows 10 update, you might be able to use Bluetooth as intended.

We hope that this article was able to help you learn more about Bluetooth drivers and their proper handling. If you ever run into any future issues with Bluetooth drivers, feel free to return to our article and do some troubleshooting!

Are you interested in learning more about Windows 10? You can browse our dedicate Help Center section for related articles. 

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