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How To Remove a Bluetooth Device in Windows 11

Removing a Bluetooth device from Windows 11 is useful in various scenarios, such as when the device is no longer needed, for re-pairing, battery saving, resolving device conflicts, troubleshooting, and freeing up connections. For example, I removed several unused Bluetooth devices from my Windows 11 machine as part of regular maintenance.

On Windows 11, you can use the Settings app to remove any Bluetooth device from your computer. In this tutorial, I will guide you through the steps. Let’s get started!

Before You Begin

  • You need administrative rights to remove Bluetooth devices in Windows 11.

Remove Bluetooth Device in Windows 11 Using Settings

  1. Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
  2. Go to the Bluetooth & Devices tab.
  3. Click on the Devices option.
  4. Find the Bluetooth device you want to remove.
  5. Click the More Options (…) icon.
  6. Click the Remove Device button.

Detailed Steps (With Screenshots)

First, launch the Settings app by pressing the Windows key + I shortcut. Alternatively, search for Settings in the Start menu and open it.

open Windows 11 settings from Start menu - Light mode

In the Settings window, go to the Bluetooth & Device tab on the sidebar and then click on the Devices option.

open devices page in Windows 11 settings

This page shows all your connected devices, including the Bluetooth devices. Here, find the Bluetooth device you want to remove. For example, I want to remove my unused Bluetooth mouse (M336/M337/M535). Next, click the More Options (…) icon.

click the more options icon next to the device

Select the Remove Device option. This action immediately deletes the Bluetooth device from your computer. You will not see any confirmation or success message, but the device entry will disappear once removed.

select remove device to remove a Bluetooth device from Windows 11

Troubleshooting Steps

Bluetooth Device Failed to Remove

Under certain circumstances, Windows 11 might fail to remove the Bluetooth device. There are several reasons for this. For example, the device might be in use, temporary system glitches, Bluetooth service issues, or permissions issues. To troubleshoot and fix the problem, do the following.

  • Administrator rights: Ensure your account has administrator rights.
  • Disconnect the Bluetooth device: Make sure it is not in use and disconnect it from your system. If necessary, completely power off your Bluetooth device.
  • Restart your computer: Sometimes, temporary system glitches and stuck Bluetooth service can block you from removing a Bluetooth device. To fix it, restart your computer and try again.
  • Boot into safe mode: If a normal restart didn’t work, boot Windows 11 to safe mode and try again. It should work.

Wrapping — Removing Bluetooth Devices

As you can see, removing Bluetooth devices is easier than you think. In fact, it’s easier than pairing Bluetooth devices in Windows 11. Do keep in mind that if you fail to remove a device, make sure it is not in use and it is disconnected. You can also try restarting your system or booting into safe mode.

If you have any questions or need help, comment below. I’ll be happy to assist.

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