How to Properly Reinstall Bluetooth Driver in Windows 10

If the installed Bluetooth drive is causing issues or not working properly, follow these steps to properly reinstall the Bluetooth driver in Windows 10.

Bluetooth has become so much versatile these days due to all the wireless devices out there. In fact, I myself connect and use multiple Bluetooth devices like the keyboard, mouse, and headphones. To properly connect Bluetooth devices to Windows 10, you should make sure that a proper Bluetooth driver is installed and is working as it should.

If the Bluetooth driver is incompatible or having issues, you will not be able to connect to your Bluetooth devices to Windows 10. Even if you are able to connect them to the Windows 10 Bluetooth signal, you might face other issues like connection drops and reduced quality.

If that ever happens to you, reinstalling the Bluetooth driver will fix those issues. In this quick and simple guide, let me show the exact steps to quickly and properly reinstall the Bluetooth driver in Windows 10.

How to Reinstall Bluetooth Driver from Device Manager

You can reinstall the Bluetooth driver directly from the device manager. In fact, Windows will automatically do all the heavy lifting for you. Follow the steps listed below to do so.

  1. Open the Run window with “Win + R” keybinding.
  2. Type “devmgmt.msc” in the blank field and click “Ok“.
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  3. After opening the Device Manager, expand the “Bluetooth” submenu in the main panel.
  4. Now, right-click on the “Bluetooth adapter” entry and select the “Uninstall device” option.
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  5. Depending on the Bluetooth device manufacturer, the Bluetooth adapter name will be different. For instance, if you are using the Intel Bluetooth hardware then you will see “Intel wireless Bluetooth”. If its Realtek then you will see Realtek.
  6. Now, select “Delete the driver software for this device” checkbox.
  7. Click the “Uninstall” button.
  8. After uninstalling is complete, close the Device Manager.
  9. Restart the system.
  10. After restarting, open the Device Manager.
  11. Next, click on the “Scan for hardware changes” icon on the top navbar.
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  12. This will trigger windows to reinstall the Bluetooth driver.
  13. Once that is done, close the device manager.

That is all. With that, you’ve successfully reinstalled Bluetooth driver in windows 10.

If your system manufacturer provides a specific Bluetooth driver then you can also install that driver. When you do that, the Microsoft installed driver will be automatically replaced.

However, if the driver you manually installed is an older version of the already installed driver then windows 10 might automatically install the newer version upon restart or windows update.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, check out how to check the Bluetooth version in Windows 10.

3 thoughts on “How to Properly Reinstall Bluetooth Driver in Windows 10”

  1. Avatar for eitan

    Hey, is there something I can do (aside from restarting the computer), if the Bluetooth doesn’t even show up on Device Manager?

    1. Avatar for Bashkarla

      If you cannot see the Bluetooth option in the Device Manager then your system might not have it. If you are sure your system has Bluetooth and not appearing the Device Manager then it might be a hardware failure.

  2. Avatar for NIck Bertrand

    hello Sir, i accidently deleted the bluetooth driver from my laptop(Acer Inspire3). I uninstalled VSDC. An editing software and was prompted” Are you sure you would like to delete this file?Some shared files might not work properlyif you do” . I proceeded anyway. Now, i updated windows 10 with the 2004 version as it was available for me toi do so, hoping it would reinstall the driver automatically. But it didint. What else can i try. I dont even see the ” bluetooth” icon anymore in my device manager. Thank you ! Nick

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