SOLVED! “Device Does Not Have Bluetooth”

Nowadays, it’s possible to connect devices to Windows computers in many ways but regarding ease of convenience, Bluetooth is unrivaled. Via Bluetooth, Windows users could pair their devices with mouses, keyboards, speakers and so on. Still, the use of Bluetooth on Windows is not always smooth sailing and issues may appear out of the blue. Check out this article if you cannot use Bluetooth on your PC and the Bluetooth troubleshooter keeps saying “Device does not have Bluetooth”.

The Usual Suspects

Fast Startup

As its name suggests, Fast Startup helps Windows boot up rapidly. Still, while Fast Startup reduces wait time, it could complicate the performance of features and Bluetooth is not an exception. 

Outdated Driver

All in all, if the Bluetooth driver is obsolete, it’s only natural that computers would have a hard time establishing and maintaining Bluetooth connection. Your PC supports Bluetooth but you see  “Device does not have Bluetooth” every time you run the Bluetooth troubleshooter? Then you must take the driver into account. 

Settings

Generally speaking, incorrect settings will result in a wide range of problems. Because of that, it’s a good idea to give settings some thought when Bluetooth acts up. 

“Device Does Not Have Bluetooth”: Troubleshooting

Check Out Bluetooth 

If your PC contains a physical Bluetooth switch, turn it on. Next, you should check whether Bluetooth is turned on,

Via Taskbar

  • Step 1: Go to Taskbar and select the Action Center. If Bluetooth is not in view, select Expand to reveal Bluetooth.
  • Step 2: Select Bluetooth to turn it on. If your computer is not connected to any devices, it will display “Not Connected”.

Via Settings

  • Step 1: Open Start menu, select Settings and choose Devices.
  • Step 2: Scroll and select Bluetooth & other devices. Proceed to ensure that Bluetooth is turned on.

Note: To be thorough, determine whether Airplane Mode is disabled. 

  • Step 1: Click Start, followed by Settings.
  • Step 2: Look in Network & Internet, then Airplane mode. Ensure that this mode is off.

Think About Bluetooth Device

  • Step 1: Turn off the Bluetooth device, wait for a few seconds, turn it back on.
  • Step 2: Move the device closer to your computer.

Note: If the connection is active but sluggish, ensure that the device is not placed close to any other USB gadget that’s plugged into a USB 3.0 port. Also, unshielded USB devices can interfere with Bluetooth connections.

Turn Off Fast Startup

If you lose the use of Bluetooth and want to regain it, you may want to disable Fast Startup.

  • Step 1: Click Start and then select the gear icon to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Proceed to System, followed by Power & Sleep.
  • Step 3: While there, select Additional Power Settings and then Choose what Power buttons do.
  • Step 4: Proceed to Change settings that are unavailable and then uncheck Fast Startup.
  • Step 5: Close the Settings, restart your computer and then check if the Bluetooth connection will work.

Update Bluetooth Driver

Unable to recall the last time you updated the Bluetooth driver of your PC? Then it’s strongly recommended that you update the Bluetooth driver at the earliest opportunity. 

  • Step 1: Click the Start button, type device manager and hit Enter. 
  • Step 2: In Device Manager, look for the Bluetooth adapter under Bluetooth and right-click it.
  • Step 3: Proceed to select Update driver then hit Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • Step 4: After the update finishes, close everything and restart your computer. 
  • Step 5: When the screen comes back on, determine whether the issue persists. 

Alternatively, 

  • Step 1: Download the latest driver for the Bluetooth adapter from the manufacturer’s website.
  • Step 2: The moment the download completes, run the installer as an administrator.
  • Step 3: Restart your computer then see how things turn out.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the range limit for Bluetooth?

The range of a Bluetooth connection is 30 feet (10 meters).

How much data does Bluetooth consume?

A Bluetooth connection does not consume data.

How many devices can be connected through Bluetooth to my computer at the same time?

On paper, the maximum number of devices that can be linked to your Windows computer through Bluetooth is seven. In reality, the limit stops at three to four. 

Tips And Tricks

  • For a stable Bluetooth connection, keep your connected devices away from Wi-Fi routers. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals both use 2.4GHz radio frequencies which result in interference if they share the same space.
  • Use the Stereo Mix feature within the Sound control panel to play audio through your computer’s speakers and Bluetooth speaker.
  • Take advantage of Loudness Equalization under the Enhancements tab in Properties to make your Bluetooth speaker louder.
  • To increase connection speed, attach a Bluetooth 5 dongle to your computer then connect your devices. By doing so, you could raise the connection speeds to 2Mbit/s burst.
  • Notice delays, distortion and lag in the audio after connecting your computer to a Bluetooth speaker? Then go to the Enhancements tab in Properties to disable Audio Enhancements.

 

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