Fix Connections to Bluetooth Windows 10

Fix Connections to Bluetooth Windows 10

/ Shayne Sherman

Bluetooth gives you convenience of connecting your devices without using any wired connection. However it isn’t always reliable, file transfers can be sometimes slow and Bluetooth speakers and headsets often have delays in terms of audio output.

If you are having problems with Bluetooth on Windows 10, follow the guide below to troubleshoot it.

Fix 1: Restart your Bluetooth

The easiest way to fix Bluetooth related problems is by simply restarting the Bluetooth radio on your computer.

Step 1: Press on Windows key + S and Search for “Bluetooth settings

Bluetooth settings

Step 2: Open Bluetooth Settings

Step 3: Turn off the Bluetooth switch then turn it on again

Turn on bluetooth

Step 4: Try connecting your Bluetooth device and see if the connection issue is fixed

Fix 2: Update your Drivers

Bluetooth radio relies on drivers for it to function properly. If your Bluetooth drivers are outdated or corrupted it cannot run smoothly and causes connection problems on your computer.

To update your drivers simply follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press on Windows Key + S and Search for “Device Manager

Device Manager

Step 2: Open Device Manager

Step 3: On Device Manager, find Bluetooth and expand it

Step 4: Right click on your Bluetooth Device

**In our case it’s Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth 4.0**

Step 5: Click on Uninstall

Uninstall Bluetooth

Step 6: Reboot your computer

Windows will automatically install the latest driver for your device after restarting.

Fix 3: Forget your Device

Step 1: Press on Windows Key + S and Search for “Bluetooth Settings

Step 2: Open Bluetooth Settings

Step 3: On settings, find the device that you are having problems

Step 4: Click on the Device and Click Remove Device

Remove Device

Step 5: A prompt will appear asking if you want to remove the device, Click on Yes

Step 6: Turn off the Bluetooth on your computer and on the device that you want to connect

Step 7: Turn on the Bluetooth on both device

Step 8: Click on the device you want to connect

Step 9: Click on Pair


Step 10: A pop up window will appear asking you to compare the passcode. Make sure that the code match on both devices.

Step 11: Click on Yes

Step 12: Wait for the device to finish pairing and check if the connection problem is fixed

finish pairing

Fix 4: Use Windows Troubleshooter

Windows has a built in application to assist users on fixing issues on their computer. To use Windows troubleshooter follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press on Windows Key + S and Search for “Troubleshooting


Step 2: Open troubleshooting

Step 3: On Troubleshooting menu, find Hardware and Sound

Step 4: Under Hardware and Sound, click on Configure a Device

Configure a Device

Step 5: The Troubleshooting application will open, Click on Next


Step 6: Wait for the scan to finish

Step 7: Click on Apply this fix and wait for your computer to restart

Apply this fix

Check if the connection issues on your Bluetooth device is fixed.

If you are still having problems on your Bluetooth connection after doing the possible fixes in this article, the problem could be hardware related. Go to the nearest service center and ask them to check your computer’s Bluetooth radio.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert at all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie as well as entertaining at his home theater.