In one of our previous guides we talked about restoring the missing Bluetooth icon in the system tray of Windows 10. A reader, who read the guide, asked us what if Settings app not displaying Bluetooth settings.
As you likely know, one can turn on or off Bluetooth by navigating to Settings app > Devices > Bluetooth section. Here you can view all paired Bluetooth devices as well as a link to open advanced settings of Bluetooth.
Bluetooth and Bluetooth settings are missing from Settings app
At times, you might notice that the Bluetooth section is completely missing from Settings. Of course, Windows 10 doesn’t display Bluetooth section and settings if your PC doesn’t come with Bluetooth.
And if you’re sure that you PC has Bluetooth, then the Settings app is not showing Bluetooth section and settings because Bluetooth has been disabled in Device Manager. Yes, if the Bluetooth’s hardware is disabled in Device Manager, the Settings app doesn’t list Bluetooth section and settings.
Enable or disable Bluetooth in Windows 10 Device Manager
Just because your PC has Bluetooth hardware and drivers are installed for the same, that doesn’t mean that Bluetooth is enabled. Here is how to enable or disable Bluetooth in Windows 10.
Step 1: Open Device Manager. There are couple of ways out there to open Device Manager in Windows 10. The easiest way is to right-click on the Start button and then click Device Manager.
Step 2: In the Device Manager, double-click on the Bluetooth tree to see the Bluetooth hardware’s name. As you can see in the picture below, my ThinkPad T450s has Intel Wireless Bluetooth.
Step 3: If there is a down arrow on the Bluetooth icon (refer to the picture above), then Bluetooth is turned off. To turn it on, right-click on Bluetooth’s name and then click Enable. Bluetooth should be enabled immediately without any delay.
Step 4: Open Settings app now. If the Settings app is already open, please close it once and then open it again to see Bluetooth settings under Devices (Settings > Devices).
Hope this helps!