When using a Windows 10 pc, you may share files and folders to other local devices as well as connect your webcam, speakers, and headset through Bluetooth. If the Bluetooth button vanishes from the Action Center, it must be super inconvenient.
Even though Bluetooth works, it may not have appeared in Action Center because of wrong settings, or it may not be detected by your system.
Fortunately, there are numerous solutions available to resolve this issue when the Bluetooth button is missing.
1. Modify the Quick Actions Menu
The Action Center menu consists of two parts, the top is for your installed apps and system notifications, and the bottom is the Quick Actions menu, which contains shortcuts to key settings. When Windows 10 needs to display multiple notifications, it collapses the Quick Actions menu to save space. To check all the shortcuts contained in the Action Center menu, click Expand.
Bluetooth is missing from Action Center because not all shortcuts are enabled by default, or you may have disabled Bluetooth shortcuts by mistake.
1) Press Windows + A to open Action Center and select Manage notifications from the top right corner.
2) Click Edit your Quick Actions. This will open the Action Center menu.
3) Select Add > Bluetooth > Done.
2. Check if Your Device Supports Bluetooth
If you don’t have the option to add Bluetooth to the Action Center quick list, it’s possible that your Bluetooth driver is missing, or your device doesn’t support Bluetooth. Here’s how you can check if your device supports and is properly configured for Bluetooth.
1) Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings panel and then click on Devices.
2) If the Bluetooth & other devices menu is visible, then your device supports Bluetooth technology.
3) If this menu is not visible, search for Device Manager in the Start menu search bar and select Best Match.
4) Check if there is a Bluetooth menu inside the list of available devices.
Bluetooth may be inside the list of Hidden Devices, so click View > Show hidden devices to check if Bluetooth is listed.
If Bluetooth is missing from the list, you can add Bluetooth to your computer by using a Bluetooth adapter. When deciding which adapter you should use, check its compatibility.
3. Check the Bluetooth Settings
Even if the “Notifications and actions” settings are correct, you still need to check the Bluetooth settings.
1) Click Start > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth and other devices.
2) Under Related Settings, click More Bluetooth Options.
3) Select the Options tab and check the Show Bluetooth icon in notification area.
4) Click Apply>OK.
4. Turn off Fast Startup
The fast startup can speed up the startup and Windows 10 takes less time to start. However, it may interfere with the programs set to run at startup, so it may be better to turn off fast startup.
1) Click Start > Settings > System.
2) From the menu on the left, select Power and Sleep.
3) Click Additional Power Settings > Select what the Power button does.
4) Select Change settings that are currently unavailable.
5) Uncheck “Enable fast boot“.
6) Click Save changes button.
5. Run the Bluetooth Troubleshooter
Running the troubleshooter is enough to solve most of the problems that interfere with the Bluetooth function.
1) Go to Start>Settings>Update and Security.
2) Click Troubleshoot > Other Troubleshooters.
3) From the Find and Fix Other Problems menu, press Bluetooth > Run the troubleshooter.
The Bluetooth Troubleshooter will automatically fix any detected problems. Once the process is complete, restart your computer and check that Bluetooth is now available within the Action Center menu.
6. Using the Hardware and Device Troubleshooter
The Hardware and Device Troubleshooter is now “hidden” in Windows 10. However, you can still access it using the command prompt, here are the steps.
1) In the Start menu search bar, search for Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.
2) Type msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic to open the troubleshooter.
3) Click Next to start the scan.
The troubleshooter will find and fix the problem with your Bluetooth device, but if it shows troubleshooting unrecognized, try another solution.
7. Update the Driver
The problem may also be caused by a missing or incompatible Bluetooth driver. Installing or upgrading the Bluetooth driver in your system may be a good solution to the problem.
Thankfully, Driver Talent, a specialized driver software, can handle updating and installing drivers for you. There is no need to conduct your own research because it will update all device drivers to the most recent and accurate version automatically.
Follow the instructions below for step-by-step instructions on how to do this:
1) First of all, you can download and install Driver Talent on your PC.
2) Open Driver Talent and click on Scan. Then it will search for your computer with any missing, outdated or corrupted drivers.
3) Click on Install All to get all out-of-date drivers updated.
You will then see Driver Talent update all of your outdated and corrupted drivers for your computer in a few minutes, potentially resolving the issue.
4) Reboot your computer and check if the error is fixed.
The majority of devices now have Bluetooth communication, so connecting a microphone or headset doesn’t require a drawer full of wires as it once did. This is much handier for consumers. To restore your Bluetooth settings to their original state, use any of the troubleshooting strategies in this article.