It isn’t easy.
Trying to fix theWindows 10 Can’t Find Bluetooth Headphones error.
And guess what, you aren’t the only person experiencing this problem. Most users who have upgraded from older Windows versions to Windows 10 have had to face it.
But there is one thing which sets you apart.
You, unlike them, will learn how to solve this problem.
That’s right; for you’re going to learn it from us. Just apply that fix to your Windows 10 device, and you’d never have to face the error again, ever.
Reason 1: Bluetooth Isn’t Working On Your Windows 10 Device
Every Windows 10 has its Bluetooth feature turned on from the factory. However, some overzealous anti-viruses might turn the service off after deeming it as a threat. Hopefully, your Windows is suffering from the same problem because its solution is a cinch.
Tap Win + R,and this box will appear. Type services.msc in the bar’s search box and press enter.
The following screen will appear.
In the list of services provided, Look for Bluetooth services and make sure that the status of all of them is Running. Otherwise, if that isn’t the case, right click on the service and select Run from the subsequent bar. Even this was the reason behind your problem, your Bluetooth should have started by now.
However, if it fails to help you, scroll down to the next tip.
Reason # 2: Driver Isn’t Up to Date
Windows have drivers for every service, including Bluetooth, Sound, and Wireless. Sometimes, these drivers malfunction, causing the service to shut.
To update your Bluetooth driver, type Device Manager in the search box as shown in the aforementioned picture. Once it appears, double-click on the icon.
The following screen will appear
Here, take your cursor to the Bluetooth option and double-click on it. Doing so will open a list of drivers of your laptop’s Bluetooth. Right click on the first driver, and select the option of Update Driver. Then, select Search Automaticallyfor your device to automatically update its Bluetooth driver software.
Still having the same problem? It’s time to move forward.
Reason # 3: Your Windows 10 Device’s Bluetooth Is Turned Off
While the chances of this reason are pretty slim, it’s still better we take nothing for granted. Follow the belowmentioned steps to turn on the Bluetooth of your Windows 10 device.
For your PC, press Windows+I and the abovementioned image will appear. Double-click on the Bluetooth icon.
Once you have done that, the abovementioned image will appear. Make sure your device’s Bluetooth is turned on – as in the image.
Next, click More Bluetooth optionsand tick the tickbox titled Allow Bluetooth devices to find the PC. The remaining two options – as shown in the snapshot – should also be ticked as well.
Reason 4: Problems in Realtek HD Audio Manager
One of the most common reasons why Bluetooth headphones are unable to connect to Windows 10 devices is the malfunctioning Realtek HD Audio Manager. Provided you’ve it installed on your PC, follow the following steps to make sure it isn’t the culprit.
Type Realtek HD Audio Managerand double-click on the resulting icon. Then, once the abovementioned image appears, right click on the icon. Next, click Disable Front Panel Jack Detection.
Note: Not all Windows 10 devices have Realtek HD Audio Manager. Therefore, if you can’t find it, there’s no need to panic as the problem is something else.
Reason 5: Headphones aren’t set as Default Playback Device
Some users who experienced this problem fixed it by setting headphones as the default playback device of their Windows 10 device. Whether or not this method works for you is anyone’s guess, but it’s certainly worthy of a try.
Take your cursor to the extreme bottom-left side of your screen. Once there, right click on the speaker icon; the abovementioned image will appear. Here, as highlighted in the picture, click on Open Sound Settings. The following screen will appear.
As shown in the picture, the Output Deviceof your Windows 10 PC should be Speakers/Headphones. If it is something else, change it to the same.
Reason 6: Inexplicable Problem
The first thing you should do when trying to find a solution to this problem is to Run The Troubleshooter. For, most of the time the problems are random, and they don’t require any special measures to be solved. All we have to do is to just troubleshoot it.
First of all, click on the Windows icon in the bottom right of your screen. The start menu will pop-up; select Settings from it.
The following window will come up.
Once here, type Troubleshoot in the search bar and press Enter. This will open a list of options for you to troubleshoot. Search and locate Bluetooth and troubleshoot it. Follow the instructions which come along the way.
Remember, if your Bluetooth problem isn’t very serious, it should be solved via this method. However, provided it is anything but, scroll down to the next method.
Reason 7: There Is A Bug
If all of the abovementioned methods fail, it’s time to call quits and buy a wired headphone. Just joking; all you have to do is to take help from Windows. Remember, they are the ones who designed the damned thing in the first place. So it is only natural that we seek their help through Feedback Hub.
Feedback Hub is a Microsoft designed app which takes input from you and gives you advice on how to solve Windows related problems.
To follow this method; just type Feedback Hubin the search box of your Windows. Double click the icon and a new Window will appear.
As you can see, there is a search box titled Report a Problem. Just click it.
Here, you’ve two options. Either you can just state what the problem is. This works for users who don’t have the faintest idea of what the problem is. However, if you know a little more about your problem, elaborate it in the second search box. What’s more, the window also tells you How to Write Good Feedback. Click there if you need more help.
Reason 8: Problem with Your Headphones
Have you recently taken your Bluetooth headphone for running? Been walking in the rain with the headphone in your pocket? Exposed it to extremes of temperature? If your answer to any of these questions is in the affirmative – or if you just want to be sure (recommended) – check whether your headphones are working properly or not.
Fear not, there’s nothing technical to do here. All you have to do is to follow the below-mentioned step by step guide.
- Take any smartphone phone which you know has functioning Bluetooth. Turn its Bluetooth on.
- Turn on your Bluetooth headphone. Remember, turning on your headphone and switching on its Bluetooth are two different things.
- Once you have turned on your headphone, keep the button pressed until your headphone’s stable light starts to flicker. It is an indicator that your headphone’s Bluetooth has turned on.
- However, if the light remains stable, it means there is some trouble with your Bluetooth headphones.
- Provided the light has started to flicker, try to pair it with your smartphone.
- If the pairing is successful, it means your headphones are well and good. Otherwise, if your smartphone isn’t detecting the headphone’s Bluetooth, it’s time to have your headset checked.
Reason 9: Bluetooth Icon Missing
Sometimes, it might be the case that the Bluetooth icon disappears from the Action Center. To get it back, follow the following steps.
First, type Settings in the search bar of Windows 10 and click the resulting icon. The abovementioned image will appear. Here, click on the Devices, then on Bluetooth & other devices. Once there, make sure that the Bluetooth is turned on.
Next, while you’re in there, click on More Bluetooth Options
This window will appear. Make sure that all the boxes are ticked. Once you have made sure of it, go back and try to pair your Bluetooth headphone to your PC.
Reason # 10: Bluetooth Not Available After Windows 10 Creators Update
In August this year, Windows sent a Creators Update to all the PCs using its processing system. While most of the customers benefited from this update, some claimed that their Bluetooth didn’t work afterward. Provided you’re experiencing the same problem, here’s what you can do to overcome it.
First of all, as shown in the image, turn on the Airplane Mode. You can access this mode by taking your cursor to the extreme bottom-left of your screen. Once then, click on the Notifications icon; which is a message shaped icon.
Once you have turned on the Airplane mode, both the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth service of your laptop will turn off. So, after waiting for a few seconds, turn it back on.
Now, click on the Windows icon in the bottom right of your screen. The abovementioned start menu will pop-up; select the icon ofSettings from it.
The following window will come up.
Once here, type Troubleshoot in the search bar and press Enter. This will open a list of options for you to troubleshoot.
Search and locate Bluetooth and troubleshoot it. Follow the instructions which come along the way. And if your luck hasn’t totally run out; this method should resolve your problem.
It isn’t easy trying to fix the error stating Windows 10 Can’t Find Bluetooth Headphones. However, as we assured you at the start of this article, we have told you the solution. Also, as you can see, we presented ten different reasons for the same problem. So, it is extremely likely that you’ll end up with a solution to your problem as well.