How to Fix the Missing Bluetooth Button in Action Center on Windows

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Accessing the Bluetooth function in Windows should be easy. But what if the convenient Bluetooth button goes missing from the Action Center? If you’re currently facing a similar challenge, don’t worry. There are several ways to bring back the missing Bluetooth button in Windows.

Good to know: Bluetooth can be good for many things. We detail the main uses in our post.

Bringing Back the Missing Bluetooth Button

Some common culprits behind a missing Bluetooth button include outdated or missing Bluetooth drivers, disabled Bluetooth services, and improper Action Center display settings. Before diving into the fixes, consider initiating an SFC (System File Checker) scan on your PC to repair corrupt system files.

1. Check Quick Settings

If the Bluetooth tile has gone missing from Quick Settings in the Action Center, try re-adding it.

  1. Use the shortcut Win + A to pull up the Action Center.
Clicking on pencil icon in Action Center.
  1. Click on the pencil icon to show more options.
  1. Click on “Add” and select the Bluetooth option.
Clicking on "Add" button to add "Bluetooth" tile to Action Center.
  1. Rearrange the Bluetooth button at your convenience.
  2. Click “Done.”

Tip: curious how Bluetooth became the standard it is today? We explain in our dedicated post.

2. Verify Bluetooth Settings

Another possibility is that the option to show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area (Action Center) was accidentally disabled. In this case, you’ll need to enable the function again.

  1. Use the Win + I shortcut to pull up Settings.
  2. Go to “Bluetooth & Devices -> Devices.”
Navigating to "Bluetooth & devices" section in Windows Settings.
  1. Scroll down and choose “More Bluetooth settings.”
Navigating to "More Bluetooth settings" in Windows Settings.
  1. Check the “Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area” option, then click “Apply -> OK.”
Click on "Show Bluetooth icon in the notification area" in Bluetooth Settings window.

3. Troubleshoot Bluetooth Drivers

Troubleshooting your Bluetooth drivers is the next step you should take to fix a Bluetooth button not appearing in the Action Center.

  1. Press Win + X and choose “Device Manager” in the menu that pops up.
Clicking on "Device Manager" from WinX menu.
  1. Expand the Bluetooth drop-down.
  2. Right-click on the Bluetooth adapter, then click “Update driver.”
Updating Bluetooth driver from Device Manager.
  1. Click on “Search automatically for drivers.”
Clicking on "Search automatically for drivers" option in Device Manager.
  1. If the driver update doesn’t work, try uninstalling and reinstalling the driver. Right-click on the driver in Device Manager and select “Uninstall device,” then reboot your PC and allow Windows to reinstall the driver.

FYI: some Windows issues may require you to access BIOS. Learn how it’s done.

4. Use Safe Mode

You can use Windows Safe Mode to troubleshoot your PC. If a third-party program or service is causing the Bluetooth button to disappear, Safe Mode can help you identify the issue. 

  1. Use the shortcut Win + I to pull up Settings.
  2. Click on “System -> Recovery -> Advanced Startup -> Restart now.”
Accessing "Recovery" options from Windows Settings.
  1. This will take you to a blue screen Startup screen, where you need to click on “Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Startup Settings -> Restart.”
Advanced Options screen after restart in recovery.
  1. Press the F4 key to restart your PC in Safe Mode.
  2. Once in Safe Mode, check whether the Bluetooth button appears in the Action Center. If it does, a third-party program or service may be the culprit. Try disabling any recently installed programs or services to investigate whether the Bluetooth button appears.

Tip: some issues, such as your Windows update being stuck, can be resolved by cloud resetting your PC in Safe Mode. Learn how to do that here.

5. Restart Bluetooth Services

Restarting the Bluetooth services could fix the issue if none of the above methods work. Follow the steps below:

  1. Use the shortcut Win + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type the services.msc command and press Enter.
Typing "services.msc" in Run dialog.
  1. Locate the Bluetooth Support Service.
  2. Right-click on it and select “Restart.”
Restarting Bluetooth Support Service from Services app.
  1. After restarting the Bluetooth Support Service, check whether the Bluetooth button is visible in the Action Center.

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If you tried all of these methods and still can’t see the Bluetooth button in the Action Center, try doing a system restore to reset your PC to an earlier configuration when the Bluetooth tile was still present.

Bring Back the Bluetooth Switch

The missing Bluetooth button in the Windows Action Center can be a frustrating problem for users who rely on Bluetooth frequently. However, it’s not the only issue affecting Bluetooth functionality. If you’re experiencing Bluetooth audio delays on Windows, we show you how to resolve the issue. Also, get up to speed on how to properly set up and manage Bluetooth devices in Windows to ensure proper functionality.

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Joshua Solomon
Joshua Solomon

Joshua is a product manager turned tech content writer specializing in how-tos and troubleshooting articles. He firmly believes that true value lies in producing engaging and fluff-free content. A writer by day and an avid chess player by night, he prefers not to discuss himself in the third person, but can be convinced to do so occasionally - like now :)

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