How to fix Bluetooth Not Finding Devices in Windows 10, 7 & 8.1

Bluetooth is an easy way to exchange documents and important files wirelessly. Sometimes, you are unable to connect Bluetooth in Windows system with other devices. When you want to transfer files, you get an error message that “Bluetooth not finding devices.” Often it happens in Windows 10, but the users of Windows 7 and 8.1 also get this error. Well, if you also encounter this error while pairing Windows 10 PC with other devices, you can follow our guide here to fix this error.

Method # 1: Disable WiFi

First of all, make sure; you have disabled WiFi. It’s important because an active WiFi connection also interrupts Bluetooth activities. So, check WiFi. If it’s enabled, shut it off and try to connect Bluetooth again.

Turn-off WiFi

Method # 2: Correct Pairing of Bluetooth

Another thing to check is the correct pairing of Bluetooth with the relevant device. Try to make the correct pairing. The pairing process varies for every device. Some devices have a pairing button whereas; others don’t have it. So, make the correct pairing before moving ahead.

Method # 3: Check Bluetooth Service

Check the Bluetooth service because if it’s stopped, you can’t connect any device with Bluetooth in your Windows PC. Follow the steps below to check Bluetooth service.

  • Press “Windows key + R” to launch Run dialogue box. Now, type here “services.msc” and press Enter to launch services.
  • Here, click “Bluetooth Support Service” to check its status. If it’s “Stopped” click the “Start” button to enable it.

Start bluetooth support services

Method # 4: Restart Bluetooth Service

If the above methods don’t work, restart the Bluetooth Service by following the steps below.

  • Press “Windows key + R” to open the Run utility. Type here “services.msc” and press Enter.
  • In the Services, right-click to “Bluetooth Support Services” and select “Stop” from here.
  • Now, again right-click to the same service and select “Start” to restart the service.

Start Bluetooth service

  • This process will refresh this service and it will work without error.

Method # 5: Update Bluetooth Drivers

Sometimes, an outdated device driver can cause an interruption in the connection. So, update the Bluetooth driver to fix this issue. Following are the steps you should follow in this context.

  • Right-click to the “Start” button and select “Device Manager” from here.
  • Click “Disk Drives” to expand it.
  • Right-click to the driver and select “Update driver” to start the updating process.

Update disk drives

  • Restart your system and try to connect the Bluetooth with your desired device. This time, it will work.

Method # 6: Use Bluetooth Troubleshooter

To fix this error, you can use the Bluetooth Troubleshooter. Follow the steps below in this context.

  • Right-click to the “Start” and select “Settings” from here.
  • Select “Update & Security” category from here.
  • Now, click “Troubleshoot” option in the left pane and scroll down the page to get the “Bluetooth” option. Here, select “Run the troubleshooter.”

Bluetooth troubleshooting

The troubleshooter will find the problem and it will fix it automatically.

Method # 7: Install Windows Updates

If an important update of Windows is missing, it can also trigger this error. Install Windows Updates to fix this error. Follow the steps here to check for updates.

  • Go to the “Search” and type “Windows Updates.”
  • In Windows Updates menu, click “Check for Updates” to install the latest Windows Updates.

Check for updates

Method # 8: Add the Bluetooth Device Again

Finally, you can add the Bluetooth device again to your system. Follow the steps in this context.

  • Press “Windows key + S” to launch “Settings.”
  • Select the “Devices” category from here.

Control Panel Menu

  • Now, select “Add a device” to start the process of adding the Bluetooth.

When it’s over, reboot your system and try to connect the Bluetooth with other devices. This time, you won’t see any error.

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