How to disable Bluetooth in Windows 10/8/7

Bluetooth allows you to connect your devices wirelessly to each other, as well as to send & receive files. We have already see how to turn on & use Bluetooth in Windows 10. In this post, we will see the various ways to turn off or disable Bluetooth in Windows 10/8/7.

Disable Bluetooth in Windows 10

1] Click open the Start Menu. Next open Settings and select Devices to open the Windows 10 Devices Settings. Now in the left panel, you will see Bluetooth. Click on it to open the following settings.

bluetooth in windows 10

To disable Bluetooth, toggle the Bluetooth slider to the Off position.

A setting to turn it off is also available via Settings > Network & Internet > Airplane mode > Wireless devices > Turn Bluetooth On or Off.

2] Windows 10 users can also turn off Bluetooth by clicking on the Action Center icon at the right-side end of Taskbar.

Click on it to turn on or off Bluetooth on your device.

3] If you are using Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 as well,  you can make use of the Device Manager. Type ‘device manager‘ in Start Search and hit of the search result to open it.

Disable Bluetooth in Windows 10

Expand Bluetooth, select your Bluetooth connection, right-click on it and click on Disable.

If you can’t turn off Bluetooth on Windows 10 via Settings, you should try doing so via the Devices Manager.

4] Enterprise administrators who want to disable Bluetooth in order to prevent Bluetooth file transfers or radio transmissions in Windows 10 do not have any Group Policy Object that they can make use of currently. But they can make use of this PowerShell snippet mentioned on TechNet, for SCCM or MDT. Do read the post before you use the script.

# Must be run under System
 $namespaceName = “root\cimv2\mdm\dmmap”
$className = “MDM_Policy_Config01_Connectivity02”

# Add the setting to turn off the Bluetooth toggle in the settings menu
 New-CimInstance -Namespace $namespaceName -ClassName $className -Property @{ParentID=”./Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config”;InstanceID=”Connectivity”;AllowBluetooth=0}

# Remove the setting to allow the User to control when the radio is turned on
 $blueTooth = Get-CimInstance -Namespace $namespaceName -ClassName $className -Filter ‘ParentID=”./Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config” and InstanceID=”Connectivity”‘
Remove-CimInstance $blueTooth

Hope this helps!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.