Bluetooth icon missing in Windows 10

Normally, the system tray of the taskbar or the notification area of Windows 10 is the place where Bluetooth icon resides and appears when turned on. It performs multiple functions like allowing a user to join personal area network, adding a new Bluetooth device and more. An accidental click on ‘Remove icon’ of Bluetooth options, however, can cause you to lose that icon. You may find it difficult to retrieve the icon under such circumstances.

Nevertheless, here are few steps you can try to restore the missing Bluetooth icon in Windows 10/8/7

Bluetooth icon missing

In Windows 10, open Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices. Here, make sure that Bluetooth is turned On.

Bluetooth icon missing

Then scroll down and click on the More Bluetooth options link to open the Bluetooth Settings.

Here under Options tab, ensure that Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area box is selected. Click Apply and exit.

Windows 7/8 users may type “control panel” in the search box of Windows 10. Next, type “change Bluetooth settings” in the Search Control Panel field at the upper-right of the Control Panel

When you do so, Change Bluetooth Settings link should appear under Devices and Printers heading. Click the link to open the Bluetooth Settings window.

Under the Options tab, check Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area option.

Click OK and restart Windows. The icon should reappear the next time you log in.

If this does not help you, there is another thing that you need to do, and that is to check if the Bluetooth Support Service is running on the computer

To do so, type services.msc in Start Search and hit Enter to open the Windows Services Manager.

In the list find Bluetooth Support Service and double-click on it. Ensure that the Service is set to Manual (Trigger Start) and Started.

The Bluetooth service supports discovery and association of remote Bluetooth devices. Stopping or disabling this service may cause already installed Bluetooth devices to fail to operate properly and prevent new devices from being discovered or associated.

Now check if you find the Bluetooth icon in the Notification Area.

Hope this helps.

See this post if Bluetooth is not working.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, 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.


  1. Shaiya Rox

    Thank you, this solved my problem. But I wonder how in the world did that option get unchecked, because I most certainly did not deactivate it myself. This is the second time it happened to me.

  2. Shaiya Rox

    Follow up:
    I have find out why the Bluetooth icon keeps disappearing from the task-bar.
    If you right-mouse-click on the Bluetooth icon the first option on the list is “Remove icon”. It is very easy to accidentally click on that. This is the 4th time that that I have accidentally removed it from the task-bar. Windows should get rid of that option, it makes no sense to have it seeing as how no other icons do.

  3. ecome

    Great article…. Made my day

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