How to Turn on and Turn off Bluetooth in Windows 8

The way to turn off Bluetooth in Windows 8 is a bit different than previous versions of Windows. Here is how to do it.


For those having trouble not seeing this option in Windows 8, please check out this article.

Video Transcript:

Hi guys, Mark here from ReviverSoft. Today, I’m going to teach you how to turn on or off Bluetooth in Windows 8. Now, it’s a little bit different than you were used to on Windows 7 or Windows Vista or Windows XP. Typically you would go down to this bottom task bar down here, and you’d see a Bluetooth icon, and you would just disable it down there, or you would use a switch on your laptop. There are still laptops being sold these days that have a dedicated Bluetooth switch or a wireless switch that turns off both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but for those of you who don’t have a switch like that, I’ll show you how to turn it off using the Windows 8 settings.

What you need to do is to go to the top right or bottom right corner of your screen, or swipe out from the right-hand side with your finger if you have a touch screen, and then select “Settings.” Then select “Change PC settings,” and go to the wireless menu. In the wireless menu you will see a Wi-Fi option and a Bluetooth option to turn on or off either of these, or you can enable an airplane mode which turns both of these off, but that’s only really useful if you’re travelling. So, if you’d like to turn off Bluetooth, all you need to do is click on the switch, and Bluetooth has been turned off, or click it again and it’s turned back on again.

Now, some people have had problems where they do not have this option on their computer. Typically, this is a problem with outdated drivers, and if you look into the comments of this video below, you can link out to an article that explains how to fix this problem for your computer.

So, thanks for watching, and I’ll see you soon.

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  • Harold Massey

    when I go to “Change PC settings” there is NO “wireless menue

  • reviversoft

    Hi Harold,
    What model PC do you have? We can help you further once we know this information. Thanks!

  • reviversoft

    Hi Ming,

    What model PC do you have? We can help you further once we know this information. Thanks!

  • Paulo Henrique Fagundes Filho

    O dispositivo bluetooth do meu pc funciona normalmente, o problema é que não há a opição de ativar e desativar o bluetooth em dispositivos sem fio, no caso o modelo do meu notebook é um N46VM da Asus, utilizo o Windows 8 Pro original e ativado, com todas atualizações feitas e com ultimos drivers do fabricante instalados.

  • ReviverSoft

    Hi Kimmey,
    We would need to know what model PC you have. Once we have this info, we can determine whether your Bluetooth is on. Thanks!

  • ReviverSoft

    What model PC do you have? We can assist you further once we know this information. Thanks!

  • ReviverSoft

    Hi Johnny,
    What model PC do you have? We can assist you further once we know this information. Thanks!

  • ReviverSoft

    Não parece assim. Desculpe, mas você está tendo que reativar Bluetooth cada vez que você iniciar o seu PC!

  • ReviverSoft

    Tente pressionar Fn + F2, ou pressionando a tecla instantâneas e escolher conectividade sem fio. Aqui está o manual do usuário para mais informações:

  • Paulo Henrique Fagundes Filho

    Essa atalho ativa o modo avião no windows 8, ou seja, o atalho que ativa e desativa as conectividades sem fio, porém no caso do meu notebook esse atalho só funciona com a wi-fi mesmo em modo avião posso por exemplo usar o meu mouse sem fio bluetooth, acho que não desliga o bluetooth junto ao wi-fi pelo mesmo motive de não aparecer o botão bluetoooth nas conectivadades sem fio em configurações.

  • ReviverSoft


    Você pode tentar desabilitar o driver Bluetooth a partir do Gerenciador de dispositivos no painel de controle quando você quiser desativá-lo. Isso pode ser sua única opção.

  • melissa coffin

    I am unable to switch the bluetooth on option in pc settings. i have a asus k56ca notebook with windows 8

  • ReviverSoft

    Hi Melissa,

    Try the Bluetooth driver on this page. ASUS recommends you uninstall the old one before installing the new one.

  • ReviverSoft


    Você tem o número do modelo do seu PC? Eu posso ajudar, uma vez que sei esta informação. Thanks!

  • melissa coffin

    so i should uninstall the old bluetooth driver first then download and install the latest. once i have done this then i should be able to turn the bluetooth swtich on in pc settings??

  • GaaHina Reiji


  • Kris Mee Trujillo

    I can’t seriously turn it on.

  • ReviverSoft

    That’s it exactly. Let us know that it worked for you!

  • ReviverSoft


    Try this driver and see if it works for you. Good luck!

  • ReviverSoft

    Sorry for the delay. What model laptop do you have? I can help you once I know this info. Thanks!

  • Cesar Roldan

    I have the same problem! I cant turn it on… I have an Asus X301A

  • ReviverSoft


    This page has both Foxconn and Atheros Bluetooth drivers. Try both of them and see which work for you. Good luck!

  • Mark Beare

    Did you try following the instructions in this article?

  • Davide De Vellis


    Parece ser um problema de driver. Já experimentou este artigo:

  • Maria Ingênua

    Meu pc é o acer virtual surround e não tem a opção “Bluetooth” onde fica o Wireless, o que eu faço para ativá-lo??

  • André Luiz

    olá, meu notebook é um cce e a opção bluetooth não aparece nas configurações

  • Asia

    I have dell inspiron 15R and I can’t turn it on but I see the buton “on”. Its weird because bluetooth worked few days ago…

  • Rapdata Gustafsson

    hellu have a asus 1225B and im not have the bluethooht on/off buttom but the bluethoot working

  • Alex

    Are there any shortcut tips to switch the bluetooth on?
    At the moment it takes about 10 steps to switch it on and to get back to the normal screen.
    Everything seems to take longer in this system….

  • May Magly

    Olá, eu não consigo achar a opção do bluetooth
    segue o numero de série c8n0b201010471
    Marca: asus
    windows 8

  • Tiago

    tenho um assu me400c e tambem nao tenho opçao de bluetooth alguem me pode ajudar?

  • Raniery

    nao aparece a opcao de bluetooth no me Win8, meu note é o poisitivo unique tv

  • Adriana Almeida

    o meu notebook tambem é o mesmo que o seu e eu não consigo desligar o bluetooth fica todo tempo ligado e quando tendo desligar ele da uma mensagem dizendo que não foi possivel isso acontece com voce tambem?



  • Raimar Lunardi

    Eu cheguei a usar no meu, mas agora o windows dá uma msg dizendo que “não foi possível ativar” o bluetooth… se eu aperto fn+f12 pra ativar, ele diz On, mas não reconhece mesmo assim :(

  • Mike Canfello

    because this is for windows 8, not 8.1.. they are scamming you..

  • Cynthia NS

    Hi, I have a headphone that connects to my laptop through bluetooth with no problem but I can’t find a way to switch the bluetooth OFF, even in Fligth mode! I can turn the wifi off like you showed but there’s no more options under… only “fligth mode” and “wifi”… what should I do to make the bluetooth switch appear??

  • Alisson Brito Maggot

    Não consigo desligar meu Bluetooth no Windows 8, oque eu faço?

  • quz aziz

    i’ve already turned it off but i cant turn it in back .

  • pierre

    when I go to Wireless bluetooth peripheral menu is inexistan


    This is ridiculous. I don’t want to make another trip to the Microsoft Store for the technician to fix this again! Every time there is some sort of UPDATE – my
    BLUETOOTH can not be turned on the normal way? I have no idea what to do!

  • Rowdy Poelman

    i’ve the same problem and my pc is running on windows 8.1

  • Michel Schocken

    thanks!!! you help me

  • CoDEmanX

    Yep, there is no “Wireless” entry in Windows 8.1, nor is there a switch for Bluetooth in PC and Devices > Bluetooth or Network > Airplane Mode.

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