Do you ever find yourself wondering what’s playing on your Bluetooth device? If so, you’re not alone. Checking the Bluetooth radio status is a common task for many people, and it can be lifesaving in a pinch. In this blog post, we will show you how to check Bluetooth radio status in Windows 10 and 8.1, as well as some of the most common issues that can occur when Bluetooth is not working correctly. By understanding these issues, you will be better equipped to troubleshoot and fix them if they arise.
What is Bluetooth?
Bluetooth is a wireless technology used in many devices, such as phones, printers, and headsets. It allows devices to communicate with each other without having to be connected directly. Bluetooth signals are sent out over short distances, so they can easily reach your device’s nearby Bluetooth enabled devices.
How Bluetooth Works?
Bluetooth is a wireless technology that lets devices connect without having to be in the same physical space. It’s commonly used in phones, tablets, and other portable electronics. Bluetooth operates in the 2.4 GHz frequency range and uses short-wavelength radio waves to communicate with devices.
To connect to a Bluetooth device, you first have to turn on the Bluetooth feature on your device and then search for the other device in question. Once you’ve found the other device, you can start pairing by pressing its button or icon and selecting “Pair.” You can also pair two devices by entering their addresses into your device’s contacts or calendar software.
Checking the Bluetooth Radio Status on a iPhone or Android Device
How to check the Bluetooth radio status on an iPhone or Android device:
- Open the “Settings” application on your iPhone or Android device and select “Bluetooth.”
- If your iPhone or Android device has more than one Bluetooth enabled device, you will see a list of devices. On an iPhone, tap on the “Name” of the Bluetooth device that you want to check its status. On an Android device, tap on the “Device Name” of the Bluetooth device you want to check its status.
- In the “Status” column, you will see a “On” or “Off” indicator next to each Bluetooth enabled device. If the indicator is off, then the Bluetooth radio on that device is not turned on and you will not be able to use it with your iPhone or Android device. If the indicator is on, then the Bluetooth radio on that device is turned on and you can use it with your iPhone or Android device.
Check Bluetooth Radio Status Not Fixed (8 Fixes)
If your Bluetooth radio is not fixed, you can try the following fixes.
- Make sure that your Bluetooth device is turned on.
- Check to see if there is a software update available for your Bluetooth device. If so, install the update.
- Try resetting your Bluetooth settings. On some devices, this can solve connectivity issues. To reset the settings: on your smartphone or tablet, open the Settings app and select Bluetooth; on your computer, open Device Manager (usually in the Control Panel) and locate your Bluetooth device; right-click on the device and select “Reset”; choose “Yes” when prompted to erase all information associated with the device.
- If none of these solutions work, you may need to replace your Bluetooth antenna or cable.
#1. Turn It On!
With Bluetooth turned on, you can check the radio status of your device. In most cases, this will show that the Bluetooth is connected and working properly. If it does not show a connection or if there are problems with the Bluetooth connection, then you may need to troubleshoot the problem.
#2. Restart Bluetooth Radio
If your Bluetooth radio isn’t working properly, you can try to restart it. To restart the Bluetooth radio, follow these steps:
- Turn off your device and then turn it on by pressing and holding down the power button until the device starts up.
- Open the Settings app and scroll down to “Bluetooth.“
- Tap on “Bluetooth” and then tap on the name of your Bluetooth device.
- If you see a message that says ” unavailable,” tap on the “Restart” button near the bottom of the screen.
If you don’t see a message about restarting, your Bluetooth radio is probably working properly.
#3. Charge your Battery
If you have a Bluetooth-enabled device, such as a phone or computer, and if the battery is low, the radio might not work properly. To check the Bluetooth radio status: On your Bluetooth-enabled device, open the Settings app. Select Bluetooth. If there is a blue bar across the top of the screen with an orange ball in it (the “active” bar), then your device is connected to any other devices and is broadcasting its signal. If there is no blue bar or if there’s a green bar instead (the “paired” bar), then your device is only trying to connect to other devices but hasn’t started broadcasting yet.
To check battery level: On your Bluetooth-enabled device, open the Settings app. Select Battery. The battery percentage should be listed under “Battery Level.” If it’s low, charge your device’s battery as soon as possible.
#4. Restart your PC
If your computer is not connecting to a Bluetooth device, there are several steps you can take to try and resolve the issue.
- Restart your computer. This will often resolve issues with drivers and connectivity.
- Check if your Bluetooth device is turned on and properly configured. You can do this by launching the Bluetooth settings on your device or computer, selecting ” discoverable devices ,” and checking that the device is listed.
- If your computer was recently moved or switched networks, make sure Bluetooth is enabled on both devices and try connecting again.
- If all else fails, reset your network adapter by unplugging it from the wall socket, turning it off for 30 seconds, plugging it back in, turning it on and then going into the network adapter’s configuration utility (on Windows 10).
#5. Bluetooth Interference and Device Distance
Bluetooth devices can experience interference from other electronic devices, such as microwaves and cordless phones. The farther away the Bluetooth device is from the interfering device, the more likely it is to experience interference. To reduce the chances of Bluetooth interference, keep Bluetooth devices as close to each other as possible and avoid using them near high-emitting appliances, such as televisions or computers.
#6. Bluetooth Device drivers
If you are using a Bluetooth-enabled device, be sure to check its status regularly. Windows 10 includes a built-in utility to do just that, and it’s simple to use.
To check your Bluetooth radio status:
- Open the Settings app on your computer.
- Click Devices and Printers.
- Under “Bluetooth devices,” select the device you want to check.
- In the window that opens, under “General status,” click Status.
If the device is initialized and connected, it will show as “Connected.” If not, it will show as “Not connected.”
If there are any problems with the connection, you’ll see an error message in this window and a more detailed report in the reports section of the Status page for that specific device.
7) Re-pair and Remove
If you have a Bluetooth radio that is not functioning, it is necessary to re-pair the device and remove any other devices from close proximity in order for it to work properly again. This process can be time-consuming and may require some trial and error.
- Make sure that your Bluetooth radio is turned on.
- If your device has a battery, remove it.
- Locate the Bluetooth icon on your device’s home screen and tap on it.
- If your device does not have a home screen, find the “Settings” app and tap on it.
- Once you are in settings, scroll down until you see “Bluetooth” under “Settings”. Tap on it.
- Under “Bluetooth Devices“, locate the Bluetooth radio of interest and press “Menu” or “Function” button located next to its name. This will bring up a menu with various options such as pairing and unpairing devices.
- In order to re-pair the Bluetooth radio with your device, select “Pairing.” On the next screen, tap on “Add New,” enter the PIN code of your device if prompted, and then select OK. The new device should now show up in the list of available devices under “Paired Devices.”
- To remove any other Bluetooth devices from close proximity so that the old one can work properly again, select “Unpair.” The devices will now be removed from the list of available devices.
#8. Windows 10 Troubleshooter
If you’re experiencing trouble connecting to a Bluetooth device, try using the Windows 10 Troubleshooter. The Troubleshooter can help diagnose and fix common problems with your computer’s Bluetooth connection.
To use the Troubleshooter, open the Start menu, type “troubleshoot” (without the quotation marks), and press Enter. In the “Troubleshooting Tools” window that appears, select “Bluetooth.” If you have a mouse, point to the lower-left corner of your screen, and click on the icon that appears there (it looks like two crossed radios). If you don’t have a mouse, point to the lower-left corner of your screen and press Ctrl + Alt + Del (or click on “Taskbar,” then click on “Start”).
A list of items will appear. Right-click on “Bluetooth,” and select “Open.” In the Open Bluetooth File dialog box that appears, select “Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607) x64.” Select the check box next to each item in the right column that you want to troubleshoot. For example, if you experience trouble connecting to a Bluetooth device, check both boxes under “Device Connections.” Click OK. In the main Troubleshooting Tools window, select either “Command Prompt” or “Windows PowerShell” from the options at the top left. At the prompt, type:
(replace bluetooth\* with the name of the Bluetooth device that you’re troubleshooting).
If the Troubleshooter can’t connect to the Bluetooth device, you may need to update your driver.
Sometimes, we might need to check the status of a Bluetooth radio in order to troubleshoot an issue.
Here are some steps you can take to do just that:
- Open up the Bluetooth settings on your device.
- Click the “Scan” button next to the name of the Bluetooth radio you want to check.
- If there is an error message associated with that particular Bluetooth radio, it will be displayed here.