How do you turn off the bluetooth adapter in windows 10?


After upgrading to windows 10 , the option to turn off the adapter doesn’t appear anymore.

I’m using the Plugable USB Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Micro Adapter


Hello Kevin,

Thank you for your question.

In Windows 10, the control for enabling and disabling Bluetooth can be found in:

Start \> Settings \> Devices \> Bluetooth


Bluetooth can also be toggled from the notification area.


If these options are not there, please let me know and I will provide further steps to assist.

Thank you,

Plugable Support


Hello Andy,

Thanks for your reply.

What I was actually asking about was the ability to turn off the adapter from the icon in the tray. It seems to
have disappeared after I upgraded to W10.


I believe the option appeared between “Open Settings” and Remove Icon" and said “Turn Off Adapter”. Quick
and easy without clicking through screens.

An interesting issue did show up though. Looking in “settings\devices” the option to turn off the adapter isn’t there
like it is in your picture.


Any ideas where it got too?



Hello Kevin,

There were changes in the Broadcom Bluetooth software between Windows 7 and even Windows 8, let alone Windows 10. Some features were removed or changed. Typically we recommend just using the default Windows 10 driver that is installed through Windows Update.

At this point, the fastest shortcut to turn off Bluetooth would be from the Action Center option shown in my second screenshot. There is a keyboard shortcut to access the Action Center as well (Win Key + A).

I am sorry if this wasn’t the answer you were hoping for, but I hope it helps.

Thank you,

Plugable Support



I still can’t turn it off because the option to do that is missing. Compare
your Devices screenshot to mine. The slider button to turn off the device
is missing completely.

That feels like a Microsoft issue doesn’t it.

Anyway, thanks for the info.



Hi Kevin,

I missed that detail about it being missing in the Bluetooth options within Windows. The option being missing from the Bluetooth icon in the task bar is normal.

That option being missing usually points to a driver install issue. Could you run our diagnostic program? It will gather device information and installation logs that will help me understand what is happening.

To do this, please have the adapter plugged into your computer, then go to this page and follow the instructions there:

Once you get the file, please send it to and use the subject line “For Ticket #144614



Hello Andy,

Thank you for your assistance and time. Sometimes I wonder what planet
Microsoft is from…

For those interested in this issue, apparently Microsoft removed the “on/off”
slider for desktop machines. Mobile units are allowed to turn off their adapter.…

Is this the start of another M$ plot? First, it was the attempt to force users to implement Windows 10. Is this the start of the elimination of desktops? :stuck_out_tongue:

anyway, thanks again for your support.