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Fix: Bluetooth won’t turn on Android

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Bluetooth issues are not uncommon, especially these days when Bluetooth is used more than ever. However, being unable to turn on Bluetooth is bad on another level. Some users report that Bluetooth won’t turn on Android either from the Quick Access menu or Settings > Bluetooth. If you are among them, check the steps to fix this problem below.

How do I fix my Bluetooth not turning on?

1. Restart your phone

Let’s start with the simplest but often the most useful troubleshooting step. Restarting your device from time to time is a good idea and restarting it when an issue occurs is necessary.

So, try the restart and if Bluetooth still won’t turn on your Android, try the next step on the list.

2. Disable Wi-Fi, mobile data, and NFC

For some reason, there’s this age-old problem that’s even present these days. Luckily, not as frequently. Namely, some users report that Bluetooth is not working whenever Wi-Fi, Mobile Data, or NFC are enabled. To test this theory out, try disabling everything and give it another try.

If this doesn’t help, go for the safe bet — resetting network settings.

3. Reset Network Settings

Whenever some major problem like this one appears, resetting network settings to default values is almost always a guaranteed solution. We do suggest resetting network settings, although there are some downsides.

In the meanwhile, here’s how to Reset Network Settings on Android:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select System.
  3. Open Reset options.
  4. Tap Reset Wi-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth.
  5. Tap Reset settings.

Have in mind that this procedure might differ on your device. Different Android skin often means deviation from stock Android norms. On Samsung devices, for example, opening Settings > General management > Reset > Reset network settings is the path to follow. If you can’t find the setting on your device, just open Settings and search for it in the search bar.

4. Reset your device to factory settings

Finally, if none of the steps worked for you and Bluetooth still won’t turn on your Android (from both the Quick Access tile or Settings), resetting your device to factory settings is the next obvious step.

We explained everything before so give it a read to learn how to back up your data before erasing everything. After you fully grasp all things important, follow these steps to reset your Android to factory settings:

  1. Back up everything using Google One Backup or OEM-specific service.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Choose System.
  4. Select Reset options.
  5. Tap Erase all (factory reset).
  6. Tap Erase all.

After you set up the device again, check whether Bluetooth works or not. If it’s still broken, we can only recommend taking your device for repair. Don’t forget that these steps apply only (or at least mostly) to stock ROMs and not custom ROMs. So, if you are experiencing issues of this gravity on a custom ROM, consider going back to stock. In spite of all your wishes to avoid it like a plague.

That should do it. Thank you for reading this, hopefully, helpful fix piece. If you have anything to take or add, feel free to do so in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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