Windows OS running desktops and laptops has a fair amount of Bluetooth connectivity or stability or even operational issues that can eventually leave you in an awful moment that you didn’t expect at all. As we mentioned, one of the frustrating issues with Windows computers is that unable to remove already paired Bluetooth devices from the system.
Upon trying to remove the Bluetooth device, users sometimes face the “Remove Failed” option when trying to disconnect a Bluetooth device via the Settings app. In addition to that, in some cases, the device does not even appear under Bluetooth & other devices in the Settings app while it can only be found in the Device Manager window. As it turns out, the device apparently reappears when you try to remove them which is not really what you would want.
Next, we will introduce you to multiple methods of removing a paired device from your computer.
5 Methods to Fix Can’t Remove Bluetooth Devices on Windows 10
Use Airplane Mode on Windows 10
When you can’t remove a Bluetooth device on your PC, enable airplane mode and see if you can remove the device. Airplane mode disconnects your PC from all wireless services, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
- Open the Settings app by pressing the Win + I keys simultaneously.
- Select Network & Internet on the Settings window.
- Choose Airplane mode from the sidebar on the left.
- Toggle on the Airplane mode option on the right.
- Remove the Bluetooth device from Settings, as you usually would. After the device is removed, turn off airplane mode.
Restart Device Association Service
- Your PC must be running the Device Association Service to remove a paired Bluetooth device. This service usually automatically starts when you turn on your PC, but if it hasn’t turned on or there’s an issue with it, you should manually restart the service.
- Press Win + R, type services.msc in the Run box and press Enter.
- Find and right-click Device Association Service on the Services window, then choose Restart.
- Try to remove your Bluetooth device from the Settings app.
Update the Bluetooth Device’s Drivers
A possible reason you can’t remove a Bluetooth device from your PC is that there’s an issue with your device’s drivers. In this case, you can update the drivers for that device and then see if you can delete the device.
You don’t have to manually find and install the drivers, as you can use Device Manager to automatically find the latest drivers.
- Press Win + X and choose Device Manager.
- Expand the Bluetooth menu and find your Bluetooth device.
- Right-click your Bluetooth device and select Update driver.
- Choose Search automatically for drivers on the following window.
- Wait for Device Manager to find and install the updated drivers for your device.
- When the drivers are updated, try to remove the device from your PC again.
Remove the Bluetooth Device From Control Panel
There are multiple ways to remove a Bluetooth device on Windows 10. If the Settings method doesn’t work for you, try using the Control Panel method and see if that works.
- Open the Start menu, search for Control Panel, and select Control Panel in the search results.
- Select View devices and printers on the Control Panel window. If you don’t see this option, select the View by option at the top-right corner and choose Category.
- You’ll see all your Bluetooth devices on your screen. Find and right-click the device that you’d like to remove from your PC, then choose Remove device.
- Select Yes in the prompt that appears to remove your device.
Use Bluetooth Troubleshooter on Windows 10
Windows 10 has many troubleshooters that you can use to fix various problems on your computer. One of these is a Bluetooth troubleshooter that, as the name suggests, allows you to find and fix Bluetooth-related issues on your PC. Use this troubleshooter to fix issues with your device, and then you should be able to remove the problematic device from your PC.
- Press the Win + I keys to open the Settings app.
- Select Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters > Bluetooth.
- Then, select Run the troubleshooter.
- Wait for the Bluetooth troubleshooter to detect issues with your devices.
There are several reasons you can’t remove a Bluetooth device from your Windows 10 PC. The good thing is you also have several ways to fix the problem. Let us know what method helped you resolve the issue in the comments below.