How to Show / Add Accidentally Removed Bluetooth Icon in System Tray in Windows?

Today we are going to talk about one of the most annoying problem in Windows! As we know Windows shows "Bluetooth" icon in system tray and if you click on it or right-click on it, it shows a menu. The problem starts when "Remove Icon" option is listed at the bottom of the menu and you click on it accidentally and BOOM!!! The bluetooth icon disappears from system tray and you don't find any option to bring it back.

IMO "Remove Icon" should not be listed at the bottom as there are very high chances a user will click on that option accidentally as most of the time the last option in a menu opens the icon Settings. And the worst thing is that it even doesn't ask for any kind of confirmation so that user can cancel his action.

Anyway, if you are also among those frustrated users and have accidentally removed the icon from system tray, here are 2 simple methods to bring the icon back:

  • Method 1: Using Hidden Bluetooth Settings Window
  • Method 2: Using Registry Editor

Method 1: Using Hidden Bluetooth Settings Window

If you look into Control Panel to change Bluetooth settings, you'll not find it. You can follow following simple steps to access it:

1. Type bluetooth in Start Menu searchbox and it'll show a few entries in result set. Click on "Change Bluetooth Settings" entry.

2. It'll open Bluetooth Settings window where you can enable bluetooth icon by selecting "Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area" option and apply it.

3. That's it. It'll restore the bluetooth icon in system tray.

Method 2: Using Registry Editor

If the above method doesn't work for you, you can follow a very simple registry trick to bring it back:

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start Menu searchbox and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Bluetooth

3. In right-side pane, look for a DWORD value Notification Area Icon. It would be set to 0. Either set its value to 1 or delete it.

4. That's it. Restart or log off your system and bluetooth icon will be back in system tray.


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  • Thanx very much, accidently removed the icon...

  • Thanks 4 asistance it solvd my 2 days headache

  • thank you very mch :) it helped me .... the first method worked for me ...

  • Thank you!! I've been searching for days and trying everything!! Totally worked!!

  • thank u very much bro... i m also the victim of the same problem...& after looking into the solution its just piece of cake :)) but the thing i didn't understand that why the bluetooth setting thing is not showing up in control panel in spite of being shown in start menu!!

  • Thank u... I had no idea how to resolve this issue.. And solution was so simple. Thanx once again.


    I accidentally deleted this, exactly as described, and then tried to re-add it through the notifications setting, via a Bluetooth shortcut, etc. None of that worked.

    But method #1 did. Thanks!

  • Thank you so much, I can't believe a simple thing as this one would ruin my whole day. The option to hide bluetooth icon shouldn't even be there. Anyway thanks for resolving my problem!

  • Hi,

    Here is the detailed step by step for doing Method 1 in Windows 8 Pro:

    1. Open Control Panel
    2. Goto Network and Internet
    3. Goto Network Connections
    4. You will find something called Bluetooth Network Connection - Right Click on it and select Properties
    5. Click on Bluetooth Tab (next to networking)
    6. Click Bluetooth Settings link
    7. In Bluetooth Settings window and under Options Tab - Check - Show the bluetooth icon in the notification area.
    8. Click Apply and OK
    9. You are done.

    Srinivas G

  • Thanks, my problem is solved by following the method # 2

  • thanks my problem have solved by method one

  • I GREATLY appreciate this helpful tidbit, as method two resolved my issue. I searched and tried different suggestions from the "experts", Window Support website two hours. You helped me solve this issue in two minutes, using clear and succinct instructions. I am adding your website to my "Favorites!

  • Thanks Sir to give this suggestion it helped me to decrease my stress

  • Thank you so so much.....
    It's been very helpful to me....
    The 2nd method helps me very much....
    thanx again....

  • Thanks for your help. This has been so frustrating. Without the icon, it was hard to know if my Bluetooth devices were connected without clicking extra windows. Thank again.

  • Thank u so much... the first method worked for me...problem sloved...huh...!!!

  • Thank you so much u really did take me out of my misery

  • Thank u I had broken my head you save me time.

  • I was starting to panic for a while. Thanks. The first method really helped.

  • Me: victim of this accident!

    Thanks Vishal, Your first tweak helped me. :)

  • Owh tnx method 1 did save my life it works nw I have my nofication icon back thnx....

  • Thanks method 2 worked for me. Up until then so frustrated just because I clicked in error!

  • Thanx brother... Otherwise i will format my pc.

  • method 1 is very simple, and got my bluetooth icon back. thanks alot

  • Thank you very very much Srinivas G.
    You have helped me a lot to fix this problem. A big thanks you. :)

  • Thanks for retoring my bluetooth icon for. thanks a lot

  • You have any idea where bluetooth icon is located?

  • Thank you so much! I was having problems with this but with your quick, easy instructions I've now got my Bluetooth icon back again :D

  • Thanks a lot. I was tearing my hair out over this. So simple. Cheers

  • Thank u very much. Its very very useful information. And method 1 is working for me.) Thank u all.

  • thanks bro...
    the first one helped me.... : )

  • thank a lot frnd... :) really useful for me...

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Bluetooth
    I go from appearance to color. No bluetooth

  • very very thank you. thank you sooooooo much.
    now show again removed Bluetooth icon on task bar.

  • thanks dude,,,its really nice to see that someone helping to everyone......keeep it up dude..god bless you....

  • after searching ages THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH for this answer. method 2 worked for me

  • none of them doesn't work for me .. I tried to find other method & I fond the solution.
    1. go to control panel & open system
    2. click device manager and double click bluetooth radios.
    3. click the bluetooth (dell wireless bluetooth or something like that) .
    After step 3 bluetooth tray will appear in task bar . drag & put into show hidden icon menu.

  • Thanks very much. I used the first method and it worked like charm.

  • Both the method is not help me to get back blutooth icon in my tray

  • Accident happens, luckily your post is here to rescue. First method worked for me. Thanks :)

  • hey the Bluetooth icon icon is restored but the settings is not opening when i right click on the Bluetooth icon and click open settings... what should i do? please help,........

  • The blue tooth device is showing on my device manager but no Bluetooth folder under users in Registry. Since this article got you so much of appreciation, can you please update this for Windows 8.1?

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you very much! Like others, I accidentally removed my bluetooth icon from the system tray and was very frustrated that I couldn't figure out how to put it back immediately. Thank you so much for this very helpful guide!

  • Thank you sooo much! I didn't even accidentally remove the icon, it just randomly disappeared from the taskbar (I suspect it may have been after Windows updates). Your helpful advice saved me the headache of doing a full system restore.

  • solved in 5 seconds method 1... thanks to clear instructions. And learned a new trick to make searches easier!

  • Thank you so much! I was going mad with this!

  • It was really helpful..... I salute you dude

  • Tried both but still won't work....Notification Area icon under Registry editor for Bluetooth is already set to 1 but no result when I restart it. Please Help!

  • Neither worked for me,
    Bluetooth setting are not shown in any of these locations, This has been the case MOST of the time since I bought my dell xps. drivers are updated, bluetooth icons in settings and regedit only occasionally show up. extremely frustrating as every single fix asks me to click on a setting button that for me almost never exists.

  • Thanks for your help, I tried the first one and it worked. if you have an Windows 8, as there are not a Windows start Menu, just go through "search..." on the research bar, then type the concerning instruction.

  • Anyone else accidentally do this because the Bluetooth icon looks like the steam icon.

  • method 1 doesn't work, in method two, no bluetooth option is in registry editor

  • You are a f**king genius man.
    Thanks a lot for that method one which smoothly worked for me bro. Thanks a lot again very much.
    i was so so worried for this thing..

  • None of the method work for me, Bluetooth option is missing in method 2, and no setting for Bluetooth in method 1, I have a Bluetooth mouse, and I'm trying to use it, and I know my computer provides Bluetooth, it's windows 8.1, but I'm missing Bluetooth setting, and none of the solution in online are works for me...

  • solved my prob using regedit method
    Thanks lot

  • Here is the detailed step by step for doing Method 1 in Windows 7 64 bit

    1. Open Control Panel (there is still no Bluetooth)
    2. Goto Network Sharing Center
    3. Open Change Adapter Setting
    4. You will find Bluetooth Network Connection - Right Click on it and select Properties
    5. Click on Bluetooth Tab (next to networking)
    6. Click Bluetooth Settings link
    7. In Bluetooth Settings window and under Options Tab - Check - Show the bluetooth icon in the notification area.
    8. Click Apply and OK
    9. You are done.

    Thanks to Srinivas G

  • Thank you very much. Method 2 solved my problem

  • Thank you so much. Method 1 was easy to follow and worked for me. Solved my 2 day headache as well :)

  • Thanks for your help, but Bluetooth is only activating with Wi-fi off. Is that correct?
    Even active, my notebook cannot be found by my cell phone.

  • i did both methods, and no Bluetooth in sight. I believe it has been deleted. But I know for a fact I did not. Either way is ther a way to re install the bluetooth?

  • @inoke Make sure you don't have your computer on "airplane mode." You can not enable Bluetooth if you are.

  • Thanks, Lost my Bluetooth icon. Now have it back.

  • OK, that was easy. Thanks.
    Note the IT department was not of any help. sigh

  • Perfect ...
    better than search in thick manual ... :-))

  • Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, Lenovo ThinkPad X201i

    For me, the Bluetooth icon in taskbar is not a problem. It is there in taskbar and I can access it. The only problem for me is that I cannot access "Bluetooth Settings" which I should be able to, by clicking "Open settings" that you can see by right-clicking the Bluetooth icon in taskbar. This is so even after I installed all the available Windows Updates.

    >>Hsu Myat
    Which one is that "bluetooth radio"...?

    Exactly the same problem here. "Bluetooth Settings" never show up although I am able to click the link to it in Control Panel's Bluetooth Network Connections, in Windows' search-for-everything feature that you have by pressing the Windows logo key on keyboard, and in Bluetooth Devices icon in taskbar. Even if I press the link, "Bluetooth Settings" does not pop up.

    >>Srinivas G, kicunghartono
    Thanks a lot. I do see the "Bluetooth Settings" button in your step 6 in my W8.1 Pro 64-bit as well. But even if press that button, nothing happens. The settings window doesn't show up.


  • What do I do if even all of that stuff disappeared? It's not in regedit, it's not in control panel, the only thing about bluetooth is the 2 service tags for it in devices, and the bluetooth sharing folder. Which I find a bit strange.

  • thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you.....

  • These two solutions didn't work for me.
    I eventually released that I had installed a WINXP on Samsung easy display manager on my laptop. Somehow this must have conflicted with my bluetooth. Once I uninstalled it bluetooth magically worked again.

    So that's something to try: if it suddenly stopped working, try removing any new programs that you've installed.

  • That was like taking me out of hell...thanx a lot!!!

  • yes, i too got the bluetooth icon thank u so much

  • thanks for this... It was easy! been looking for this so bad! :D

  • The second option helped after over 12 hours brainstorming. Thanks.

  • Thanks so much!! You helped out where I didn't know where to look to reset the option.
    Thanks again and may your IT troubles be light.


  • i cant find any of the option to revoke my Bluetooth option. i am using windows 8.1. plz tell any other way to get bluetooth back on

  • unfortunately method 2 does not work for me either. "Notification Area Icon" is not listed under the default option explained in point 3. I'm using Windows 8.1. Is there another option?

  • You are a lifesaver. I accidently brushed be mouse and saw the icon go away. I was piiiisssed! What an annoying little bug. Thank you!

  • Thank you so much, method no2 worked like a charm

  • my laptop is lenovo g50-45 series and os is windows 8.1. here my laptops have bluetooth but it is hide so i can't turn on or off. please help me.

  • Thank you so much,incidentlly icon was removed had recoverd using method 1

  • Thank you very much. I am able to recover the Icon using Option 1

  • Thanks man, i have seeking it for few days =_= now it sloved (Y)

  • Thanks for the information!
    But.... is not necessary to restart the pc. You can do the trick with restart of the explorer with task manager.

  • couldn't find start menu search box and

    there was no bluetooth under control panel, so this was not helpful.

  • I'll be ever greatful for you... Great to have your suggestion...

  • both methods not bluetooth name showing in control panel

  • Both the methods did not work. Please suggest something else.

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