I want Bluetooth disabled by default. How to do it in elementary os? I've already tried to disable it in settings. But there is no option for this. If I disable it on top bar and login and logout the Bluetooth is enabled.

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You can disable it by adding next line to /etc/rc.local file with following system restart:

rfkill block bluetooth
  • 1
    This solution "blocks" the bluetooth "widget" too. Isn't there any solution that only "switch off" the bluetooth like the widget does? Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 19:03
  • Elementary OS 6 does not present this file. Commented Sep 14, 2021 at 12:12

Open /etc/bluetooth/main.conf and change AutoEnable=true to AutoEnable=false.

  • Didn't work on elementary OS 5.0 juno
    – Ali Tou
    Commented Aug 16, 2019 at 8:59
  • Worked for me in Elementary OS 6 (built on Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS) Commented Sep 14, 2021 at 12:15

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