Tried to connect to bluetooth device today and noticed the icon was missing from wingpanel menubar. Logout/in, reboot, killall wingpanel, no effect. Bluetooth is gone. Icon still appears in System Settings but says "Bluetooth is disabled"

Could a system update have broken it? Wifi still works. Which bluetooth manager does elementary OS use?


  • Have you looked inside System Settings > Bluetooth? Is it grayed out?
    – wolf
    Oct 3, 2016 at 7:03
  • Yes, it's all greyed out. Including the words "bluetooth is disabled" See screenshot: i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz145/anjp/computer/…
    – anjp
    Oct 6, 2016 at 14:23
  • I'm having a similar issue today, and I have had no joy. BT was working yesterday, and somehow the device is no longer showing as an active device. When I run systemctl | grep bluetooth shows service is running. When I run dmesg | grep -i blue I get all the messages I'd expect showing... but hciconfig up returns Can't get device info: No such device so somehow the hardware seems to be failing to initialize. Nov 14, 2017 at 14:24


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