How to Bring Back Bluetooth Devices Icon on System Tray

by Himanshu Yadav on January 11, 2011

When you right click on the Bluetooth icon it gives several options. These options helps you to do many things with your Bluetooth connected devices such as adding a new device or transfer of files etc. As you see in the screenshot given below that the below most option is Remove icon so chances are high that anyone accidentally click on it. After a click, the icon disappears and now you have no idea how you can bring it back.

bluetooth icon notification thumb How to Bring Back Bluetooth Devices Icon on System Tray

Next time if you want to use Bluetooth you click on the Start button and you find all the option related to Bluetooth. But it would be great if you get your Bluetooth icon back to its place, i.e on a system tray. Here’s how you get it.

Click on the Start button and type Bluetooth in the search box. In the several results you get, click on the Change Bluetooth settings.

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In the Options tab, check the box next to “Show me the Bluetooth icon in the notification area”. Click OK.

bluetooth icon show thumb How to Bring Back Bluetooth Devices Icon on System Tray

That’s it. You’ll get your Bluetooth icon on a system tray. If you want it on the taskbar then click on the small triangle next to the tray icons and click on the Customize link.

customize system tray icons thumb How to Bring Back Bluetooth Devices Icon on System Tray

Now go to Bluetooth Devices option and select the option “Show icon and notification” from the drop-down. Click OK.

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That’s it. Now your icon will appear again on the taskbar.

[Thanks Askvg].

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Albeiro August 16, 2011 at 4:11 am

Pfhhh!! Thanks a lot! I don’t know what I’d do if these cool forums weren’t available… such simple stuffs may seem so complicated when no help is available! :) :)


Kathryn August 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I do not get the option to change the blutooth settings it does not come up when I type in blutooth! what should I do? this is maybe an loder version of windows? I have 7 and all the updtaes.


inderjeet August 21, 2011 at 4:54 am

hey 4 bluetooth setting :
1) go to : Control Panel n click on Devices and Printers
2) thn rite click on icon hvng ur computr name
………..thr u l find bluetooth settings options thn do same as above..


ishu August 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm

hey works…….


Deven September 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm

thanks a lot, I got it.


manikandan November 5, 2011 at 1:43 am

Thank you very much. its working…


Mohammed Khalifa November 17, 2011 at 4:13 am

Thanks a ton, That did it.


enrico palazzo December 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

Mine is checked and still i dont see the bluetooth icon in the system tray?!?


Ramzy December 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Thank you

Nice Tip…..


yesuraj December 25, 2011 at 11:31 am

am very happy to see the blue tooth device icon again in my laptop


lemper January 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm

thank’s a lot


rockers_x2x January 12, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Thanx , Really a gr8 help….


dadu221 February 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

thanks a lot. this “how to” proved useful 2 times already :) That icon is very useful and handy.


Bilal February 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

thanks a lot………….it fixed my problem


Zvonimir August 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Thank you very much!


shivam nath arya August 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm

thnks its really worked for me try its awesome


ishaan November 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Thanks That Really Works


Zia ur Rehman January 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

If your bluetooth device is installed and still you don’t see it in notification area, and nor been seen in control panel.

then it means that you have turn off your WiFi option, by pressing the concerned button for Wifi, and then your bluetooth will be seen where it should be. And will work fine.




hasin March 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Hello there,

I have acer aspire one laptop with windows xp-pro OS,the bluetooth icon does’nt appear on my the tray until i dont manually run the bttray.exe file from its location which is C:/Program files/Widcomm/bttray.exe and in order to have access to bluetooth,i have to do this each time.
And NO! my computer’s Control panel does’nt have Bluetooth Devices,instead it has Bluetooth COnfiguration and this has no option to enable/disable the icon tray as opposed to what you have posted on the top.
I have even tried to place bttray.exe in the system’s startup folder,but when i click on this service(msconfig),it says the btballooon.dll file is missing and hence bttray.exe does’nt work……Any help is much appreaciated….i some how want this icon back on my system’s tray.
Kind Regards,


preeti April 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm

it worked.thank u so much.


Raf July 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Thank you very much, you solved my big problem.


G.Lalith Kumar August 31, 2013 at 5:42 pm

thanks yar i got back my icon on windows 8


claudine September 13, 2013 at 11:01 am

tnx a lot!! it really helped me!! :D


bhadresh November 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Thank you it’s fixed my problem.


abeer November 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm

per mera to abi b show nai raha bluetooth icon
kia musibat hy :\


ram December 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm

thanks it is very use full for me


sahar February 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

thnk u soooo much :-*


pratik pathak February 8, 2014 at 9:46 pm

I am not even getting those search results in start menu, when searched it!


akshay juvatkar March 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm

yo budy thanks so much……….. u will become so rich thanks


Ron Bond June 9, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Excellent post. Just what I needed. Thank you so much.


Sam Sharma July 25, 2014 at 12:28 am

I tried the bluetooth search and it does not bring up ” change bluetooth settings”. Does this mean that my windows installation did not install the bluetooth driver ? Or is it that something else was not done during installation.


Nainitha Nishal August 16, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Thanks a lot!! It works!!!


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