How to Add or Remove Bluetooth Taskbar Icon in Windows 10

In this article, we will review different methods to add or remove the Bluetooth icon from the taskbar in Windows 10. If your device comes with Bluetooth, a special icon appears in the notification area (system tray). You can hide it in order to keep the system tray less cluttered, or add it for faster access to the feature if you use the Bluetooth options frequently.


If your device comes with a Bluetooth module, then you can use it with a wide range of wireless peripherals. It will allow you to pair your laptop or tablet with a bunch of devices like a mobile phone, wireless keyboards, mice, headsets and other tablets and laptops.

Bluetooth hardware can be embedded in your device's motherboard or it can be installed as an internal module inside the device. Bluetooth transmitters exist as an external device which can be connected to a USB port.

Windows 10 allows to you to add or remove the Bluetooth icon using three different methods, including Settings, the Bluetooth applet, and a Registry tweak.

How to Remove Bluetooth Taskbar Icon in Windows 10

  1. Right-click the Bluetooth icon in the notification area.Windows 10 Bluetooth Taskbar Icon
  2. Click Remove in the context menu.Windows 10 Remove Bluetooth Taskbar Icon

Note: If you can't see the icon, click on the up arrow button to see all the tray icons, including the Bluetooth icon.Windows 10 Bluetooth Hidden Taskbar Icon

Add or Remove Bluetooth Taskbar Icon in Windows 10

  • Open Settings.
  • Go to Devices - Bluetooth & other devices.
  • Click on the link More Bluetooth options.More Bluetooth Options Link
  • In the Bluetooth Settings dialog, enable or disable the option Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area.Show Bluetooth Icon Check Box

Note: If you cannot find the More Bluetooth options link in Settings, then your device doesn't include Bluetooth support.

Add or Remove Bluetooth Taskbar Icon with Registry Tweak

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Bluetooth
  3. Here, set the 32-bit DWORD value Notification Area Icon to 1 to add the Bluetooth taskbar icon. To remove the icon, set the Notification Area Icon value to 0.Windows 10 Remove Bluetooth Icon Registry

Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.

Tip: See how to go to a Registry key with one click.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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