I recently installed ubuntu 20.04 and bluetooth seemed to work out-of-the-box. Yesterday, it stopped working with no known reason.

I can turn it ON but the settings still show it to be OFF.enter image description here

I tried the following:

$ sudo -i
$ rfkill list
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
3: hci0: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no

and on running bluetoothctl,

Agent registered
[bluetooth]# power off
No default controller available
[bluetooth]# power on
No default controller available
[bluetooth]# exit

What could be the problem and how to tackle it ?

  • 2
    Try sudo systemctl start bluetooth
    – Rayleigh
    Sep 6, 2020 at 9:02
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    @Rayleigh It does nothing :/
    – Pe Dro
    Sep 6, 2020 at 11:34
  • Don't have enough reputation to post an answer, but this helped me: sudo rmmod btusb; sudo modprobe btusb Found here: techstoriesindia.blogspot.com/2020/05/…
    – S. Kaczor
    Nov 7, 2021 at 0:12
  • Happens to me whenever I turn BT off, from then on there is nothing you can do to turn it back on and you have to restart the computer. There does not seem to be any solution here except the cold boot. Feb 3 at 0:47
  • This helped me techstoriesindia.blogspot.com/2020/05/…
    – tiriana
    Apr 8 at 10:20

7 Answers 7


It's a bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1859592

Cold boot as in powering off from PC's source button (taking electricity off the mother board) worked for me. Just shutting down and having the motherboard LEDs on didn't work.

  • Thank you! Cannot believe this is the solution out of all those suggestions. Apr 9, 2021 at 10:49
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    Worked for me as well. Thank you so much @Alex. Aug 28, 2021 at 18:52
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    I just wanted to point out, this is not an Ubuntu problem. I'm facing this in Manjaro. And it's not even a desktop manager problem. I've had this in Gnome as well as KDE. This is a kernel problem (or driver, not sure). For the record, I'm using kernel 5.14.7-2.
    – Mehran
    Oct 1, 2021 at 1:01
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    This is unbelivable. I switched to windows before landing up to your answer. Bluetooth didnt work there either. This worked in one go.
    – jsbisht
    Dec 20, 2021 at 16:22
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    This actually worked, thank you. Didn't think that this could make a difference.
    – DevShot
    Dec 22, 2021 at 8:28

I tried various hacks (all at once) and did a restart but I am not sure which led to the bluetooth working right.

I ran

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo systemctl start bluetooth
rfkill unblock bluetooth

And after the restart, it worked :?

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    Reading package lists... Done E: The repository 'ppa.launchpad.net/bluetooth/bluez/ubuntu focal Release' does not have a Release file. N: Updating from such a repository can't be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default.
    – ntg
    Oct 29, 2020 at 21:35
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    Can confirm that the above commands work for me. Notice: I did not use the 1st command sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bluetooth/bluez, The reason is stated by @ntg
    – Franva
    Nov 5, 2020 at 0:56
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    the issue comes again, this time, the above commands do not work again.
    – Franva
    Nov 12, 2020 at 6:08
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    This does not help at all
    – Marecky
    Apr 9, 2021 at 23:39
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    For me, the sudo systemctl start bluetooth worked! Sep 5, 2021 at 16:00

I just experienced the exact same issue, always off in Gnome and no controller found. What do you see if you type the following in a terminal ?

dmesg | grep -i bluetooth

I had this log:

Bluetooth: hci0: Reading Intel version information failed (-110)

To resolve the problem, all I had to do was to perform a cold boot of my laptop.

Cf. comments in https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1859592

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    Cold boot was the solution for me as well Nov 8, 2020 at 11:04
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    Cold boot worked for me, too. By the way, just turning off and then booting did not work, but it worked when I completely (all LEDs off) disconnected the computer from the power by the switch and then turned it on. Is only the latter the cold boot? Dec 1, 2020 at 5:50

This has happened to me before when I'd accidentally pressed the bluetooth on/off button on the laptop. (fn-F10 on my Thinkpad)

  • This is not a solution and would have been better suited as a comment
    – Pe Dro
    Apr 19 at 14:45

I had the same issue after installing a Windows 10 VM in a gnome-box and giving it access to bluetooth. After doing a clean shutdown of the WIN10 VM, bluetooth became available again on ubuntu.

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    I don't see how this relates to the question. Your issue was most likely caused by the VM taking over bluetooth, then releasing it when it wasn't needed. Dec 13, 2020 at 6:29

Worked for me:

sudo apt install linux-generic-hwe-18.04

Or you can use:

sudo apt install linux-generic-hwe-20.04.

#it would install linux kernel version 5.13.0-25-generic.

Then restart the PC.


I experienced a similar problem in my case I turned of the Bluetooth module from laptop mode tools, Restarted, and never had any problems regarding Bluetooth since then. Apparently, the LMT Bluetooth module is designed to save power by turning off Bluetooth and it really won't kill much of the battery by disabling it.

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    how did you do that?
    – Sayan Dey
    May 30, 2021 at 7:32

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