How to Turn On or Off Advanced Bluetooth Discovery in Windows 11

This article explains enabling or disabling advanced Bluetooth devices discovery in Windows 11.

By default, your Windows device with Bluetooth adapter will allow users to enable or disable the ability to connect to a Bluetooth-enabled device. No particular actions are needed.

Windows uses the default connection mode when connecting to Bluetooth devices, which allows users to connect to standard Bluetooth devices or accessories.

If you want to see and connect to all types of devices, you may have to enable the advanced mode, and the steps below show you how to do that.

Enable or disable advanced Bluetooth device discovery via the Settings app.

As described above, when you enable advanced Bluetooth devices discovery, you can connect to all Bluetooth accessories, not just the standard devices.

Here’s how to do that.

First, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting Settings. Or press the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Setting app opens, click the Bluetooth & devices button on the left.

Select the Devices tile on the right to expand it.

Windows 11 Bluetooth and devices add device button tile

Select the Bluetooth devices discovery tile on the expanded Bluetooth & devices -> Devices tile and choose the Advanced option on the drop-down menu.

To re-enable the Default option, choose Default from the drop-down menu.

Windows 11 Bluetooth devices discovery tile options

Close the Settings app when done.

Enable or disable advanced Bluetooth device discovery via Windows Registry Editor

Another way users can enable or disable the Advanced Bluetooth device discovery in Windows is to use the Windows Registry Editor.

First, open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path below.


If you don’t see the Bluetooth folder key, right-click on the CurrentVersion key, then create the subkey (Bluetooth) folders.

Windows 11 Bluetooth registry key

Right-click the Bluetooth folder key’s right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Next, type a new key named AdvancedDiscoveryMode.

Double-click the new key item name (AdvancedDiscoveryMode) and make sure the Base option is Decimal, and then update the Value data:

  • To enable it, type: 1
  • To disable it, type 0
Windows 11 Bluetooth registry key value

Save your changes and restart your computer.

That should do it!


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