How to Update an Intel Bluetooth Driver – Windows 11

The Intel Bluetooth interface is part of the Intel wireless adapters in PCs with an Intel wireless chipset. To make sure the Intel Bluetooth device functions on Windows 11 the appropriate driver needs to be installed. Windows 11 will normally install supported drivers automatically, but if you need to update an Intel Bluetooth driver on Windows 11, follow these instructions.

Manually Update the Bluetooth Driver

To update the Intel Bluetooth driver, we first need to download the latest version from the Intel website. In some cases, your PC manufacturer will also have a driver available for the Bluetooth interface in your PC. Make sure to check the available versions on both websites to see which version is required.

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to the Intel download center.
  2. On Intel the web page, use the Search option to locate the latest Bluetooth driver. Type “bluetooth” and press Enter.
    Search Bluetooth Intel support
  3. In the list with search results, locate the Intel® Wireless Bluetooth for Windows 10 and Windows 11 entry and click it.
    Intel Bluetooth driver download link
  4. On the web page for the intel® Wireless Bluetooth® for Windows 10 and Windows 11, click the Download button for the installer.
    Note: The downloaded version will be the latest version. If you need an older version, use the Version drop-down field to select a previous version.
    Download Intel BT Driver
  5. Click the I accept the terms in the license agreement button in the windows that show next.
  6. The Intel Bluetooth installer file will start downloading.
    Note: Depending on the browser used, you may need to select a destination on disk for the downloaded file.
  7. Once the download completes, open a File Explorer and browse to the downloaded file.
    Intel Bluetooth Installer File
  8. Double-click the downloaded file to execute the driver installation and follow the on-screen instructions. If the UAC screen shows, click Yes to continue.
  9. If a driver is already installed for the Intel Bluetooth device, a popup will show to confirm the upgrade from the existing version to the new version of the driver. Click Yes to confirm.
    Intel Bluetooth Driver Upgrade
  10. After this, follow the on-screen instructions in the Intel® Wireless Bluetooth® Setup window.
  11. Once the installation of the Intel Bluetooth driver completes, click the Finish button to close the setup window.
    Bluetooth Setup Complete

Note: Always make sure to check which wireless adapters are supported by the driver version. For version 22.160.0.4, as show in the instructions, the devices supported are:

Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX4111, AX2111, AX2101
Intel® Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) Desktop Kit1
Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX2001, AX2011
Intel® Wireless-AC 95601,-AC 94621, 94611, 92601
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 82651,-AC 82601, 3168
Intel® Wireless 7265 Family
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165

Automatically Update an Intel Bluetooth Driver

To automatically update the Intel Bluetooth driver on Windows 11, run Windows Update. First, make sure automatic driver updates are not disabled.

  1. Open the Windows 11 Settings by pressing the Windows + I keys (or use the Start menu).
  2. Click Windows Update in the left-hand panel in the Settings window.
    Start Windows Update in Windows 11
  3. Next, click the Check for updates button in the right-hand panel.
    Check for updates in Windows 11
  4. Wait for updates to be downloaded and installed.

A second option to automatically update the Intel Bluetooth drivers is to use a program like DriverFinder that will automatically find the latest version of the Bluetooth driver for your PC.

Update the Intel Bluetooth driver using the Device Manager

The last option to update the Intel Bluetooth driver is to use the Device Manager. The Device Manager has been part of Windows since the initial Windows versions. It allows you to see all devices that are present in the system. For each device, the drivers can be checked and updated.

  1. Open the Device Manager by right-clicking the Start menu button and selecting Device Manager in the menu.
    Windows 11 Device Manager from Start menu
  2. In the Device Manager, expand the Bluetooth category.
  3. Right-click the Intel® Wireless Bluetooth® device, and in the context menu select Update driver.
    Intel Bluetooth Update Driver
  4. Click the option Search automatically for drivers and wait for the driver to be updated.
  5. Click Close when done, and then close the Device Manager window.

With the above instructions, you can download and install the Intel Bluetooth driver for Windows. This should solve any issues you have with Intel Bluetooth not working in Windows.

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