Windows 10: Does disabling bluetooth save power? Solved


  1. Posts : 804
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       27 Mar 2015 #1

    Does disabling bluetooth save power?


    I don't use Bluetooth so I've disabled the driver in device manager (with the hope of improving battery life) as I can't find any other way of turning it off.

    My question is does doing this help? Does disabling the driver turn off the radio or is it still using power but just not available to use?
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  2. Posts : 4,345
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       27 Mar 2015 #2

    All you need to do is just to turn the bluetooth off to stop it from scanning which drains the battery.





    Edit..


    Ooops... I missed the part where you said you can't turn it off. What device is it?
    If it is disabled there is no way it can operate in any way.
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       27 Mar 2015 #3

    It's a Broadcom. I was wondering if disabling it is actually going to save power or if it will use the same amount and just not work...
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  4. Posts : 4,345
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       27 Mar 2015 #4

    Do you see a BT icon on the icon tray? If not you should be good.
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       27 Mar 2015 #5

    If I disable the driver then the Bluetooth icon disappears (and I can't access the various settings). I was just unsure what disabling a driver actually does.

    I can't tell the difference turning off Bluetooth on my laptop (there are too many other variables) but on my phone it definitely lasts longer if it is turned off.
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  6. Posts : 4,345
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       27 Mar 2015 #6

    Yeah, it should be the same as mobile phone. It adds to battery drain.
    Think of it as the wifi. If you disable the driver, it will stop scanning.
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       27 Mar 2015 #7

    badrobot said: View Post
    If you disable the driver, it will stop scanning.
    Thanks - that is what I was hoping.
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