How to Activate Bluetooth Service on Arch Linux?

After installing Arch Linux and fiddling with it, I encountered an issue where the Bluetooth option was visible but I was unable to activate it.

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Check Bluetooth Status

To diagnose the issue, start by checking the status of the Bluetooth service with the following command:

systemctl status bluetooth

You might see a response like this:

peter% systemctl status bluetooth
bluetooth.service - Bluetooth service
    Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/bluetooth.service; disabled; preset: disabled)
    Active: inactive (dead)
    Docs: man:bluetoothd(8)

This indicates that the Bluetooth service is disabled and inactive, which is why it’s not functioning.

Activate Bluetooth Service

Here’s how I resolved the issue: Bluethooth is functioning

  • Start the Bluetooth service:
      sudo systemctl start bluetooth

    This command initiates the Bluetooth service.

  • Enable the Bluetooth service to start at boot:
      systemctl enable bluetooth

    This ensures that the Bluetooth service starts automatically with each boot of the system.

Now the bluetooth is functioning! Bluethooth is functioning Bluethooth is functioning

I hope this guide helps you resolve any similar issues with Bluetooth on Arch Linux.

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