How to fix an Android phone whose Bluetooth or WiFi wont turn on


How to fix Bluetooth WiFi FM Radio won't turn on Android

Got a call from a client some while back. She was narrating her frustration when she had visited an office notorious for accidentally leaving their WiFi Hotspot unprotected (really wish there were Admins that careless in my area) for some business and discovered that they had an unprotected WiFi network with internet access that day . Having a tonne of things to download, she flipped out her Android phone from its waist holster, faster than the fastest gunslinger in the West and tried to turn WiFi on. To her dismay, her phone kept saying “Turning on WiFi” then WiFi turned off automatically. WiFi never came on for the entire duration of her visit.  Classic example of the poem Some have food but cannot eat . 

We’re not treating this issue so you can go scouting for unprotected WiFi networks but to help you resolve such an issue at times you really need WiFi / Bluetooth ON but they would rather stay OFF ( similar to the application not installed error ).

What could cause an Android phone’s WiFi / Bluetooth to be unable to come on?

Common causes of this issue include:



  • Insufficient app permissions: The WiFi / Bluetooth might be force-closing or unable to come on due to insufficient permissions to launch certain  system level apps
  • Corrupted apks or files: The WiFi / Bluetooth apks or files might be missing or corrupted
  • Third-party apps: Third-party or WiFi / Bluetooth management apps might be interfering e.g Babel Fonts apk
  • Temporary OS error: The Android OS might have encountered a minor error
  • Connection timeout: If no Bluetooth / WiFi network is detected within the set timeout (which might have been set too low in this case) then the WiFi / Bluetooth will automatically go off
  • Hardware: The I.C might be damaged or the motherboard needs cleaning

How do I diagnose if my WiFi and Bluetooth not coming on is due to a software or hardware problem?

One simple test is by trying to turn on your phone’s FM Radio. If the FM Radio can come on then its most likely a software issue. If the FM Radio can’t turn on also or force closes then you’re most likely dealing with a hardware issue. This however isn’t an absolute test, especially in a situation where incompatible fonts is the cause of the problem

To confirm its a hardware issue, try changing the phone’s font manager i.e Babel fonts apk sometimes cause Bluetooth and WiFi not to come on.

How do I solve Android WiFi and Bluetooth not coming on?

Here are some fixes to try (in the order of software to hardware):

  • If you have Babel fonts apk installed then uninstall its updates, freeze or use a different font manager app
  • Reboot: Rebooting the phone helps clear temporary OS issues
  • Battery pull: Remove the battery for 30 seconds then slot it back in and power up the phone. If the phone has an inbuilt battery then switch off the phone for 30 seconds
  • Enable GPS / Location access: Try toggling on and off location access under Settings > Location access
  • Uninstall third party apps: Uninstall any third-party WiFi / Bluetooth managers you have installed
  • Reset app permissions: Go to Settings > Apps > All > Press menu button > Reset app permissions
  • Factory reset: Boot the phone into recovery mode and do a data wipe / factory reset or navigate to Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset
  • Download and re-flash the Android stock ROM / firmware
  • Take out and clean the motherboard. Check the IC hardware to be sure its in perfect working condition and change if you suspect to be faulty

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123 comments on “How to fix an Android phone whose Bluetooth or WiFi wont turn on

Kaka Mdachi

Hello.. My android Tecno L8 cant turn ON Wi-Fi Hotspot, when i turn ON; 10 seconds later my android turned OFF automatically, also with Bluetooth, when i turn ON Bluetooth cant turn ON immediately but after the certain seconds turns ON it self after this you can not turn OFF again, please help me, how can i fix this problems?

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Hovatek

What of your FM Radio, is it working?

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Kaka Mdachi

FM radio is working properly..

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itsbad

Hello!
HavE you fixed this issue?

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Kaka Mdachi

No any problem with radio…

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Hovatek

Do a factory reset then. If it persists then you should flash the firmware @ https://forum.hovatek.com/thread-311.html

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ABDULLAHI

my android bluetooth is not working and the radio is not working flash and xender they are not working what can i do

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Hovatek

Check if FM Radio is working

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ABDULLAHI

the radio is not working

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ahmed

my android bluetooth is not working and wifi is not working flash alot they are not working what can i do im from egypt how can i listen to radio plase sen any thing to my e-mail

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Hovatek

Is the FM Radio working?

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Emmanuel Adah

Hi, my Bluetooth comes on after i reboot and my WiFi hotspot doesn’t stay on more than 5 secs. I am using tecno L8 plus. What do i do pls.

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Hovatek

Have you tried doing a factory reset?

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ukamaka

my tecno p5 the bluetooth, wifi, xender, flashshare are not working what will i do and also hanging wot z happening to it

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NYIGUTA

Hello.. My android Tecno C9 cant turn ON Wi-Fi Hotspot, when i turn ON; 10 seconds later my android turned OFF automatically, also with Bluetooth, when i turn ON Bluetooth cant turn ON immediately but after the certain seconds turns ON it self after this you can not turn OFF again, please help me, how can i fix this problems?

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Hovatek

Have you tried doing a Factory reset?

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Opeyemi oladeji

Please I do have the same problem here with my techno C9, and the radio is working properly

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Hovatek

Have you tried doing a factory reset?

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Guyne

I have the same issue and the same type of device. I really need help.

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Enigma

Have you followed the instructions in the guide above?

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Moses kamanzi

My techno w4, Bluetooth is not turning on and Wi-Fi hotspot turns on for just few seconds and then off.

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Hovatek

Are you able to turn on FM Radio?

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Elixir

my Itel 1513’s Bluetooth won’t turn off…trying to turn it off and my phone keeps rebooting

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Hovatek

Have you tried doing a factory reset?

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Emmanuel

Go to your app settings and disable Rebel

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sadat

how can i disable Rebel on it1407

and also my network goes off and on not stable how can solve this problem.
i need your help plz

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Emmanuel Aganbi

guys go to your app settings and disable rebel font
email me if you need more help

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Sybil

Please i can’t locate my rebel font in my infinix note 2

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Ibukun

Emmanuel, please where can I find Rebel fonts… I didn’t see it.. please help me oooo

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chuks

My techno c9 hotspot turns on for 10 seconds then it goes off again
The Bluetooth doesn’t turn on even after restarting the phone

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Hovatek

Does FM radio work?

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Emmanuel

my Bluetooth, wifi and hotspot is not turning on at all and my FM radio too

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Hovatek

As the guide explains, its most likely a hardware issue

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Emmanuel

go to ur app settings and disable rebel font then wait for your phone to reboot automatically

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Emmanuel

waiting for your reply hovatek

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Emmanuel

go to ur app settings and disable rebel font then wait for your phone to reboot automatically

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modifikasi

it’s works! thanks

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ANN

I CANT FIND REBEL FONT

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uche

Thanks Emmanuel, it worked perfectly

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Dzuya

I jabe an infinix joypad8 n both my Bluetooth n WiFi not working.
I have rebooted n restored factory settings still not working
Radio is working

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Hovatek

Then reflash the stock rom

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Yhubee

My radio works…my Bluetooth never goes off… I have done a factory reset… Only worked for a few days and the Bluetooth issue is back…what do I do?

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Hovatek

Have you tried reflashing the firmware?

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ahamad

I have Huawei android 5.1 phone.
Now I’m having problem with Bluetooth,wifi,hostport that are not coming on. I’m already did factory reset in my hand set but still i can’t use these functions.

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Hovatek

Have you reflashed the stock rom?

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ahamad

2 times did the factory reset.

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Hovatek

Have you tried flashing the stock rom

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ahamad

No i don’t- just only did factory reset twise

Hovatek

Try flashing the stock rom

ahamad

No i don’t- just only did factory reset twise

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Krishnapriya

My set is lenovo k note. I can’t turn on my WiFi , Bluetooth , hotspot or any app that helps to connect with any other divice. My FM radio is not working. What should I do now?

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Franklin

I have the same problems, my Bluetooth and hotspot don’t come on or neither goes off. Please what do I do?

Emmanuel, I can’t find the rebel font on my settings, what do I do?

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Hovatek

what of your FM Radio?

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femmix

My FM radio is not working also the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and hot-spot on Note 2 infinix

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Hovatek

Very likely a hardware problem

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Eliezer Basubi

Go to settings -> Apps ->Babel Font -> Then click on Disable and Restart or reboot your phone.
It’s will work.

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David

Pls I need your help…. MY wifi, Bluetooth, hotspot is not working…. Even the radio is not working…. I mean I won’t even come on at all

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Fredrick.

I am having issues with my c9 camon. the bluthtooth, hotspot and Wi-Fi has refuse to on. I have flash the phone still not working. I guess it’s hardware problem. do you know where I can fix it? I am in delta.

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Hovatek

We don’t have an office or contact there. You’ll need to take it to a reputable hardware repair store

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Fredrick.

I heard is 50/50 to fix it. is it true? do you think slot can fix it? where are you?

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Hovatek

the IC just needs to be changed or the board cleaned

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Pascal

My Wi-Fi and bluethoot is not working, even my radio. I flashed my phone, yet it still not working.
I need solution

Hovatek

its most likely a hardware issue

adel

my phone is mi chains mobile its Bluetooth , hotspot & FM radio it is not working
please help me in order i will fixed it

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adel

my phone is mi chains mobile its buletooth , hotspot & FM radio it is not working
please help me in order i will fixed it

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Hovatek

Thats very likely a hardware problem

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Pascal

My Wi-Fi and bluethoot is not working, even my radio. I flashed my phone, yet it still not working.
I need solution

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mhizlorra

my Bluetooth is not working, and I don’t want to carry out a factory reset as I don’t want to lose all the files on my device, chat do I do? the product is tecno w4

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Hovatek

are your Wifi and FM radio working fine?

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Otega

good evening,

my techno c9 Bluetooth is not working, and I don’t want to carry out a factory reset as I don’t want to lose all the files on my device, please advise on the way forward.

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Hovatek

do wifi and fm radio work?

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Otega

yes they do, including hot spot.

and lately, i get msges like ….to change permission setting, you first have to turn of screen overlay from settings> apps…

how do i handle dat, please advise

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Moazam

My cell wifi , bluetooth, and hotstop are not turning on . Radio is not working too.. if it is a hardware problem then how to fix it? Which ic is to be replaced ? How to check that ic is faulty?

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Hovatek

Sounds like a hardware issue. Have it looked at by an engineer

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Moazam

I have went to check it by many engineers but they failed to resolve the issue. My phone model is Alcatel onetouch fierce xl 5054N… kindly guide me plz

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chizoba blessing

I’m using techno c9 and my WiFi,hotspots and Bluetooth is not working even the FM is not working I tried flashing it but still it did not work…please I need solution

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Enigma

Its likely a hardware issue. Have the phone looked at by a hardware specialist

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Gideon

whenever I try to click “Factory data reset” button my phone tells me ” unfortunately, the setting has stopped”

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Enigma

Why not try resetting from recovery mode @ https://forum.hovatek.com/thread-479.html

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Gideon

I can’t connect to either Bluetooth or WIFI

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freda

I uninstalled updates on Babel fonts. it worked omgggggggg!!! thanks.

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Dammy

My Infinix Zero 2 WiFi,hotspot and Bluetooth don’t turn on. I’ve reset factory settings thrice and it still won’t work.. When I try to on my FM radio it shows currently not available, I can’t search for channels with my FM radio or listen to any channel. Pls help me

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Tobby

Hello, pls my Lenovo S658t Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Hotspot and Radio is not turning on and i have reset the phone, upgrade the version and do some necessary things i think i can do about it. Pls help me out.
Thanks

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Enigma

check your fonts app. Also, check your FM radio. If that doesn’t work then it might be a hardware issue

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Abayomi Adedayo Okunade

Your commenti really appreciate your article on Bluetooth n Wi-Fi issues, I just uninstall my Babel font n off the location n off for 30seconds,
to my surprise it’s on easily n working perfectly, Wat I v been running around to cure Even planning on flashing thought it’s virus.
God bless you real good.

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Enigma

You’re welcome. Don’t forget to share with your friends

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Adeshina

Plus I can’t find babel font on my phone or maybe it’s that A-ha playing guide me I can’t turn on my Wi-Fi ND Bluetooth, what shud I do, or I won’t be able to access it again

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HELEN

My wifi ,bluetooth,flashshare and xender is not working . And my radio also .I am using tecno M9,please what can I do

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Enigma

If you’ve tried uninstalling fonts apps and that doesn’t work then its very likely a hardware issue

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Ben Chuks

Sir my phone cannot turn on Bluetooth and wiFi and i on it.
How can i fix it please help me out…

Call me on +2348028936041
Ben Chuks
Nigeria

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sunday ife

my Bluetooth WiFi and radio not working.xender not connecting with another fone. pls HLP me out

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Enigma

have you tried the above suggestions?

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abdoulie

my Bluetooth is not working and my WiFi…am using galaxys4 please help

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Enigma

Have you tried the fixes in the article?

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Joseph Mokaya

Dear Sir/Madam
My Infinix Note2’s WIFI,BLUETOOTH,HOTSPOT AND FM RADIO ARE NOT WORKING PLEASE ANY HELP?

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Enigma

Have you tried these fixes

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josh

hello am using x500 and my connectivity is not working *wifi,hotspot,bluetooth. i have done hard reset, downloaded and re install d firmware but still yet its not working

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josh

hello am using infinix note 2 x600 and my connectivity is not working *wifi,hotspot,bluetooth. i have done hard reset, downloaded and re install d firmware but still yet its not working

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joshua

hello am using infinix note 2 x600 and my connectivity is not working *wifi,hotspot,bluetooth. i have done hard reset, downloaded and re install d firmware but still yet its not working

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yusuf

hello i am using Gionee P8W Amigo the wireless is having issues whenever i connect to wireless network it will work for some minutes or less then turn off automatically i don’t know what the problem is please i need your help thank you.

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Enigma

Do you encounter this with your Bluetooth also?

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Daniel

Hello am using infinix hot 4pro, I cannot turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth but the radio is on but cannot search channel. Please help me out

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Enigma

have you tried the fixes in the tutorial?

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Daniel

I did not see babel font in my settings

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Daniel

I have restore setting yet it still not coming on

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Daniel

My infinix hot 4 pro is giving issues the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, hot-spot and radio is not coming on

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Daniel

I have upgraded my phone to the latest version but the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the hot-spot will on for like seven seconds and then go off again please help

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Elsaddeq

I wanted to hardrestor to my i swicht it i press power buttom and down volume key i press no 1 the phone stoped it showing me gps failed! (-6) what wll i do plx

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Enigma

That’s factory mode. Just hold the power button till the phone reboots. Recovery mode is Volume up + Power button

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Elsaddeq

And my phone cant chager until i swiched off the phone wht shoul i do?

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Ayo

I use Tecno L9plus, my Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, hot-spot is not working even though they are ON.. they just don’t work.. What can I do please. FM radio is working. I can’t locate babel font.. What else should I do?

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Ayo

Even my Tecno L9plus USB is not connecting, tried various USB CORDS, not working with laptop/system.. Please Wat can I do. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, hot-spot not working also.. But FM radio is working

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Charles Okema

Hello my infinix NOTE 2 WiFi and Bluetooth are not turning on please help me anyone

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Enigma

Have you followed the steps in the guide?

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JIJO

Huawei P9 Lite WiFi and Bluetooth switch greyed out and both setting have no IP address.
Pls help

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okayman

likewise my infinix note2 . I uninstalled d babe font and still the same. am fed-up.

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Enigma

it might be hardware then

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Queen

hello, my Bluetooth is not owning , my WiFi is not offing and is lowing my battery and my xender. my phone is even hanging sometime and FM radio is showing currently unavailable. pls help me.

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Enigma

Have you tried reflashing the stock rom?

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haile

finally i am happy now. i can fix my problem that made me annoyed by following the steps mentioned in the above. i can now open Bluetooth or else hotspots one simply. thank u everyone. yes it realy worked. thanks guys

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Joel

My name is Joel
I use infinix smart (X5010)
Since my phone fell inside water the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, hot-spot and radio is not coming up.
I have even did factory reset
But still to no avail

Please is there any suggestions about the IC

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Enigma

this is clearly hardware. Have an expert take a look

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Bruce Mutale

wifi and bluetooth for my phone tecno w5 cant turn on

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