How to fix Android WiFi, Bluetooth and Hotspot not working


Got a call from a client some while back. She’d visited a hotel with free WiFi but her Android phone’s WiFi just wouldn’t turn on. Restarting the phone had no effect.

Not long after that, we began getting a tonne of Tecno, Infinix and Itel phone users complaining about the same thing. WiFi, Hotspot or Bluetooth suddenly stopped working. In many cases, all three.

What could cause an Android phone’s WiFi, Bluetooth and Hotspot to stop turning on?

Common causes of this problem 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, Hotspot 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

135 thoughts on “How to fix Android WiFi, Bluetooth and Hotspot not working

  1. 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?

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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

    1. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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?

  12. 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

  13. 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.

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

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

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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

      1. 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

  18. 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?

      1. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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.

    1. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

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

  31. 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?

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. My TecnoT818 is Bluetooth is not connecting and the WiFi also may be it has corrupt I don’t know what is happening to it

  37. Hello I need some help… My Infinix hot note 2s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth stopped working suddenly and I know not what to do about it…..i tried the radio test.. Though the phones native radio doesn’t work.. A downloaded radio from Google Play Store worked very well… So what do I do??

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