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How can I deactivate Bluetooth on system startup?

  • I don't think that "should be the natural default configuration", people are bound to want to use Bluetooth on their computers without having to turn it on (you don't seem to have a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard, if those were your primary input devices you'd want Bluetooth on from boot). However I do agree that a way to choose how you want Bluetooth to be on boot would be useful to have. – roadmr May 4 '12 at 20:25
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    The normal and natural thing is to let you choose, in the bluetooth settings, whether you want it on or off when it boots. It is not natural to have people turning it off or on every time they turn on their computer. We are talking about making Linux the best desktop system, not the worst, aren't we? – Robert May 4 '12 at 20:30
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    This is bug #1073669. – colan Jul 14 '15 at 20:44
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    It's kind of unbelievable that, on the 14th edition, we are still "teaching" Ubuntu developers things like "the option to have bluetooth on or off on boot should be available to normal users, and not just to those fond of searching in interminable lines of public forums". – Rodrigo Aug 28 '15 at 12:08
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    @Lexible this setting is a "one-time" setting, it will also not be relevant if you switch to another user. But there is an easy option (both via command line and gui) as shown in the answer from @bmaupin - it is a pitty that it isn't marked as solution. – Simon Sobisch Apr 1 at 18:04

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I had to use a brute-force method to stop bluetoothd from being automatically started at boot. I renamed the executable so it couldn't be found.

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  • It's faster starting things in parallel. At least that's the idea. – Douglas Leeder Sep 28 '12 at 13:48
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You can also use this Graphic application that also does this bluetooth manager

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You need to disable it from the Start Up Applications list in System Settings.

Click on the cog in the top right hand side of the menu bar and then select System Settings.

Click on Start Up Applications then scroll down until you find the bluetooth setting, take the tick from the box and you all done.

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    I can't find bluetooth in the Start Up Applications.. – Floqqi Oct 16 '11 at 21:40
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    That doesn't actually stop the Bluetooth subsystems and hardware from running (and importantly: consuming battery). It just stops the applet running. – Oli Oct 16 '11 at 23:59
  • @Oli - thanks for the heads up, I never actually knew that ! I assumed if you disabled it in the start up applications it did not start the process at all. – Mark Rooney Oct 17 '11 at 9:44
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    Sadly, it's not in the startup applications in 11.10. – Amanda Jan 28 '12 at 1:24
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