I would like to remove a Bluetooth device that is shown in the indicator menu but does not appear in the Bluetooth settings menu.


Bluetooth indicator menu

Bluetooth settings menu

  • Note that the BT settings panel by default no longer looks like this in 18.04.4 LTS, possibly earlier. If lacking a panel with the +/- buttons in the lower left, look to the terminal solution by JeLi below. Necessary even if the device to remove is listed in the panel. – cpow Apr 25 '20 at 14:17

After clicking on Bluetooth Settings which is shown in your second image, with the menu title Bluetooth Select the item you want to remove. Then click the - Button.

The MISCALE device you see in your first image is Not connected. You can only remove devices that are actually connected (paired) from bluetooth. The actual Paired devices shows up in the Bluetooth Settings list.

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    The problem he has is that the device doesnt appear on Bluetooth Settings – M. Becerra Oct 22 '16 at 14:44
  • @M.Becerra Look at the details of my answer. – L. D. James Oct 22 '16 at 14:49
  • I don't know how MISCALE got onto that list. I don't own this device. Thus I cannot connect to it, nor can I pair it. How to proceed? – orschiro Oct 23 '16 at 7:08
  • This answer does not provide a solution to the OP's problem. – Seub Jan 26 '17 at 2:02
  • The solution below is a much better answer. That should be the "accepted answer." – ndstate Feb 15 '18 at 18:47

I had two Bluetooth devices showing up in the “bluetooth settings menu” but that weren’t in the “Bluetooth Settings” list.

I was able to remove them buy using the terminal prompt and “bluetoothctl” - bluetooth control tool. It lists all devices in the bluetooth settings meny and their unique key number.

Open a terminal and type:


It will show a list of all devices appearing in the menu.

Step 2 type:

remove aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff

Where you insert the number for the wanted device to remove instead of aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff The device removed should no longer be in the menu.

Quit the bluetoothcl by typing exit

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    this answer is very much more reliable. From the GUI it often doesnt list any connected devices, whereas bluetoothctl almost always does. – DevDonkey Apr 2 '17 at 11:51
  • This is the solution. – Mich. Gio. Nov 26 '17 at 7:06
  • Thanks @JeLi - I wasn't able to remove a Microsoft Surface Bluetooth Keyboard from my Kubuntu 17.10 laptop using the Bluetooth Managero GUI, but bluetoothctl removed it without any problems. – Vanessa Deagan Dec 27 '17 at 10:09
  • It says "Failed to remove device: org.bluez.Error.NotReady" – Manoj Suthar Jun 9 '19 at 8:29
  • @ManojSuthar you need to make sure that your Bluetooth is powered on. Only then you can perform operations. – Reborn Feb 17 '20 at 0:24

This works for me on Dell Inspiron 15 3558 running Ubuntu 19.04

Get the ID string by selecting the network icon, then the device name, then the circular gear(?) icon.
Then type

bluetoothctl remove 64:DB:43:33:54:38

The response will be

[DEL] Device 64:DB:43:33:54:38 Lenovo C2
Device has been removed

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