After installing Cairo-dock, the bluetooth indicator disappeared when I restarted my laptop. Bluetooth is working fine. But the bluetooth-indicator at top left of the panel is not showing up anymore. I have to go to System Settings>Bluetooth to add/remove bluetooth devices. How to bring back the bluetooth indicator?

  • /etc/xdg/autostart/bluetooth-applet.desktop and /etc/xdg/autostart/bluetooth-applet-unity.desktop exist
  • Go into Terminal and type this: gksu nautilus /etc/xdg/autostart Then check and see if these two files are there: bluetooth-applet.desktop and bluetooth-applet-unity.desktop
    – Icedrake
    Dec 3, 2011 at 17:01
  • Yes, the two files you said exists!
    – Ravi
    Dec 3, 2011 at 17:24

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I had same issue when I did an update for Ubuntu 11.10. Today I got the problem solved.

Just had to install blueman like this:

sudo apt-get install blueman

Got it solved, bluetooth icon is now back in the unity top bar.

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