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How to deactivate bluetooth on startup?

asked 2015-06-22 11:40:35 -0500

florian gravatar image

Hi, how can I disable bluetooth during startup? After reboot my bluetooth is always automatically activated and I have to turn it off manually.

(Machine is Thinkpad X201)

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answered 2015-06-22 11:54:13 -0500

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updated 2015-06-23 09:28:10 -0500

You can use TLP for that. It's an power management tool and is very useful in any case for extending battery life on laptops. See here:

It is in the standard repositories, so sudo yum install tlp tlp-rdw or sudo dnf install tlp tlp-rdw installs it.

It does not have a graphical interface. You'd have to configure it via the configuration file sudo gedit /etc/default/tlp. The section you want is towards the bottom ("DEVICES_TO_DISABLE_ON_STARTUP").

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Thanks. I have tlp installed since a long time but never played with the settings in the conf file.

RESTORE_DEVICE_STATE_ON_STARTUP is also quite nice. Everything remains in the state the devices were on shutdown.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-06-22 12:46:46 -0500 )edit

Does anyone know what method tlp uses to shutoff devices?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-06-23 20:37:18 -0500 )edit

This solution actually turned out not be ideal. Why? Because bluetooth service is completely disabled and I cannot reactivate it using the NetworkManager from the upper right panel. What I am actually looking for is a solution that does the same as if I go there to the Bluetooth menu entry and shut it off. Any thoughts?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-06-24 08:54:55 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-08-04 01:59:18 -0500

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An option is to use the Blueman applet, I don't know if it comes by default in gnome but I use XFCE and it's there by default.

To make bluetooth connectivity as an opt-in instead of an opt-out service, open the bluetooth manager through the blueman applet, then navigate to Display > Plugins > PowerManager and click on the Configure button.

Uncheck "auto power-on". And that's it!

On next startup bluetooth will start deactivated, and you can activate it on demand through the blueman applet.

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thanks, it worked.

ceres2009 gravatar imageceres2009 ( 2016-10-26 03:02:17 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-06-23 15:33:00 -0500

EllePi gravatar image
    systemctl disable bluetooth.service

(needs root privileges).


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The problem too is that bluetooth is then completely disabled, and I can't activate it from Gnome's NetworkManager panel. Any idea? What command is executed when I turn bluetooth off using the menu entry in the NetworkManager panel?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-06-24 09:20:45 -0500 )edit

Did you try: systemctl start bluetooth.service

EllePi gravatar imageEllePi ( 2015-06-24 16:33:06 -0500 )edit

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