This post shows students and new users steps to check the Bluetooth versions installed in Windows 11. In our previous post, we showed you how to turn on or off Bluetooth, pair Bluetooth devices in Windows 11, fix common Bluetooth issues and more.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows your computers, smart phone and mobile devices to connect to other Bluetooth enabled devices nearby.
Many Bluetooth devices come with some minimum Bluetooth specification/version requirements in order to work with full functionality. If you want to check a Bluetooth device version or firmware, below is how to do that.
With a properly connected Bluetooth device, users can stream music, send data and communicate with nearby devices wirelessly with ease.
How to check a Bluetooth device version in Windows 11
As mentioned above, many Bluetooth devices come with some specifications and/or supported version requirements that enable them to work with full functionality.
If a Bluetooth devices isn’t functioning well, you might want to see if its firmware can be updated or get a one with latest firmware versions.
Below is how one can check a Bluetooth device firmware version in Windows 11
With Bluetooth enabled in Windows, go and open Device Manager.
You can do that by clicking on the Start menu -> type Device Manager in the search box, then select Device Manager from the search result under Best match.
When the Device Manager app opens, click on Bluetooth to expand the category group.
When Bluetooth group is expanded, right-click the Bluetooth device (ex. Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth(R) ) and select Properties as shown below.
On the window that opens, select the Advanced tab. Then locate the LMP (Link Manager Protocol) listing in the Firmware or Firmware version section.
That should show the Bluetooth device firmware version.
Below is a chart that may help you identifying version and capabilities.
|Link Manager Protocol Version (LMP)||Bluetooth Core Specification|
|LMP 0||Bluetooth Core Specification 1.0b (withdrawn)|
|LMP 1||Bluetooth Core Specification 1.1 (withdrawn)|
|LMP 2||Bluetooth Core Specification 1.2 (withdrawn)|
|LMP 3||Bluetooth Core Specification 2.0 + EDR (withdrawn)|
|LMP 4||Bluetooth Core Specification 2.1 + EDR (deprecated, to be withdrawn)|
|LMP 5||Bluetooth Core Specification 3.0 + HS (deprecated, to be withdrawn)|
|LMP 6||Bluetooth Core Specification 4.0|
|LMP 7||Bluetooth Core Specification 4.1|
|LMP 8||Bluetooth Core Specification 4.2|
|LMP 9||Bluetooth Core Specification 5.0|
|LMP 10||Bluetooth Core Specification 5.1|
|LMP 11||Bluetooth Core Specification 5.2|
That should do it!
This post showed you how to locate and identify a Bluetooth device firmware version in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.