Deactivate Bluetooth of Raspberry Pi

This how to helps you to learn how to permanently Deactivate Bluetooth of Raspberry Pi. This can be done by a simple edit of the right file. 

Deactivate Bluetooth of Raspberry Pi

Index Of How To Deactivate Bluetooth of Raspberry Pi


Whilst I do not know why you like to permanently deactivate the Bluetooth on Raspberry Pi, there are 5 reasons that come to mind that could make you think to turn Bluetooth off:

  • Bluetooth consumes energy: Bluetooth consumes energy, and if your Raspberry Pi is running on battery power or in an energy-efficient project, disabling Bluetooth can significantly extend battery life.
  • Security Considerations: Disabling Bluetooth minimizes potential security risks. Attackers could exploit Bluetooth vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access or execute malicious code.
  • Stability: Avoid interference: In crowded environments or areas with multiple Bluetooth devices, interference can affect performance. Disabling Bluetooth ensures a stable connection.
  • Resource Optimisation: Free up system resources: Even when idle, Bluetooth modules use memory and CPU cycles. Disabling Bluetooth ensures these resources are available for other tasks.
  • Simplified Configuration:Ethernet-only setups: If your Raspberry Pi is always connected via Ethernet, disabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth simplifies network configuration and ensures consistent connectivity.

Permanently Deactivate Bluetooth of Raspberry Pi

  1. Login into your Raspberry Pi by leveraging SSH. Once done, fire the below command:
    vi /boot/config.txt

    Within this file, add at the end into the section of [all] the below line:
  2. Reboot the system by
    sudo reboot

Additional Information

To also deactivate Bluetooth, do exactly the same like in the above, but add additionally in /boot/config.txt the following line at the end:


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