Enabling Bluetooth in VirtualBox


VirtualBox guest OS doesn’t recognize Bluetooth adapter by default. Here is how to enable the built in Bluetooth adapter for Ubuntu guest on Windows host. OS and the version I used are below.

Host: Windows 10
Guest: Ubuntu 16.04

I tested the steps with Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Dell Precision 3510.

Here is the list of contents of this post.

Contents
– Assumptions
– Steps
1. Disable Bluetooth Adapter on Windows
2. Launch Ubuntu Linux
3. Enable Bluetooth Adapter on Windows
4. Enable Bluetooth Adapter on Ubuntu (Guest)
5. Verify
– Reference

 

Assumptions
There are some prerequisites before starting the steps.

  • Windows PC with Bluetooth Adapter
  • Ubuntu installed as VirtualBox guest OS and running on Windows PC
  • VirtualBox Guest Additions installed on Ubuntu guest OS

 

Steps
1. Disable Bluetooth Adapter on Windows
1-1. Launch “Device Manager” (right-click on Windows icon at left bottom corner, then select “Device Manager”)

1-2. Disable Bluetooth adapter (right-click on your Bluetooth device and select “Disable device”)

 

2. Launch Ubuntu Linux
2-1. Launch “Oracle VM VirtualBox”.

2-2. Select your Ubuntu guest and click on “Start” icon on “Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager” window.

 

3. Enable Bluetooth Adapter on Windows
3-1. Go back to Device Manager, enable the Bluetooth adapter.¬†(right-click on the Bluetooth device and select “Enable device”)

 

4. Enable Bluetooth Adapter on Ubuntu (Guest)
4-1. In “Oracle VM VirtualBox” window, select “Devices” > “USB” from the top menu bar.

4-2. Then, select Bluetooth adapter to enable.

 

5. Verify
5-1. Check if Bluetooth is enabled on Ubuntu by typing the command below.

If everything is fine, you should be able to see something like below. Be sure it says “UP RUNNING” (Line 4 in the example below).

 

 

Reference
– How To Install Ubuntu Linux On Windows 10 In 24 Steps
https://www.lifewire.com/install-ubuntu-linux-windows-10-steps-2202108

 

 

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