I am using the latest version of Raspberry Pi (Buster) on a Raspberry Pi 4,2Gb model. After a fresh flash and boot up, I clicked on the raspberry pi default Bluetooth > clicked "make discoverable" and "Add device". But no device is able to detect the raspberry and vice versa. Screenshot below:

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After some research I see, further packages is needed, so the customary:

sudo apt update and sudo apt upgrade

I installed the following Bluetooth packages:

sudo apt install bluetooth pi-bluetooth bluez blueman

After a reboot, I am getting a new error, screenshot below: enter image description here

Investigating the Dbus permission issue:

I traversed to the directory "/usr/lib/dbus-1.0" and found the file "dbus-daemon-launch-helper". The file has the following permissions by default:

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The permissions look fine, the user group has the SUID bit permission set correctly, so am unsure why I am getting the Dbus permission error.

I have tried fresh install of Raspian multiple times and tried to bluetooth connect via iPhone/android and even from a old Nokia phone.

Bottom-line, a fresh out of box Raspbian having Bluetooth error is suprising, any help to resolve will be helpful. I just need to pair the Raspberry to my android phone so I can use "Bluedot" to control my Pi.

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Doing a fresh install, sudo apt update and sudo apt full-upgrade is what they recommend now.

For Bluedot you shouldn't need to do the Add Device on the RPi. Are you following the instructions at https://bluedot.readthedocs.io/en/latest/pairpiandroid.html ?

Try using the using the command line method to see if that makes a difference.

To get more debug information have separate terminals open with the following running:

  • bluetootctl
  • journalctl -f -u bluetooth
  • sudo busctl monitor org.bluez
  • sudo btmon

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