I am getting an error on bluetooth service status.

I need guidance to resolve this error.

    pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo service bluetooth status
* bluetooth.service - Bluetooth service
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/bluetooth.service; enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Sat 2016-01-09 19:12:47 UTC; 1min 12s ago
     Docs: man:bluetoothd(8)
 Main PID: 370 (bluetoothd)
   Status: "Running"
   CGroup: /system.slice/bluetooth.service
           `-370 /usr/lib/bluetooth/bluetoothd

Jan 09 19:12:46 raspberrypi bluetoothd[370]: Bluetooth daemon 5.23
Jan 09 19:12:47 raspberrypi bluetoothd[370]: Starting SDP server
Jan 09 19:12:47 raspberrypi systemd[1]: Started Bluetooth service.
Jan 09 19:12:47 raspberrypi bluetoothd[370]: Bluetooth management interface 1.9 initialized
Jan 09 19:12:47 raspberrypi bluetoothd[370]: Sap driver initialization failed.
Jan 09 19:12:47 raspberrypi bluetoothd[370]: sap-server: Operation not permitted (1)
pi@raspberrypi:~ $
  • sap in this context seems to be SIM access protocol and thus is likely to be something to do with connecting to a mobile phone (and presumably internet data). Given that all the other messages are about a successful start-up of the bluetooth daemon I'm not entirely sure that is an error as such...? – SlySven Jan 10 '16 at 12:37
  • SAP is related to sim access, for more info on this bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/bluez/+bug/1629632 – Pavan Nath Jan 7 at 6:57

SAP stands for SIM Access Profile, so you have to disable it:

  • Open /etc/systemd/system/bluetooth.target.wants/bluetooth.service
  • Change:



    ExecStart=/usr/lib/bluetooth/bluetoothd --noplugin=sap
  • Reload the systemd:

    $ sudo systemctl daemon-reload
  • Restart the bluetooth:

    $ sudo service bluetooth restart
  • Get the bluetooth status:

    $ sudo service bluetooth status
    bluetooth.service - Bluetooth service
       Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/bluetooth.service; enabled)
       Active: active (running) since Sat 2016-04-30 10:38:46 UTC; 6s ago
         Docs: man:bluetoothd(8)
     Main PID: 12775 (bluetoothd)
       Status: "Running"
       CGroup: /system.slice/bluetooth.service
               └─12775 /usr/lib/bluetooth/bluetoothd --noplugin=sap
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    If you like to stick with systemctl, it can also do systemctl restart bluetooth and systemctl status bluetooth. Those probably also need sudo. – XTL Sep 26 '16 at 19:42
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    In most of web tutorials and solutions, we do not write the sudo for safety. i assume the linux users are already knowing about privileges. but here is no problem, tanks, i'll add those sudo's. – pylover Sep 26 '16 at 21:12
  • Works ok, once, then I find out that the file that need to be addressed is (also) /lib/systemd/system/bluetooth.service – fcm Aug 12 '17 at 22:02
  • Why isn't this disabled by default? – Sawtaytoes Jul 6 '19 at 4:13
  • I don't know why. the Linux audio is so complicated. – pylover Jul 6 '19 at 17:52

If you don't want to overwrite the system bluetooth.service file, it's a good place to use a .service.d override:

sudo mkdir  /etc/systemd/system/bluetooth.service.d/

Then place in this file:


ExecStart=/usr/lib/bluetooth/bluetoothd --noplugin=sap
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl restart bluetooth.service
  • I think it is better to use sudo systemctl edit bluetooth.service instead of fiddling direct with systemd directories and files. – Ingo Jun 25 '19 at 14:47
  • Yeah, good suggestion. It's a an easy way to do the same thing above. Sometimes it helps to rename the .d/ file snippet to clarify what it's doing. – TrinitronX Jun 26 '19 at 17:18
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    Mainly it's a safer way doing this under control of systemd? – Ingo Jun 26 '19 at 17:22
  • @Ingo: Yeah it's another feature of newer SystemD versions. There are some cases where you may not want to do this, like for example: editing a production .service file is risky. This blog post has more helpful info. One of the things mentioned there is "All successful editing converts into a service restart!" So it's not always "safer" as you say, but it could be more convenient. – TrinitronX Jun 27 '19 at 21:58

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