I'm running Jessie, and an apt-get update/upgrade has no work to do. The kernel is at version 4.4.11-v7+ #891. An hcitool scan says there's no device available. bluetoothctl says No default controller available.

I'm really, really, REALLY sure this is a Raspberry Pi 3.

  • I believe that the proper way to upgrade so as to have the bluetooth enabled is sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    – sir_ian
    Commented Jun 2, 2016 at 0:23
  • I had done that. Bluetooth was working at one point after the upgrade (and several hours of hacking) and it stopped working sometime after that for unknown reasons.
    – nsayer
    Commented Jun 2, 2016 at 0:32

2 Answers 2


The package raspberrypi-sys-mods was missing. Adding that fixed it.


As mentioned in this related question I got it working by running:

sudo systemctl start hciuart.service

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