Bluetooth Tracker

This tracker discovers new devices on boot and tracks Bluetooth devices periodically based on interval_seconds value. It is not required to pair the devices with each other! Devices discovered are stored with ‘bt_’ as the prefix for device MAC addresses in known_devices.yaml.

Notes for Home Assistant Core Installations

To use the Bluetooth tracker in your installation, add the following to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  - platform: bluetooth_tracker

Configuration Variables

request_rssi boolean (Optional, default: false)

Performs a request for the “Received signal strength indication” (RSSI) of each tracked device.

device_id integer (Optional)

The ID of the Bluetooth adapter to be used by the tracker, e.g., use 0 for hci0, 1 for hci1, and so on.


-1 (The first available Bluetooth adapter)

In some cases it can be that your device is not discovered. In that case let your phone scan for Bluetooth devices while you restart Home Assistant. Just hit Scan on your phone all the time until Home Assistant is fully restarted and the device should appear in known_devices.yaml.

For additional configuration variables check the Device tracker page.

bluetooth_tracker.update service

The bluetooth_tracker.update service can be used to manually trigger a Bluetooth scan. An example of when this service can be useful is to trigger scans based on other events like doors being opened, beacons are in range or buttons are pressed.