The BtvStack.exe process on Skype

by Alice Woods - -

There are instances that the BtvStack.exe[1] process request users’ permission to use their Skype. Some users keep receiving the prompt again and again, even if they have already made a choice. The request often appears on the top of the right corner after launching Skype[2] application. This article will provide you with the main information about BtvStack.exe.

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Actually, this notification asks access to use a Bluetooth headset with Skype.

So what the BtvStack.exe process is?

The BtvStack.exe process is a component of the Atheros Bluetooth stack drivers for Windows operating system. The process has the same functionality as a Bluetooth Driver. The prompt that appears only request users permission to use Skype with a Bluetooth headset and is usually applies by Bluetooth Manager.[3]

Should you allow or deny access?

Actually, the decision of allowing or denying the BtvStack.exe request depends on user’s particular situation. Do not forget that it only matters if you have and use a Bluetooth headset. So if you have a Bluetooth device and want to use it with Skype you should press the Allow access button.

If you do not have a Bluetooth headset it does not really matter if you allow or deny, since you will not use the functionality of the Bluetooth driver. 

In addition, users should know that the prompt appears even if a user does not own any Bluetooth connected devices. 

Should you Disable or Re-enable the BtvStack.exe prompt?

It is known that sometimes even users choose to Deny access or to Allow access the prompt keeps coming back and appears again the next time Skype is starters. If it annoys you and you want to make your preferences permanently, or even if you selected to Deny the access but recently started to use the Bluetooth device, here is what you can do:

  1. Launch Skype and by using the ribbon at the top of the main window open Tools > Options.
  2. Then access Advancer > Advanced Settings and press the Manage other programs’ access to Skype button.
  3. Open the Manage API Access Control window and find the BtvStack.exe process, click on it and select Change
  4. A further step would be to select the toggle next to Allow this program to use Skype and click Ok

By following these steps you will be able to change your preferences permanently, so the prompt message will no longer appear on your screen and you will be able to start using the Bluetooth headset with your Skype. 

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Alice Woods
Alice Woods - Antivirus software analyst

Alice Woods is an anti-malware analyst at She is passionate about testing new pieces of software and discovering pros and cons of each program.

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