Welcome everyone to the newest way to pair your Bluetooth peripherals to Windows 10 PCs. This post will detail the feature and will answer any questions about how this quick and convenient feature works.
In our constant quest to make Bluetooth the best it can be, we’ve added a new streamlined pairing experience to Windows. No longer does a user need to navigate the Settings App and find their peripheral to pair. Windows can now do this for them by popping a notification when a new peripheral is nearby and ready to pair. The steps for a user to use and benefit from this feature are simple:
- Put the Bluetooth peripheral in pairing mode
- If the peripheral is close by, Windows will show a notification to the user
- Selecting “Connect” starts pairing
- When the peripheral is no longer in pairing mode or is no longer nearby, Windows will remove the notification from the Action Center
If at any time, a user wishes to turn this feature off, they can do so in the “Bluetooth & other devices” page. Enterprises will also be able to control this feature through any existing Mobile Device Management solution.
We are working hard to bring this to as many of your favorite peripherals as possible. To try it out today, go pick up a Surface Precision Mouse, the first peripheral enabled with streamlined pairing!
A huge thanks to the teams and partners we’ve worked with to get this feature ready. Through their help, turning this on in other peripherals should be easy. Please learn more here if you would like to build a peripheral that supports effortless pairing.
“[This feature] aims at improving initial connectivity. It represents a very important element of the overall "out-of-box" experience of our devices. We are delighted to contribute to this important technical milestone and make our devices compatible with it.”
Frederic Frappereau, Developer Relations at Logitech
“Nordic Semiconductor is glad to collaborate in the development of [this feature]. Our nRF5x SoCs are ideal platform for continuously supporting user experience evolution lead by Microsoft. We have developed the feature on nRF52 platform in record time. We are happy to say that the feature will be released in an upcoming Nordic Software Development Kit”
Kjetil Holstad, Product Manager Short Range Low Power Wireless at Nordic
If any issues or bugs are found, they can be reported along with any other feedback or suggestions using the Feedback Hub. We have fixes for some issues, which haven’t quite made it to these Insider builds yet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does this mean the similar experiences on other platforms will work on Windows?
At this time, only certain enabled peripherals can trigger this experience. We are however looking to standardize this in the long term.
I can’t get a notification to show, and I don’t have an option in the Settings page. What is going on?
If there isn’t a settings option that reads “Connect to certain Bluetooth devices quickly”, then this means the Bluetooth radio in your Windows device does not have the needed hardware support. If so, please let us know via the Feedback Hub.