Bluetooth devices, whether they’re keyboards, headphones, or speakers, are common peripherals that people use with their computers. Both Macs and PCs support Bluetooth peripherals. Windows 10, like its predecessors lets you pair Bluetooth devices. In fact, it’s neat Dynamic Lock feature relies on a Bluetooth connection with your phone to work. Pairing a Bluetooth device is not the same as connecting to it. A device may be paired with your PC but not connected to it. You can pair and connect paired Bluetooth devices on Windows 10 from the Settings app. The only problem is that pairing is something you do once when you set up your device. Connecting and disconnecting the device is something you do often and you don’t want to dig through the Setting app each time you want to do it. Fortunately, Windows 10 has a great shortcut that lets you connect paired Bluetooth devices.
Connect Paired Bluetooth Devices
You can quickly connect paired Bluetooth devices from the Action Center. Click the Action Center icon in the system tray, or use the Win+A keyboard shortcut to open it. Expand the toggles at the bottom of the Action Center panel. Look for one called ‘Connect’.
Click the Connect toggle and the Action Center panel will show you devices you can connect to, including all paired Bluetooth devices. Assuming your Bluetooth device is On, and within range, you can select a device from the list to connect to it. It should connect within seconds. If your Bluetooth device has any indicators that show it is connected, it too will confirm the connection as well.
Disconnecting a device is just as easy; open Action Center and click the Connect toggle button. When the panel of paired devices opens, select the device that you want to disconnect. A Disconnect button will appear under it. Click it to disconnect from the device.
Microsoft deserves a little praise with how it’s implemented this feature. Connecting a Bluetooth device from a list of paired devices takes just one click. You don’t have to first select a device, and then click a Connect button to connect to it. Disconnecting however requires that you explicitly disconnect the device via a Disconnect button. You’re unlikely to accidentally disconnect a device but connecting is still a one-click process.
We should mention that some devices show up in the Connect panel regardless if they’re On or not while others need to be turned On before they will appear in the panel. For example, if you’ve paired speakers with your PC, they will show up regardless if they are On or Not. If you’ve paired your Android phone with your PC though, the phone will have to be turned On before it appears in the panel.