I encountered a problem on my Laptop with my Bluetooth Headset after upgrading to Windows 10, whenever I paired my Bluetooth headset it connect and work, but if I connect it with let say another device, like a smartphone, and I try to use it with my laptop again it won’t connect, though I will still found it paired under “Bluetooth Devices” as shown in the picture below. So also was my Bluetooth speaker. When I was on Windows 7 there is usually a connect button that can be clicked to manually trigger the connection, but it seemed Microsoft is nicer than I thought to have remove the button.
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I searched online if there is probably someone else who may have experienced the same and it turned out that many does, however, the solutions provided were not the quicky ones like tap and go, even on Microsoft forum. I later found out the solution and I thought I need to share it incase someone else path leads to this place when looking for answers to the same problem I have resolved.
The solutions provided online so far were:
1.) Driver missing, you need to install your Bluetooth driver, which I already had and is working perfectly.
2.) Turning on discovery by going to Bluetooth settings and enabling “Allow this Bluetooth devices to find this PC” then removing and repairing as RajithR said on Microsoft forum. Though it worked, but it takes too long. This solution needed to be apply over and over again after connecting to another device and then to the laptop again.
3.) Changing “Bluetooth Support Service” under “services.msc” (Search -> Services.msc) from manual to automatic, according to one of the Microsoft Support Engineers. Now, this work like charm, but the method I found is faster and easier to grab.
What I do to Easily Connect My Bluetooth Headset
The short route I found out is by pressing the Windows Key + K key on the keyboard. This open up a sidebar that looked like that of the Windows Notification Center but instead show devices that were paired with the PC. As you can see in the image, it showed my bluetooth headset. I clicked on it and BOOOMM! it connect. This special sidebar provides the Bluetooth connect button I said was missing on Windows 10.
So, whenever you want to connect your paired Bluetooth devices (speakers, headsets, or any other Bluetooth gadgets) on Windows 10, simply press the Windows + K keys on your keyboard and click on your device name to trigger the connection.
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