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Disable Streamlined Pairing to Bluetooth in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 17093, the OS allows pairing and connecting supported devices with just one click. When such a device is ready to pair and present in the Bluetooth transmitter's range, click on the notification toast to proceed.

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Here is how it works.

Streamlined Pairing For Bluetooth

  1. Put the Bluetooth peripheral in pairing mode
  2. If the peripheral is close by, Windows will show a notification to the user
  3. Selecting "Connect" starts pairing
  4. When the peripheral is no longer in pairing mode or is no longer nearby, Windows will remove the notification from the Action Center.

If you find no use for this feature, or you just don't like it, there is a simple way to disable it.

To disable Streamlined Pairing to Bluetooth in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Devices - Bluetooth & other devices.
  3. On the right, scroll down to the option Connect to certain Bluetooth devices quickly. Turn off (uncheck) this option.

Disable Streamlined Pairing To Bluetooth In Windows 10You are done!

 

You can re-enable this feature at any moment. Simply turn on the option Connect to certain Bluetooth devices quickly under Devices - Bluetooth & other devices in the Settings app and you are done.

Alternatively, you can enable or disable this feature with a Registry tweak.

Manage Streamlined Pairing For Bluetooth with a Registry tweak

To enable or disable the Streamlined Pairing For Bluetooth with a Registry tweak, you need to modify the 32-bit DWORD named QuickPair under the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Bluetooth.

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Bluetooth

    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.

  3. On the right, modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD value QuickPair.
    Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
    Set its value data to 1 to enable the feature.
  4. A value data of 0 will disable the feature.
  5. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in to your user account.

To save your time, you can download the following ready-to-use Registry files.

Download Registry Files

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Disable Streamlined Pairing to Bluetooth in Windows 10”

  1. This is now out of date. I would like to know how to do this because my airpod pro’s will be connected to my iOS device, but windows 10 will supersede my phone’s bluetooth connection. I only want to connect to my airpods sometimes without turning bluetooth off completely. Please let me know when you have an answer.

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