On Windows 10 and I've already paired the Bluetooth headset previously. When I turn it on it connects to the last used device (my iPhone; I manually disconnect).

How do I tell Windows "Please connect to this device you've already paired with?". The current Bluetooth UI doesn't seem to have this very ordinary option.

The laptop is a Macbook Pro, booting to Windows 10 via Bootcamp. Bluetooth otherwise works fine.

Windows 10 Settings page


I think I have finally found a reliable answer for this.

  • Win+A brings up the action center
  • If you dont see "connect" you may need to click expand
  • Click Connect and then you can force connect your Bluetooth device.

For those that like shortcuts, Win+K from anywhere in Windows takes you directly to the "Connect" page and allows you to click your device and connect.

Why this isn't anywhere in the devices or Bluetooth connection settings pages I will never know. However, Win+K is about as quick as a shortcut as I could ask for so this is solved for me.

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    Win+K for Kinect, I guess. :-) Didn't know that one but sent me down a Windows keyboard shortcut rabbit hole so I might as well leave a link. support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12445/… – Timothy Lee Russell Dec 5 '18 at 6:48
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    This seems to work only for wireless display and audio devices. Is there anything similar for game controllers? – fefrei Dec 26 '19 at 15:25

For those on the regular Windows 10 desktop without touch, you need to open the connect widget from the system tray notifications icon ...

Open the connect widget

Click the existing device to reconnect to

Click the existing device to reconnect to

While this workflow is ok, ideally there should also be a reconnect button in the main control panel too.

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    It worked smoothly. Fully agree with the need of a 'reconnect' button on the main control panel of the bluetooth devices -- that would be perfect. :) – loved.by.Jesus Jan 23 '17 at 9:36
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    that is nice but what if you have the device as "paired" one in the list of Bluetooth devices, but it is not in the "Connect" view? The only way, in this case, is to remove it from the list of paired devices and reconnect it from the beginning which is a kinda annoying – Zippp Apr 8 '17 at 13:28
  • Thanks Steve Balmer. Your legacy of capitulatory crapitude continues to proliferate into the next version of Windows. Bravo! Bravo! – Sting Nov 1 '17 at 13:47
  • This doesn't work for PS4 controllers. They don't show up in the Connect menu. I have to press "Remove Device" and then pair it again to initiate a connection attempt. Lame :( – Vapid Linus Jun 29 '19 at 14:45

In window 8 through 10 you can REconnect by going to Action Center. On windows 10 swipe to your LEFT from the RIGHT side of your touch screen. There is a tile in the sidewindow that comes up with the word Connect in. Find your device, then click on connect.

I know you aren't going to believe this, but if you want to navigate to the same window from a keyboard or mouse, you can use your mouse to go down to the very bottom of the screen and when the task bar comes up go to the very right and by default is what looks like a notification icon. That's right, if you click on it, the ACTIVATION CENTER comes up. so if you want to use your keyboard to get there, look for Nofications. I know, don't tell me.

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    Welcome to Super User! On this Q&A site we try to provide answers to questions people ask. An important rule in this community is that you have to be nice to each other. I believe that the last (very sarcastic) paragraph of you answer adds no value except to annoy people. Please edit your answer to answer the question in a polite manner, explaining the steps required to solve the problem without this unnecessary language. – cascer1 Oct 14 '16 at 14:36
  • @cascer1 I disagree that the last part is annoying to readers; especially considering it's indeed a very strange UX workflow. If anything it adds value by briefly empathizing with readings facing the same issue while still solving the problem. – DeepSpace101 Dec 7 '16 at 19:05
  • People come to this site for answers though, not feelings. – cascer1 Dec 7 '16 at 19:56
  • @cascer1 : feelings can be part of the answer – DeepSpace101 Jun 25 '17 at 16:31

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