Bluetooth “Quick Pair” Feature is Coming to Windows 10

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Rafael Rivera in Windows 10 with 18 Comments

Bluetooth "Quick Pair" Feature is Coming to Windows 10

Microsoft is working on improving the Bluetooth device pairing experience, and bits of a new feature—called Quick Pair, internally—are starting to show up in preview builds of Windows 10 Redstone 4.

Here’s how it will work: Instead of fumbling with magic button hold sequences and blinking LEDs, you will instead hold a headset (or other supported device) near a Windows machine and it will light it up immediately after simply tapping a toast notification.

Or that’s the idea, rather.

Android Fast Pair works on Android 6.0+ today.

It’s too early to say for sure, but some poking around points to Quick Pair using the same Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth LE functionality that Apple AirPods and Google Android Fast Pair-enabled devices use today. It remains to be seen, however, if Microsoft will embrace and interoperate with the current device ecosystem or simply use Quick Pair in its own hardware, like the Xbox One controller and Surface accessories.

I suspect we’ll see a little bit of both.

I reached out to Google to ask if compatibility talks have started yet. If I hear back, I’ll update this post.

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Comments (20)

20 responses to “Bluetooth “Quick Pair” Feature is Coming to Windows 10”

  1. RamblingGeek

    Reached out to Google or Microsoft?

  2. Winner

    Didn't Apple already do this?

    I thought so. The chase continues.

    • dontbe evil

      In reply to Winner:


      Did you also notice how many things apple and google did after MS?

      I thought so. The chase continues.

      • Winner

        In reply to dontbe_evil:

        I feel Microsoft did a lot more chasing than Apple or Google. Why not list some of the areas where Microsoft was chased?

        • dontbe evil

          In reply to Winner:


          metro/modern/flat design -> apple, material, lot of websites, softwares ecc...

          holoens/mixed reality -> apple, google but only with phone

          surface hub -> google something

          win 10/uwp -> google fucsia

          surface and 2in1 in general -> ipad pro, google chromebooks/pixel book

          features/ui/ui on windows phone/mobile -> ios and android

          files/contacts/calendar/mail sync (since windows mobile/pocket pc) -> apple, google "cloud"

          windows mobile, symbian, bb were REAL SMARTphones -> than came a really limited iphone

          zune pass -> spotify, apple music, google music


          just to name a few, there are many more

        • zankfrappa

          In reply to Winner:



          i dont know why you care so much about who is chasing who but heres a few things off the top of my head


          all the other services are copying what zune pass started


          windows phone metro started the flat minimalist graphics trend you now see on on googles material design and on iphone


          all the surface devices. show me another company that makes better windows devices


          just to name a few, like you say, there are more

          • Winner

            In reply to zankfrappa:

            Consumer Reports says Surface not recommended, that's how good this independent organization says Surface is. I do believe that's due to earlier models having lots of problems, so perhaps they are better now. But it's a gamble. And you won't be fixing a Surface Book as it's basically unrepairable if anything breaks in it.

        • VancouverNinja

          In reply to Winner:

          Their whole OS...Mixed Reality....Office....Hotmail....


          Microsoft is actually off doing their own thing and it is both Google and Apple following. Even with Voice Assistants Microsoft has been working on it for over two decades - however it was Amazon that did a very good job of bringing it to the consumer first - but Microsoft was already working on it before Amazon.

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