Microsoft has started testing new Bluetooth Controls in the Windows 11 Quick Settings menu that will make it much easier to manage Bluetooth devices connected to a PC. The new feature has started rolling out to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel running the preview build 22563 released yesterday.
The Windows 11 Quick Settings menu, which is accessible from the taskbar corner can currently show paired devices below the Bluetooth icon used for turning the feature on and off. However, users need to go to the Settings app to connect or disconnect Bluetooth devices, which isn’t exactly convenient.
With this new flyout menu, Windows 11 users will be able to easily connect, disconnect, and see the battery level for supported devices right from the Quick Settings menu. This pretty much matches how Mac users can manage Bluetooth devices from the macOS Menu Bar, with a similar flyout menu listing all Bluetooth devices that can be connected and disconnected with just one click.
Managing Bluetooth devices on Windows PCs has never been a really seamless experience, and it’s great that Microsoft is finally doing something about it. Since this new feature has only started rolling out to Dev Channel Insiders, it could take some time before it becomes available to all Windows 11 users. Anyway, this is definitely a nice late Insider gift to end the week.