Technically taking birth as part of the Windows 10 version 1803 build, Swift Pair in Windows 11 is a newer and faster way to connect Bluetooth peripherals. Or, in less fancy terms, Bluetooth devices.
What Does Swift Pair Do in Windows Operating Systems? (How It Works)
Ultimately, Swift Pair helps connect your Bluetooth hardware to the computer; however, the “newness” is in how it works.
Unlike the older approach of going to the system settings and connecting a device, with Swift Pair, when Windows detects a Bluetooth peripheral in pairing mode, it will invoke a notification on your screen whereby you can directly & quickly tie the two together.
In comparison to the traditional method of connecting a new Bluetooth device, the relative time savings and the convenience experienced with Swift Pair is what gives its name. See the image screenshot below to get a visual idea of how it works.
How To Ensure You’re Able To Use Swift Pair in Windows OS?
According to Microsoft, you can take the following basic steps to ensure you’re able to leverage Swift Pair:
- Step 1: Make sure that the Bluetooth device you’re trying to connect is in pairing mode.
- Step 2: Then, keep it close by to your Windows device. When it’s within the “acceptable” distance, Windows will automatically display a pop-up.
- Step 3: Click on the “Connect” button to pair the two devices together.
Microsoft details out more technical requirements in their doc, in case anyone is interested to know it all.
Please note though, that Swift Pair needs to be turned on in order to be used. Not all devices will have this enabled by default, so even before your first step, as a prerequisite, you may need to turn on this functionality first. Follow along to learn how.
How To Turn Swift Pair On or Off in Windows 11
Inside the main settings, head over to Bluetooth & devices > Devices. In there, under the small heading of “Device settings,” there will be an option for Swift Pair notifications where you can use the toggle to turn it on or off.
Sidenote: If you do not see this option at all, then your Windows device does not support Swift Pair with the current hardware and OS configurations.
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Have You Experienced Swift Pair Functionality in Windows 11?
Many might have seen Swift Pair in action only to not realize that’s what it is called. On the other hand, some may not even know about this cool side of the Windows OS, so hopefully, if you ran into this post, you get to try it next time.
Again, to turn Swift Pair on or off — if your device can support it, navigate to Bluetooth & devices > Devices.