1. PilotGav's Avatar
    Is there seriously no way to connect to a specific BT device from a widget or icon? It's insane to have to go into SETTINGS - Bluetooth just to connect.

    I'm assuming this is another thing Apple has locked down?

    Thanks for any advice.

    Gavin
    MrMars and charliez#AC like this.
    10-23-2016 12:42 PM
  2. erichards2's Avatar
    That is correct. It's a painstaking process. It's needed because most BT devices don't have the independent systems to recognize the connection. Unlike the new air pods that have their own W1 chip. Cheers!
    10-23-2016 12:48 PM
  3. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Painstaking? 2 taps and you're there. I never had issue with that. I can swipe right to the widgets and tap Bluetooth on my Launcher widgets. It goes straight to Bluetooth in Settings. Not sure it saves time though. It might.
    nikkisharif likes this.
    10-23-2016 12:53 PM
  4. PilotGav's Avatar
    That's perfect. I'll check that out. Thanks!
    10-23-2016 12:59 PM
  5. PilotGav's Avatar
    Launcher was the answer. I have a feeling I'll be using it for many more things!
    10-23-2016 01:10 PM
  6. nikkisharif's Avatar
    Painstaking? 2 taps and you're there. I never had issue with that. I can swipe right to the widgets and tap Bluetooth on my Launcher widgets. It goes straight to Bluetooth in Settings. Not sure it saves time though. It might.
    All my BT devices connect automatically. Glad you reminded me of Launcher, just in case I get a new one that doesn't.
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    10-23-2016 08:56 PM
  7. charliez#AC's Avatar
    I'm not seeing a widget or option in Launcher for Bluetooth... what am I'm missing here? It's exactly what I downloaded Launcher for even before I read this today. Is it locked down to the paid version of Launcher?
    06-03-2017 10:07 AM
  8. Spencerdl's Avatar
    All my BT devices connect automatically
    Same here, and it connects quickly, unlike my experience with other platforms that take forever to connect. Just sayin'
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    06-03-2017 10:19 AM
  9. charliez#AC's Avatar
    Some do, some don't... for example, I connect automatically in my car, but I have some speakers in my home that only connect "on demand".

    That said, I learned that Launcher is not allowed by Apple to include settings launchers, but there's a handy workaround
    Last edited by Spencerdl; 06-05-2017 at 06:49 AM.
    06-04-2017 11:38 PM
  10. charliez#AC's Avatar
    Well, since my post was edited by the moderator to remove the link to the workaround instructions, may I suggest those interested simply Google "macrumors manual settings launchers"? Just look for the post "Manually creating Settings launchers in app launching apps"...

    (Hope this is not considered a TOS violation...)
    06-05-2017 10:28 AM

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