How do I block devices?


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Not sure if this is about devices or network, but...
A pop-up is coming up on my screen right now asking if I want to set up a device.
The device is someone's iphone. I'm currently in a public place and someone on the train has a phone that thinks it should try to connect to my surface.
I don't really want to even click the pop-up message because I'm not TRYING to set up this device; this is someone else's device. How exactly do I block it entirely?

I'm not sure if this is coming through the wifi or the bluetooth. I don't know if someone deliberately tried to connect to my tablet or if their phone is doing it automatically for some reason.
I'm really displeased that there is not some clear option in the pop-up to declare that this is not a welcome device.
 
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Someone trying to connect to your computer using Bluetooth connection, you can disable Bluetooth from Settings --> Bluetooth & devices.
 

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Someone trying to connect to your computer using Bluetooth connection, you can disable Bluetooth from Settings --> Bluetooth & devices.
But I use bluetooth for my mouse; I don't want to outright turn bluetooth off.
 

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But I use bluetooth for my mouse; I don't want to outright turn bluetooth off.
You don't need to disconnect your BT, simply deny the request. I've had this happen to me from time to time it happens. I'm sure I've done the same to others when trying to connect a new device. Remember you're the one in control so simply deny it.

Hope that helps.
 

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Don't you have option to deny connection?
I would hope that I do, but I didn't see an option clearly labeled for that. The pop-up simply stated "Click here to set up the device" or something to that effect. It wasn't asking if I wanted to set it up, it was giving instructions to set it up.

This is some bad OS design, right here...
 

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I would hope that I do, but I didn't see an option clearly labeled for that.
Typically, it'll ask if you want to allow access or something to that effect. I can't imagine there wasn't an option to deny, but....
 

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Two settings you can play with. In Bluetooth and Devices click on Devices and scroll down to Device settings and turn off 'show notifications to connect using swift pair'.

Scroll down further and select 'More Bluetooth settings' and untick 'Alert me when a new Bluetooth device want's to connect'.
 

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Scroll down further and select 'More Bluetooth settings' and untick 'Alert me when a new Bluetooth device want's to connect'.
I can't see why you'd want to do that. I'd certainly want to know if something is attempting to connect to my device :cautious:
 

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I can't see why you'd want to do that. I'd certainly want to know if something is attempting to connect to my device :cautious:
Because you won't get the option to allow it to connect.
 

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Because you won't get the option to allow it to connect.
I should ask on which device are you talking about? On my Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (Android) I don't have those options
Two settings you can play with. In Bluetooth and Devices click on Devices and scroll down to Device settings and turn off 'show notifications to connect using swift pair'.

Scroll down further and select 'More Bluetooth settings' and untick 'Alert me when a new Bluetooth device want's to connect'.
 

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I should ask on which device are you talking about? On my Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (Android) I don't have those options
The OP is talking about his Surface.
 

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The OP is talking about his Surface.
Ah, surface book. Still not sure about those settings' recommendation for reasons stated, but...

Peace :cool:
 

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Ah, surface book. Still not sure about those settings' recommendation for reasons stated, but...

Peace :cool:
The setting are easily reversible so the OP might just use them when out and about.
 

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I can't see why you'd want to do that. I'd certainly want to know if something is attempting to connect to my device :cautious:
This is exactly what's going through my mind.
I don't want to merely turn off notifications, I want to stop devices from connecting to my computer.
And I don't want to outright disable bluetooth, I just want to stop new devices from connecting to my computer.

Honestly I can't fathom how this is anything I have to adjust in my settings; since when is a device able to connect without the other device explicitly looking for something that is trying to connect? I shouldn't be getting notifications of a device trying to connect, I should just only be able to connect something when I explicitly go into my bluetooth menu to add a new device.
 

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I'm out.
 

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I shouldn't be getting notifications of a device trying to connect, I should just only be able to connect something when I explicitly go into my bluetooth menu to add a new device.
First, how often does this happen? Based on your post, this sounds like an accidental one-time occurrence....
A pop-up is coming up on my screen right now asking if I want to set up a device.
The device is someone's iphone. I'm currently in a public place and someone on the train has a phone that thinks it should try to connect to my surface.
If this is the only time its happened, I chalk it up as an accidental occurrence, or at worse someone fishing for an open connection. It happens from time to time, especially in public, and why you have the power to allow or deny the connection.

As was stated, you should have gotten the option to allow or deny. You say you didn't and that sounds odd as you should have. If you want to see what it should look like, try connecting a new BT device to your Surface and note what the screen looks like in asking for permission. Now you know what it looks like, and what to do if it happens again.

Good luck.
 

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    Intel i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon VII
    Sound Card
    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova I000 P2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Cooler Master H500M
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
    Keyboard
    Logitech Craft
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    500mb Download. 11mb Upload
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    System used for gaming, photography, audiophile media center, work.
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro Dev 22H2 (build 25140.1000)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga X1
    CPU
    Intel i7-7600U
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16igg
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 620
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14.0 WQHD OLED Touch
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB NVMe Drive (OEM)
    PSU
    laptop
    Case
    laptop
    Cooling
    Laptop cooling
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 2S
    Keyboard
    Laptop
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
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