Blocking discovery of Bluetooth devices

Last night I had an almost embarrassing situation develop where I went to connect my bluetooth headphones but just as I was about to click on them in my list of available devices, the list changed and I ended up connecting to my neighbours TV and whilst initially trying to figure out why there was no sound coming from my headphones, what I was playing was being transmitted to the TV.

Thankfully, what I had been watching was not as embarrassing as it could otherwise have been lol

So, armed with only the device name and it’s address, is it possible to permanently exclude a device from being shown as available to pair/connect in CE?


That is so funny, I mean you could have been watching the Wombles or something!!!

Well it seems unlikely because you need to pair devices. Without pairing first the wrong device it can’t just connect. Or did you pair your devices mutually with each other?

It may have happened before that I have clicked one of the devices and it has accepted pairing and on this repeated occasion made the connection but it would be nice to be able to prevent anything like that happening again.

Just unpair it. Autoconnect is something people ask all the time. You can also disable Bluetooth.

Disabling bluetooth will prevent use of those devices that I do want to see and use, so would defeat the object of my desire.

I’m looking at the bluetoothctl command to see what that can potentially do.

Why not unpair the foreign device?

I have.

I am looking to avoid the same issue again in the future.

Not critical but would be useful if there is an option available .

Don’t ask, don’t get.

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