I have a Bluetooth keyboard (the Microsoft Surface Ergonomic) paired to OS X. When I boot into Windows, the only way I've found to get it to work is to manually put it into pairing mode again and pair it through the Windows Add a Bluetooth Device option. But then when I reboot back into OS X, the keyboard is disconnected and I have to re-pair again. Is there any way to keep it paired to both?

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No, this is not possible.

Looking at this from the perspective your your keyboard, it believes it's connecting to two different machines. When a pairing request is made, due to security, a "key" is generated at that time. The keyboard and host exchange it - then "agree" it's genuine and proceed to pair.

When you switch operating systems, say to macOS now, that OS has never seen your keyboard so when you attempt to pair, it doesn't work as there's no key. So, you pair it and a new key gets generated, agreed that it's genuine and you continue your merry way, keyboarding happily until you switch OSes again.

Now, the key your first OS had doesn't match what it expects from the keyboard and the whole pairing dance has to be repeated. This is because your keyboard only supports a single pairing. What you need is a keyboard that supports multiple devices like the Logitech MX series of products where it will support 3 different devices. There are many of these out there besides Logitech (I personally use a Keychron K8), but some are definitely better than others at the pairing aspect, so be wary of that when selecting one.

  • That makes sense. There were a bunch of answers on Stack Exchange that seemed to suggest that you could... but they were all related to the Apple Keyboard (and I also couldn’t really tell if it was it would NEVER pair and they were having trouble making the initial pair)
    – Andrew Min
    Oct 28, 2020 at 19:17
  • Same issue...Magic keyboards/mice are all single pairing even though the Macs they connect to support dual boot - that's the peripheral team not talking to the OS team....
    – Allan
    Oct 28, 2020 at 19:19

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