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I am using Xfce desktop on Ubuntu 18.04-based system.

I can easily switch connected audio output devices between them (including bluetooth ones) with a Xfce panel plugin, but when bluetooth speakers are not already connected I use blueberry and blueberry-tray to access and connect bluetooth devices.

I am using various bluetooth speakers with different computers and often the speakers are not connected automatically in Linux. Using blueberry-tray is a bit cumbersome as it involves no less than 3 clicks and two opened windows.

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blueberry-tray is a tray icon to start the blueberry GUI, not really a tray tool - one that should provide all needed operations by itself without starting a separate GUI, with multiple windows, etc.

I wonder if there is a tray tool similar to Sound Switcher Indicator or the aforementioned Xfce panel plugin, only not for switching connected devices, but for connecting/disconnecting available (already 'added'--associated) devices, notably bluetooth ones.

I mean something like the panel tool they have on a Mac, where you can click the icon, see all added devices - including non-connected ones -, and press 'connect' without opening any window.

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New features in Linux Mint 19.2 Xfce.

The Blueberry systray menu now lets you connect or disconnect paired devices with a click of the mouse.

Right-clicking the Bluetooth tray icon:

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UPDATE:

Mint 20 Xfce also shows a different icon when a device is connected:

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  • Any idea if it's possible to get this for a manual XFCE install in Ubuntu?
    – Brandon
    Commented Jan 11, 2023 at 14:53
  • @Brandon - I don't know. The tool is blueberry but is not available in the Ubuntu repos afaikt, I'm in Kubuntu now and I had Xfce with this blueberry tool in Mint. Look on the web for blueberry deb and ppa, I've found this (not tested): ubuntuupdates.org/package/mint_main/ulyana/main/base/blueberry, pkgs.org/download/blueberry. Test carefully on your own risk. It all also depends on your Ubuntu version I guess. Mint is based on Ubuntu LTS.
    – cipricus
    Commented Jan 11, 2023 at 15:03

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