5 Ways to Fix Bluetooth Connection Issues on Mac

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5 Ways to Fix Bluetooth Connection Issues on Mac

Apple Dec 15, 2022

A compilation of five work tips that you can use for Bluetooth connection problems on Mac.  

Bluetooth is an essential feature for many devices, and Macs are no exception. Because of this, it can be not very pleasant when this technology starts to malfunction. But there is a list of tips that can help solve the problem with Bluetooth on Mac, and we will talk about them in more detail.

1. Update software, check connection, restart Mac

  1. See if the software on your Mac is up to date;
  2. Check if Bluetooth works well on the connected gadget and Mac;
  3. Reboot your Bluetooth gadget and your Mac;
  4. Unpair the Bluetooth device and reconnect it.

2. Remove interference

Apple says in its reports that if there are intermittent problems with Bluetooth operation, it is very useful to check for interference. This can be done like this:

  1. Bring your Mac and Bluetooth device closer together;
  2. Remove other connected devices (phone, camera, power cable, etc.);
  3. Switch your Wi-Fi devices to 5GHz (Often Bluetooth and WiFi use the same 2.4GHz frequency);
  4. Move USB/Thunderbolt hubs away from Macs and Bluetooth devices;
  5. Disconnect USB devices;
  6. If there are objects made of metal or concrete between the Bluetooth device and the Mac, remove them.

3. Reset Bluetooth on Mac

To fix Bluetooth performance, you can reset Bluetooth on Mac. But it is important to remember that such an action can disable all Bluetooth accessories (such as a mouse or keyboard).

On macOS Monterey and later, this can be done like this:

  1. Open terminal;
  2. Enter the command "sudo pkill bluetoothd";
  3. Press Enter, and then enter your password (if necessary).

On macOS Big Sur or earlier, resetting Bluetooth can be done like this:

  1. Hold down such commands on the keyboard option + shift and click on the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar;
  2. Click Reset Bluetooth Module > Ok;
  3. Bluetooth devices should disconnect and when the module reboots they should automatically reconnect.

4. Remove all connected devices and reset the Bluetooth module

If the previous option did not work, you can remove the Bluetooth devices and reset the module. For this you need:

  1. Hold down the option and shift buttons on the keyboard and click on the Bluetooth icon;
  2. Click Remove all devices > OK;
  3. Next, click Reset Bluetooth module;
  4. Then reconnect the Bluetooth device.

5. Key usage

This option is not suitable for everyone, it all depends on your settings. All devices connected via Bluetooth. supplied with USB dongle for direct connection. Using it can fix Bluetooth problems.

The most common devices that come with USB dongles are third party mice and keyboards.


Anurag Deep

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