How to add, disconnect and forget about bluetooth devices on Mac

The rise in wireless headphones, speakers, and mice makes them a little harder to connect to a Mac. While easier said than done, managing Bluetooth devices on your Mac can be simple.

Using your Mac, you can plug in your bluetooth headphones, external keyboards, and more.

You can connect up to seven Bluetooth devices to your Mac at the same time. You will learn how to add, disconnect, and forget about these devices. The steps listed here work regardless of the Mac model – iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro.

Here’s how to add a bluetooth device to your Mac

If you want to add a device, you must first turn on your Mac’s bluetooth capabilities. To do this, click the icon at the top of your screen and toggle this option on.

Alternatively, open System Preferences and select Bluetooth. When it opens, select Turn on Bluetooth.

Switch Bluetooth in the system settings mac

Once your Mac can discover devices in range, follow these steps.

Step 1: Go to your bluetooth settings. You can find this either via the Bluetooth logo in your toolbar or via the system settings.

Step 2: Turn on your bluetooth device and move it within range of your Mac.

Step 3: Your Bluetooth device should appear in the large white box. Therefore example, we connect wireless headphones. Next to it, click the Connect button.

Connect to the device using the Mac's bluetooth button

After completing the last step, your Mac should connect to the bluetooth gadget almost immediately.

How to disconnect a bluetooth device

To remove a bluetooth device from your Mac by disconnecting it, all you have to do is turn off everything it is. Alternatively, you can deactivate Bluetooth in the toolbar. The steps are the same as those listed above, except that you turn the button off instead of on.

You can also manually disconnect a Bluetooth device from your Mac. It’s easy; All you need to do is follow the steps outlined in this paragraph.

Step 1: Open the Bluetooth settings from the System Settings app.

Step 2: Highlight the device you want to disconnect. Right click on the device you want to disconnect.

Step 3: From the list of options displayed, select Disconnect.

Disconnect the Mac bluetooth device in System Preferences

You can also disconnect your Bluetooth device from your Mac’s toolbar.

Step 1: Click on the bluetooth icon where you will see your device (s).

Step 2: Click the Bluetooth logo next to the device you want to disconnect. It changes from blue to gray, which means it is no longer paired.

Turn off the Bluetooth device from the Mac toolbar

How to forget a bluetooth device

Once you’ve connected your Mac and bluetooth device, they’ll pair automatically whenever you turn on bluetooth and are nearby. This can get confusing when you have a call and can’t hear the other person. If you don’t want to, or have upgraded and are no longer using that particular item, you can manually forget about the device.

Like forgetting a Wi-Fi network on your iPhone or Mac, it’s easy to do with a bluetooth device. All you have to do is follow the steps below.

Step 1: Go to your Mac’s Bluetooth settings.

Step 2: Next to your device, you’ll see a small x in a gray circle. Click on it.

Remove the Bluetooth device from the Mac

Step 3: A warning pop-up will appear on your screen. From the two options that appear, select Remove.

Remove Bluetooth Mac for device verification

After you’ve removed a Bluetooth device from your Mac, you’ll need to manually reconnect it if you want to use it in the future.

The steps listed above are the easiest way to remove a Bluetooth device from your Mac, but are not the only option. You can also follow these steps to get the same result:

Step 1: Go to your bluetooth settings.

Step 2: As if you were disconnecting a device, click on what you want to remove while holding down the Ctrl key.

Step 3: Click the Remove button. Select the button of the same name when the warning message appears.

Remove device manually mac bluetooth

Using Bluetooth with your Mac is easy

While wired devices still have a place when using a Mac, in some cases you may want to use wireless devices. And when that happens, hooking up these devices is a straightforward process.

Disconnecting is easy after use – and the same is true if you want to forget about the device altogether. After reading this post, you will know how to manage bluetooth devices with your Mac.

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