In today’s work from home, Bluetooth plays a vital role in getting things done from home. For a smooth workflow, you need to connect accessories such as a keyboard, mouse, microphone and headphones. In general, it is a reliable technology. However, at some point, there is a chance that you will have difficulty establishing a Bluetooth connection with one or more of your devices.
The easiest way to fix the Bluetooth connection problem is to unpair your device and set it up from scratch. If the bluetooth device still works with the Mac, read on to resolve the issue.
1. Restart your Mac
Let’s start with the basics. Often times, the simplest steps like restarting your Mac can fix a Bluetooth connection problem.
You can restart your Mac from the Apple menu> Restart. It fixes almost every bluetooth problem, especially those where the bluetooth module crashed.
You should also remove all USB devices from the Mac and try your luck with the bluetooth connection.
2. Reconnect the Bluetooth device
If your device isn’t connected to your Mac, turn your Bluetooth device off and then back on to see if it reconnects. This is also a good time to check your device’s battery level. If it doesn’t have enough power, charge it.
3. Restart Bluetooth on the Mac
If your device doesn’t reconnect, you can restart the bluetooth radio on your Mac. To do this, click the Launchpad icon in the Dock and go to System Preferences> Bluetooth.
Now click on Deactivate Bluetooth and then on Activate Bluetooth.
You can also do this from the Bluetooth settings menu in the menu bar. Just click the Bluetooth icon, click Turn Off Bluetooth, then click Turn Bluetooth On to restart it.
4. Delete PLIST files
macOS stores information about Bluetooth devices in two files on your hard drive: one for you personally and another that is shared by all users of your Mac. You can delete these files to fix bluetooth issues on Mac. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Open the Finder menu on the Mac.
Step 2: Go to the menu bar and open Go> Go to Folder.
Step 3: Enter / Library / Preferences in the address bar.
Step 4: Find a file named ‘com.apple.Bluetooth.plist’ and drag it to the trash.
Step 5: Click Go> Go to Folder again and enter ‘~ / Library / Preferences / ByHost’ in the address bar.
Step 6: Find a file that begins with com.apple.Bluetooth followed by numbers and letters (ending in .plist) and drag it to the trash.
Step 7: Disconnect all USB devices and shut down your computer.
Now turn off your bluetooth devices and restart your Mac.
5. Restart your Mac in Safe Mode
Restarting your Mac in Safe Mode can fix the Bluetooth problems on the device. Go through the following steps.
Step 1: Turn off your Mac.
Step 2: Turn on your Mac and immediately hold down the Shift key.
Step 3: Release the Shift key when you see the login screen.
Step 4: Your Mac is now in Safe Mode. Test your bluetooth now. It works?
Step 5: Either way, restart your Mac (working or not) normally. This will exit Safe Mode. That is, restart your Mac, but don’t press and hold any keys.
Step 6: With your Mac turned on, test Bluetooth again.
6. Remove saved Bluetooth devices
If turning your Mac off and on doesn’t work, turn your Bluetooth devices off and then on again.
There’s one more reason to remove devices: if you’re connected to too many devices, it can cause connection problems. While seven is referred to as the maximum number of Bluetooth devices, problems can arise once you exceed three or four because some devices require more data than others.
Step 1: Open System Preferences> Bluetooth.
Step 2: Click the x button next to each device and empty the Bluetooth device list.
Step 3: Try to connect the bluetooth device again and see if it works or not.
7. Update macOS
When I updated my device to the latest version, I noticed problems with the bluetooth connection on my MacBook Air macOS Big Sur To update. Apple is usually quick to fix such annoyances with future updates. If you’re in the same boat with me, you should download the latest available patch from the System Preferences menu and install it on your device.
Connect the bluetooth device to the Mac
A patchy Bluetooth connection is a headache for any user. When you encounter such hurdles, go through the troubleshooting tips above and fix the bluetooth problem on Mac. While you’re at it, let us know in the comments section below which tricks worked for you.