Wireless connections are a fantastic form of technology, allowing us to use everything from headphones to keyboards to speakers with our computer, and the best part is that you can usually sync them up in just a few steps. Whether you have a new accessory or an Apple laptop, we’ll walk you through connect bluetooth devices to mac and check the status or charge of the battery when necessary.
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Turn on Bluetooth on your Mac
You have three ways to turn on Bluetooth in macOS: the menu bar, Control Center, and System Preferences.
method one: Use the icon in the menu bar.
Step 1: Click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar.
Step 2: Turn on the Bluetooth switch.
method two: Use the Control Center.
Step 1: Opens the Control Center in the menu bar.
Step 2: Select Bluetooth.
Step 3: Turn on the Bluetooth switch.
Method 3: Uses System Preferences.
Step 1: open Psystem references using the Dock or the Apple icon in the menu bar.
Step 2: Select Bluetooth.
Step 3: click Activate Bluetooth.
When you have the Bluetooth window open, your Mac is considered discoverable. This means that it is available to connect to your accessory or to be connected to another Bluetooth device.
When you’re ready to connect (pair) your device, it’s a few simple steps. Remember to keep the Bluetooth window open.
Step 1: You will need to put your Bluetooth accessory into discoverable mode. Depending on the type of device you want to connect, the process varies. You may need to press and hold the power button or a combination of buttons on the accessory to connect.
Be sure to check the documentation for your accessory before taking any action.
Step 2: Next, place your Bluetooth device near your Mac, within about 30 feet.
Step 3: When a discoverable device is available, you’ll see it appear at the bottom of the Devices list in the Bluetooth window. click on Connect next to the device.
Step 4: After a few moments, your accessory should connect, and then you will see it appear at the top of the list of Devices with Connected aside.
step 5: You can then close the Bluetooth window by clicking the X from the top left.
You can easily see the status of your connected Bluetooth devices by going to System Preferences > Bluetooth.
You will see Connected or Not connected below the accessory name in the Devices list.
For some Bluetooth accessories, you can also see the battery level. This is available in both System Preferences > Bluetooth as in the Control Center in the menu bar.
You can temporarily or permanently disconnect a Bluetooth accessory from your Mac.
Step 1: Since Bluetooth is always available in Control Center, this is the fastest way to temporarily disconnect an accessory.
Open Control Center and select Bluetooth. Then you will see your connected devices.
Step 2: To disconnect the accessory, click on it in the list. You will see that the Bluetooth icon is gray. To reconnect it later, select it once more. You will then see the icon highlighted.
Step 3: To permanently remove a device so that it no longer connects within range of your Mac, visit again System Preferences > Bluetooth.
Then click on the X to the right of the accessory and confirm by selecting the option Get rid of in the popup window.
If you can’t connect your Bluetooth accessory to your Mac, here are several things to check or try.
- Confirm that Bluetooth is activated on both devices.
- Make sure the accessory is discoverable.
- Move the accessory closer to your Mac.
- Make sure the devices are charged.
- Unpair the accessory and pair it again.
- Turn Bluetooth off and back on again.
- Restart your Mac and the accessory.
If you run into any more issues, check out the Bluetooth section of our troubleshooting guide. most common problems of a MacBook.
Connecting a Bluetooth accessory to your Mac only takes a few minutes. So whether you’re ready for a new pair of headphones or want to test out your new speaker, make them easily accessible by connecting these Bluetooth devices to your Mac.