I'm using the music receiver bluetooth TP-Link HA100 and when doing streaming from Spotify or iTunes the audio has clicks in and out and skips like a scratched CD. Simply unusable. I'm on MacBookPro late-2011 El Capitan 10.11.2

This is a known issue, I already tried these unofficial solutions:




but they don't work.

Note 1: the audio lags/skips seems to increase everytime I do something on Mac (that is, open an app, scrolling a page in Chrome, ...).

Note 2: no one of the above issues on iPhone and iPad

Note 3: while streaming from iPhone/iPad if I just enable bluetooth (not stream) on MBP the audio begins to lag!

It's a lot frustrating and I can't believe bluetooth con OSX is so much crappy and there's no bugfixes on the horizon! Someone can help me?

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I have found yet another unofficial solution! it worked for me and i hope the same to you. i believe the macbook utilizes bluetooth in the background for handoff and FaceTime. i believe it searches occasionally for data or cues that are sent from secondary devices or stays quietly paired with a device you may already have (causing gaps in bluetooth connectivity). i signed out of FaceTime (disabling it) and disabled handoff. i have an iphone, and it seemed to create some kind of bluetooth interference. try this and see if it doesnt help or solve the issue

  • Thanks for your response, I am having the same problem. Trying out your suggestion to disable handoff. Will report on the results Commented Feb 14, 2016 at 19:31
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    Didn't do the trick for me (MacBook Pro, 15-inch, Mid 2015). And for those looking, handoff can be disabled from System Preferences > General > Allow Handoff (...)
    – losttime
    Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 16:57
  • Disabling hand-off in my mid-2014 Macbook Pro 13" El Cap 10.11.4 seems to have worked.
    – n8tr
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 14:32
  • Didn't work for me either (MacBook Pro 15" macOS Sierra 10.12.1). Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 4:22
  • It did work for me with one caveat. I needed to also disable advertising on AirDrop. sharingd that causes stutter is used by: "AirDrop, Handoff, Instant Hotspot, Shared Computers, and Remote Disc in the Finder", so all of those need to be off.
    – tkowal
    Commented Sep 28, 2019 at 20:18

wireless mouse interferes with bluetooth

  • just turn it off and use track pad while you play or use bluetooth
    – Joe Orosco
    Commented Nov 20, 2016 at 0:33
  • thanks! this is the only solution that worked for me. I even ordered a new speaker because I thought JBL screwed up. Nope! Apple screwed up
    – captain
    Commented Mar 12, 2020 at 22:47
  • Workaround for macOS Catalina 10.15.6 too. Is there a fix for this?
    – raurora
    Commented Aug 28, 2020 at 9:22
  • This is not a viable solution.
    – Alex
    Commented Jul 21, 2021 at 9:25

I tried all the listed solutions and nothing worked for me on MAC Sierra.

Just the:

sudo killall coreaudiod

worked for me but only for max 1 hour. Than I had to reenter which is quite annoying.

The bluetooth sound quality was dropping extremely especially while playing videos (high CPU and memory usage). It was unbearable.

What finally worked:

I activated the sound equalizer which I already had installed but never used: "boom2" (unfortunately not a free applications; may be there are other apps free which might work as well).

This software resides between the Audio source (in my case Video application) and the bluetooth processing unit of MAC Sierra.

Because the bluetooth part remains in this solution unchanged the problem can not be related to bluetooth buffers or frequency interference on the radio waves itself.

It is a problem of the operating system itself.

I hope this solution might help others as well but I can not assure that this works in your specific environment.


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    Boom2 is well-known 'crapware' & is best left alone, well away from your Mac.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 12:01
  • This solution is great!!!!!! Thanks so much this was driving me crazy. sudo killall coreaudiod totally fixed my problem! Boom2 is great software if you need it!!! I've used it for years to be able to hear media on my macbook air that was too quiet. Unless you have something better, Tetsujin, I'm going to start using Boom2 for this. Commented May 20, 2017 at 13:24

This happens to me on Sierra as well. Sometimes it looks like it happens on it's own, and it always happen after I get a phone call. The audio becomes choppy, my magic mouse is choppy as well, etc.

However, turning off bluetooth on my iPhone seems to be an immediate workaround fix.

  • What a terrible workaround, but disconnecting my headphones from my iPhone fixed this for me. I'm on macOS Sierra and I have Plantronics Backbeat Pro headphones.
    – bentsai
    Commented Jun 5, 2017 at 18:20
  • Wow, this was happening for me too - mouse also choppy. Turned off bluetooth on my phone and voila, so weird
    – Tiago
    Commented Sep 6, 2022 at 16:42

Ok this worked for me. Switched on bluetooth headphones and iTunes music was skipping. Left the sound running, switched off bluetooth keyboard and mouse and music became ok. Switched keyboard and mouse back on and music was still fine. So I don't know whether it's a priority device issue or what but it worked for me :-)

  • This also worked for me. I had intermittent breaks in sound from my bluetooth headphones. Turning my bluetooth mouse off for a minute, then back on, resolved the issue
    – Esteban
    Commented Mar 12, 2020 at 4:01

Restarting just worked for me, on Sierra. I don't even have an iPhone (have Android) and using a bluetooth headset.


I have a similar problem. My bluetooth headphone was working perfectly, but it started getting choppy somehow, and I did answer a phone call via FaceTime.

The stuttering only happens when the current application is Chrome or Safari. Restarting the browsers and/or disabling extensions or closing some of the tabs didn't fix the issue.

My workaround is to go to System Preferences -> Sound -> Input. As long System Preferences stays in that screen, it doesn't stutter anymore when I switch back to Chrome or Safari... But then my bluetooth magic pad gets a bit laggy, though it's tolerable...

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    – Monomeeth
    Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 1:23

I was having this issue with my 2019 MacBook Pro running Movaje (10.14.6) with a bluetooth Apple Magic keyboard and JLab Studio bluetooth headphones encoded with SBC. I resolved it by switching my headphones to the Monoprice BHS-839 headphones.

I think think this solution works because the new headphones you aptX


Sorry but my solution was to sell the TP-Link HA100 and buy an Airport Express. No problems anymore.


Just spoke with Apple Support, they gave me a cure for Choppy Bluetooth Audio interference. I have a Bowers and Wilkins T7 and this worked for me.

  1. Power down your iMac.
  2. Unplug all connected items from the iMac.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the back of the iMac and wait 20 seconds.
  4. Replug all items to the iMac (USBs, etc.), and then the power plug.
  5. Hold down the PR keys.
  6. Power up your iMac, and continue holding down the keys.
  7. When you hear the startup chime 3 times, release the buttons.

Wait till everything powers back up, and hopefully that is your problem solved.

I hope this helps.

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    and for how many days did this work? I can reboot and is OK for a day
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 12:33
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    Looks like in this P & R & Alt instruction tambourine and rat tails are missing
    – Daniel
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 21:27

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