I am using a Mac mini. It does not have a keyboard or mouse attached to it. This is by design because I only want to connect remotely to it.

I notice that everytime I reboot my machine. The machine boot sequence gets stuck on a message "Bluetooth Keyboard Setup." There isn't a keyboard connected and it has a circling wheel which says "No keyboards have been found. Make sure your keyboard is discoverable".

I don't want this message. I want my Mac mini to boot fully to a state where someone can remotely connect to it without being blocked by this keyboard message.

How can I do this?

I have already disabled bluetooth on the Mac mini, but it still gets blocked at this screen when it boots.

  • Actually, I notice this during sleep as well. I will come back and it fails to detect my keyboard and trackpad. After banging on some function keys (or perhaps after a time period has passed) things return to normal on their own.
    – demongolem
    Apr 27, 2020 at 18:46

1 Answer 1


You have to turn off Bluetooth Assistant.

In Preferences, Bluetooth, click the Advanced button, then uncheck "Open Bluetooth Assistant at Startup if no keyboard is detected."

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Once you turn it off, you should have no problems booting in a headless configuration.

  • How can i make clicks with no trackpad? Jun 1, 2018 at 9:57
  • @JossieCalderon - I don't know what you mean by that.
    – Allan
    Jun 1, 2018 at 12:23
  • You say to click. Jun 2, 2018 at 20:49

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