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I have a MacBook Pro (13-inch, mid-2012 version) running on OS X El Capitan with Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility, which could not find or pair with my Sony headphones (type MDR-XB70BT) with Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility. From what I read online, Bluetooth 5.0 should be able to find and pair with Bluetooth 4.0.

Since I bought the Mac (5 years ago), I have never used Bluetooth (kept it turned off). And since I recently got these headphones as a christmas gift, I figured I would use it on my Mac.

I tried numerous methods such as deleting com.apple.bluetooth.plist, restarting the Mac numerous times. It’s still not able to detect it.

Both Bluetooth devices are in working condition.

Seamlessly, I was able to find and pair my iPhone 8 (Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility) with my MacBook. And I was also able to find and pair my headphones with my iPhone. However, I cannot find nor pair my headphones with my MacBook.

Any help would be appreciated.

  • You're sure you've entered pairing mode on the headphones? Are you able to pair with other devices in addition to your phone, if only just to test? Have you tried pairing other devices to your macbook? Also - say specifically what you've tried. Two quick things to try: hold down option-shift and select the bluetooth menu item. In Debug, try "reset bluetooth module" (this probably won't do anything a reboot hasn't.) You can also try "remove all devices", power off, power back on, and see if you're able to pair. My money is on "headphones aren't actually in pairing mode." – Brett Dikeman Dec 31 '18 at 7:11

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