For some reason after an "upgrade" to 10.15 Catalina, Bluetooth appears to be "Permanently" not available.

How can I diagnose which “a device” to connect to get Bluetooth to work ?

Upgraded to 10.15.2 but no better.

bluetooth wireless settings


not available

os version and hardware

Any suggestions? Does this have anything to do with Bluetooth pan internet sharing?

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bluetooth demon

bluetooth not available

bluetooth plist

  • support.apple.com/en-in/HT210642#macos1014 10.15.1 doesnt fix this if it were a bug
    – anki
    Nov 3, 2019 at 11:40
  • I just updated to MacOS 10.15.2 and still I'm seeing the same problem.
    – Asher
    Dec 18, 2019 at 5:37
  • Try safe boot to see if it works there or is it third party interference.
    – anki
    Dec 18, 2019 at 6:27
  • ankii, interesting idea (SAFE BOOT) I just tried this and it still shows the same problem... I did notice that there is a process called "bluetoothd" (bluetooth demon) running in the Activity Monitor? In the "system preferences" the only way I'm able to access bluetooth is through the "network" and it shows that the connection "Bluetooth PAN" is not connected?
    – Asher
    Dec 21, 2019 at 3:53
  • It maybe that there is some problem in /Library/Prefreferences/ and unpairing and forgetting any device that has been connected in the past. You can do this by clicking the Bluetooth icon on the top bar of your screen while holding down the Alt and Shift keys. When you see the Debug menu, first click on Remove All Devices, followed by Reset Bluetooth Module. Once you're up and running again, see if your Bluetooth works?
    – Asher
    Dec 21, 2019 at 4:02

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macOS Catalina Version 10.15.6 (19G73) seems to have "fixed" some of the problem but not all of it...

The MacOS "Console" System Log still has some error messages however the bluetooth connection does show up in networking.

bluetoothhd : deny(1) mach-lookup com.apple.server.bluetooth

Here is what the screen shot of the system log files look like if you search for "bluetooth"

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the suspicion is that this is a hardware to OS "bridge bug" that is specific to MacBook Pro's? For example... my system with...

Hardware Overview:

  Model Name:   MacBook Pro
  Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,3
  Processor Name:   Quad-Core Intel Core i7
  Processor Speed:  2.8 GHz
  Number of Processors: 1
  Total Number of Cores:    4
  L2 Cache (per Core):  256 KB
  L3 Cache: 6 MB
  Hyper-Threading Technology:   Enabled
  Memory:   16 GB
  Boot ROM Version:
  SMC Version (system): 2.19f12
  • 1
    You have an issue with the AirPort adapter. It’s likely the Bluetooth radio (chip) is failing or has failed. Get it replaced. There is no “hardware to OS bridge.” They are called drivers and if it was this buggy, you’d see a ton more activity on this issue and it wouldn’t last this long.
    – Allan
    May 4 at 15:44

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