I've had the annoying issue of not being able to pair with bluetooth devices on my laptop unless I restart it. This happens for multiple headsets which all pair without issue on other devices and on this laptop as well after the restart.
Some of the pairing behavior includes:
- I click the device to pair. The macOS ui shows the device as paired and the device says "bluetooth connected". The headset doesn't show as an audio output device and after a few seconds the bluetooth disconnects
- With another headset, I click to pair the device and it either loads for a while before failing or connects and immediately disconnects.
- all the reset options under the bluetooth menu shown by pressing option + shift
- stopping the audio daemon with
sudo killall coreaudiod
- clearing the nvram
sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext+
sudo kextload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext
I'm not sure what to do to troubleshoot this issue. I've tried looking at the logs in
console when trying to connect a headset and it fails, but I'm not sure what exactly to look for there.
I'm using a 2019 Macbook Pro on macOS Big Sur 11.5.2.