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Whilst struggling with iMac M1 forgets it has a TouchID key I discovered Reset Mac OS X Bluetooth service? which shows a useful way to reset not just the Bluetooth service from within the Mac, but also a method, by holding Shift ⇧ Opt ⌥ whilst opening the Bluetooth menu, to reset associated hardware to factory conditions.

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Unfortunately, this useful debug menu is gone in recent macOS, to be replaced by this simplified version.

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Does anyone know where it went?
Prior to it being in this menu, it was in the Xcode toolkit. I don't have or use Xcode to be able to quickly find it if this is where it's gone, but I'm quite willing to download/install necessary parts if that's what's required.

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  • Didn't it just restart bluetoothd ? You can try sudo pkill bluetoothd in Terminal Commented May 7, 2023 at 8:44
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    There are two different commands in that debug, reset bluetooth & factory reset all connected devices. I know resetting bluetooth works temporarily, same as rebooting the Mac, I want to see what the full hardware reset can do.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented May 7, 2023 at 10:29

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