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Bluetooth is a proprietary open wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short wavelength radio transmissions) from fixed and mobile devices, creating personal area networks (PANs) with high levels of security. -Wikipedia

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Downgrade AirPods firmware

I have a pair of gen 1 airpods which have stopped working since a certain firmware update. They will not receive any more updates as they are already deprecated. The thing is that they are unusable ...
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Could a buggy Bluetooth device cause MacBook keyboard issues?

Over the past year I've had increasingly buggy behavior with my MacBook keyboard, including non responsive keys and delayed response. The issues seemed to have no particular association with any ...
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How can I stop my iPhone (X) randomly connecting to my Bluetooth speakers?

I have some Bluetooth enabled Klipsch speakers connected to my TV via ARC. When the TV is turned on, the speakers automatically come on and play the sound from the TV. However, my iPhone then randomly ...
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How accurate is Find My Network for a turned off iPhone

I had my iPhone 11 stolen last week. The theft shut it down but I'm still able to localize it from time to time with Find My Network. It seems to be in an underground parking garage. I was wondering ...
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Neither AirDrop nor Handoff options showing up on my Mac

On my MacOS Mojave (v 10.14.6), I simply don't see options for either Handoff or AirDrop. The Bluetooth is definitely on. And AirDrop is typically under Finder Preferences under Sidebar/Favorites, ...
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Poor (and loud) quality out of good Bluetooth headphones on Monterey

I'm getting horrible audio quality out of some good headphones, and it's too loud even at the lowest possible volume setting. It sounds as if it's clipped, and then the clipped signal has been ...
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ds4 controller triggers macos actions

i have a ps4/ds4 bluetooth game controller. when it is connected, macos reacts to some of its inputs, like for example a long press on "share" button makes a popup window to appear and ask ...
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External keyboard function keys suddenly stopped working

I use a Logitech K850 Bluetooth keyboard with my MBP on MacOS 12.3.1. I had configured my fn keys to be the standard F1, F2, F3 instead of the special feature keys like changing the volume: Suddenly ...
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How to swap left/right stereo channels for one sound device in MacOS?

I need to swap left/right audio channels for bluetooth speakers in MacOS (Monterey, M1 iMac). I have tried swapping channels in Audio MIDI setup (as suggested, for example, here), but playing stereo ...
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Why is the magic keyboard still paired after HD erase and reinstalling?

I have erased my macbook HD from the recovery mode (cloverleaf + R at startup) then I have reinstalled mojave from there. I left the mac for the night. Next morning, it was waiting on the country ...
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How to disassociate the Bluetooth connection for a Magic Trackpad 2 from macOS?

I have a Magic Trackpad 2 that's been having some intermittent slowdown when connected normally. After turning off Bluetooth generally on macOS the Magic Trackpad 2 works great all of the time with no ...
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Why [Watch]->[Settings]->[Bluetooth] says no connection, but iPhone says there is a Bluetooth connection to the Watch?

I have no problem with 2-way communication between my AppleWatch Series 3 (os v8.5.1) and iPhone 12-mini (iOS v15.4.1). The iPhone Settings shows the Apple Watch as a connected device. However, on the ...
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Airpods Pro "when last connected to this Mac" doesn't respect Android

The title pretty much says it all. I've got Airpods Pro that are paired to my work Macbook Pro and my Android phone (Oneplus 7T). I'd like them to connect to whatever device they were most recently ...
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Airpods Pro (Magsafe case) - Tried all the recommendations. Still showing "Not your Airpods Pro"

I've updated my iPhone to the latest OS. I've cleaned the case with rubbing alcohol inside and out. Also cleaned the airpods themselves. Charged the case and the airpods all the way to 100%. Taken ...
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Bluetooth headphones noise irritating beep sound

I have a Bose QC35 model 1 which I quite like and use with two iPhones, an iPad, two MacBooks, Apple TV. Also have home pod around. Problem is that it seems to keep probing different devices all the ...
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Only use magic trackpad wired

Sometimes my magic trackpad doesn't work reliably or have lags because of unstable bluetooth connection. It seems to work completely fine when connected via the included lightning to usb-c cable. I've ...
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Change user name associated with Apple Mouse 1 [duplicate]

I bought a used iMac that included an Apple Mouse 1. In the Bluetooth settings, under System Preferences, it lists the previous owner's name. Even if I use that same mouse on my MBP, the old user's ...
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How to get battery status of BT devices with Monterey?

Since i've upgraded to Monterey OS, running system_profiler SPBluetoothDataType doesn't return the battery status for the BT devices connected. Any idea how to get this information?
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PowerBeats 3 and spacial audio

According to this article, PowerBeats 3 supports spacial audio. However, I cannot find such an option on my m1 MacBook nor my iPhone 12, both running the latest version of macOS/iOS. Such an option ...
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Determine bluetooth audio bitrate on m1 mac

In my old MacBook Pro (2017), I can open up Bluetooth Explorer from Xcode's additional tools download and change bitpool or view transmission data. However, this tool seems to be gone from the recent ...
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Connect AirPods that belongs to another Apple ID to shared Apple TV

I have an Apple TV. The main Apple account that is used to set-up the TV is mine. Without pairing my AirPods, it shows up on the TV when I want to use it while watching something. Sometimes, someone ...
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Is there any kind of dongle I can use to easily move an Xbox One controller between different macs?

I have an Xbox One controller that I frequently use across several different computers, some of which are macs, as well as a few Windows systems too. However, this isn't very convenient as every time ...
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Use external macbook trackpad as magic trackpad

I have an old macbook pro (2017) which have a trackpad. Can I use that trackpad to control my new macbook, which I intend to elevate to relieve neck pain? Note that I already purchased a magic ...
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Mac Detects Bluetooth Keyboard's Key Strokes Multiple Times After Sleep

I got a magic keyboard 2, and a Mac Mini M1 2020. Almost every time when I return to my computer and it went to sleep, the key inputs from the bluetooth keyboard are detected multiple times. Like 10 ...
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Do not allow bluetooth devices to wake computer in Monterey

I have a pair of bluetooth earphones that are able to connect to multiple devices. For certain reasons, I would like to not connect to the computer while it is sleeping (e.g. in my backpack, on my ...
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Is there a Bluetooth remote compatible with Apple TV

My mother in law is elderly and can not get comfortable with the Apple TV remote. I have to cha get the channel for her through the day (I work from home) I’m trying to solve for this. I found a Apple ...
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How can I stop a particular BT device from waking my computer in Monterey?

https://superuser.com/questions/1411369/prevent-headphones-from-waking-up-my-macbook -- doesn't answer the question as the Advanced button is gone: Holding down option doesn't do anything either. How ...
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Unable to modify volume of AirPods Pro on MacBook

I can't modify volume of AirPods Pro on MacBook. The AirPods Pro volume is already set maximum but unable to change it. I have tried different options, reseting AirPods Pro, disconnect and delete it ...
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Why does volume jump to max when I connect my bluetooth headphones?

I know I'm not the only one experiencing this. A quick google search shows others have not found solutions to this either. Sometimes when I connect my headphones via bluetooth the volume jumps to the ...
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Factory reset Apple bluetooth device in Monterey

Under older versions of macOS, holding Shift+Option while clicking the Bluetooth dropdown menu would yield additional options, including a "Debug" > "Factory reset all connected ...
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iPad displays a notification asking me to unlock it to use USB accessories, while nothing was plugged in

My iPad just displayed a notification “unlock iPad to use USB accessories” or something. Nothing was plugged in. Other details: Bluetooth was on and an Apple Pencil was connected. There was a keyboard ...
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Is it not at all possible to pair an unofficial PS3 controller to a Mac?

It recognizes the controller as a keyboard when I use Bluetooth, so it asks for a passkey when I try to pair it. I imagine what I'd need to fix this would be either a way to bypass this passkey prompt ...
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Using iPhone's microphone instead of headphone's for selected apps

I usually have Bluetooth headphones paired with an iPhone while I'm listening to music. However, now and then, I use the Voice Memos app or another app that requires a microphone. I only use those ...
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External Bluetooth speaker will connect to iPhone but not to MacBook Air

I recently purchased a Momoho BTS0011 wireless speaker. While I have been able to connect the device to my iPhone (1st generation SE running 15.3.1) and play audio through it, I do not have such luck ...
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Certain Apple Magic Keyboard key chords not working

I have a wireless  Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad. The keyboard is mostly working correctly, but a number of key chords involving the left command key do not work. I'm pretty sure this is a ...
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Will a Magic Trackpad 2 work on a USB switch on a Mac and a Windows laptop?

I've got a Windows laptop that's my day-job machine, and a Mac Mini which is my personal machine. Right now I've got a mouse with a USB receiver plugged into a USB switch, to switch between the two. ...
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PlayStation 5 Controller differences USB and Bluetooth

I have a PlayStation 5 Controller to play some games on my MacBook. Now the strange thing is, that if I connect it via USB I can use the controller for my game perfectly fine. There is also some ...
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How to unpair a Magic Trackpad 2 from Macbook and use only over USB?

I am using a Magic Trackpad 2 with a KVM, over USB, which seems to work fine, the Trackpad controlling the cursor only on the active computer. However, if I turn on the Macbook Pro's Bluetooth, when I ...
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iOS 15.3 Disable Music Autoplay in VW

I have an iPhone SE (2020), and recently bought a 2019 Jetta with the low-end infotainment system. There's a single rotary volume knob on the infotainment system, along with buttons ("Phone,"...
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Can I use a Bluetooth USB driver/adapter with a Mac that has built-in Bluetooth to make switching devices easier?

I have a work and personal MacBook Pro and frequently switch between one and the other. All of my devices are connected through a USB-C docking station, so for the most part this is as easy as ...
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Beats Studio Buds don't connect after iOS 15.3 update

Last night I updated my iPhone 8 to iOS 15.3. This morning I noticed that I had some trouble connecting my Beats Studio Buds to my phone. Expected Behavior Normally, when I open my Beats case and pull ...
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How do you get airpods pro to play/pause on macos with single squeeze?

For some reason I can't get my airpods pro to play/pause with single press on MacOS, only to activate Siri. In bluetooth settings, I can open the options but they only let me change the function for ...
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MBP with Separate Bluetooth Module [closed]

I have a MacBook Pro 13.3" - Mid 2017 (A1708). I've been told by my local Mac repairer that this model has a separate bluetooth module (from the main wifi board) & that it's near impossible ...
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how can I see battery level of headphones connected via bluetooth to iPhone iOS 12.5.5

how can I see the battery level of headphones connected via Bluetooth to iPhone iOS 12.5.5 or an iPad also on ios 12.
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Can I get a battery percentage for a non-Apple BT device from the command line in Catalina? [duplicate]

I used ioreg and the only one of my connected devices that seems to report its battery level is the Trackpad: ╰─➤ ioreg -l | grep -B 20 BatteryPercent\" | | | | | | | "...
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My Magic Mouse 2 is not responding properly. Is this a known issue? Is there a fix?

My Magic Mouse 2 is lagging and not responding to clicks. It is connecting and the connection is not intermittent. I can use a wired mouse and a wireless mouse that connects through a USB dongle with ...
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BigSur and up: How can you stop the Music app from starting to play once bluetooth is connected without disabling System Integrity Protection?

How could the Music app's auto play on the connection of a bluetooth speaker be disabled or sidestepped so that you could not hear music playing; you could not hear music playing and the app would ...
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Cannot pair iPhone with macbook using bluetooth

I want to type on my iOS device (iPhone 12, iOS 15) with my macbook (2017, High Sierra) keyboard. I'm using Typeeto, which allows me to use my macbook as a bluetooth keyboard. However, the first step, ...
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Remove Bluetooth devices which are hidden

If I open up the System Information page for Hardware > Bluetooth, I see a lot of hidden devices which are not in the normal Bluetooth menu. Some of these are obsolete to me and I'd like to remove ...
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No notification sounds when my iPhone is near my iMac with the Bluetooth on

I got a new iPhone 13 Pro Max back in October. Since I've owned it, I've had intermittent problems with it not playing notification sounds when people send me text messages or whatever. Sometimes I'...
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