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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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Prevent iTunes from opening when connecting bluetooth headset

Every time I connect my bluetooth headset to my Mac, iTunes decides it's time to launch. Is there a way I can prevent this behavior? I found this thread, but there is no solution: https://...
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Yosemite bluetooth audio is choppy/skips

On two separate MacBook Pros (one brand new, one several years old) running OSX Yosemite, all bluetooth audio devices are choppy (audio clicks in and out, skips like a scratched CD). I have tried ...
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MacBook Pro Bluetooth Audio balance keeps changing by itself

I've got a MacBook Pro (mid 2014) and Bluetooth earphones (TaoTronics TT-BH07). I'm usually good with noticing changes with audio in general. A few days ago, I've realized that sound was a bit like ...
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AirPods: Extremely poor mic quality on Mac

Ever since I purchased the AirPods (1st Generation), they demonstrate extremely poor quality while activating the AirPod mic, whilst they are connected to a Mac. When activating the mic to record ...
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Disable Bluetooth or disconnect Bluetooth connections when lid is closed

A case in point: I have Bluetooth headphones connected to my MacBook Pro, I close the lid and want to connect headphones to my iPhone. I can't do that because the MBP ↔ headphones connection is still ...
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How to restart Bluetooth service from command line

On Linux, if one wishes to restart the Bluetooth service, they simply launch a terminal and issue the following command: sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart What is the equivalent on Mac OS X? I ...
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Magic Mouse can never reconnect on Yosemite

Since upgrading to Yosemite (did a wipe of my HD before installing, so no settings was there from Mavericks) I can only connect my Magic Mouse normally once per boot. Normally you would be able to ...
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Prevent auto-pairing for certain devices (Bluetooth)

I have a Early 2011 Macbook Pro 13" running OS X 10.10.1 (Yosemite). At work, I have a Apple Magic Trackpad and an Apple Wireless Keyboard, both which use Bluetooth. When I get to work, my Mac ...
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How to set already-paired bluetooth devices again into discovery mode?

How can I set a Magic Trackpad (or, any other bluetooth device, I guess) into discovery mode, if it has already been paired to another mac? Anything I find on google just mocks me.
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Bluetooth headphones disconnect a few seconds after connecting on macOS

When I pair my bluetooth headphones (Bose QC 35) to my MBP running macOS Mojave, they sometimes disconnect a few seconds later. I try turning them off and on again, turning off bluetooth on my phone (...
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Best way to switch magic keyboard and trackpad between work/personal Macs?

I just got a new work laptop. I would like to seamlessly switch my bluetooth devices (headphones, magic keyboard, touchpad) between work / personal Macs without complex repairing. Has anyone solved ...
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Sharing a Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse sequentially between two Macs

I work out of my house where I have two computers: a mid-2010 Macbook Pro (for my day job) and a mid-2010 iMac (personal). During the workday, my iMac acts as a second display for my Macbook Pro via ...
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Bluetooth and WiFi interfering with one another since Yosemite

Note: The only thing that changed in my setup is installing Yosemite. Since installing Yosemite, I'm having a somewhat peculiar problem: WiFi works fine, and BT works fine. But WiFi + BT working ...
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Bluetooth Issues after Sleep in OS X Yosemite (10.10)

I seem to be having persistent issues with Bluetooth connectivity, especially after waking up my Macbook Pro from a long sleep. I have a speaker that automatically turns off after a certain period ...
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Connect two bluetooth headphones for audio sharing (Music, and Movies)

I am trying to connect two Bluetooth headphones to a MacbookPro. The main purpose is to stream audio in two devices simultaneously. Is there a MacOS feature that would allow me to do this? Also, I ...
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AirPods choppy/unreliable when connected to Mac, but not iPhone

Problem In my apartment, when using the AirPods with my Mac, the audio is significantly choppy, fluttery and unreliable. There are frequently small "pops" when listening to music. The issue ...
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How can I erase Bluetooth devices on my Mac

I had an bluetooth audio device (Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker) remembered on my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.8.5. Now I don't have it anymore and I want to link it with another audio device ...
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How can I pair my Magic Trackpad with multiple Macs?

I have a Magic Trackpad that I'm using with my iMac. Everything works great, but I would also like to use the trackpad with my MacBook. For some reason, it seems that I can only pair the trackpad ...
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Force OS X to use Bluetooth dongle instead of built in controller

I'm using a Magic Mouse with my MacBook Pro and Mountain Lion. The cursor sometimes start to lag. I figured, the reason for this could be the distance between my Mac and the mouse (about 1.5 meters / ...
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Using Bluetooth speaker and headphone jack simultaneously

I can connect my normal speakers to my headphone jack. I can also connect my Bluetooth speaker and it plays great too, But I can't play them at the same time. I have Wi-Fi speakers around and they ...
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Check the battery level of connected bluetooth headphones from the command line

I am trying to check the battery level of my wireless headphones from the command line. I came across a few discussions, and it seems all I need to do is enter the following: ioreg -c 'deviceName' |...
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How to control Bluetooth wireless radio from the command line?

This question is almost the same as my previous question, but with one major difference; I want to turn on/off Bluetooth from the command line (bash or similar), NOT from AppleScript - the answers for ...
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AirDrop: Bluetooth or Wi-Fi?

How does AirDrop work? I thought it is just Bluetooth, but I am starting to doubt that now. Whenever I turn AirDrop on, my Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are automatically turned on. If I turn the Wi-Fi off, ...
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Can AirPods be used “seamlessly” between Mac and iOS devices?

Apple AirPods are supposed to work for iOS devices, Apple Watches and Macs. Apple states that the OS requirements are: Requires iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS 10, or watchOS 3 (source). I am ...
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How can I connect multiple wireless headphones to the same iPhone at the same time?

I like to listen to audio files on my iPhone 6 while jogging outdoors. My girlfriend wants to join me (jog with me and have her own headphones listening to the same audio). How can we both pair our ...
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Can I direct audio from a single app to a particular output?

For example, I would like for iTunes to play thru my iMac's speakers, but iChat's notifications thru my headphones.
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How do I send a file by Bluetooth from Android smartphone to an iMac running OS X Lion?

I am unsuccessfully sending a file from my smartphone Huawei Ideos X5 with Android 2.3.5 to my iMac. I paired the devices successfully. Android phone receives successfully anything from iMac, but iMac ...
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How to use multiple audio outputs (of a mac) simultaneously?

I have en external USB-audio device, which is great (Steinberg/Yamaha). And a bluetooth speaker and an Apple TV. Is it possible to stream audio to ALL this devices simultaneously and synchronously ?
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Why does Chrome need access to Bluetooth?

Shortly after updating to macOS v11 (Big Sur), I see: "Google" would like to use Bluetooth. Once Chrome has access, websites will be able to ask you for access. Why does Chrome ...
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How to bring up the virtual keyboard on iOS when a Bluetooth keyboard is connected?

I often pick up my iPad and move away from its Bluetooth keyboard without turning the keyboard off. Whenever I need to type some text, I'm reminded that I can't see the virtual iOS keyboard until I ...
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Why does my Magic Trackpad 2 randomly disconnect and stop clicking?

Hey there fellow users, I purchased an iMac (Retina 5K, 27-Inch, 2017, macOS 10.13.4, 4.2 GHz, 32GB, 3TB Fusion Drive) less than three weeks ago, and had it delivered by Apple here in distant, little ...
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Pair bluetooth keyboard when not logged in

I have a brand new Bluetooth keyboard (replacing an old one I spilt coffee on) and I would like to pair it with my iMac. Trouble is, I can't log in to the iMac because the keyboard is not paired. ...
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How do I keep a MacBook Air from connecting to a Bluetooth speaker when its lid is closed? [duplicate]

The MacBook Air automatically connects to a (previously paired) Bluetooth speaker even when the lid is closed, which prevents the device I'm actually using at the moment from connecting to the speaker....
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How do I pair apple wireless keyboard with windows 10

My apple wireless keyboard has stopped pairing with Windows 10. Now when I try to pair through settings, I'm asked to enter a passcode for the keyboard rather than being supplied a passcode to pair ...
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Apple Magic mouse often loses connection

I have mac mini late 2011, up to date mac OS X and fully charged batteries. It still loses connection about 10 times per hour. It's really annoying I've tried to remove Bluetooth.plist file, but it ...
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Bluetooth audio problems on a MacBook

I have a DR-BT50 bluetooth headset (they are headphones) that I want to use with my MacBook unibody. I didn't use to have any problems, but as of recently I am running into gaps/skips in the sound. ...
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Can I use my Mac keyboard as input to another Apple device?

Is it possible to use the native keyboard on one Mac, to control the keyboard input of another Apple device, especially another Mac? And so doing, without having to completely redirect the input ...
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Spotlight search to Bluetooth settings hindered by "Bluetooth file exchange"

My issue is as small as they get, but I like optimising my workflow. So I go to my Bluetooth settings multiple times a day; to switch headphones or when some other wireless peripheral acts up. I do ...
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Bluetooth audio choppy/skips on El Capitan

I'm using the music receiver bluetooth TP-Link HA100 and when doing streaming from Spotify or iTunes the audio has clicks in and out and skips like a scratched CD. Simply unusable. I'm on MacBookPro ...
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Bluetooth lagging when Magic Mouse and a bluetooth speaker connected

I'm having problems with my Bluetooth on my MacBook Pro Retina early 2013 OS X 10.9.3 It is constantly losing connection for a few seconds with my Magic Mouse and my Bluetooth speaker (Bose Soundlink ...
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Yosemite magic Mouse and a bluetooth disconnection party

I hope some real OSX Nerds read this. Since Yosemite I have the problem taht I can't use the Magic Mouse anymore. It disconnects and reconnects every 5-60 second. I find this in the console logs: ...
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How to block bluetooth device that spams me with pairing requests?

A bluetooth device that is not mine nor under my control asks my computer to pair, about every minute or so. Interestingly, it's fairly effective as a DOS attack actually. Disabling my BT is not an ...
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Can my Mac be a wireless speaker?

So there are several audio related things I do with my phone (which is not iOS) that I do while at my computer, and it'd be grand if I could play my podcasts or take my softphone calls on it. Is it ...
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Cannot select Bluetooth device from Sound Output

On OSX Sierra, I can no longer select a Bluetooth Audio device for sound output. I can see the Bluetooth head set is connected and I can select momentarily under Sound Output (see attached screenshot)....
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Pair with a Bluetooth device over Terminal

I am trying to connect and pair a Bluetooth device from the command line. I can do it over the GUI using the standard process but I am looking to automate the whole process. I am looking for ...
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Can I use a PC/Mac keyboard as a Bluetooth keyboard for iPhone?

I'm wondering about the feasibility of using my iMac's built-in bluetooth as a source for keyboard input to my iphone. There are times I want to type longer messages in my iphone, i keep a bluetooth ...
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How can I connect a bluetooth mouse without using the cursor (chicken and egg problem)

My bluetooth mouse batteries died, and when I replaced them, the mouse didn't reconnect. Now how can I get OS X to discover and connect my mouse without having a mouse to open the mouse dialogue?
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Use more than one PS4 Dualshock controller over bluetooth

I have two Playstation 4 Dualshock controllers and am thinking of getting two more. They have both bluetooth and usb connections, but prefer bluetooth to avoid cable salad — and of course to be able ...
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Apple Magic Mouse is discoverable, but not pairing

Just got Apple Magic Mouse from eBay. I cannot figure how to pair it with my Mac Mini: it's discovering fine, but when I click on Pair button, my Mac is thinking for a little while and says: "Couldn't ...
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Bluetooth corruption on 2013 Macbook Pro

I have an Early 2013 Macbook Pro. OS Version is 10.9. I'm using a trackpad connected to the bluetooth. All of the sudden, and at random times, my trackpad will lose its connection and will not ...
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