Questions tagged [bluetooth]

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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How to enable modifier keys mapping for bluetooth 4.0 keyboards?

In macOS 10.13.6, when I use a bluetooth 4.0 keyboards the modifier keys mapping seems to be missing (keyboard not showing up). After I switch the keyboard to bluetooth 3.0 mode it shows up. Does it ...
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Bluetooth audio streaming from Android to Mac

Is there any way I can Stream Audio from my Android device via Bluetooth to my Macbook Pro? I'm using OS X 10.9.1 and Android 4.4.2. The AUX-Port on my Android device has stopped working. Is there ...
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Is there a FileVault compatible 3rd party Bluetooth keyboard?

Whole disk encryption on macOS requires HID devices to be able to connect before most of the system has booted up. Logitech support recommends turning off FileVault (!!) or not to use Bluetooth (their ...
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Macbook Volume Control Not Changing Volume of Bluetooth Headphones

For some reason, when Bluetooth headphones are connected to my macbook the volume control doesn't have any effect on the headphones volume. They seem to be stuck on full volume and doesn't change when ...
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MacOS Bluetooth Appears “Permanently” Not Available? (MacOS 10.15 Catalina)

For some reason after a MacOS "upgrade" to 10.15 Catalina the Bluetooth Appears "Permanently" Not Available? How can I diagnose which “a device” to connect to get Bluetooth to work ? Upgraded to 10....
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Bluetooth headphones not connecting with reason 0x16

I am running a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015), 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB 1867 MHz DDR3, Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB with macOS version 10.12.2. I have had a problem with my ...
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Disable battery warning for bluetooth keyboard and mouse

I would like to disable the extremely annoying notification popups when my bluetooth mouse or keyboards batteries are getting low. I have enough rechargeable batteries in my drawer, so I do not need a ...
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Bluetooth headset connected to Mac and iPhone: Cannot play music/music stops

I am encountering a weird bluetooth issue and even after extensive googling I don’t have so much of a start of an idea what is going on. Here is the situation: I have a Jabra elite 65t headset which ...
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Bluetooth keyboard doesn't work on Mojave

I have a MacBook Pro 2017 and ever since I installed macOS Mojave, my Bluetooth keyboard stopped working properly. I don't have a stock Apple Bluetooth keyboard, I have this one: https://www.gearbest....
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Why does my Apple Watch repeatedly say, “Trust This Computer?”

I have a first generation Apple Watch and an iPhone 7Plus. For the most part everything works fine. However, I get the following notice on my Apple watch every few weeks: Trust This Computer? Your ...
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No sound on any bluetooth devices

For reasons unknown, I cannot get sound to work on any Bluetooth device (have tried several headsets and speakers). It always comes out of my main speaker even if I select another output audio source. ...
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iPhone pair iphone bluetooth with media audio but not with phone audio

I just switched from Android to an iPhone. With Android, once the phone pairs with a bluetooth device, I can go into the settings for that device and determine which bluetooth interfaces it uses. ...
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Ignore bluetooth volume control in OS X

Is there a way to ignore incoming Bluetooth sound-volume control in OS X? And is there a way to disable outgoing volume control via Bluetooth? Here's my situation: I have a bluetooth speaker that has ...
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Bluetooth Dongle Connection “Failed to open an RFCOMM serial channel” on MacBook Pro

I tried to setup another computer with a Bluetooth dongle to connect my Macbook Pro (OS X Mavericks). I managed to pair them and ever since then I get these messages every 10-30 seconds and often they ...
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Mouse System Preferences does not recognize USB mouse, even though mouse works

I have attached a Microsoft Comfort Mouse 6000 to a USB-A port on my 2014 Mac Mini running macOS Catalina 10.15 (plus all supplemental updates current at time of posting). The mouse works, but, when ...
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How to copy text from iOS to MacOS with Bluetooth only (no WiFi network at all)?

I'd like to be able to copy text from iOS to MacOS with Bluetooth only (no WiFi) — or, worst case, by plugging the phone into the Mac. I often find myself generating text on my phone (in various ...
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Modifier keys… don't show the “Select keyboard” option

I'm using keyboard KeyCool 84 with Bluetooth version 4.0. When I use a cable to connect with my Mac (running macOS Mojave 10.14.5), I can use the modifier key function with an option to Select ...
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Is there a way to configure iTunes on a Mac to wake up another Mac to access its music collection?

macOS pleasantly has a few on-demand wake-up-from-sleep features, most notably that a wireless keyboard or mouse/trackpad will wake up a Mac attached through Bluetooth. The music scenario is less ...
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iPhone SE running iOS 9.x won't recognize Bluetooth 5.0 devices

I'm trying to connect my iPhone SE to a MacBook Pro that has Bluetooth 5.0, that's supposed to be backwards compatible to Bluetooth 4.2 that the iPhone has. I can see the iPhone in the device list on ...
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iOS Health compatible body scale – without obliged manufacturer account creation?

I'm looking for a smart body scale that connects via Bluetooth to my iOS device, but does not require to create accounts. Just a simple app that shows you the nitty gritty (BMI, fat, water, etc.) when ...
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Volume too loud on alert when AirPods connect or disconnect

When my AirPods (1st generation) connect or disconnect from my MacBook, as they are wont to do when not actively playing audio, they make a loud “bong” sound as an audible notice to the user. Even ...
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Get list of discoverable BT devices with power (RSSI) and MAC address

Is there any way to list all discoverable devices in terminal? Something like this: http://osxdaily.com/2012/02/28/find-scan-wireless-networks-from-the-command-line-in-mac-os-x/ I need to get MAC ...
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How does the AirPodCase identify the nearest device?

When opening the Case, your nearest device opens an info screen with the battery charge of case and AirPods. However, when I have the iPhone and the iPad lying next to each other. still only the ...
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Do Bluetooth headphones compensate for the audio delay by slowing down the video?

I've always wondered why the delay was so small (I'd say unnoticeable) when I'm using the Airpods, as opposed to other BT earphones. I've also noticed that when I open, say, a YouTube video, the ...
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Using a MacBook as a Bluetooth speaker for a Windows PC

I was wondering if it would be possible to use the Apple MacBook or MacBook Pro as a Bluetooth speaker for another computer? The MacBook could act as a Bluetooth speaker that plays the other computer’...
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Bluetooth has short interruptions

I am experiencing short interruptions of the Bluetooth connection on my early 2013 MacBook Pro Retina. I have connected my Magic Mouse, my Magic Keyboard and Bluetooth headphones. Every few seconds ...
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How to force A2DP bluetooth protocol versus HFP

I've got some wireless bluetooth headsets which I really like except for the fact that I have little to no control over whether the bluetooth subsystem chooses A2DP (high quality music) versus the HFP ...
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Charge Apple magic mouse 2 using iPhone lightning Qi wireless charger

Can I charge Apple magic mouse 2 using iPhone lightning Qi wireless charger adapter and pad? It seams like it should work in theory, but I wonder if there is some kind of compatibility or feature with ...
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High-quality mono in Bluetooth headphones on Macbook

I just connected a Bluetooth headset (Urbanears Plattan ADV Wireless) to my OSX Sierra Macbook for the first time, mostly without issue. Then I realised my "Play stereo audio as mono" setting (...
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Why do bluetooth speakers reconnect to device that is off?

I have several bluetooth speakers, and more than 2 iOS devices. Once a speaker is paired with one iOS device (iPhone, for ex.), the next time I turn on the speaker, it connects (with beep sound) to ...
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Bluetooth Bose soundlink mini always connected

I am using a Bose soundlink mini on an 2013 Imac to improve the sound. I would like it to be always on and connected but the connection is lost at some point, when idle or standby i guess. Any ideas?
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How do I prevent my Bluetooth headphones from dropping audio on OS X?

I have a pair of Beats Studio Wireless headphones. They work great most of the time. However, sometimes, they will start to skip and drop in and out (as if I were plugging and unplugging an audio ...
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Bluetooth mouse won't connect, after turning Bluetooth off it won't turn back on

Fresh install of Boot Camp on macOS Mojave with a Windows 10 ISO from the Microsoft website. I'm trying to connect my Bluetooth mouse (which works fine and connects on macOS Mojave) to Windows and it ...
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My MacBook Pro keeps restarting/quitting apps. What is the reason?

Since I bought my Macbook Pro 13-inch in July 2020, I have experienced with strange issues. For example, Safari sometimes quits unexpectedly, the Finder freezes, the Bluetooth doesn't work properly ...
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Logitech K480 keys suddenly stopped working on OSX Catalina

I was using my Logitech K480 keyboard on MBP 2019 and suddenly the following keys stopped working. I have tried the following things, but to no avail. If anyone has any ideas, please suggest! Forget ...
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Using Magic Keyboard + Mouse with 2 MacBook Pros (MacOS Catalina)

I have two MacBook Pros running MacOS Catalina. On my desk, I have an external monitor and a Magic Keyboard & Mouse. I'd like to easily switch the keyboard & mouse between the two laptops when ...
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MacOS disable bluetooth device auto-connect

I have a pair of Sennheiser PXC 550 headphones which are connected to both my Macbook and iPhone. I am trying to fix a very weird bug that manifests with the following steps: Listen to music on my ...
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Mac OS: Bluetooth headphones lose sound but not connection

When I connect a bluetooth headset (I have this with several headsets) it connects fine and sound goes over the headset. But after a certain time (sometimes 10 minutes, sometimes half a minute) the ...
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Pair two Bluetooth 5 headphones on iPhone/iPad?

In iOS 13 it’s now possible to use an “audio sharing” feature with a second set of AirPods. But I think I’ve also heard, vaguely, that it’s possible to connect TWO headphones to an iPhone or iPad via ...
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Is there a way to force AAC on bluetooth headphones?

Macos will connect to my headphones for the first time and use AAC. On further connections, it will switch to SBC and the quality is beyond terrible. The only solution I have found is to 'forget' ...
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How do I change a Bluetooth device's name?

I remember that I use to be able to change my keyboard's name in System Preferences > Bluetooth > right-click, Rename, but I now I only see an option to remove the keyboard.
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Fast switching bluetooth Sony headphones between Mac and iPhone, One touch NFC

Sony WH-1000MX3 unlike some other headphones can't connect to two devices at the same time. I like to stay connected to my Macbook pro, but would like to receive a call on my iphone, when I get a ...
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Can my iPad, wired mic and wireless speaker all work together simultaneously?

I have an iPad. I have a wired microphone with a lightning plug. I have wireless bluetooth speakers. Can I play a song on the iPad, sing through the mic and have the sound of the music and my voice ...
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App and hardware to use phone as a one way ‘walkie talkie’

I am looking for an app and a battery power device so I can use my phone as a audio transmitter to the device. The device will be plugged into some noise cancelling headphones for my child. My child ...
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Issue with iPhone for playing music in the car

For the past 2 days, I haven't been able to play music from my iPhone in my car with bluetooth, nor with a USB connection. If I connect the iPhone with bluetooth, the phone-calls work well. I have ...
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How to decide on which bluetooth device I want to recieve incoming call?

Sounds easy, but not so. My workplace is my car and I go in and out all day. So, I connect my iPhone for handsfree communication via the radio AND a bluetooth in-ear-device. When inside and driving I ...
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iTunes on iPhone not working properly

iTunes on my iPhone used to start playlist via bluetooth where it left off. Now it always starts at the beginning of the playlist when it reconnects. How to I get iTunes to work properly again?
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Disable bluetooth auto-connect for specific headphones

I have two different bluetooth headphones paired with my macbook. Let's call them headphone X and Y. Headphone X is my primary headphone. From time to time I use both of them in a multi device ...
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connected bluetooth devices don't output audio on macbook air

I have a pair of wireless headphones, and airpods that i can connect to my macbook air via bluetooth. However moments after connecting and attempting to play some audio they disconnect and the audio ...
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AirPods struggle to switch between iPhone and Mac

Typically my AirPods are connected to my iPhone, but often I want to switch them to my Mac and vice-versa. When I Option click the audio menulet, I can select my AirPods and I even see their current ...

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