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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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Is it possible to prevent Magic Keyboards from pairing without disabling Bluetooth entirely?

In our office, we have a whole bunch of Magic Keyboards, and for various reasons too complex to go into here we have a habit of moving them around and connecting them to different Macbooks. As soon as ...
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Bluetooth icon keeps randomly disappearing from menu bar in High Sierra

From some unknown reason, the bluetooth icon keeps disappearing from the menu bar at random. I have to open up settings and activate "Show bluetooth in Menu Bar" regularly. Why does this happen and ...
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How does Apple achieve the all aluminium enclosure with RF on the MacBook Pro?

Since 2016, Apple has been able to make these laptops with no visible “window” of plastic or glass for RF signals to travel through. As an electrical engineer, I’m intrigued. If you look at older ...
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iPhone won't stop connecting to bluetooth, interferes with mouse

My iPhone keeps pairing itself to my Mac. I know because every time it happens my mouse lags horribly until I remove it. Things I've tried: Reset the Bluetooth module Factory reset all connected ...
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Can I ask Siri to connect an Apple TV to my AirPods?

What is the correct command to get a 4th Generation Apple TV to connect to AirPods using Siri? When I try “connect to my AirPods”, all that happens is the Settings app opens and “Video and Audio” is ...
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How do I switch using my AirPods between my Mac and my iPhone? [duplicate]

I have AirPods that I often need to switch using between my Mac and my iPhone. I never do this during a conversation, but often I'll have used them on my phone for a phone call, and then need to use ...
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How can I trigger an Applecript or Automator app when a specific bluetooth device comes into range?

I have an Applescript that connects a bluetooth speaker to my Mac and switches “Play sound effects through:” to “Internal Speakers”. I want this script to run every time I turn on my bluetooth ...
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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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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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Why doesn't the disabling of the Caps Lock key have any effect?

On Mac OSX High Sierra v10.13.5 (17F7) on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013), using an external bluetooth connected Mac keyboard in the System Preferences, under Keyboard, there is Modifier ...
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How can I use one set of bluetooth devices for two Macbooks? [duplicate]

Here is a problem I have been having for a while, and I can't imagine I am the only one. I suspect there is a fairly simple solution that I have just not yet thought of: I have two MacBooks that I ...
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How do I sync my iPhone 8’s contacts to my 2014 Honda Accord?

I have an iPhone 8 connected to my 2014 Accord via HandsFreeLink (this is different than CarPlay). However, it won’t sync my phone book to my vehicle. I get the error “Unable to import phonebook”. How ...
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Mouse lagging on iMac

I'm using iMac 21,5. Since my magic mouse broke, the new one wasn't working properly, it had insane lags, I bought another wireless gaming mouse and it works better but still have lag issues. I was ...
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Does the AirPod Case, or headphones when in the case, emit a bluetooth ID?

I'm concerned about privacy and don't want my airpods (or the case) to emit the bluetooth ID while I'm shopping in malls that use iBeacon technology. How can I be sure that the airpods (when stored ...
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Unpairing a Bluetooth device when there is no “i”

I got a Tickr X heart rate monitor. It uses BTLE to interoperate with iPhone and Apple Watch. On the first day I got it, I paired it with my iPhone. Then I decided to keep it paired with my Apple ...
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Multiple bluetooth devices connected to an iPhone?

I like to run with my The House of Marley Positive Vibration 2 Wireless Headphones, I've been thinking about getting Polar H10 Heart Rate Sensor. My question is - will these two devices both work at ...
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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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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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AirPods no longer connect to my Mac

I have a Mid-2012 15" Retina Macbook Pro running 10.13.5 which I have been using my AirPods with successfully since I got them over a year ago. For some reason, today, when I try to connect them, ...
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Apple magic keyboard not working on Windows 10 PC

I have bought the new Apple Magic keyboard for my pc. I tried following lots of links on how to make it work on my PC but none of which really work. For example, I open windows Bluetooth device and ...
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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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AirPods battery level with `ioreg`

I can query the battery level of my bluetooth devices with ioreg with ioreg -r -l -n devicename | grep '"BatteryPercent"\ =' with the following devices Keyboards: IOAppleBluetoothHIDDriver, ...
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How can my apple watch receive notifications if bluetooth is disabled on my iphone?

I have an iPhone SE and an Apple Watch series 2. Just a minute ago my watch got a Skype notification, yet Bluetooth was disabled on my phone. I thought that the watch had to be connected to the ...
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Find out which app is using Bluetooth device

I noticed that my MacBook is connected to my Kevo bluetooth lock. This lock is supposed to connect with an iOS app, but there is no macOS app that I'm aware of, and I have never told my computer to ...
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macOS can't detect my Feitian MultiPass U2F Device over BLE

I'm enrolled in Google's Advanced Protection program, and it requires me to carry a physical U2F token when signing in through a new device. I've also started using this as my only second-factor ...
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MacBook Pro 15" 2017 runs hot while sleeping & closed lit

This problem happens to me every now and then and I still couldn't find a solution yet. Here's the console log for this night (when it happened), when running the command log show | grep 'Wake ...
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Magic Mouse 2 stopped showing up

My Magic Mouse 2 was working perfectly fine at work for a week after opening it, then I went home for the weekend. I got back and it wasn't connecting properly, so I removed the device from the ...
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Looking for an external bluetooth switch to run an applescript [closed]

I'm looking for an external bluetooth button/switch that I can program to do something specific, like open up an app / run a script. Does anything like that exist? Even if it can only do 1 specific ...
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Can I Pair my Existing Apple Watch (Series 2) with a New iPhone without “resetting” the Watch?

My iPhone died; would not charge or turn on. I took it to Authorised Apple retailer (Not Apple Store) instead of fixing it, they replaced it with a new phone (_after a couple of weeks of waiting ...
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AirPods connect to correct device

I own AirPods and connect to by my iMac (for video conference) and iPhone (for phone calls). How do I get the AirPods to switch to the device that I want to use? I can't turn bluetooth off on the ...
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Bluetooth icon missing from iMac. How do I connect wireless keyboard

How can I connect wireless keyboard to iMac when Bluetooth icon missing from system preferences? I bought a refurbished computer and have not been able to connect due to missing Bluetooth icon needed ...
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App in background

I have an iPhone 5C, running an app that is connected to a Bluetooth device. When the connection to the Bluetooth device is lost (spreading apart, Bluetooth turned off etc.) the app sounds a buzzer. ...
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Does “Not Connected” state of Bluetooth/Wi-Fi drain my iPhone battery?

As we all know in iOS 11 there are three states for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi buttons in Control Centre: Off, Not Connected, and On. I'd like to know whether Not Connected state drains my iPhone battery or ...
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Someone keeps sending me a link via bluetooth - how to stop them without disabling bluetooth?

In my Macbook, I keep getting a popup about a website link sent from an iPhone: I didn't even know about that feature, but anyway - the link is some random chinese website every time. Whenever I open ...
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Call rings on bluetooth headphones, but when i pickup it defaults to the call being on the iPhone

I have my iPhone connected to a pair of bluetooth headphones for listening to music. If someone calls while im listening to music the call will ring on the headphones, but as soon as i pickup the ...
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Airdrop not working; Bluetooth connected. Did all other troubleshooting too

I am trying to send some docs to my MacBook through Airdrop. Problem being, I have tried almost all suggested troubleshooting, tried restarting systems, took care if the devices were having DND mode ...
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WiFi performance terrible when Bluetooth mouse connected on MacBook Pro (Sierra)

(Similar to Why do my Macbook Pro's WiFi speeds drop significantly when paired with Bluetooth devices?, MacBook Pro WiFi doesn't work when Bluetooth is on, and https://discussions.apple.com/...
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How to completely disable the sound effect at all for an invalid action?

Here's the problem that I have My Bluetooth headset is connected to my smartphone and laptop. I'm listening to music using the smartphone. When I do some invalid action using the laptop my music gets ...
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Bluetooth tethering between Android device and MacBook

I'm having some issues tethering my internet connection from an Android to my MacBook. It must be an issue with the MacBook, as it works on Ubuntu without a problem. A tried to re-pair the device and ...
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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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iOS Bluetooth “mouse” for navigation and Virtual Reality Apps

I bought a set of BlitzWolf VR Goggles to use with iPhone X, and the headset came bundled with a Bluetooth VR hand controller/mouse. In order to test this setup I downloaded a VR Roller Coaster app. ...
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Switch AirPods from macOS to iOS 11

Using my AirPods with my Mac is easy: Check the Show volume in menu bar checkbox in System Preferences > Sound. Ready the AirPods near the Mac. Click the Volume menu bar icon, and choose your AirPods....
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I have a Magic keyboard with the numeric keypad, how do i use it in bootcamp with windows 10?

I got a wireless magic keyboard with the numeric keypad. I installed bootcamp using windows 10 and am unable to connect the keyboard. At this point all i can do is use it plugged in. How do i pair it ...
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Can IFTTT automate or control an iPhone?

I am looking into IFTTT as a alternative to Tasker or Llama context-aware task automation. Especially I am looking for controlling the various radio devices on an iPhone, like Bluetooth, NFC, WiFi or ...
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Opening a new tab in Chrome makes all bluetooth devices disconnected

I have an issue using the following versions Chrome 65.0.3325.181 (Official Build) (64-bit) MacOS Sierra 10.12.6 When I open a new tab, sometimes all my bluetooth devices (headphones, mouse, ...
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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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AirDrop fails to transfer files from MacBook Pro to iPhone

I am unable to transfer a music file from my MacBook Pro (2015 model A 1398) to my iPhone 5s. Here are the messages shown on both the MacBook Pro and the iPhone: macOS: iOS: I have turned on Wi-Fi ...
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iPhone not registering bluetooth keyboard keystrokes

I have an iphone 6 running ios 11.2.6 which I'm attempting to use with an apple bluetooth keyboard. I can successfully pair the two devices, at which point the on-screen virtual keyboard disappears ...
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Mac Mini frequently loses connections (both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth)

I have a Mid 2011 Mac Mini which is connected to: Airport Express Apple Bluetooth trackpad Apple Bluetooth keyboard Suspiciously frequently and quite consistently, maybe every other day, one of the ...
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How to connect wireless keyboard on login screen [duplicate]

My keyboard has discnnected from iMac when I used it on linux system and iPad. I cannot find a way to connect it because there is no Bluetooth option on login screen and I cannot login because I ...