Connecting Bluetooth Devices to Your Mac

You can connect a variety of standard wireless Bluetooth devices to your Mac, like headphones, speaker systems, keyboards, mice and trackpads. Setting up a new Bluetooth device requires that you look at the documentation that came with the device. Every device has a slightly different way to start the pairing process. On the Mac side, you use System Preferences to recognize and connect to the device.


Comments: 7 Responses to “Connecting Bluetooth Devices to Your Mac”

    Shirley
    2 years ago

    Had a Magic Mouse 2 that stopped working, Bluetooth jittered on/off. Called Apple and was told to do a SMC, and several other steps. No luck. Was told to buy a new mouse. Instead I took it to the Apple Store and it worked on two of their Macs. They couldn’t answer why it would’t stay paired. I opened Bluetooth, clicked the X and it re-paired immediately and works fine. Sometimes trying things will save money!

    Dave
    2 years ago

    i have an android phone which is successfully paired to my iMac but i am unable to transfer a .jpg image from the phone to the Mac . I just get the message “transfer failed” . any suggestions?

    2 years ago

    Dave: Bluetooth connections for Macs are usually for headphones, speakers, keyboards and mice. They are not usually used for file transfer. It sounds like that isn’t possible between your phone and a Mac.

    Nourix
    2 years ago

    Hi, first of all I think you are doing a great job here.
    I tried to connect my Sony Xperia cellphone to my MacbookPro through bluetooth connection. Both devices kan see each other but connection fails after 2 seconds am I missing something.

    2 years ago

    Nourix: There’s really nothing for a phone and a MacBook Pro to “do” over Bluetooth. The phone isn’t a speaker system, headphones, mouse or trackpad, or any other Bluetooth input device. What are you trying to connect the phone for?

    michael holmes
    2 years ago

    Bluetooth: once paired is there an order that must be followed..? i.e.; bluetooth speaker must be on before opening MacBook Air..? Mac Book Air must be on and Spotify must be open before turning on bluetooth speaker..? I find if I am working and get inspiration to listen to music, I have to do a lot of mucking around just to do the equivalent of an old fashioned radio operation, ‘turn-on-radio-select-radio-station.’

    2 years ago

    There is no order. If the device has been pairs with your Mac, you should just power it on and it should connect. Then choose it as your audio output. But devices can sometimes be finicky. I have one set of earphones that always work right away. Another that sometimes need to be re-paired.

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