From night until just a few years ago, we all wore wired bluetooth headphones and thought that was how things would always be. After all, these are the most accessible technologies – plug them in, turn them on, and go.
However, with the growth of Bluetooth headset options and the elimination of headphone jacks from almost all new smartphones, wired headphones seem to be coming back less and less day by day.
Luckily, Wireless technology is fantastic. They are portable and adaptable. They are easy to connect to your iPhone, Mac or vehicle. Just like your phone, they can be charged overnight to operate all day.
Unfortunately, incorrect settings can lead to frequent disconnections and pauses in music when using a Bluetooth headset with a Mac.
How To Pair Bluetooth Headphones To Mac
You can connect Bluetooth headphones to Mac for the first time by following these simple instructions:
- Access System Preferences by clicking the Apple menu on your Mac.
- Enable Bluetooth by navigating to the Bluetooth menu. All nearby Bluetooth devices should now be visible.
- Check if your headphones are on and in discovery mode. To establish a new connection, click Connect.
- Now, your Bluetooth headphones should appear in the list. To establish a new connection, click Connect.
- Right-click on your current device and select Connect to reconnect it.
After successfully pairing your Bluetooth headset with your Mac for the first time, it should stay paired or reconnect each time you go out and come back within Bluetooth range (about 33 feet or 10 meters).
In the Sound menu of System Preferences, you can also adjust the headphones to your preferences. For example, choose “Show volume in menu bar” and change the stereo balance between the right and left on the Output tab.
Why Bluetooth Headphones Aren’t Working With Mac
There are a few typical issues that we must investigate:
- Some configuration is required because the Bluetooth headset does not connect to a Mac right out of the box.
- It’s not the same as pairing a Bluetooth headset with an iPhone or your car’s audio system.
- Specific settings that fix issues like using multiple audio outputs and connecting two Bluetooth headsets to a Mac
- AirPods will be use as an example throughout the post, but any other Bluetooth headphones model can be connected similarly
Fixing Problems With Bluetooth Headphones
Sometimes after completing the setup procedures, the headphones connect unsuccessfully or connect before abruptly disconnecting.
This is pretty nasty, but you can fix it by clearing your Mac preferences settings or restarting your headphones. Here’s how to resolve all known issues:
1. Try restarting your Bluetooth headphones.
A quick reset should fix the problem if you’re having trouble connecting your Bluetooth headphones to your other devices, including your Mac, iPhone, and car audio system.
- Place the earbuds into the case while leaving the lid open.
- Hold down the setup button while waiting for the light to go from amber to white (around 10 seconds)
Your headphones should now have all their settings reset, and you can connect them once more by following the steps outlined above. If the problem persists, your Mac preferences could be the cause.
2. Reset sounds preferences on Mac
First, ensure your Mac runs macOS Sierra or a later version (macOS High Sierra or Mojave). If not, please update to the latest version by navigating to System Preferences > Software Update Program or by visiting the App Store if you are updating from a previous version.
3. A Bluetooth headset that is connected but not playing any sounds
There may be silence on rare occasions, even after successfully pairing the Bluetooth headset with a Mac. You can solve this in different ways.
Make sure your Mac’s audio output is set to your headphones:
- Select Sound in System Preferences.
- Locate your headphones in the list under the Output tab, then double-click them to activate them.
If that also didn’t work
- Reboot your headphones by following the instructions above.
- Select Bluetooth in System Preferences.
- your headset with the right mouse button, select “Delete”, and then confirm
The problem should disappear after you reconnect your Bluetooth headphones to your Mac.
How To Remove Bluetooth Headphones From a Mac
It only takes two steps to disconnect the headphones from the Mac.
- The Bluetooth icon can be seen on the menu bar.
- Locate your headphones in the paired Bluetooth devices list and disconnect them by clicking the blue symbol next to their name.
Also, you can log out through System Preferences. If you don’t want the Bluetooth symbol in your menu bar, use this technique as the default.
To connect your wireless headphones to a MacBook, go to the Apple menu > System Preferences… > Bluetooth, locate your headphones in the list of connected Bluetooth devices there, and then click with two fingers on the device you want to disconnect. Then select Disconnect from the dropdown menu.
Alternatively, you can use the switch to turn off Bluetooth, instantly disconnecting all your Bluetooth-enabled devices.
All Bluetooth headphones should now work seamlessly with your Mac. Hopefully, it can also resolve any connectivity issues you may be experiencing so you can continue listening without interruption.
The steps I have mentioned are very easy to follow and there is more information about the different problems you face after or while using the headphones. We believe this blog will be helpful for you, and you will find your solution here.
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