How to fix Bluetooth connectivity problem in macOS

The Bluetooth connectivity problem in macOS is quite common, and the best way to fix it is by resetting Bluetooth settings manually. Many a time, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air Bluetooth is not able to find devices, even though it has paired itself earlier. Errors like Bluetooth not connecting, not available or a device which keeps disconnecting is very common. In this guide, we are sharing how you can fix Bluetooth connectivity problem in macOS.

Keep in mind that the fixes below will essentially reset Bluetooth on MacBook. So all of your currently connected devices will be unpaired and you will have to re-connect them. So, before going ahead with the manual fix, one should always try simpler Apple troubleshooting steps like flipping Bluetooth on and off, restarting the computer, un-pairing and re-pairing the Bluetooth device etc.

How to fix Bluetooth connectivity problem in macOS

Now that you are through basic troubleshooting tips, let’s try out some advanced methods. You may have to reconnect all your devices again post these troubleshooting tips with your macOS.

Bluetooth Debug

  • Firstly locate Bluetooth icon on the top menu bar, near Wi-Fi and battery icon.
  • Hold down the Shift+Option keys and then click on the Bluetooth icon. Now the menu will reveal the hidden Debug option.
  • Drop down to Debug and select “Reset the Bluetooth module” from the list.
  • To reset Bluetooth select “Reset the Bluetooth module” option from the list.

Apple MacOS Bluetooth Debug Option

But if you want to troubleshoot before resetting the Bluetooth by trying out the other two options then here’s what these do.

  • The option “Factory reset all connected Apple devices” will reset your connected Apple devices.
  • As the caption suggests, the “Remove all devices” would unpair all connected Bluetooth devices in one go, but will not reset Bluetooth settings.

Resetting Bluetooth via “Terminal”

If you don’t know what the terminal is and where to find it, then you can simply search ‘Terminal’ in spotlight search.

  • Once the Terminal window is open, you now type or copy-paste the following command and hit enter.
sudo rm -R /Library/Preferences/com.apple.Bluetooth.plist
  • Type in your Mac user login password and hit enter.
  • Restart your Mac and try connecting Bluetooth devices.

Important Note: While using the “Terminal” command line interface be careful about the steps and use the accurate command.