How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Mac

How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Mac

Bluetooth is one of the easiest technology to use, after all, it is the one we can connect instantly without much technical knowledge. You just need to turn on the Bluetooth in your phone and the assigned device, and there you have it all connected.

However, with Mac, connecting your Bluetooth headphone or the Airpods is not that straightforward. There is some kind of configuration needed and hence a few steps are needed to be followed.

How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Mac

Today, we are going to simplify the overall process so you end up having your Bluetooth connection with the headphones. Let’s get going-

Step 1: Pairing Bluetooth Headphones with Mac

Pairing Bluetooth Headphones with Mac
  • First, you need to switch on your Mac device and access the Apple Menu
  • Now go to System Preferences and locate Bluetooth menu 
  • You should then see the option to turn Bluetooth On. Once you turn it On, it shows you all nearby devices
  • There you should see your headphones as well. Make sure your headphones are switched on and within range
  • Once you locate your headphones in the list, choose the option similar to “Connect to establish a new connection”
  • This would take a few sends and the Bluetooth headphones would be connected with your device
  • You are ready to play your media and you should be able to hear it

“When you have already made a connection between the device and headphone, you just need to tap Connect and the pairing would be done.”

So this was the process for any Bluetooth headphones that you can connect to the Mac device. 

Step 2: Connecting Airpods with Mac Device


Now when it comes to Airpods specifically, then there is a similar yet bit different approach.

  • First, you need to go to the System Preferences on your Mac device and head to Bluetooth
  • From there, turn on Bluetooth and do the same on AirPods by pressing and holding the round button
  • When the white light starts blinking, it means your AirPods are on
  • Now, on your Mac device, you should see your Bluetooth headphones listed
  • Now, follow the same procedure as you do for any Bluetooth device or as mentioned above and you would be done.

In case, the AirPods are already connected you just need to click Connect for next time pairing.

Step 3: Fixing Common Bluetooth Issues

Sometimes, things do not go as smooth as you expected and the same happens when you try to connect your Bluetooth headphones with the Mac device. This can be a bit disturbing but it can be fixed easily. Below are the solutions for different possible problems.

As the simplest tip, you should always restart your Bluetooth headphones and in most cases, it fixes the connection establishment issues, not just with the Mac, but almost all the devices.

Step 4: Resetting the Device and AirPods

Sometimes it takes resetting your AirPods to solve the connection glitch.

  • Take your earphones and put them into the case
  • While keeping the lid open, press and hold the setup button; this will make the light white 
  • When the color turns white from amber that happens in around 10 seconds, it means your AirPods are reset
  • Now, you just need to follow the procedure as mentioned above, and the connection happens effortlessly

If you still cannot connect to the device, the problem can be with the Mac or any device you are using. Try restarting the device and the problem would be solved.

Step 5: Resetting the Sound Preferences

Your Mac device can be problematic too that it does not allow the Bluetooth device to establish the connection. In this case, you should try with resetting the sound preferences.

Tip: Make sure you have the latest Mac OS running on your device and check again.

If you have the Mac already updated, then follow these steps for the Sounds Preferences resetting.

  • Go to the menu bar and choose Go > Go to Folder
  • There you need to type ~/Library/Preferences
  • This will bring you the list of preferences where you need to locate the following preference “ and”
  • Delete the preference and this would make the Mac recreate the preference that would eventually let you connect your Bluetooth headphones 

Further, you can try resetting the audio process as well if the above solution does not work.

  • To do this, go to Activity Monitor and tap CPU tab
  • From the process list, locate coreaudio
  • Now, quit the process and close the interface or the Activity Monitor and you are done

What To Do When There Is No Sound Going On?

It can be frustrating when everything goes well and still you do not listen to any sound going through your headphones. Here is your solution:

  • You should make sure the headphones are selected for the Audio Output. To do that, go to System Preferences > Sound
  • There in the Output tab, you should see your headphones and double click, it would activate the as the output medium
  • You can also consider resetting your Bluetooth headphones if that does not solve the issue. Check the manual for the instructions and follow the instructions.

All these solutions troubleshoot the most problems that appear during Bluetooth headphones and Mac connectivity. Get going to establish the connection and let us know which method worked for you.

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