Do you love listening to music through your headphones but don’t want to be restricted to using them only while you’re walking around or sitting in your room? If so, then you’ll be happy to know that it’s possible to connect wireless headphones to a Mac.
Headphones are a great way to enjoy music, videos, and other audio without disturbing those around you. The process is a little cumbersome, but it’s definitely doable. We also detailed the common problems you might encounter and their solutions. Here’s a quick guide on how to connect wireless headphones to Mac.
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It is easy and reliable to move data through Bluetooth. Bluetooth devices have grown in functionality over the past decade. With Bluetooth headphones connected to your Mac, you’ll no longer be restricted from moving around while listening to music.
Bluetooth: How To Enable It
If you are using a MacBook, you can turn on Bluetooth in several ways.
Method 1: Fastest Method
Follow the steps below to enable Bluetooth:
- The Bluetooth icon is located in the top menu bar.
- Simply click the icon.
- From the drop-down menu, choose “Turn Bluetooth On.”
- You can turn off Bluetooth through the same menu by clicking turn Bluetooth off.
Method 2: From the Apple Menu
- You can access the Apple menu by clicking the Apple sign in the top left corner of the screen.
- Navigate to System Preferences
- In the third window, click Bluetooth
- Click on Turn Bluetooth On
Bluetooth can be a useful feature on your Mac, but it’s not always easy to access. If you want to add Bluetooth to the menu bar on your Mac, follow these steps:
Open “System Preferences” and click on “Bluetooth.”Make sure that the “Show Bluetooth in menu bar” checkbox is checked.
Pairing Your Bluetooth Headphones
Pairing sometimes differs depending on your headphones’ brand and model. For example, you can connect a Bose headphone to a Mac quite easily, but you have to hold certain buttons on other best headphones.
However, Bluetooth headphones are usually connected in this way:
Find the Bluetooth pairing button on your headphones. There is a separate button for this purpose in some headphones, while it is the power button in others. Check your headphones’ manual for more information. Once the LED light begins blinking, press the button for a few seconds to access the device.
How to Connect Wireless Headphones to Mac
Once you have verified that both your Mac and headphones are Bluetooth-enabled, it’s time to connect them. The headphones should automatically appear in the list of devices on your Mac. To check and pair, follow these steps:
- Open up the System Preferences window and click on the “Bluetooth” icon.
- Under the “Devices” tab, you should see a list of all of the Bluetooth devices that are currently connected to your Mac.
- To connect your headphones, just click on the “Pair” button next to their name.
When you turn on Bluetooth on your Mac, you’ll be able to see your headphones in the list of devices after a successful pairing. You can also see details about the connection.
If your Mac version is outdated, you may have to enter a PIN. A generic Bluetooth PIN would be either 0000, 1111, or 1234.
The process of connecting Bluetooth headphones to Mac appears to be quite straightforward. The following sections will provide step-by-step instructions for troubleshooting Bluetooth headphones and Macs.
How To Troubleshoot Bluetooth Connection Problems
Sometimes your headphones do not connect after you complete the setup process, or connect and then abruptly disconnect. It is extremely annoying, but it can be fixed by either resetting the headphones or deleting the preferences on your Mac. To make things easier, we’ve provided the steps below:
Reboot Your Bluetooth Headphones
A simple reset of your Bluetooth headphones should fix the problem if you cannot pair them with your Mac and other mobile devices. Refreshing the connections or refreshing your Mac will make it easier for the devices to pair.
- To do so, click on the Bluetooth icon in the upper menu bar to bring up the Bluetooth settings.
- Wait a few seconds, then turn Bluetooth back on.
- Make sure the connection is working and your headphones are paired.
Alternatively, you can find the power button on the side of your headphones.
- Hold down the button.
- Press the button until the headphones’ LED indicator flashes blue or red.
Remove Paired Bluetooth Devices
If restarting doesn’t fix the problem, it may be the pairing problem. Make sure that the headphones are not listed in the list of connected devices, and then add them again.
The following steps can be taken to remove paired Bluetooth devices:
- To turn on Bluetooth, go to the Apple menu, then System Preferences, then Bluetooth.
- The right side of the window lists every device you’ve ever connected to your MacBook.
- Without clicking the mouse, place the cursor over the name of your headphones. The cross should appear next to the name.
- Delete the device by clicking the cross.
- You will see a pop-up notification asking you to confirm the action, click on “Remove.”
- You can click Cancel if you choose the wrong device.
Reset Your Mac’s Sound Preferences
Ensure your Mac runs macOS Sierra or a newer version, such as macOS High Sierra or Mojave. Go to System Preferences > Software Update or use the App Store to upgrade from an older version.
Try resetting your Mac’s sound preferences if nothing has worked so far. Follow these steps:
- Choose to Go > Go to Folder… and type ~/Library/Preferences
- Delete the following files from the long list of preference files: com.apple.preferences.plist and com.apple.soundpref.plist
By removing preferences from the library, your Mac will recreate their brand new, preventing any bugs or improper algorithms from interfering with your Bluetooth headphones setup.
Alternatively, you can relaunch the audio process:
Click on the Applications folder to launch Activity Monitor
Find the process called coreaudiod in the CPU tab
Close Activity Monitor and end the process
It would cause not only the audio preferences to be reset but your whole Mac’s audio process to relaunch as well.
Mac: Disconnect Bluetooth headphones
There are only two steps you need to take to disconnect your headphones from your Mac.
In your menu bar, click the Bluetooth icon.
Click the blue icon next to the name of your headphones on the list of Bluetooth devices connected to your computer:
Alternatively, you can disconnect via System Preferences. If you don’t want to have the Bluetooth icon in your Menu bar, you can use this method.
If you want to disconnect your headphones from MacBook, go to the Apple menu > System Preferences… > Bluetooth, then two-finger click on the item you want to disconnect and select Disconnect.
In this article, we have discussed how to connect wireless headphones to Mac. Moreover, we provided instructions for troubleshooting Bluetooth headphones. This article hopefully contained the information you were looking for. If you have any additional questions about connecting devices and Bluetooth, please do not hesitate to contact us or comment below!