Mac users can experience all kinds of problems with their Mac. If it’s not a virus, it’s dealing with Bluetooth problems. In some cases, you see that the device that you’re trying to pair up is connected, but nothing happens.
The majority of the times the issues you’re going to have with Bluetooth on your Mac are going to have something to do with third-party accessories. Another possible culprit for your Bluetooth problems could be an app using Bluetooth to send data from devices.
Fix Your Bluetooth Problems by Removing Corrupted Files
System errors are known to corrupt files, and when those files become corrupt, you start experiencing those Bluetooth problems. This isn’t something that regularly happens but when it does the only fix is to delete those damaged files and allow OS X to create some new ones.
How to Access Corrupted Files on Mac
Step 1: Access-Finder and click on the Go menu and then click on Go to Folder all the way at the bottom.
Step 2: After clicking on the Go to Folder, a window should pop up. In this window, you need to type the following: /Library/Preferences and then select the blue Go button.
Step 3: You should now be looking at a new Finder window. Look for a file named com.Bluetooth.plist. Right-click on it and choose move to trash.
Step 4: Now it’s time to repeat step one where you go to the Go menu in the Menu Bar and click on Go to Folder. When the window pops up again, get rid of any text that appears and type in the following: ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost. Don’t forget to click on the Go button.
Step 5: In the Finder window, look for the file that’s named com.apple.Bluetooth.xxxxxxx and right click to trash it. Don’t worry if the file name that’s on your Mac doesn’t exactly match the image; it’s going to be different for everyone.
Step 6: It’s time to reboot your Mac and when it turns back on your Mac will automatically create new Bluetooth files.
The Classic Turning Bluetooth Off and On Again
I know what you’re thinking, not this worn out tip again. There’s a reason why it’s always recommended, and that’s because some of the times that’s all you need to do. So, instead of getting into more complicated solutions, it’s always a good idea to start with the basics.
Click on the Bluetooth icon in your Mac’s Menu Bar. When you click on it, and you should see the option to turn it off. Once you’ve turned it back on see if your Bluetooth devices are working again. If that didn’t work try rebooting your Mac if you haven’t tried the first method yet.
USB or Bluetooth?
Apple has admitted in a support document that your Bluetooth devices can stop working on your Mac at times. This problem can be fixed by taking out all your USB devices from your Mac. That includes USB Keyboards, USB Mice, USB Flas Drives, Etc.
Once they’re all out, reboot your Mac and wait for two minutes. When the two minutes are up, go ahead and put everything back and see if everything is working now.
Time to Reset The Bluetooth Module on Your Mac
This last method will be time-consuming but it just might do the trick. You’ll need to reset your Mac’s Bluetooth module and therefore, re-configure all of your Bluetooth accessories.
Long-press the Shift key and the Option key. Click on the Bluetooth menu in your Mac’s Menu Bar. Go to Debug > Remove all devices and click the option to disconnect all of your Bluetooth devices.
Open the same menu one more time, but this time click on Debug and then Reset Bluetooth module.
When you’re done with the above steps, go ahead and repair your Bluetooth devices and everything should be working now. If you’ve tried every method I mentioned and it’s still not working, it looks like you’ll need to contact support.
The problems would be some time of hardware damage or something where you’ll need to detail your particular problem. What type of Bluetooth problems are you experiencing? Leave a comment and let me know.