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How to Troubleshoot Bluetooth Headphone Connection Issues on Your MacBook

Troubleshoot Bluetooth Headphone

As technology continues to become more advanced, tech manufacturers continue to provide users with advanced products and devices. Who would imagine that Bluetooth would have more functionalities with wireless devices like it is now? Let’s see how to troubleshoot Bluetooth headphone connection issues on your MacBook.

You can now control your mouses and keyboards wirelessly. You can even connect your wireless headphones without worrying about entangled cords or restricted movement.

However, Bluetooth pairings can sometimes not go as smoothly as you want. For example, the sound or connection may break off consistently, causing you to lose connection. Or maybe it’s a more technical issue. But if these don’t seem to work, you may need to try these Bluetooth troubleshooting steps:

Try Turning It Off and on Again

In most cases, if your Bluetooth wireless headphones suddenly stop connecting to your Mac, you can try these steps first:

  • Check if the headphones have enough charge
  • Are they in range of the computer?
  • Are they broken?
  • Is your Mac up-to-date

These are just some of the basic things to consider first. If everything seems to work fine, you may need to turn your Bluetooth connection settings off and back on again on your Mac. You can do this by clicking on the Bluetooth icon on your computer’s menu bar. Select the “Turn Bluetooth off” prompt, wait a few seconds before turning it on again.

Afterward, check the connection and try pairing your Mac with your headphone again. If there’s still no connection, you may need to restart your computer. See if this solves the connection problem.

Remove Bluetooth Devices

You may be dealing with a pairing error if restarting your Mac doesn’t resolve the problem. In this case, you can try deleting the headphone from the list of connected devices then add them again.

Thankfully, Apple makes the process of removing a Bluetooth device from its system relatively easy. 

The tips are relatively straightforward. 

After successful removal, you can try to pair the device again and check if it works this time.

Check for Interference

Your Bluetooth headphone might also not connect properly if its signal isn’t strong enough. It may also be because there is some other interference with the wireless connection.

In this case, you can check the signal strength to confirm if this is the issue.

Follow these steps to check the signal strength of your Bluetooth connection:

  • Go to Apple menu, then System Preferences and Bluetooth
  • Hold down the Option key to check the signal details of your Bluetooth headphone.

If the RSSI value is low, it means your connected device must be closer to your computer for optimal functioning. However, if the RSSI value is still too low even after bringing your headphone close to your Mac, it might mean that your signal is probably being blocked or interrupted.

If so, you can minimize interference by deactivating other wireless connections close to sources of white noise. These sources may include anything from fluorescent lamps to power cables and microwaves. It is also worth mentioning that the more Bluetooth devices you have connected to your Mac, the more they’re likely to interfere with each other.


The Bluetooth troubleshooting steps mentioned above should help you get your Bluetooth headphone connected to your Mac successfully. But you must also be ready to accept that your headphone’s Bluetooth driver could be damaged. In which case, you may need to take it to a professional to check it out.

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