How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to a MacBook?

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How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to a MacBook?

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Bluetooth…Bluetooth is everywhere, minimizing hassles. Those Bluetooth headphone manufacturers understand that you already have a lot to deal with, so why not just let you move around freely when you’re actually not free to move around.

Connecting Bluetooth headphones requires the least amount of effort and a bit of patience when you’re connecting it to your phone. When it comes to a PC, it requires both effort and patience. In addition to patience and effort, you’ll need proper guidance and knowledge when connecting your Bluetooth headphones to your MacBook.

Let us get straight to the point because we know you want to pair your Bluetooth headphones with your MacBook as soon as possible.

How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to a MacBook?

How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to a MacBook?

Pairing Bluetooth headphones to any PC, laptop, or MacBook is an effortless task. It only requires proper guidance, which I’m here to give you.

1. Know That The Device is Compatible

The better part of having a MacBook is having the MacBook itself and also that it is compatible with any Bluetooth device. So, you do not need to worry if the device is compatible because it definitely is.

The user interface, too, is friendly and designed for easy access.

All you need to ensure is that the Bluetooth headphones aren’t connected to any other device and have enough charge so they get paired without much fuss.

2. Pairing Your Headphones to Your MacBook

Follow the outlined procedure to pair your Bluetooth headphones to your MacBook.

  1. The first thing to do is ensure your Bluetooth is turned on. You can do this by clicking on the options, which are on the top right corner of the page, to the left of date and time.
  1. You should be able to turn it on by clicking on the Bluetooth icon; it should show ‘Blue’ if it is on.
  2. Next, click on the arrow next to Bluetooth, which will open a pop-up, and choose ‘Bluetooth preferences’ from the list.
  1. The next page is within the system preferences, and you can also view it by searching for ‘System preferences’ in the search bar and then going to Bluetooth.
  2. It will show all the available Bluetooth devices to connect to in the list.
  3. Turn on the Bluetooth device you want to pair with and press the ‘pair’ button.
  4. If your device is in range and discoverable, it will appear in the list.
  1. Once the device appears, it will show ‘Connect’ next to it, which will get connected once clicked.
  2. It should say ‘Connected’ under its name if it’s connected.
  3. Further, if you want to modify the system settings, stay in the ‘System preferences’ tab, click on the left arrow at the top, and choose ‘Sound’.
  4. In the output tab, ensure that Bluetooth is selected, and you can change some of the settings if you want. 
  1. If you want to change the volume or balance of your headphones, you’ll find it in the output tab of the same window. 
  2. In the same way, you can alter the sensitivity settings in the Input tab of the same window.
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3. What to do When Your Bluetooth Headphones Aren’t Getting Connected?

However simple it may seem, there are possibilities that problems may arise while connecting your devices to any PC, laptop, or MacBook.

Having a few troubleshooting steps on the same page doesn’t hurt, so here I am, listing them down below:

1. Make Sure they’re turned on and discoverable

The first and most essential step is to ensure your Bluetooth devices are turned on and discoverable. Give your devices the required time to be paired, at least 10-15 seconds. Ensure that they’re in range.

2. Ensure They’re Charged Enough to be Paired

If not 100%, your Bluetooth headphones should have more than enough charge to be properly paired. At times, we plug in the charger but forget to switch it on, which lets us assume that the device is charged, although it isn’t.

3. Connect With Other Devices

To know the actual root of the problems, connect your headphones to any other compatible device. If the headphone works, it’s likely that the issue lies with your MacBook.

4. Disconnect Your Bluetooth Headphones

Try disconnecting your Bluetooth headphones. Sometimes merely disconnecting them solves the problem.

Also, make sure that they aren’t connected to any other devices because most of the time, your headphones do not pair as they are already paired with some other device.

5. Reset The Devices

If disconnecting doesn’t work, reset your Bluetooth headphones. Turn the Bluetooth off on both devices and reconnect them once again.

6. System Settings

There is a high chance that your Bluetooth headphones aren’t working because of the system settings. Make sure that you’ve chosen your headphones in the output section of your sound settings.

7. Check For Visible Damage

Analyze the headphones thoroughly to see if there are any visible damages on the headphones, if.

In this case, you can try contacting the manufacturer to claim a warranty and get it repaired or replaced if required.

8. Check For System Updates

If you’re reading this part of the article and the solutions aren’t working for you, the last thing you can do is check if your system is up to date. If it isn’t, updating the system might work for you.

In addition to that, outdated drivers can also cause issues with your headphones. You can check it on the sound settings page.

For more detailed guidance about why your headphones aren’t working and the solutions to it, you can check out other ways to fix your Bluetooth headphones.


At the end of this, I hope we can say that connecting your headphones to your MacBook wasn’t that big of a headache, especially with proper guidance and step-by-step procedure; the process was hopefully seamless for you.

Although I’ve tried my best to cover the basic troubleshooting steps, if you think you need more assistance on the same, you can read the article mentioned above.

Happy listening.