Bluetooth headphones can save you if you feel that your roommates are disrupting your Zoom, Teams, or Google Meet.

They can also help if you’re in an open plan office. So, simply connect your headphones and go, right?

Meetings are stressful enough without the hassle of figuring out how to connect your Bluetooth headphones to your Mac at the last minute.

You’ll need to connect them in advance to make sure everything runs smoothly. This blog will show you how, whether your connecting your wireless headphones to a Mac.

There are a few checks you’ll need to do before you connect your favorite Bluetooth headphones to your Mac. Some of them might seem obvious, but they’ll be frustrating if you don’t do them.


1. Turn off Bluetooth on Your Phone

It’s super frustrating when your headphones say they’re connected, but nothing happens and your Mac is still searching for a device to pair with. Most of the time, your phone will have picked up the connection instead. To save time and energy, turn off Bluetooth on your phone before you turn your headphones on.

2. Turn on Bluetooth on Your Devices

On your desktop or laptop computer, click the icon in the top right-hand part of your screen that shows two slider buttons, one on top of the other. From there you can turn on Bluetooth and search for devices.

Alternatively, click the search button (a magnifying glass) and search for Bluetooth. Don’t click Bluetooth file exchange–that isn’t what we’re looking for here!

The Bluetooth in your headphones should turn on automatically when you take them out of the case and/or turn them on. Consult your wireless or True Wireless headphone manual for more information.

3. Make Sure Your Computer Sound is on

Check that your computer isn’t on mute. A top tip: keep the sound levels low to begin with, on one or two bars. You’d be shocked by how loud computer sound can get!

4. Wake Your Computer Up

If you haven’t already and you’re just assuming the computer will connect, you’re making a mistake! Turn your computer on and make sure it’s awake before you do anything else.


How to Pair Bluetooth Headset to Mac?

Don’t worry about how to connect Bluetooth headphones to your Mac. It’s straightforward and should be quick (although it might take longer on older models).

  1. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on, on both your Mac and your headphones.
  2. Open up Bluetooth on your Mac and search for devices.
  3. Select your headphones (they should be named with the model, like ‘Your Name’ AirPods.
  4. Wait for them to connect and then test the sound.

If you’re struggling, you can watch the YouTube tutorial below. It also has some hints and tricks for finding Bluetooth on your Mac.

What If My Bluetooth Headset Doesn’t Work with My Mac?

Again, you don’t have to worry. If your laptop computer and Bluetooth headphones are working fine, then there are a few things to check before your start complaining to customer services.

  1. Make sure your Bluetooth headphones are turned on and in range (i.e., you should be sat near your laptop).
  2. Make sure the headset is connected with your Mac. This might sound strange, but your headphones could have connected to another device. It also might simply have not worked when you thought it did.
  3. If your headset isn’t in the list, try connecting with it again. Second time’s a charm!
  4. Make sure your headset is charged. It could be disconnecting due to being out of battery.
  5. Ensure that your headphones are the selected audio output for your Mac. If your Mac is connected to two different Bluetooth audio devices, it might be playing audio out of a different device (like your speakers).

How to Disconnect or Remove Bluetooth Headphones from a Mac

There are a few things you can do in this situation. As usual, they are straightforward and you shouldn’t have too much trouble–you can always turn off your headphones and they will automatically disconnect!

  1. Click on the Bluetooth icon. Select the headphones, and then Disconnect.
  2. Disconnect from the Bluetooth window in System Preferences
  3. Simply turn off the headphones.
  4. Some headphones disconnect when you plug them into the charger.
  5. You can also remove Bluetooth headphones from your list of Bluetooth devices.
Bruce Valdeo