How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Mac

With more and more devices shipping without the 3.5 mm jack, there has been a constantly growing interest in Bluetooth audio devices. Bluetooth headphones are getting better with every generation. Since they don’t require a single wire to work, Bluetooth devices have become the favorite of the masses in recent times.

The purpose of this post is to explain to you how to connect Bluetooth headphones to Mac device. Follow this guide even if you wish to connect a Bluetooth speaker as the process remains exactly the same. Let’s get started.

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Mac

Step 1: From the desktop, open the System preferences.

Step 2: Find the Bluetooth settings in the window that opens up and click on it.

Step 3: Before you proceed, turn on the Bluetooth on your headphones and wait for them to switch to the pairing mode.

Step 4: Now, from the list of the available Bluetooth devices, find your headphones and connect to them by right-clicking on their name/icon and pressing ‘connect’.

That’s all you have to for now. Your Bluetooth device will be connected to the Mac now.

Common connectivity issues

It is quite common for headphones to pose issues when they are connected for the first time. Here is a list of some of them:

Headphones not found in the Bluetooth device list on Mac

If you don’t find your Bluetooth headphones in the list of the available devices, then there’s no way you can connect to them. You can try a few things to discover them like:

  1. Move the devices closer to each other
  2. Switch off and on Bluetooth on both devices.
  3. Check the battery level of the Bluetooth headphones

Audio stuttering or crackling

This is a serious issue that can be caused due to a variety of reasons. The tricks that help you deal with headphones that do not get detected in the Bluetooth device list also work for fixing stuttering and crackling issues. However, if these simple tricks don’t work for you, you will have to try out a few other methods which are beyond the scope of this article. Check out the other articles from this website to find out more about this issue.

Unable to hear anything from the connected Bluetooth headphones

If you don’t hear anything from the headphones, you have to check volume, battery levels, and connectivity. There can possibly be a lot more reasons for this, but primarily, these three are most frequent, and most users encounter these issues all the time.


Bluetooth headphones these days come with a very long battery life, excellent audio quality, comfortable fitting, durable build quality, and low latency. Of course, these devices are not flawless. There is a lot of work waiting to be done by the manufacturers. But it wouldn’t be wrong to say that these devices will surely make their way to all the homes real soon.

After reading this article, you can now connect your Bluetooth headphone, speaker, AirPods, or any other Bluetooth audio device to your Mac. Try out the wireless devices and de-clutter your desk today.

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