How To Reboot and Fix Bluetooth on Mac OS X El Capitan
Time required for fix: < 2 minutes
If you get the “Bluetooth: Not Available” error, please follow this guide instead: How To Fix Bluetooth Not Available
Bluetooth is great and allows us to connect keyboards, mice, cameras, and other peripherals with very little effort. However, once in a blue moon it just doesn’t work. Maybe a device won’t connect or it’s just connecting anymore even though it used to. There’s a little know debug option to do a hardware reset of the Bluetooth module of your Mac. This guide will take you through the (very few steps) of resetting this module.
If this guide doesn’t help you, you may want to try to do a hard SMC reset.
How To Reset the Bluetooth Module on a Mac
Note: Following this guide will reset your bluetooth module and all connected devices will be inaccessible. If you rely on a bluetooth keyboard, find one with a cable before you follow these steps.
- Locate the Bluetooth symbol in the taskbar on your Mac. Click it while holding Shift and Alt (Option) (A)
- Select Debug (B), then Reset the Bluetooth module (C).
- Restart your computer.
- Reconnect devices as necessary.
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