How To Fix ‘Bluetooth Not Available’ Mac OS X Problem
Time required for fix: < 5 minutes
Bluetooth makes our lives easier. But sometimes it’s exceptionally hard to just get the darn thing to work. Recently I started to get a new error from the Bluetooth module: “Bluetooth Not Available”. This is a fairly serious issue that can’t be resolved by simply restarting bluetooth. The System Profiler also just says “No information found.” for the Bluetooth hardware module, and in System Preferences the Bluetooth panel is nowhere to be seen.
While this fix may not solve the issue for all, it’s likely that it will. If these steps do not solve the issue for you I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it might be because the Bluetooth module is actually faulty, in which case you would have to contact Apple or a computer repair shop to get it fixed. Ugh.
How To Fix “Bluetooth Not Available” Error
Try each solution from 1-3 to solve the problem quickly.
1. Reset NVRAM
Note: Following this guide involves shutting down your computer. Memorize the keyboard combination you have to press, write it down or take a picture of this page to be able to follow along.
- Memorize the keyboard combination ⌘ Command + Option + P + R.
- Restart your computer.
- Immediately after hearing the startup sound, press and hold the keys above until you hear the startup sound once more, then release the keys.
- Your mac should start up again like normal, with bluetooth working again.
If this didn’t work, you may need to delete and regenerate your Bluetooth plist file – this may be the reason why you get the “Bluetooth Not Available” error.
2. Reset Bluetooth Plist
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.
- Open Finder (furthest icon to the left in your Mac’s Dock)
- While holding Alt (Option), click Go in the menu bar (A). This unhides the “Library” menu option.
- Select Library from the list (B). The folder will open in a Finder window.
- Navigate to the folder Preferences and find the file
- Delete the file. You may be asked to type in your Administrator password to do this.
- Lastly, shut down your computer, wait a few seconds just to be sure, and then start it back up again.
If this didn’t work, you may need to reset your computer’s SMC controller. Please see below to see how you can do this.
3. Reset SMC
Your Bluetooth should now be working like before!
Did any of the solutions 1-3 solve this for you?