Bluetooth

macOS Big Sur 11.2 promises to fix all your Bluetooth connection woes

Mac customers have been painfully aware that the Bluetooth protocol is a bag of hurt. Various unreliability issues that have been plaguing owners of the new M1 Mac computers only exacerbate the underlying problem. But Apple may be fixing unreliable Bluetooth connections on Apple silicon Macs with the upcoming release of the macOS Big Sur 11.2 software update.

How to reset the Bluetooth module on your Mac

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The ubiquitous Bluetooth wireless technology is awesome until you run into problems, and run into issues you will as the number of Bluetooth accessories you're using at any given time increases. If the traditional troubleshooting steps for fixing common Bluetooth connection issues won't help, try reseting your Mac's Bluetooth module to factory settings.

Fix Mac Bluetooth problems

The Bluetooth protocol is adopted by billions of various accessories and devices. But with so many Bluetooth options available on the market from many different vendors, connection problems are inevitable. Whether you're trying to connect Bluetooth headphones with the Apple TV (or other devices like your iPhone), pair a Bluetooth keyboard with your iPad, remove a paired Bluetooth accessory from iOS, pair your Bluetooth speakers with an Apple Watch, and what not, you may experience various Bluetooth problems at some point.

A typical troubleshooter for fixing common Bluetooth issues on the Mac might suggest various steps, including changing a Bluetooth device's battery, reconnecting it, restarting your computer, performing an SMC reset and similar tricks. But, there are still times when none of those tips prove helpful. Should you find yourself in a similar situation, your only solution may be to reset the Mac's Bluetooth module to factory settings, and we show you how it's done.

How to reset Bluetooth on Mac

To fix connection and pairing issues that you may be experiencing with your wireless Bluetooth devices such as keyboards, mice, trackpads, speakers and other peripherals, click the Bluetooth menu in macOS using a pair of modifier keys to reveal hidden options.

Click the Apple menu, then choose the “System Preferences” option. Choose “Bluetooth” in the System Preferences icon. Tick the box next to “Show Bluetooth in menu bar”. Click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar while holding the Shift (⇧) and Option (⌥) keys. Choose the hidden option labeled with the text “Reset the Bluetooth module”. Click “OK” to confirm the operation. Restart your Mac by choosing “Restart” from the Apple menu.

And this is how that menu looks like.

After your Mac reboots, its Bluetooth module will reset and factory settings will be loaded.

If your Mac is using a wireless keyboard or a wireless mouse, or both, reseting the computer's Bluetooth will cause them to temporarily lose connection. It's a wise idea to double-check that you have a wired keyboard or mouse handy so you can continue using your Mac.

Other helpful options

If that doesn't cure all Bluetooth ills, the Shift + Option trick reveals other options that might be helpful. For example, choosing the option “Factory reset all connected Apple devices” will force your AirPods and all other connected Apple devices to instantly revert to their default settings.

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Are you selling your Mac? Maybe you wanna move your Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to another one? Either way, choosing the menu option labeled with the text“Remove all devices” will unpair all the connected Bluetooth peripherals from your computer in one fell swoop.

What to do after resetting Bluetooth in macOS

You'll need to reconnect each of your wireless peripherals after resetting the Mac's Bluetooth by visiting System Preferences → Bluetooth. If your Bluetooth devices are powered on, discoverable and in range of the computer, you'll see them listed there. Simply click the one you with to pair with the computer and follow the onscreen instructions.

Have you renamed a particular Bluetooth peripheral? If so, Apple's support document advises that pairing the accessory with a different Mac may cause it to reset to its default name.

Radio proximity security attack targeting up to iOS 13.5 detailed by Ian Beer

Accomplished security researcher Ian Beer, known for releasing a host of iOS exploits used by modern jailbreak tools, dropped a bombshell on Twitter late Wednesday evening after sharing a detailed blog post about a jaw-dropping radio proximity exploit affecting up to and including iOS and iPadOS 13.5.

The blog post summary goes on to explain that the hacker can remotely trigger kernel memory corruption through the execution of arbitrary code. Furthermore, it can force affected iOS and iPadOS devices in radio proximity to reboot with no user interaction needed or put privacy at risk by breaching user data or utilizing cameras and microphones without the user’s knowledge.  Scary indeed…

Some M1 Macs are exhibiting Bluetooth issues

With Apple's refreshed MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini computers powered by the company's M1 laptop chip in customers' hands now, we're starting to see first reports of the inevitable teething issues that accompany every new hardware launch.

New to Mac? Here’s all the tools in the Mac Utilities folder

macOS Utilities Folder

If you’ve just purchased your first Mac, and especially if you’re coming from Windows, you might be wondering about the Utilities folder. You may see the folder but have yet to open it or you might be looking for a specific tool and don’t realize it’s in that folder.

Whatever the case, we’re here with another in our New to Mac series to help you out! We’ll explain what’s in the Utilities folder and what each tool is for.

Crystal brings volume-based active noise cancellation toggling to AirPods Pro for jailbreakers

AirPods Pro

Apple’s AirPods Pro quickly rose to become one of the market’s most popular active noise cancellation-equipped wireless earbuds. Out of the box, they isolate users’ ears from their surroundings via active noise cancellation; and in the event that you need to hear somebody, they support transparency mode, which allows a person’s voice to pass through the AirPods Pro’s microphone and into the user’s ear canal as audio.

One thing worth noting is that when using the AirPods Pro, the user must manually switch between active noise cancelation mode and transparency mode with a gesture when either feature is desired. With that in mind, iOS developer Litten devised a way to make this behavior more autonomous based on the user’s circumstances, and as such, a newly released and free jailbreak tweak called Crystal was born.

Review: WT2 Plus translation earbuds bring us one step closer to a Babel Fish type experience

If your foreign language skills leave a lot to be desired, these specialized earbuds from a Chinese brand, called TimeKettle, provide near real-time translation from one language to another, with 95 percent translation accuracy and support for enough language pairs to cover more than 80 percent of the world’s population. Here’s how they work in real life.

How to fix Bluetooth issues on your iPhone

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When you want to use a Bluetooth accessory with your iPhone, it can be super aggravating when it doesn’t work. Whether you just picked up a new set of earphones or a physical keyboard, Bluetooth should make the setup of these devices easy. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Like it or not, Bluetooth problems can occur with your iPhone and here we’ll show you ways to fix them.

BTManager+ gives jailbreakers more control over Bluetooth peripherals

iOS is a very user-friendly platform when it comes to Bluetooth device connectivity. On the other hand, ease of use comes with certain trade-offs, such as the scope of configurability and advanced settings and/or features.

If you walk among the plethora of iPhone power users out there, and you use a lot more Bluetooth devices than the average Joe, then we think you might benefit from the likes of a newly released and free jailbreak tweak dubbed BTManager+ by iOS developer Beckett O’Brien.

Rename Bluetooth devices via your pwned iPhone with BTDeviceRenamer

One of the great ways you can amplify your iPhone’s user experience is through the extension of Bluetooth accessories, including but not limited to headphones and/or speakers. But have you ever tried to pair your newly acquired Bluetooth device only to find that it had an odd or unappealing name in the Bluetooth list?

If you answered yes to the question above and have a hard time distinguishing between one device from the next, then we’d like to recommend an excellent new and free jailbreak tweak dubbed BTDeviceRenamer by iOS developer Tr1fecta. Just as the name implies, this tweak lets you rename virtually any Bluetooth device that you’ve paired with your jailbroken iPhone or iPad.