Bluetooth is a portal for music, podcasts and privacy of your Zoom conversations when you work in a crowded place. So, there is no chance that this utility will let you down. Unfortunately, since the early beta release of macOS Monterey, many people have reported a variety of Bluetooth issues – from the fall of Bluetooth to the non-loading of the Bluetooth Preferences pane. In this guide, we explain how to fix every Bluetooth error in Monterey that we currently know about.
A set of tools to repair a Bluetooth connection
Before we get started, take a look at Setapp and its troubleshooting toolkit. Setapp is a membership that gives you access to 230+ Mac and iPhone apps, including many apps that help troubleshoot Bluetooth issues. In this article, we use CleanMyMac X, Quit All, App Tamer, ToothFairy and Boom 3D – five tools that fix Bluetooth bugs, all of which are available with Setapp membership. In addition, Setapp is full of guides, shortcuts and tools that will make you more productive.
Now, let’s take a look at the problems on Bluetooth in Monterey and find the best solutions to solve each of them.
The Bluetooth Preferences pane will not load
After updating your macOS, you may notice that the Bluetooth settings window does not appear. This means you can click on the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar and see which devices are currently connected, but you can’t pair new devices with your Mac because it has to be done through Preferences. The only way to fix this for now is to debug the Bluetooth or reset the Bluetooth module.
You can easily troubleshoot Bluetooth by pressing Shift ⇧ + Option (or Alt) ( on the keyboard and by clicking on the Bluetooth icon. This action adds the Debug option to the Bluetooth drop-down menu (it can also be called “Reset Bluetooth module”). However, for some users, the Debug option does not appear to appear in Monterey. Including me.
Here is the solution. You can reset Bluetooth on Monterey using Terminal:
- Open the Terminal and paste the command sudo pkill bluetoothd
- Click Enter
- Enter your administrator password
- Wait five seconds, then set up Bluetooth and make sure the Preferences pane works.
Bluetooth does not find devices
The Preferences pane may also work, but your Bluetooth simply doesn’t see the devices you’re trying to connect. In this case, reset the Bluetooth settings as you reset Bluetooth when the settings are not displayed. Press Shift ⇧ + Option (or Alt) (, click on the Bluetooth icon, then select the “Reset Bluetooth module” option. Or use the Terminal command we talked about above.
ToothFairy can help solve this problem without a Bluetooth reset. It’s a saved-you-a-click app that helps Mac users connect Bluetooth devices faster, and more importantly, connect multiple devices at the same time. Surprisingly, it can also solve Bluetooth problems. For example, when your Bluetooth does not find devices, you can use ToothFairy to connect them.
Bluetooth is not displayed
Some people say that they think that Bluetooth is completely unusable after updating macOS. One common problem is the “Bluetooth not available” error that occurs every time you try to connect a new device. If you need a quick fix, use ToothFairy instead of the Bluetooth menu. You can try to fix Bluetooth later by resetting the Bluetooth sheet file. It is very common for Bluetooth to stop working when another application tries to use Bluetooth. In this case, resetting the plist should help:
- Close the application that is interfering with Bluetooth
- Open the Finder, click Go> Library> Settings while holding down the option
- Find the file plist that has “Bluetooth” in the name and delete it
- Restart your Mac and try reconnecting the Bluetooth device.
How do you know which app is interfering with Bluetooth? Indeed, it is not easy to figure this out, provided the application does not show any errors and is therefore not detected. Therefore, we recommend using Quit All to close all applications (including those in the background) with a single click, and then proceed with removing the plist file.
Tip: To spot all sorts of problematic apps that use too many CPUs and interfere with your Mac’s performance, use App Tamer. It’s a great utility that runs in the background, optimizing the performance and speed of your Mac.
Bluetooth headsets are not displayed
If you have a problem with a particular AirPods or any wireless headset, try resolving it by turning off and re-pairing the headset with your Mac:
- Go to Mac’s System Preferences> Bluetooth
- Turn on Bluetooth and make sure it is visible
- Bring the headphones closer to your Mac
- Use the reset button on the headphones to disconnect the headphones from all devices (on AirPods, press and hold the button on the case until you see a white light)
- In the list of devices on your Mac, select the headset and click Connect.
The battery level of the Bluetooth headset is not displayed
Some users have reported that their Bluetooth utility stopped displaying battery levels after updating macOS. We don’t know the reason, but we recommend that you reset Bluetooth and see if that fixes the problem. The fastest solution is to install batteries and use them to monitor battery levels.
Batteries is an app that displays the battery levels of all your Apple devices in the menu bar. Not only can you use it to always see the battery of your headphones, but also to keep an eye on the battery levels of your iPhone and iPad, without touching the device. You can even enable notifications when your devices reach certain battery levels.
Problems with the Bluetooth microphone
If you have problems with audio input / output with a connected Bluetooth device, this could also be a Monterey error. For example, some users state that when they set the input volume to zero, they are completely muted, and the output volume is also reduced. The first thing to do is adjust the output and input audio settings in System Preferences. If this fails, try Boom 3D.
Boom 3D is a tool for improving sound and volume. Why 3D? Because it has an outstanding 3D surround sound function. This app will surely make your music sound better and, in some cases, can solve input / output problems.
Problem with Bluetooth speakers
If your Mac doesn’t see your wireless speakers and uses the Mac’s internal speakers instead, no worries, your speakers aren’t to blame, the macOS Monterey error is causing this. Check the player in the sound settings in System Preferences and try setting the wireless speakers as the default. If that fails, we can only suggest a few common troubleshooting methods that can fix Bluetooth.
Run maintenance scripts
Your macOS runs maintenance scripts from time to time to identify and fix common bugs. By forcing this process with CleanMyMac X, you can fix these errors faster, which could also fix Bluetooth issues. Here’s how to do it:
- Open CleanMyMac X
- Click Maintenance in the sidebar
- Select Run Maintenance Scripts
- Click Run.
The System Management Controller (SMC) is the part of your Mac that is responsible for hardware settings. Sometimes problems on Bluetooth are caused by hardware, so it is reasonable to try to reset the SMC to fix them. Here’s how to do it.
Reset the SMC on a Mac with a non-removable battery:
- Turn off your Mac
- Hold down Control (or Ctrl) ⌃ + Option (or Alt) ⌥ + Shift ⇧ + power button for 10 seconds
- Release the keys and turn on your Mac.
Reset the SMC on a Mac with a removable battery:
- Turn off your Mac
- Unplug the power cord and wait 15 seconds
- Plug in the power cord again and wait a few more seconds
- Turn on your Mac.
Bluetooth is interrupted at random
Some people report that Bluetooth devices are interrupted in Monterey. If you’re having trouble with a particular wireless device, try forgetting this device and then re-pairing it with your Mac. We have described above how to do this. However, if multiple devices continue to crash on Monterey, try the following troubleshooting methods (in the order below):
- Hold down Option (or Alt) ⌥ + Shift ( and click on the Bluetooth icon. Then click Remove All Devices.
- Reset Bluetooth.
- Close apps using the Quit All app – this will fix the problem if there is another app interfering with your Bluetooth connection.
- Reset the SMC to fix possible hardware problems.
- Use ToothFairy to connect a Bluetooth device to your Mac until Apple announces a fix for this error.
That’s about all there is to Bluetooth issues on macOS Monterey. We hope that you will make good use of Setapp’s troubleshooting tools and that your Bluetooth will work normally again. Access to the entire Setapp app package is free for 7 days and then $ 9.99 per month. We also recommend that you follow the Monterey release notes on the Apple website to keep track of fixes posted for Bluetooth.
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