It really doesn’t feel that long ago when we were all still using wired headphones and many of us believed that would be the norm for a very long time to come. After all, it was a simple straightforward form of technology where all you had to dow as a plugin the auxiliary cable, hit play and you are good to go. However, with the recent introduction and rapid rise of Bluetooth headphones and earphones, using jacks to listen to audio is slowly starting to become a thing of the past. This is especially considering that many smartphone manufacturers like Apple, have already begun removing headphone ports from their devices entirely.
Luckily, the good news about this is that purchasing a wireless headphone or earphone set makes for the perfect replacement. They are extremely lightweight and affordable devices. Some of their advantages include; being easy to carry, highly versatile, offer a wider audio listening range and can be conveniently connected to any external device be it iPhone, iPad, Mac, even your car. Moreover, you can easily charge them overnight for extended use over one day, which is a source of great relief for many users, who always struggled with dealing with tangled or severed wires while on the move eg. jogging.
However, it’s no secret that if you aren’t able to configure these devices correctly, connecting your earphones to your Mac can sometimes be a tricky and frustrating experience. This is because users end up suffering from several connection issues and playback interruptions. As such, we put together a quick guide on how you can effectively connect your earphones to your Mac without having to go through these problems.
How To Connect Bluetooth Headphones To Mac
The process of connecting your wireless headphones and earphones is not that difficult, contrary to what some may believe. It is a pretty straightforward process that you can accomplish by allowing the steps outlined below:
- Head to System Preferences on your Mac
- Click on the Bluetooth section and activate your bluetooth service, if it isn’t already on.
- Browse the list of available Bluetooth devices in the area and pair with your earphones/headphones. If you cannot see them on the list, then you need to make sure that your earphones/headphones are discoverable.
- Once you see them appear on the list, you can then select Connect to pair with them.
Once linked, you should be able to be automatically connecting with your Mac whenever you are in Bluetooth range. You can also tweak some of the audio output settings for your headphones/earphones by heading to System Preferences > Sound. If your Mac and audio device establishes a secure connection, you can now sit back relax and enjoy a pleasant listening experience, whether it be for music or movie viewing. One of the best ways to enjoy and improve your Mac listening experience is to purchase a laptop stand. This is because while laptops offer portable freedom and ease of use, the constant need to hunchback while using them every day can cause several health problems such as; eyestrain, back and neck pain which inevitably leads to poor posture. By adding a laptop stand to your next Mac accessories purchase, you will be more comfortable while working or watching videos. Moreover, you will be able to adjust the angle of the screen easily, improve your Mac’s airflow, boost productivity, among many other benefits.
How To Fix Connection Issues
As noted above, establishing a Bluetooth connection between your Mac and your audio device is actually a very straightforward process. However, we also know that sometimes the process doesn’t work so smoothly and issues pop ups we’ve broken down a few common issues that most wireless users have struggled with from time to time. Now, in most cases, whenever a Mac user is attempting to establish a link with their earphones, they end up struggling to either fully connect at all or sometimes, even if the connection pairs, the link keeps breaking up. This can be a very frustrating thing to have to deal with, but you can solve it through a few different methods.
Reboot The Audio Devices
If you cannot connect to your earphones, then chances are your audio devices are having an issue, so you should restart them. If you aren’t sure of how to do that, confer with the manual that came with them. However, if even after doing this, the connection remains unstable, then the problem may be coming from your MacBook settings. In which case, reboot your Mac to reset any current settings or pre-established connections. This should then solve the problem.
Earphones Connected, But No Sound?
If your devices have successfully paired, but for some reason, you are unable to hear anything, then you can fix this in a few different ways. The first thing is to confirm that your external audio devices are your preferred form of audio output. You can confirm this by heading to System Preferences, from there you can then head to the Sound > Output section and click on your external audio device from the list.
However, if that still did not solve your problem then simply perform a reset of your audio devices. This may help alleviate the problem. Moreover, you can delete your headphones/earphones from your list of wireless devices by heading to the Bluetooth section. Simply right-click and select Remove. You can then reconnect them a second time and the issue should be gone.
Cannot Connect Two Wireless Devices At The Same Time?
In normal situations, you should be able to connect more than one wireless device to a MacBook quite easily, whether it’s earphones or an eternal keyboard or mouse. However, in some cases the feature may be faulty and not allow you to link more than one device concurrently. For example, if you have connected an external keyboard to type and want to use your wireless earphones to listen to music at the same time. You can fix this problem by simply repeating the same main steps that we suggested:
- Resetting your earphones/headphones.
- Deleting and reconnecting them from your Bluetooth list.
- Restarting Your Mac.