A Guide to Connecting Your Bluetooth Headphones to Mac

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Wireless technology has ushered in a new era of utility and mobility. From converting wired phones to cordless sets and smart phones, PC to laptop, wireless headphones, and even wireless chargers. However it’s not all fun and games when it comes to wireless technology. Many people find connecting wireless technology more effort-intensive than wired, where it’s just plug-and-play.

MacOS is relatively simple to use, but many people often ask whether normal wireless headphones are compatible with them and how to sync Bluetooth headphones to Mac.

Well, we’re here to answer those questions.

In answer to the first question, yes, you can connect any wireless headphones with your Mac or MacBook. It’s as simple as pairing the two. But how do you do that? How can you sync Bluetooth headphones to Mac?

Following is a guide showing how you can enjoy any wireless headphones, including the AirPods and Galaxy Buds on a Mac.

How to Sync Bluetooth Headphones to Mac

Before we get into it, it is important to note that although it might seem that simply connecting your headphones with a Mac via Bluetooth will work just fine, that is not the case. Without proper configuration, you might face issues such as frequent disconnection, poor sound quality, and a featureless experience.

Connecting Via Bluetooth

Bluetooth settings

Go to Settings and Turn on Bluetooth to connect your Bluetooth headphones to Mac


When connecting wireless headphones to your Mac for the first time;

  • Turn your wireless headphone on
  • Hold the connectivity button for a while till the led light starts blinking or changing colors (depending on the model)
  • On your Mac, click on the Apple button on the top right corner
  • From the dropdown, select System Preferences
  • Navigate to the Bluetooth section
  • Alternatively, press Command + Space to open the Spotlight
    • Type Bluetooth in the Finder
    • Open Bluetooth Settings
  • Turn on your Mac’s Bluetooth
  • You’ll see all available devices listed below. Choose your headphones.
  • You’ll see a passcode on your screen. You have to input the code in your iPhone in order to connect it. For headphones, the process is automated.
  • It will take a moment and you’ll then see a tick in front of your headphones, which indicates that they are now selected.

Calibrating Your Headphones

Sound calibration settings tab

Mac will remember your settings the next time you connect your headphones.

Now that you’ve successfully connected your headphones to your Mac, it’s time to calibrate them.

  • Keep your headphones connected to the Mac
  • Click on the Volume icon at the top right corner
  • Open Sound Preferences
  • Alternatively, press Command + Space to open up the Spotlight
    • Search for Sound
    • Open Sound Preferences
  • A popup will open. Head into the Output tab
  • Whenever you open the list, it will get refreshed
  • Select your device by double clicking on it. You might have to put in your device’s password to make changes.
  • Calibrate the stereo balance (left/right) as needed
  • Slide to change the volume. Your Mac will remember your volume and balance settings the next time you connect your wireless headphones.

Sometimes, you might face some trouble after or when trying to sync your headphones with Mac, such as the device not showing, constant disconnection, or distorted audio. An easy solution to that is to reset your headphones and reconnect them.

With our guide on how to sync Bluetooth headphones to Mac, you should be able to connect your favorite headphones to any Mac device easily!


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