Bluetooth is one of the major built in software we all make use of in our daily life. For example, if you are too lazy to download a movie yourself but your friend has one on his Mac you can establish a connection using Bluetooth and transfer the movie from his Mac to yours. Other files can also be shared through Bluetooth.
Bluetooth works without any cellular connection or Wi-Fi, it just pairs up the devices to share the data. However, at times, your Mac may show an error “Bluetooth not available”, which means that you won’t be able to pair up any device and use Bluetooth. But we have got you covered, I will guide you through the article about how to fix “Bluetooth not available” error on Mac.
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Now let’s consider two ways to restart. First of all restart your Bluetooth, a simple restart may solve your issue and the Bluetooth may come available. Next you can also reboot your device. To reboot the Mac, you have to force start your Mac. The reboot shuts down everything and then starts it again, if there was an error, it might get cleared and your Bluetooth may start working again. If these two steps did not solve your issue, we have some other solutions as well. Try them out.
Remove all USB Devices
Sometimes, the hardware such as, keyboard, mouse may be the cause of Bluetooth not being available. Apple also knows, that Bluetooth might be a headache to connect on the Mac. So in order to fix this issue, remove all the USB devices and hardware from the Mac. These devices include, but not limited to keyboard, mouse, Wi-Fi wire and other external devices. After removing these devices, reboot your device and turn on the Bluetooth for connectivity.
Resetting the System Management Controller (SMC)
One of the troubleshooting technique to fix Bluetooth is to reset the System Management Controller (SMC). The methods to reset SMC are different, and it depends upon the kind of Mac you are having. Below are the three ways, choose the one which suits your Mac.
Resetting System Management Controller for Mac with Non-removable Battery
First of all, Shut down your Mac and plug in the power adapter. Next, hold down Shift+Control+Option and the Power button all at once for approximately 10 seconds. Then, release the keys at the same time. Finally, boot up your Mac.
Resetting System Management Controller for Mac with Removable Battery
If you have a Mac with a removable battery, follow the following steps to reset System Management Controller. Firstly, shut down your Mac and remove the battery. Then, disconnect the power adapter and hold down the Power button for about 10 seconds and then release it. Next, reconnect the battery and power adapter. Lastly, boot up your Mac as usual.
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Resetting the System Management Controller for iMac, Mac mini, or Mac Pro
If you have Mac models as mentioned above, follow these steps to reset SMC. First of all, shut down your Mac and disconnect the power cord. Next, hold down the Power button for about 5 seconds and then release it. Last but not the least, reconnect the power cord and boot up the Mac.
Hopefully, resetting the System Management Controller will solve the “Bluetooth not available” error on your Mac.
Delete .plist Files
The .plist files also called Property list files are the files on your Mac which keep the preferences and data of devices such as keyboard and mouse. Sometimes, these files get corrupted and maybe the reason for Bluetooth not available. So these files should be cleared to fix the issue. To clear the Property List files, follow the steps below.
Firstly, close any app which is trying to connect with Bluetooth. Next, press Command+Shift+G altogether in the Finder. Then you have to enter ~/Library/Preferences/ and click Go.
Look out for the com.apple.Bluetooth.plist file and delete it. Finally, Reboot your Mac.
Delete the Downloads
In case, you have downloaded some new apps in your Mac, they might be the root cause of corrupting the Bluetooth. Those apps might be malicious. Delete all the apps you might have downloaded recently and then try opening Bluetooth on your Mac. To delete, open the Finder and press Cmd+Shift+G. Type in ~/ and then Double-click on the Downloads folder. Next, delete any downloaded file you recently downloaded.
Reset the Bluetooth Module
If you have tried the above methods and the problem still didn’t get fixed, reset the Bluetooth module by following these steps: Firstly, hold down Shift+Option and click on the Bluetooth menu in the Mac menu bar. Then click Debug and select remove all devices. Next, click Debug yet again and select reset the Bluetooth module. Finally, Restart your Mac.