Does MacBook Pro Have Bluetooth (How to Turn It On)

Of the many great features on a MacBook Pro, Bluetooth capability is one that I use almost every day. Most MacBook Pro computers do indeed come equipped with Bluetooth and this feature will allow you to have the ability for wireless communications between your computer and a number of other devices. Bluetooth technology has really improved over the years and it is a useful and easy technology to use in a number of different ways.

Even though Bluetooth technology is very common on many different devices these days, not everyone might know how to use it. In this article, we will look at what the Bluetooth feature on your MacBook Pro will allow you to do and also how to turn it on and use it. If you have never used this feature before, you’ll be amazed and excited at how easy it is to set up and all of the different things you can do using Bluetooth.

What is Bluetooth?

Bluetooth is a means of wireless communication between your MacBook Pro and any number of different external devices. This technology works by transmitting data over radio waves from one device to another. Standard Bluetooth devices have the ability to transmit this signal over a distance of around 10 meters. If you are familiar with Apple products, you are probably familiar with Bluetooth.

This is the technology that enables the Magic Mouse and Keyboard to connect to a computer without the use of cords or cables. In addition to these accessories, Bluetooth allows your computer to connect to other devices including printers, speakers, headphones, other computers, phones, and a variety of other devices. Bluetooth can also allow you to create a wireless hotspot with a cell phone or a similar device.

The official specifications for Bluetooth state that it can be used to connect up to seven devices at once. Apple actually recommends that you only pair 3 or 4 devices at once to make the most of the technology and not have any interruptions or issues.

Does My MacBook Pro Have Bluetooth?

Almost all MacBook Pro computers do come equipped with Bluetooth technology. If you happen to have a really old model, it might not. It is easy to check if your computer has Bluetooth built in by following these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Click on System Preferences.
  3. Click on the Bluetooth Icon.

If your computer is an older model and does not have this symbol in System Preferences, you might not have Bluetooth on your computer. It is pretty rare to not have Bluetooth as it is a common and often used modern function. As long as you have a computer that isn’t really old, you should have Bluetooth.

How to Turn Bluetooth On

In order to use the Bluetooth feature on your MacBook Pro, you need to make sure that it is turned on. You then need to run through a series of steps to get it to connect to the device in which you want to pair with your laptop.

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Click on System Preferences.
  3. Click on the Bluetooth Icon and you’ll see this window:
  4. Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on here. If it is off, click on Turn Bluetooth On.

You can also turn on your Bluetooth from the top menu screen by clicking on the Bluetooth icon on the top of your screen and then clicking Turn Bluetooth On.

How to Connect Your MacBook to Other Devices via Bluetooth

Now that you know how to turn the Bluetooth feature on your MacBook Pro on, you need to connect it to whatever device or devices you want to use. This is a process known as pairing and it’s easy to do and good to know how to set up in case you ever experience any issues with connected devices via Bluetooth. Follow the instructions below and you’ll be able to connect all of your devices over Bluetooth quickly and easily.

  1. Turn on the device you wish to connect via Bluetooth.
  2. Make sure your MacBook Pro Bluetooth is turned on.
  3. Press the discoverable button on your Bluetooth enabled device (this varies from device to device to just check which button you need to press specifically.
  4. Your MacBook should recognize the pairing request and open up the Bluetooth window.
  5. Click the device you want to connect with from the list in the window.
  6. You’re now connected via Bluetooth.

If you have a mouse or keyboard that came with your MacBook Pro, these might automatically connect over Bluetooth and you won’t have to go through the above steps to make the connection. If you have already connected a device previously, your MacBook typically remembers the device and also might pair automatically.

If you are having trouble pairing a device, go into the Bluetooth window and make sure your computer is not connecting to another device. Check out this resource for other Bluetooth troubleshooting tips and advice.

Final Thoughts

Bluetooth is a really useful feature on your MacBook Pro and you should try to use it if you never have before. I usually use Bluetooth the most for playing music on external speakers or headphones but also use it to pair my mouse and keyboard on my iMac. It is a really easy technology to use but if you have any issues, be sure to check out the troubleshooting tips in the paragraph above.

What do you usually use Bluetooth for? Do you have any troubleshooting tips?

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