How to Reset Bluetooth in macOS Monterey

With macOS Monterey, Apple removed the resetting the Bluetooth Module option. This option offered a good fix to address various Bluetooth connection problems on your Mac. I frequently used it before updating to Monterey. This was a hidden option.

If you are running Big Sur or earlier, you can still use it. You can open this menu by following these steps:

  • Press and hold option and shift on your Mac’s keyboard and click the Bluetooth icon in the macOS menu bar. This
  • Click “Reset the Bluetooth module”. If you are running Catalina or earlier, click Debug first. Then click the Reset the Bluetooth module option.

However, as I stated above, this menu is not available for you if you have updated to macOS Monterey. But you can try these options instead.

How to reset Bluetooth on Mac

There are two different options you can try if you are run into issues establishing a Bluetooth connection on your Mac:

Method 1

You can use Terminal to kill the Bluetooth service. This is easy.

1. Open Terminal on your Mac. Go to the /Applications/Utilities folder and double-click the Terminal icon.

2. Enter the following command and hit enter and then enter your computer password:

sudo pkill bluetoothd
Terminal

3. Then restart your Mac.

Method 2

The second method is to delete your Bluetooth preference files. Here is how:

1. In the Finder, click Go and Go to Folder.

2. Enter the following file’s pathway:

/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Bluetooth.plist
Bluetooth Preference

3. Delete this file by dragging to the Trash.

4. Restart your Mac. Your Mac will re-create this file automatically.

See also:

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