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Mac Mini Bluetooth Issues

Your AirPods are your saving grace—they get you through hours upon hours of deep work. However, you’ve recently noticed your Mac Mini’s Bluetooth isn’t working. You’re not alone—other Mac Mini users have experienced the same problem. While it started with Mac Mini devices with an Intel processor, it got worse when Apple switched to M1 chips on the Mac Mini, which is why you’re experiencing this discomfort on your Silicon Mac Mini.


Before we start


A faulty Bluetooth connection can affect your productivity in several ways. Aside from being unable to connect your Bluetooth devices, your keyboard and mouse may stop connecting, and the mouse’s cursor can even start behaving erratically on the screen.


Given that some apps use Bluetooth, you want to ensure you remove those unwanted apps from your Mac device. You can safely do this with MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller. This is a reliable tool that effortlessly deletes problematic and unnecessary apps and leftover files from your Mac, which boosts your Mac’s performance.


Using MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller tool is easy:

  1. Download MacKeeper on your Mac Mini
  2. Select Smart Uninstaller in the menu on the left and click Start Scan
  3. Once the scan is done, check that you’re happy with the files selected for clearing, and click the Remove Selected button.


We should warn you that MacKeeper may or may not fix your Mac Mini’S Bluetooth issue, depending on whether the culprits were among the apps you’ve deleted using Smart Uninstaller. Still, our team has investigated more ways to fix your Mac Mini Bluetooth problems—continue reading.

How to fix Mac Mini Bluetooth problems

Apple patched the Bluetooth issue with the macOS 12 Monterey update. However, some users still have trouble connecting. You may come across the following Bluetooth-related issues on your Mac:

If you’re one of the users experiencing these inconveniences, rest assured that the Bluetooth connection issues on your Mac Mini can be easily fixed using the methods below.

1. Reset Bluetooth module

Let’s start with resetting the Bluetooth module as the first step when your Mac Mini’s Bluetooth isn’t available.

  1. Hold down the Shift + Alt keys and simultaneously select the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar
  2. Choose the Reset the Bluetooth module option.

Restart your Mac and connect a Bluetooth device to see if the problem persists.

2. Restart your Mac Mini

One of the quickest and most reliable solutions for any performance issue on a computer is restarting it. This refreshes the system and fixes minor problems. Click the Apple menu and select Restart. Check if the Bluetooth issue has been resolved once your Mac is back on.

The Apple menu has been selected and opened against a background with a natural desktop image on a Mac and the Restart option is highlighted

3. Disconnect your accessories

Another quick fix for a broken Bluetooth connection is forgetting your Bluetooth devices, switching off Bluetooth, and pairing the devices again.

  1. Go to the Apple menu, select System Preferences, and click Bluetooth
  2. Hover over each device you want to disconnect and click the x that appears on the right to forget the device and remove it from the list
  3. Once that’s done, click the Turn Bluetooth off button on the left
  4. Enable Bluetooth again after a few minutes and proceed to reconnect and pair your devices. For example, connect Bluetooth headphones to your Mac.
Mac's System Preferences option is open in the Apple drop-down menu opened against a desktop background with a natural image
Step 1. Navigating to Bluetooth via System Settings
Bluetooth settings are opened and Bluetooth devices are listed via Mac's System Preferences against a plane, green desktop background
Step 2. Removing Bluetooth devices

4. Turn off your Wi-Fi

Staying on the easy fixes for now, try disabling Wi-Fi for a few moments and switching it on again to rectify Bluetooth not connecting. Simply click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar and toggle Wi-Fi off, wait a few minutes, and toggle it back on again.

The Wi-Fi icon has been selected to reveal Wi-Fi menu options and Wi-Fi is shown toggled on, on a Mac, against a natural desktop background image

5. Turn on in safe mode

Mac’s safe mode can be used to check if the issues you’re experiencing are caused by any apps that load at startup. Boot your Mac in safe mode to troubleshoot your Bluetooth issues.

  1. Shut down your Mac completely
  2. Hold down the power button until you see Loading startup options on the screen
  3. Choose a volume, hold down the Shift key, and select Continue in Safe Mode. Your Mac will restart on its own in safe mode.

6. Use USB Bluetooth adapter

Bluetooth adapters typically have a better range than built-in Bluetooth. Consider using one that’s compatible with your M1 Mac Mini.

7. Delete the Bluetooth PLIST file

PLIST (property list) files save the application preferences for your device. When they become corrupted or get old, they can cause problems. Deleting your Mac Mini’s Bluetooth PLIST file can solve your Bluetooth problems if Bluetooth is still not detected.

  1. Open Finder and click Go > Go To Folder in the top menu
  2. Enter the command /Library/Preferences and press the Return key
  3. Find the file named and drag it to Trash, empty the Trash, and restart your computer.
The Finder menu is open against a plane, green desktop background, and the Go to folder option has been outlined in red on the drop-down menu
Step 1. Finder menu
The Bluetooth plist file is outlined in red among other plist files in Mac preferences. The preferences have been opened via Finder's top Go menu against a plane, green desktop background
Step 2. Bluetooth plist file

8. Update your Mac Mini

Often, your Mac’s performance can be boosted with a simple software update. Try this method to rectify the Bluetooth issues on your Mac Mini.

  1. Go to the Apple menu and click System Preferences >  General > Software Update
  2. Click the Update/Upgrade Now button if a macOS update is available.
Software update has been selected in the Apple menu and the window shows that a macOS update is available. The Update Now button is outlined in red

9. Reinstall macOS

If updating macOS didn’t yield positive results, reinstalling it might do the trick. This method will install the latest Mac software available in Recovery Mode.

  1. Shut down your device and wait about 10 seconds before switching it on again
  2. Hold down the power button until the Startup volumes screen appears
  3. Click Options to enter Recovery Mode and choose the Reinstall macOS option.

10. Uninstall conflicting apps

If all else fails, our advice is to remove apps that may be affecting your Bluetooth, like older printer apps that you may no longer be using. Look for them in Finder > Applications. To make the process easier, use MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller tool to find and delete these apps on your behalf.

MacKeeper app is opened on a Mac and the Smart Uninstaller tool is opened. Several apps and files are selected to be removed amounting to 14.89GB

Fix Mac Mini Bluetooth issues easily

Bluetooth issues are common on mobile phones and computers. They’re more prevalent on M1 Mac Mini devices than they were on Intel Mac Mini computers. Regardless, they can usually be easily fixed, whatever the cause may be.


Follow the tips in our article carefully to quickly solve the Bluetooth problem on your computer. Use MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller tool to safely remove unwanted apps and leftover files that may be negatively affecting your Mac’s performance.

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