Bluetooth Devices Disconnecting on Mac?

If your Magic Mouse, Wireless Keyboard, and other Bluetooth devices disconnecting on Mac randomly, you need to take these handy tips into account to fix the issue quickly.
Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse Disconnecting on Mac

Is your Bluetooth device like Wireless Keyboard, Trackpad, or Magic Mouse randomly disconnecting from Mac and often goes off the radar? Don’t worry. It’s something most of us have encountered at some point or the other.

There could be more than one reasons why the Bluetooth devices would repeatedly disconnect from your Mac. As for instance, it could be the rather poor signal strength, sloppy batteries or some minor technical hiccups which might be spoiling your party. Try out these quick solutions to fix this annoying issue right away!

Note: Before trying out these solutions, make sure to keep wired mouse and keyboard with you-just to sail through all the viable tricks a bit easily; especially if you are using iMac and Mac Mini. 

How to Fix Randomly Disconnecting Mouse, Trackpad, and Keyboard on Mac

Solution #1: Make Sure the Bluetooth Devices Are Charged Up

Many a time, I have found my Bluetooth devices repeatedly disconnecting from Mac whenever they are low on power. They don’t seem to function properly when they are not sufficiently charged. Once the Bluetooth devices are charged up, their function returns to normal. Hence, make sure the device has the required power to continue to function properly.

To check the battery level, click on the Bluetooth menu, select your device. Now, you will see the remaining battery level of the device.

Solution #2: Turn Off/On the Bluetooth Devices

On some occasions, I am able to fix this problem just by turning off/on the devices. Hence, power off your wireless device, leave it for some time and then turn it on. Just press and hold the power button until the green light turns off. Then, press on the power button again to turn it on.

Solution #3. Turn Off/On Bluetooth, Disconnect the Device and Connect It Again

Click on the Bluetooth menu and select your device and click on Disconnect. You will also see an option to Turn Bluetooth Off in the menu, click on it to turn it off.

Turn Off Bluetooth on Mac

Then, click on the Apple menu and select Restart.

Restart Mac

Once the computer has restarted, turn on Bluetooth and connect the device again.

Solution #4: Delete the Device Profile and Re-Add It

If the device is still not functioning up to the mark, start from the scratch. Delete its profile and re-add it. Simply click on the Bluetooth menu and select Open Bluetooth Preferences.

Open Bluetooth Preferences on Mac

Alternately, you can click on Apple Menu → System Preferences → Bluetooth.

Click on Apple Logo and then click on System Preferences on Mac

Now, click on the “X” next to the device you want to delete and confirm it by clicking on Remove in the popup.

Click on X in Bluetooth Preferences on Mac
Click on Forget Device in Bluetooth Preferences on Mac

Now, add the device again.

Solution #5: Check out the Signal Strength/Change the Battery

Check out the signal strength of your device. To do so, click on the Bluetooth button+Option Key on your Keyboard and select your device. Check out RSSI to view the signal strength. The lower the number, the better the signal. As for instance, -20 is considered to be a very strong signal. Anything above 50 is not considered to be up to the mark.

Check Signal Strength of Bluetooth Device on Mac

You need to change the battery of the device if the signal strength is not good. It (the weak signal strength) causes the device to function rather slowly.

Solution #6: Add Some Additional Thickness

There are a couple of useful tricks you can try to fix this repeated disconnection issue of the Magic Mouse.

  • Remove the batteries from your Bluetooth device, cut a tiny aluminum foil (approximately ½-inch square in size) and then wrap it around the negative terminal of the battery. Then, install the battery in the device
  • The other trick is to remove the battery cover of the mouse, then cut a tiny piece of paper into the rectangle (approximately 1 inch by ½-inches) and then put it on top of the batteries. Then, re-insert the battery cover
  • The benefit of adding this extra thickness is that it provides a bit of force between the battery and the spring-loaded contact, which may result in better connection and signal strength

Solution #7: Update Your Mac

Many a time, you can fix a number of issues just by updating your computer. Check out if there is any update available for your Mac (Go to App Store → Updates). If it’s there, make sure to update it to the latest version.

Install Updates on Mac

The Bottom Line

I’m sure these tried and tested solutions would help you in fixing this issue. Being a common problem which most of us have encountered at some point or the other, it shouldn’t be too difficult to handle.

Just in case, they don’t work for you, and the problem continues, you can contact Apple for help.

You may want to check out these helpful posts like how to fix “computer/iTunes not recognizing” issue, how to fix the slow-running Mac, and how to fix Wi-Fi issue on Mac etc.

  1. Genius, how do you turn Bluetooth back on when you have disconnected your keyboard and mouse and trackpad?

    1. Mouse and trackpad are not the only Bluetooth devices. This article talks about any Bluetooth device. Plus, even if the keyboard is disconnected, you can use the mouse or trackpad. However, if you disconnect your Mouse/trackpad, you will have to use a wired mouse for the time being (obviously).

      Or, here is a tip for you: Make sure your keyboard is connected before you disconnect the mouse/trackpad. Next, press and hold command + space bar to summon Siri on Mac. Now ask her to ‘turn on Bluetooth.’ And see if the mouse and Mac’s Bluetooth automatically connect or not. If yes, perfect. If not, use a wired mouse for the time being.

      Hope it helps.

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