This step by step guide will help you connect your Sony Bluetooth headphone and Mac. It is also common to run into a technical problem like having background noise, occasional disconnection, or trouble linking headsets to your Mac. But this guide will make it a lot easy for you to overcome these problems.
You will know how to connect your Mac and Sony Bluetooth headphones, no matter if you have a robust Sony WH-CH700N, an active noise cancellation Sony WH-1000XM3 or a slender, small Sony WF-1000XM3. So without further ado, let’s dive straight in.
How to Connect Sony Bluetooth Headphones to a Mac? Explained
First things to do with your Mac
Firstly make sure that the device you are running Mac on has Bluetooth capabilities. And if you don’t know how to check that, you will see instructions on how to turn on Bluetooth in Mac OS in a moment. However, if it does not support the Bluetooth function, you won’t connect to it. You will have to find another way, like using cables to attach to it.
The first step is to ensure that your Mac desktop or laptop running Catalina is booted before you even turn on your Sony Wh-1000XM3 or other headphones. Check if you Mac has Bluetooth using any of the mentioned ways:
- Look at the menu bar, and if you can see a Bluetooth icon, then that means it does have Bluetooth capability.
- From the Apple menu, click on “System Preferences” and then “Bluetooth.” If Bluetooth preferences grants you the option to enable your Bluetooth and to make your device discoverable, then that means your device does have Bluetooth.
- Choose “About this Mac” from the Apple menu and then click on “More information.” Then from the Hardware portion, select Bluetooth. After selecting Bluetooth, nothing happens, then that means Bluetooth functionality is unavailable. However, if a bunch of information is displayed, then your system has Bluetooth.
Now we have to turn on the Bluetooth, which can comfortably be done if displayed in the Apple menu by clicking on it and choosing to turn it on. However, if you can not see the Bluetooth, you can enable it in the menu bar by going to the Apple menu > Device Settings, select Bluetooth, and then choosing “Display Bluetooth in the menu bar.”
Bluetooth is now turned on, but what now?
Now we have to turn on our Sony headphones. But before connecting the headphones to Mac, another crucial thing to keep in mind is that we have to ensure that your headphones (as in the first stage above) are not connected and paired with any other devices. If you have turned on the Sony headphones for the first time, then there should be no problem as the Bluetooth should not be connected with any device. Turn on the Sony headphones to search for past connections and listen to an audible sound indicating if “Bluetooth is connected”.
There’s no link between the headphones and any other device if you don’t hear this line, and there should be no problems while connecting to your Mac later on. If you hear this sentence, then that means your headphones are connected to some device, which means you cannot pair it to your Mac. You can only connect to your Mac if your headphones are not paired with any other device.
So you can either stop their connection or forget that device from your Bluetooth headphone’s system. After removing any Bluetooth connections between your Sony headsets of all past Bluetooth contacts, you can then start connecting your Mac’s headphones.
Press and hold the Power Button of your Headphone to launch the pairing mode
You can connect the Sony headphones with the Bluetooth turned on your Mac (lit “B” in the top-right menu bar without any dots) by pressing and holding the power button.
You should also visually see that the headphones are in pairing mode by viewing the Bluetooth headphones light, which should now be flashing; however, it may differ from model to model.
Note: The blue indicator light on the Sony pulses fast before a successful Bluetooth pair is established.
Now that your headphones are in pairing mode, you need to connect it to Mac.
Bluetooth Preferences on Mac
To discover and effectively connect your Mac with every Bluetooth system for the first time, it needs to be identified in the Bluetooth preferences. You can enter this menu by clicking the “B” Bluetooth button on your Mac’s top-right menu bar. Then press the “Open Bluetooth Settings” button (found at the last thing on the drop-down screen).
Pressing this button would open a pop-up menu that displays a list of all your previously connected devices that have already been linked to your Mac. While in this preferences section, search down the list for a new Bluetooth device with most probably the name of your Sony headphones model and with either a speaker symbol or a headphone symbol displayed next to the model.
Finally, press the link button next to the name of your device option on the list.
If a proper Bluetooth connection has been made between your Sony and Mac, you will hear the audible expression “Bluetooth paired” via your headphones to ensure that the pairing is successful.
Another simple way of looking for a friendly and smooth pair between your headset and your Mac is to search for evidence in two more places:
- Look again at the Bluetooth “B” button on Mac’s top-right screen. If the symbol now displays a dim shade with three dots illuminated in the center, this confirms that a connection was successful.
- The second thing to look at is the headphones themselves: if the blue light shines any slower than it did during the pairing process, this is the second indication that they are correctly attached to your Mac.
If there are any problems in the future, try resetting your headphones. If you followed all these steps correctly, you should have a Sony headphone connected to a Mac.
? First things to do with your Mac
Check if you Mac has Bluetooth using any of the mentioned ways..
? Launch the pairing mode
You should also visually see that the headphones are in pairing mode by viewing the Bluetooth headphones light..
? Bluetooth Preferences on Mac
Pressing this button would open a pop-up menu that displays a list of all your previously..