You have a brand-new Beats wireless headphone set and you realize you don’t have a clue how to pair them to your Mac. The reality is Macs are a little more difficult to understand compared to Windows, but when you learn how to connect Beats to Mac, there’s no going back! The beauty of a Mac and all its technical prowess built-in will become clear over time, but for now, let’s get your headphones paired. If you’re using a wired set of headphones, you will appreciate not having to deal with tangled wires and getting in your way!
- Charge the internal headphone battery before starting. Sometimes it may take an hour or more charge them.
- Have your screen open. Find and click the Apple logo in the upper left of the top menu bar.
- On the drop-down menu, select System Preferences.
- When the new window opens, click on Bluetooth.
- Click Turn Bluetooth On. (Note: If Bluetooth is active, select Turn Bluetooth Off first).
- When Bluetooth turns on, it’s in pairing mode and it’s searching for your device.
- Depending on the model you have, most Bluetooth devices require that you hold down the power button for five or more seconds until the LED indicator blinks.
- When your Mac finds your headphones, the description on your screen should say either the model number or a generic description of your headphones (i.e. headphones).
- When your headphones appear in the Bluetooth window, click on the Pair button to connect them to your Mac.
- If, during pairing, your Mac detects new drivers for your headphones, they will download during this process. It takes less than a minute or two.
- If you’re asked to enter a Passkey, you can find the key either in the booklet with your device or on the device itself.
Start Enjoying Your New Headphones
Now you know how to connect beats to Mac, and you can just enjoy them! Your Mac does a great job with Bluetooth devices, as you will soon learn.
Here are some tips and advice that may help you enjoy your headphones more:
Your device may have a set of volume and tone controls for convenience. If they don’t, your Mac has you covered. Your keyboard can mimic the controls of your device.
Here’s the shortlist of the keyboard shortcuts:
- F10 / F11–Adjust volume up or down
- F8–Play or pause
- F7 / F9–Last or next track or song
Sometimes, reaching up to the keyboard doesn’t work well in each situation. Instead, use the following method to show the volume control in the top menu bar:
- Find and click on the Apple logo in the upper left of the top menu bar
- Select System Preferences
- Click the Sound option
- In the new window, click the Show Volume in the Menu Bar option
- You can now see the sound icon in the top menu bar. Select it to adjust the volume
Setting Balance and Sound
We all have preferences with our music, and stereo balance is important, and with a few clicks you can make the change. Before we go, let’s finish with setting up the stereo balance on your Mac!
- Click on the now familiar Apple logo in the top menu bar and select System Preferences
- Click on Sound
- In the sound window, click on Output
- Select your Headphones
- You now see a slider where you can adjust the balance using the slider
Now you’re connected and know what to do. Enjoy the music!