Mac computers are popular with workers in many fields for their sleek design and advanced features. They have many features that can be extremely helpful in workflows, including the ability to connect a Bluetooth keyboard.
This feature can be beneficial when traveling or working remotely. However, there may be times when you no longer need the Bluetooth keyboard and want to disconnect it.
Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to do this.
Disconnecting your Bluetooth keyboard from a Mac
Disconnecting your keyboard is easy enough. How to proceed:
- Open the System Preferences application. You can do this by clicking on the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen and then selecting “System Preferences”.
- Click on the “Bluetooth” icon. This will open the Bluetooth settings window.
- In the list of devices on the left side of the window, right-click the name of the keyboard you want to unpair.
- Select “Disconnect” from the list of options presented. This will remove the keyboard from your Mac’s list of paired devices.
- Restart your computer to ensure the changes take effect.
You can also unpair a Bluetooth keyboard from your Mac using the toolbar:
- Click the Bluetooth icon and find the device you want to disconnect.
- Click on the Bluetooth logo next to the keyboard. The logo will change from blue to gray to indicate that the keyboard is no longer paired.
The third way to remove a Bluetooth keyboard from your Mac is to physically turn off the keyboard. This will disconnect the two devices and remove the keyboard from the list of available devices.
How to Forget a Bluetooth Keyboard on Mac
When you disconnect a Bluetooth keyboard from your Mac, the keyboard is no longer paired with the computer. This means that the keyboard appears in the list of available devices but is not responding. However, the keyboard can still connect to your Mac when it’s within range.
To remove a Bluetooth keyboard from your list of available devices, you must forget it. If you forget a Bluetooth keyboard, all of its pairing information is erased from your Mac, so it can’t connect to the computer until it’s paired again.
Here are the steps to forget a Bluetooth keyboard on Mac computers:
- Open System Preferences.
- You should see a small x in a gray circle next to the keyboard. Click on it and then select “Remove” from the pop-up that appears.
- Go to your Bluetooth settings (you can find this in the System settings menu).
- Just like disconnecting a device, click on the keyboard while holding down the control key.
- Click the Remove button.
- A pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm that you want to remove the device from your computer. Select “Remove” to confirm the application and exit System Preferences.
Once you do this, the keyboard is no longer paired with your Mac. It will be removed from the list of available devices.
What is the difference between disconnecting and forgetting a Bluetooth device on a Mac?
When you disconnect a Bluetooth device, it essentially turns off. This means that the device can no longer communicate with your Mac. However, the storage of the device still remains on your Mac. The keyboard remains paired with your Mac and can be reconnected at any time.
Forgetting a Bluetooth device essentially erases the device from your Mac. This means that all data associated with the device will be erased, including the device’s memory.
Disconnecting a Bluetooth keyboard is straightforward
While it’s possible to disconnect a Bluetooth keyboard from a Mac simply by turning off the keyboard, doing so can be buggy and cause connection issues later. You can manually unpair a Bluetooth keyboard from a Mac using the Keyboard Preferences window in System Preferences.
Keep in mind that if you want to reconnect a previously removed Bluetooth accessory, you’ll need to go through the original sync process again.
Have you tried any of these methods to disconnect your bluetooth keyboard? Let us know in the comments below.