Fix Bluetooth Not Working After Wake From Sleep on macOS Mojave

Fix Bluetooth Not Working After Wake From Sleep on macOS Mojave

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Fix Bluetooth Not Working After Wake From Sleep on macOS MojaveOverview: There are many Mac users who are facing Bluetooth connection issue on macOS Mojave. The Bluetooth does not work after waking from sleep and the user has to restart his Mac again and again which is very frustrating. Today we will troubleshoot the Bluetooth issue and will get it fixed. Troubleshooting applies to almost all Mac OS.

So, let’s start with the real user’s practical scenarios!

Scenario 1: Bluetooth not working after wake from sleep

I have the exact same problem as another user on the forum. My Bluetooth issues (on a 27″ 2015 iMac) seem to have started after upgrading to MacOS 11.14 Mojave and also replacing an old failed mac wired keyboard with a new Bluetooth apple extended keyboard. First, the Bluetooth magic mouse wouldn’t work after waking the computer from sleep. Then I realized the both of the Bluetooth devices (mouse and keyboard) weren’t working after waking from sleep. Had to dig out an old wired mouse to keep going. The Bluetooth devices would sometimes resume working after a while. Rebooting the computer also works, but is a pain. I’ve tried the suggestions to both delete the plist file and to reset the Bluetooth module … neither of those did anything to help. Any suggestions?

Source: Apple Community

Scenario 2: Mac Bluetooth not working after sleep

My Mac Bluetooth will not work after mac wakes up from sleep, occasionally. Whenever I attempt to turn off the Bluetooth when this happens, the Bluetooth settings UI just freezes, until I restart the Mac. Once it’s restarted, everything works again. It’s so cumbersome to do restart every time just to fix this How to fix this? Is the Bluetooth module faulty? My Mac is MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017), Mojave OS 10.14.3 (18D109)

Source: Apple Community

Like the above users, there are multiple Mojave users who are facing Bluetooth connection issue, let’s go ahead and fix this.

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Delete Android File Transfer

Many Mac users who have the Android File Transfer app installed are facing this issue. Getting rid of this app has resolved the Bluetooth issue for many users.

  • Go to Application and move Android File Transfer from Application to the Trash and then empty the trash.
  • Now go to ~/Library and /Library and delete the folder Application Support/Google/Android File from both ~/Library and /Library
  • Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items and delete Android File Transfer Agent in case it is present.
  • Restart your Mac

Please note you have to find alternatives to transfer the files from Android phone as we got rid of Android File Transfer App.

Delete the Plist file for Bluetooth

Hit the Bluetooth icon and open Bluetooth preferences.

Select the device and delete it and then pair it once again.

In case Bluetooth does not work at all then delete the plist file for Bluetooth.

Open Finder and select Go to Folder

Go to folder mac


Type in /Library/Preferences and hit Go.

Library Preferences mac

Look for file and delete it. file mac

Now restart the Mac.

Reset the Bluetooth on Your Mac

  • Press and hold the Shift and the Option key on the keyboard and while holding the keys click on the Bluetooth in Menu bar.
  • Select Debug and then click on Remove all devices.

Select Debug and then click on Remove all devices

  • Go to the Bluetooth Menu once again and select Debug and this time click on Reset the Bluetooth module.

select Debug and this time click on Reset the Bluetooth module

  • After the reset pair all your Bluetooth device once again.

Reset SMC

Few mac users were able to resolve Bluetooth connection issue by resetting the SMC.

  • Go to the Apple menu and shut down your Mac.
  • Once Mac shuts down, press and hold the Shift-Control-Option on the left side of the built-in keyboard, then press the power button at the same time. Hold these keys and the power button for 10-15 seconds.
  • Now Release all keys.
  • Press the power button again to turn on your Mac.

For Mac desktop computers

  • Go to the Apple menu and shut down your Mac.
  • Unplug the power cable.
  • Wait 15-20 seconds.
  • Plug in the power cable back.
  • Wait for 10 seconds and start your Mac.

Reset PRAM and NVRAM

  • Shut down Mac
  • After few seconds start the Mac and press and hold Option, Command, P and R keys on the keyboard together.
  • Hold the keys down till the Mac reboots and you hear a beeping sound.

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Start Mac in Safe Mode and the Bluetooth

  • Shut down your Mac.
  • Now start your Mac and immediately Press and hold the Shift key as soon as the start-up sound is heard.
  • Release the Shift key when you see the Apple logo. Safe Boot appears on the macOS Mojave start-up screen.

Safe Mode restricts the use of many applications on the system and allows examination in a more restricted environment. In case Bluetooth works fine in Safe Mode then you have to isolate the software which is causing Bluetooth connection issue.

Create Another Account on Mac

  • Go to the Apple menu, select System Preferences and then click on Users & Groups.

Users and group

  • Click on the lock icon to unlock it, put your administrator name and password.

Click on the lock Icon Mac

  • Now click on Add or Plus icon to create new account

Click on the plus icon

  • Click the New Account pop-up menu and then choose a type of user i.e. Administrator or Standard user and put all the necessary details and Click on Create User.

Admin account

Now check the Bluetooth connection, in case, Bluetooth connection works fine then old profile may have gone corrupt.

Perform Clean Installation of macOS Mojave from USB flash drive

In case none of these steps works then performing a clean installation may help you to fix the Bluetooth connection issue. Please note that you will lose all your data on the Mac. Visit this link to perform the clean installation: Apple link How to create a bootable installer for macOS

Wrap Things Up

I hope this article helped you to fix the Bluetooth connection issue on Mac.

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