How To Turn On Bluetooth On Mac Without A Keyboard Or Mouse

Are you looking for ways on how to turn on the Bluetooth on your Mac without a keyboard or mouse?

All of the Mac peripherals can be used by connecting to Bluetooth. This is convenient as you do not have to worry about tangled wires which makes a messy workstation. Bluetooth devices won’t also restrict your movements as you can use them even from afar.

But what if suddenly you aren’t able to use your keyboard or mouse out of the blue?  It would be disastrous if this happens to you all of a sudden. If that happens, do you know how to turn on the Bluetooth on your Mac without them?

If you’re eager to know how, you are in luck, because we have prepared a list of how you can turn on the Bluetooth on your Mac even without any of its peripherals. 

Let’s dive right in!

1. Use A USB Or Wired Mouse.

The easiest method that you can try is to use a USB or wired mouse. You can also use a USB or wired trackpad if you have one. 

Turning on the Bluetooth using a mouse will be easier than using a keyboard. But if you prefer to use a keyboard, you can head over to the next method.

Here’s how you can turn on the Bluetooth using a USB or wired mouse:

  1. First, connect the USB or wired mouse or trackpad to the Mac.
  2. Next, click the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
  3. After that, select Bluetooth and enable Show Bluetooth in menu bar.
  1. Then click on the ‘Bluetooth icon at the menu bar.
  2. Finally, select ‘Turn Bluetooth On’.

Now, this should allow you to use your Bluetooth keyboard or mouse again. However, if that is not what happened, let’s go over to our next method.

2. Use A USB Or Wired Keyboard.

If you have an available USB or wired keyboard, it will come in handy. You can use it to turn on the Bluetooth on your Mac even without the Bluetooth keyboard or mouse. This can be done by opening the ‘Bluetooth File Exchange’ app on your Mac.

Here’s how you can turn on the Bluetooth using a USB or wired keyboard:

  1. First, connect the USB or wired keyboard to the Mac.
  2. Next, press the Cmd key and Space bar at the same time. This will open up Spotlight.
  3. After that, type in ‘Bluetooth File Exchange’ and press the Return key to launch the app.
  1. Then wait for a few minutes. A window should open up on your screen saying that the ‘Bluetooth Hardware is Off’. Press the Return key to choose ‘Turn Bluetooth On’.

Finally, check if this has turned on the Bluetooth on your Mac without a keyboard or mouse. If it did not, let’s proceed with our next method.

3. Enable ‘Use Keyboard Navigation’.

Did you know that you can use your keyboard as a mouse? You can do this to navigate on the interface if your Bluetooth mouse is not working. At the same time, you can also do this to turn on the Bluetooth if you don’t have any USB or wired peripherals that are available. 

However, you should take note that you cannot perform this while the issue is already present. So it is best to do this early on if you are still not seeing the problem.

Here’s how you can enable ‘Use Keyboard Navigation’:

  1. First, open the Apple menu and go to System Preferences.
  2. Next, select Keyboard and go to the Shortcuts tab.
  3. After that, enable the ‘Use keyboard navigation to move focus between controls’.

Then you can go back to the first method to turn on the Bluetooth once you have this setting enabled. Only this time, you can use the Tab or Arrow keys to navigate. Then you can press the Space bar to select an item.

4. Restart Mac. 

Unfortunately, if all the previous methods did not work for you, you may want to try restarting your Mac. This will allow the Bluetooth service wizard to launch at startup. Then it will also detect the Mac peripherals if they are within range.

Here’s how you can turn on the Bluetooth using a USB or wired keyboard:

  1. First, make sure that your Bluetooth keyboard or mouse has enough battery and is also turned on.
  2. Next, disconnect any USB or wired keyboard or mouse from your Mac. But do not disconnect the power cable.
  3. After that, press and hold the Physical Hardware Button at the back of your Mac to restart it. Do this until the Apple logo appears.

With that out of the way, this should already have automatically enabled your Bluetooth. But if luck is not on your side, do not give up, as we still have some methods left for you to try.

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6. Contact Apple Support.

But if all else fails, don’t hesitate to contact Apple Support. If your Bluetooth keyboard or mouse that is an original Apple device is not working, it’s best to report this issue so they can be aware. But if you are already decided, you can proceed to any Apple store near you to have your Mac peripherals replaced.

Although you should remember to check your service and support coverage first to be sure that you are still covered by the warranty. Once you have done this, you can now go to your nearest Apple store to have your Mac peripherals checked by Apple-certified technicians.

Lastly, you have reached the end of the list! If you were able to successfully use any of our methods, please let us know in the comments section.

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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