OS X: Connecting to Bluetooth Devices Automatically

10 years ago in Troubleshooting, Tutorials by Brent | 7 Comments

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Disclaimer: There may be a better way to do this, but this is how I worked it out.

One of my recent frustrations with my MacBook is that I either have to leave my Wireless Mighty Mouse on all the time and just keep pumping batteries in there all the time or save my batteries and go through the Bluetooth connect process every time I open up the cover. Both are a bit of a hassle and somewhat annoying so I began hunting to figure out a reasonable alternate solution. From what I gather, there’s no real simple way to do it. But there’s a semi easy fix that has made my life easier.

For some reason in the Bluetooth Preferences pane, I can mark my mouse as a “favorite” but have yet to understand what that really means. That wasn’t the solution, as logical as it sounded to me. So I manhandled it my way. To do this on your Mac, you will need Quicksilver (a free application and one of my personal faves). Quicksilver sits right near the top of my “Essential Apps” list for sure.

automator-icon.jpgWhat I did was take a little piece of AppleScript I found online and save it as an app out of Automator. Then I placed the app in my Applications folder and I can now kick it off through Quicksilver. In a couple keystrokes, I am connected to my mouse (or other device) and all is well with the world. If you would like to use the app for yourself, you can download it by clicking on the icon to the right. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

  • Ken

    I have found that when you open the cover on the wireless mouse, you have to hold it down in a “long click” (about a four count) and it will connect automatically.

  • http://www.iboughtamac.com Brent

    Really? I had no idea! HAHA!

    Would have been nice to know that one. Thanks for the tip! Oh well, this little script is still useful for other devices.

    Thanks Ken,

    Brent

  • Ken

    Yeah, it was a painful process for me to figure that out! About two weeks of doing what you described without your script!

  • Shane Mc Allister

    Wow – I’ve been struggling with this since I bought my wireless mouse back in May – what a relief to find the “hold a click for 4 seconds” tip – thanks Ken!

  • Manu George

    Any apple bluetooth devices will auto reconnect if you click on it couple of times after switching it on. Everytime I switch on my keyboard or mighty mouse, i just click couple of times on the keyboard or mouse and it auto connects. You need to give a 5 sec gap before clicking on the mouse after switching it on. Apple keyboard will connect immediately after switching it on and pressing couple of keys.

    Yeah, the script still helps me in reconnecting my bluetooth headset everytime i come back to my computer.

  • Red Ragon

    Can you post the script again. The link you’ve posted is dead.

  • http://brentspore.com Brent Spore

    You don’t need the script. See the comments above. We figured out that all you need to do is hold down the mouse button for a few seconds and it connects. 🙂

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