How to Remove a Bluetooth Device in OSX

by Ross McKillop on November 16, 2015

This quick tutorial will show you how to remove/delete (or ‘forget’) a Bluetooth device that your Mac has, at some point in time, connected to (successfully or otherwise).

removing a bluetooth device in OSX

There are a number of reasons you may want to remove an item from your previously connected list of Bluetooth devices (keyboards, headsets, speakers, Fitness Trackers etc). You no longer have or use the device, you’re troubleshooting a problematic Bluetooth connection – whatever the reason – here are the steps to delete a Bluetooth device from your Mac:

  1. If you have Bluetooth enabled as an icon in your Menu Bar, select it and choose Open Bluetooth Preferences… from the drop-down list.
  2. If you don’t have the Bluetooth Menu Bar icon, open the System Preferences from the “Apple”" icon in your Menu Bar, and then click the Bluetooth entry.
  3. Select the Bluetooth device you want to “delete” by clicking on it once. Then click the “X” that will appear on the right-side of that items name (see screenshot below).
  4. removing a bluetooth device in OSX

  5. When prompted for confirmation, click the Remove button.
  6. Now that particular Bluetooth item is no longer listed! If you ever need to use that device with your Mac again, you’ll need to “pair” it again.
  7. The Bluetooth device you removed will no longer be listed in the Bluetooth Menu Bar list either.
  8. Repeat step #3 to delete other unused Bluetooth devices from your Mac.