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Better Bluetooth: 2 apps to use AirPods with a Mac



Using your AirPods ($ 145 at Walmart) with a Mac is not so good a chore, but it's not so seamless that they automatically connect to your iPhone ($ 1000 on Amazon) . If you use your AirPods often when you work or watch videos on your Mac, you need to know about two apps that make it easy and guarantee that you do not need to wade in Bluetooth settings.

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ToothFairy

First: ToothFairy, available in the Mac App Store for $ 3. The app adds an icon to the menu in your Mac, which you can click to connect and disconnect from your AirPods. You can also create a shortcut to create and cancel the connection between your Mac and AirPods. There are a handful of icons that you can choose to sit in the menu bar, including one that looks like an AirPod, and you can check a box to add a battery indicator next to the icon. The icon is filled in when your AirPods are connected and empty when there is no connection. It's all very easy and simple.

And it's not just for AirPods; You can use ToothFairy to manage other Bluetooth devices within your Mac.

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AirBuddy

The other app is AirBuddy. It is available on GumRoad for a suggested $ 5 donation. This app mimics the battery status screen you see on your iPhone when you open your AirPods case near it. With the app installed on your Mac, you will see the same spin icons for your AirPods and the battery status bag in a small window sliding down from the top of your Mac screen when opening your AirPods. (When you start the app, you can choose to have the window open on the left, right or center of the screen. And you can enable it for other W1 headsets, including some Beats models.) Just click the window to connect your Mac and AirPods .

AirBuddy requires Bluetooth LE and MacOS Mojave . If your Mac supports AirDrop, Hand Off and Continuity, you should be fully set.

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Of the two programs in their current iteration, I prefer ToothFairy because I like to have the constant visual that lets me know the connection status of my AirPods at a glance.


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