Connect AirPods (or other Bluetooth headphones) to your Mac with a single click or keypress.
AirPods are great, but they don’t work quite as smoothly with Macs as they do iPhones. You can’t tell at a glance whether audio will play from the AirPods or your Mac’s built-in speaker, you have to dig into a Bluetooth submenu to connect, and then you have to go back to the menu to see when the AirPods are ready for use. ToothFairy streamlines this: just click an icon in the menu bar (or press a hotkey) to switch to the AirPods, and the icon always shows whether they’re connected.
- Works with AirPods, as well as any Bluetooth device that you can connect to your Mac: headphones, speakers, headsets, game pad controllers, keyboards, mice, etc. (HomePod is not supported, as it is not a Bluetooth audio device.)
- Click the hollow AirPods icon in the menu bar to switch to AirPods. It fills in to show they are connected and also displays a battery indicator.
- Supports multiple Bluetooth audio devices; you can choose a different icon and hotkey for each.
- Get the best audio quality. macOS will normally use the SCO codec if it thinks you’re going to use the microphone. ToothFairy can ensure that it uses the higher quality AAC codec when you only care about audio output: listening to music or video or playing a game.
- Disconnect a Bluetooth device by clicking the icon (or pressing the hotkey) again, so that you can switch back to your phone. AirPods and Beats devices with an Apple W1 chip do not need to be manually disconnected, and you can set them to avoid accidental disconnections when pressing the hotkey multiple times.
- ToothFairy automatically launches at login, so it’s always there when you need it.
- Optionally hide the Dock icon so it only appears in the menu bar. With the Dock icon hidden, you can right-click (or Control-click) the menu bar icon to access the settings.
- Run a shell script when the AirPods are connected or disconnected.
- Use with your Magic Mouse or Magic Keyboard to make sure the battery level doesn’t get too low, or to quickly reconnect them if they get disconnected.
Note: ToothFairy works with devices that can be connected via the macOS Bluetooth menu. Please make sure the devices you want to connect have been paired to the system correctly before using them with ToothFairy.
- Updated the user interface colors.
- Revised various preferences text to improve clarity. For example:
- **Global hotkey to switch connection** is now **Global hotkey to connect/disconnect**.
- **Hide dock icon (effect after next launch)** is now **Hide Dock icon (takes effect at next launch)**.
- **Audio output only** is now **Improve sound quality by disabling audio input**.
- **Connection only mode** is now **Don’t disconnect when clicking icon or pressing hotkey**.
- Fixed a bug where the **Audio output only** option didn’t work, causing AirPods to be inappropriately set as the system audio input device.
- Added the **Save Diagnostic Report** button.
- Reduced the size of the application by having ToothFairy and its login item helper share the same copy of the Swift libraries.
- Fixed the minimum widths of the **OK** buttons.
- Reformatted the text in the credits sheet with fonts, styles, and clickable links.
If you enjoy using ToothFairy, please take a minute to rate it or leave a review. We’d really appreciate it.
Ratings and Reviews
Does 1 Thing.. and does it well
Before you think, we’ll I can do that.. just go down the bluetooth dropdown - what is so hard? You’re right you could but what if you want to make a hotkey to do that function can you do that? Maybe, a little script with a hotkey shortcut.. cool you’ve got the same solution but you want to check you battery well back to the bluetooth menu to dig and check again. This was the position I found myself in, but instead of figuring out how to create a easy way to see the battery I bought this app instead and it was worth every penny.
Simple, Easy… “It just works."
Why Apple didn’t make it this easy to pair your airpods or other bluetooth devices on your mac… we will never know. Thankfully these guys made a great app that “just works.” Like you’d expect anything Apple to do. Super easy to install and even easier to use. Thanks!
The missing Mac app for AirPods (and other bluetooth headphones)
I’ve been using this app since I got my AirPods and, recently picked up a pair of noise cancelling headphones. I now use the app to quicky connect (or disconnect) from either of my headphones with a single click. Works as advertised. Thanks for the awesome app!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.