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 can also display a battery indicator. Now you know that it’s safe to start playing music; it won’t blast from your Mac’s internal speaker.
- 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, for example to notify you or to launch or quit another app.
- Use with your Magic Mouse or Magic Keyboard to make sure the battery level doesn’t get too low, or to quickly reconnect them after charging or 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.
“The ultimate ‘saved you a click’ app” —Dieter Bohn, The Verge
“Ideal for AirPods” —Matt Bolton, Mac|Life
“A must for Mac or MacBook owners” —Mike Peterson, AppleToolBox
- Added menu bar icons for more devices: pair of AirPods, Powerbeats3, Powerbeats Pro, Beats Solo, headset, speakers (boombox, conference, cylinder, desktop, vertical), graphics tablet, game controller, Magic Mouse, 2-button mouse, Magic Trackpad 2 (top and side views), Magic Trackpad 1 (side view), iPhone, and tablet.
- Clicking on a device in the menu bar now shows a menu with its name, connection status, and battery level, so you can see the information immediately instead of waiting for the tooltip to appear.
- The **Preferences** window now explains that you can right-click (or Control-click) the menu bar icon to access the preferences when the Dock icon is hidden.
- The **Preferences** window now explains that showing the battery status requires a device whose battery level appears in the **Bluetooth** pane in System Preferences.
- Tweaked various **Preferences** window text to clarify the icon and audio input settings and how the new Apple H1 chip fits in.
- Improved the “Why don’t I see the battery level?” and “Why isn’t my device connecting?” sections of the manual.
- When reporting a Bluetooth error, ToothFairy now includes the hex code and error name to help look up the exact cause of the problem.
- Fixed a regression where changing the icon didn’t work on macOS 10.11.
- Updated code for Xcode 10.2 and Swift 5.
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Ratings and Reviews
Great for connecting to macs but poor elsewhere
1. Great at connecting to my macboo at home, macbook at work, mac mini as I am using them on my iphone and then want a quick switch. This is a joy.
2. However, when I click off of the icon in whichever mac thus unpairing it it does not auto pair back to my iphone which id like to be the default essentially. This is what it say it does but it does not do this. IF there is a way to do this please explain. IF you are in fact expecting having to go back into the bluetooth menu on the iphone to repair please confirm. This is ok but misleading.
3. Lastly, I have this in my menu bar at top right but the dock icon does not hide no matter that I clicked it off. Developer can you kindly explain how to execute this? Perhaps screenshots of both the app preferences as well as the dock menu options that need to be clocked off?
Developer Response ,
1. That’s great to hear.
2. ToothFairy is only intended to ease connecting to (and disconnecting from) a Mac. I don’t think we ever claim otherwise. A Mac can’t make a Bluetooth device connect to an iPhone—that would require software running on the phone. However, you don’t have to go to the Bluetooth menu in the iPhone Settings to connect back to the iPhone. Most audio apps have a button that you can tap to switch more quickly. It looks like a triangle pointing upward to a series of concentric circles.
(Sidenote: Pairing has to be done from System Preferences, and technically the Bluetooth device remains paired with both the Mac and iPhone. ToothFairy and the Bluetooth menu both deal with connecting and disconnecting devices that are already paired.)
3. macOS 10.14 may keep a “recent” app icon in the Dock even if the app has hidden it. Please see this page for how to tell it that you want to remove the icon: https://c-command.com/toothfairy/help/why-do-i-see-the-dock-i
This made life so much easier!
I connect my AirPods, Bose Wireless Headphones, and a wireless bluetooth speaker to my Mac, and I'm cosntantly switching between them. Before this app it was such a pain and waste of time waiting for one thing to disconnect while trying to connect the other. This has streamelined it immensely and I haven't had any trouble since using this. It also let's me create seperate profiles for each bluetooth device. Another thing I love about this app is that it has an option to automatically switch input from your bluetooth device to your computer, so there wont be degraded sound quality.
SO WORTH THE PRICE, if you had any of the issues I mentioned, this will be a lifesaver.
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.
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