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
- ToothFairy no longer shows an error window when you try to connect to a device that's already connected.
- ToothFairy now automatically retries connecting via Bluetooth to make it more likely that it will succeed without user intervention.
- Improved the Why isn't my device connecting?" section of the manual.
- Added the "Why don't I see the battery level?" section of the manual.
- Added accessibility labels for the device icon menu and menu bar status icon.
- ToothFairy is more judicious about changing the audio input device, to avoid excessive Micro Snitch notifications.
- Fixed a bug where some script text could be displayed with the wrong color in Dark Mode.
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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.
Works great, would love the same thing on iOS
I just got my AirPods a week ago and while I mostly love them, switching between devices is not as smooth as I would have hoped. This little app does a great job of letting me know at a glance if they are connected to my Mac - perfect if I'm about to hop on a Webex, and I can keep an eye on the battery level if that meeting goes long.
I hope the developer will take this concept to the next level and release an iOS version that will allow one-tap AirPod connections through the iOS Widgets screen and/or Control Center.
I've long been looking for something to easily switch bluetooth audio output. I know, I know, it seems like it's fairly easy already, but having to go into a menu is just inconvenient. I wanted to switch with a hotkey, and this app provides it.
Feature request: I'd also like to be able to query and switch the current device from the command line. That would let me hook it up to automation systems like Hammerspoon, so that I can automatically switch from headset to speakers when I connect to my external monitor.
- C-Command Software, LLC
- 5.4 MB
- OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor
- English, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2019 C-Command Software
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.