Bluetooth: About Bluetooth Icons

Learn what the different icons mean in the Bluetooth status menu and Bluetooth preference pane.

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If your computer has built-in Bluetooth or a Bluetooth USB adapter, you may see a Bluetooth icon in the menu bar. You can turn this menu on or off in Bluetooth preferences. The icon for the Bluetooth menu bar item changes to reflect the current status of Bluetooth devices.

To turn the Bluetooth status menu on or off:

    1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
    2. From the View menu, choose Bluetooth.
    3. Click Settings.
    4. Select or deselect "Show Bluetooth status in the menu bar".

Bluetooth icons

Icon Where It
Menu Bar Gray B
You see a gray B icon when a Bluetooth adapter is connected to the computer but turned off. To turn on the computer's Bluetooth adapter, choose Turn Bluetooth On from the menu bar item.
Menu Bar Black B
The black B icon means that the Bluetooth adapter is turned on but that no devices are paired and communicating with the computer.
Menu Bar B with dots
You see a B icon with three dots through it when Bluetooth is on and a paired Bluetooth device is communicating with your computer.
Menu Bar B with wavy line
The gray B icon with a black wavy line through it means that no Bluetooth adapter is connected to the computer. This icon appears if you disconnect your Bluetooth USB adapter, for example.
Menu Bar Flashing B battery icon
The battery on one of your Bluetooth devices is low (such as Apple Wireless Mouse or Keyboard).
System Preferences Heart icon
This means the paired device is a Favorite. See technical document  TA21371.
System Preferences Key icon
The paired device uses encrypted communication. See technical document TA21370.


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