If ever there was a technology we need but don’t really want to use, it’s Bluetooth. You know about Bluetooth, right? It’s that strange wireless technology that sends and receives data over short distances between various devices. Various? Every major Apple product has Bluetooth and it’s so painful to use that Apple designed and built its own chips to make it work better.
Yes, I’m talking about AirPods and the little chip Apple uses to make syncing them to your Mac or iPhone an easier and more pleasant proposition. Mostly, and unlike Bluetooth itself, it just works. Mac users have an option you won’t find on iPhones. Yet. It’s called Tooth Fairy; a little utility that makes it less painful to switch connections on Bluetooth devices, including AirPods.
Tooth Fairy resides in the Mac’s Menubar. Click and ye shall receive options to change from one device to another device– very handy if you have AirPods connected to your iPhone and you want them connected to your Mac.
ToothFairy even lets you see how much battery power is remaining in your Bluetooth connected device. Remember, all this little utility does is make it easier to add or remove or switch to a Bluetooth device from the comfy confines of the Mac’s Menubar, and it works best on wireless headphones and earbuds.
A Menubar click is your friend.
One benefit to using Tooth Fairy with AirPods and FaceTime or Skype is audio quality. If you listen to music, AirPods us AAC as the active codec to transfer music from the Mac. But if you switch to FaceTime or Skype, macOS itself switch the output format to SCO– inferior to AAC.
Tooth Fairy to the rescue with an option called Audio Output Only.
Alright, now we’re getting a little geeky. There’s a built-in option to run macOS Terminal.app shell scripts both after connecting to Bluetooth and upon disconnecting from Bluetooth. I won’t go there because I don’t go there. I like point and click, but the option to get all geeky on your bad self is there if you want it.
Tooth Fairy comes with a modest price tag and there is no try-before-you-buy option, but if you use AirPods on both iPhone and Mac this is a utility you’ll like using.