Apple Keyboard Light Blinking Twice and Won’t Reconnect to Mac? Here’s Fix

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The Apple Keyboard light blinks twice when the keyboard is ready to be paired via Bluetooth with a Mac or other device, indicating that it is ready to be set up. In others words, if you’ve just bought a brand new Apple Keyboard, the light will blink when it turns on and you’ll need to pair it with a Mac for it to work. But that’s not our focus here, this article aims to solve the rare situation where Apple Keyboard indicator light starts blinking twice randomly after disconnecting from computer for no apparent reason, usually with macOS Bluetooth preference pane showing errors reports such as “Not Connected”, “Cannot Connect to Device” and “Pairing Failed”.

If you encounter the blinking keyboard light issue seemingly out of the blue on an Apple keyboard that has previously been paired with the Mac, or after a Mac has been sleeping and then woken up up, you can usually fix the keyboard light blinking problem with a relatively simple troubleshooting.

Make sure the Apple keyboard batteries are sufficiently charged before you begin. If the battery charge is too low or zero, the Bluetooth connection will not maintain itself or even establish at all. If the keyboard disconnects seemingly randomly, it’s probably because of the battery. This article is not intended to be another general troubleshooting for disconnecting Bluetooth devices guide however, and instead focuses specifically on the twice blinking light on Apple keyboards after having them set up before.

The blinking Apple Keyboard light looks like this, located on the top of an Apple Keyboard and blinks twice, pauses for a moment, then blinks twice again, until the keyboard is paired or turned off:

Fixed blinking Apple keyboard light

Wait! Is the Apple keyboard new? Have you already configured and paired the Bluetooth keyboard and Mac?

The reason the Apple Keyboard light blinks twice is to indicate that it needs to be configured and paired with the Mac. This usually only happens when the Apple keyboard is brand new or is being configured with a new Mac.

If you have not yet set up the Apple Bluetooth keyboard on the Mac, do so first by going to the Bluetooth Control Panel ( Apple menu> System Preferences> Bluetooth) and pair the Apple keyboard with the Mac.

Apple keyboard works in Bluetooth and is connected

Remember the guide This is for users who are randomly experiencing the flashing keyboard issue on a Mac that was already configured to use the paired keyboard.

How to Fix Blinking Apple keyboard light on a Mac

Try this simple approach first to fix the keyboard light blinking issue:

  1. Turn off the Apple Keyboard (press and hold the button button for a bit)
  2. Open the  APPLE menu and choose “System Preferences” then go to the “Bluetooth” preference pane
  3. Click on ‘Turn off Bluetooth’
  4. Now go back to the  Apple menu and choose ‘Restart’
  5. When the Mac starts up again up, go back to the  Apple menu> System Preferences> Bluetooth, then choose Enable Bluetooth and leave the Bluetooth Preferences pane open
  6. Turn the Apple Keyboard back ON by pressing the power button button
  7. Wait a moment and the Apple keyboard should appear in the “Devices” list of the Bluetooth preference pane and sync again

That should fix the problem, but if the Apple Keyboard still doesn’t work, you may have to go a step further and remove the paired keyboard from the Mac, then reboot and pair the keyboard again. Those steps are discussed below.

Is the Apple keyboard still blinking twice? Try removing the Apple keyboard and re-pairing it with the Mac

Like the above trick For whatever reason keyboard functionality does not resume, you can remove the Apple Keyboard and re-pair it with the Mac:

  1. Go to the  Apple menu> System Preferences> Bluetooth
  2. Select “Apple Keyboard” then press the Delete key on the keyboard and confirm that you want to remove the Bluetooth device
  3. Restart the Mac
  4. After a successful reboot, return to the Bluetooth System Preferences panel
  5. Turn on the Apple keyboard by pressing the power button button to restart the pairing process
  6. Choose “Pair” when Apple Keyboard reappears in the list of Bluetooth devices
  7. Enter the numbers on the screen using the connected Apple Keyboard to pair the keyboard with the Mac
  8. Pair the Apple keyboard to stop the blinking light

The remove and relink approach works every time I personally encountered this problem on my Apple keyboard, but as it’s a bit more cumbersome than the first approach, which often works too, it’s included as a secondary troubleshooting tip.

The steps above would do it trick. If for whatever reason you continue to have trouble with the Bluetooth keyboard, you may want to reset the Bluetooth module on a Mac and start over. Actually, that shouldn’t be necessary for the vast majority of Bluetooth problems, and usually just checking that the battery is sufficient and then pairing a device again is enough to fix a Bluetooth connection problem.

By the way, if you find yourself struggling with this problem with Bluetooth peripherals, it can be helpful to learn it how to turn on Bluetooth on a Mac without a keyboard or mouse. Note that if you ever see the “Bluetooth not available” error on a Mac, you have a separate issue that is usually resolved with a hardware SMC reset and forcibly creating new Bluetooth preferences.

Did this article help you resolve the blinking light issue on an Apple Keyboard and a Mac? Do you have another solution? Share it with us in the comments below!

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