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pmbooks

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Anyone else having issues lately pairing? They see each other, but fail to pair, with the error message on iPhone: "Pairing Unsuccessful "Paul's Computer" is not supported.

I'm assuming it's a public beta issue (iOS 16.4, MacOS 13.3), but thought I'd see if others are experiencing this. I've reported to Apple via Feedback Assistant.

Thanks in advance.
 
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pmbooks

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You don’t pair iPhones to Macs. Never have.
Not helpful. You may not have understood what I intended, so call it "connect" or whatever you wish; the error message on the iPhone calls it "pairing."

(Anyway, I think they do "pair" for personal hotspot when cellular plans allow it.)
 

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Are you trying to use hand off? They don't pair in any way but if you have a problem with hand off you need to be signed into face time on both of them.

I have a feeling this is what you are trying to do. They call it a link not a pair
 
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dmccloud

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You don't need to "pair" your iPhone and Mac together for hotspot. If they are both using the same Apple ID, the phone will automatically appear in the networking section in the menubar. You don't even have to manually turn on the hotspot feature on your phone...
 

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pmbooks

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Well, I admit I was wrong bout the whole thing. I was assuming that bluetooth was required when it is not. Can't really even say why I'd been led to believe it.

Thanks for pushing me forward a bit.
 

pmbooks

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You don't need to "pair" your iPhone and Mac together for hotspot. If they are both using the same Apple ID, the phone will automatically appear in the networking section in the menubar. You don't even have to manually turn on the hotspot feature on your phone...
Getting back to my original query, my "wake my Mac" stopped functioning via Apple Watch. Does this have nothing to do with a bluetooth "connection? via my iPhone" (all instructions, followed: https://support.apple.com/guide/watch/unlock-your-mac-with-apple-watch-apd4200675b8/watchos)
 
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I do seem to have persistent issues of Hotspot connections using the Apple private variant between some Macs and iPhone 13 mini. My 11Pro seems to work reliably. All run the latest OS.
 

dmccloud

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Getting back to my original query, my "wake my Mac" stopped functioning via Apple Watch. Does this have nothing to do with a bluetooth "connection? via my iPhone" (all instructions, followed: https://support.apple.com/guide/watch/unlock-your-mac-with-apple-watch-apd4200675b8/watchos)

Under the Touch ID & Password section of your settings on the Mac, make sure the option to unlock the Mac using your watch is enabled. I've noticed that my system tends to turn that off after an update, so I have to turn the setting back on to allow that.
 
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pmbooks

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thnx, dmccloud and kitKAC.

I did several new things: just installed latest updates for phone and mac; went in and turned the unlock by watch button off, then on again; turned on Wi-Fi in the watch/Airplane Mode settings.

It's back to functioning.
 
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olad

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Anyone else having issues lately pairing? They see each other, but fail to pair, with the error message on iPhone: "Pairing Unsuccessful "Paul's Computer" is not supported.

I'm assuming it's a public beta issue (iOS 16.4, MacOS 13.3), but thought I'd see if others are experiencing this. I've reported to Apple via Feedback Assistant.

Thanks in advance.
You are not alone. I too have problems pairing my iPhone 13 (mini) on iOS 16.4, to my MBA M1 (Ventura) i.e. to make the MBA see the iPhone. For Continuity Display, one needs connection to both the Wireless AND Bluetooth. No solutions yet. Conversely, my MBA11,4 from 2015 (also running Ventura) 'sees' the iPhone, but not continuously. It may be a problem with Ventura, I don't know.
 
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pmbooks

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Getting back to my original query, my "wake my Mac" stopped functioning via Apple Watch. Does this have nothing to do with a bluetooth "connection? via my iPhone" (all instructions, followed: https://support.apple.com/guide/watch/unlock-your-mac-with-apple-watch-apd4200675b8/watchos)
 
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