Ever since Apple released its AirPods, consumer demand for true wireless headphones has increased. Despite their technological advancement, bluetooth headphones sometimes suffer from annoying problems. In this article, we take a look at the most common problems with Bluetooth headphones and simple solutions to fix them!
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1. My smartphone cannot find my bluetooth headphones
Want to connect your headphones to your smartphone, but for some reason the headphones aren’t showing up in your Bluetooth device list? Here is a list of potential problem solvers:
- Check that you have actually enabled the bluetooth option on your phone. It’s a surprisingly easy thing to miss.
- Check that your headphones are compatible with your device and operating system. If you are using an iPhone, you should be running at least iOS 7, which natively supports “Bluetooth Smart Ready”. If you’re on Android, make sure you’re running at least Android 4.3.
- Make sure your smartphone and headphones are close enough to each other if you want to pair them. While most Bluetooth devices – headphones in particular – have good range, the best way to make sure they connect when they’re at least three feet apart.
- Check the manufacturer’s recommended pairing process. Not all bluetooth headphones connect to your phone in the same way. Sometimes it’s as simple as turning on your headphones. sometimes it’s a little more complicated. Read all the details carefully to avoid problems pairing your device.
- Try turning them off and on again. It’s an old method, but let’s face it – sometimes it really works.
- Turn off or remove interfering devices. It may be that for some reason your headphones are trying to connect to another device instead of your smartphone.
- Move away from the wireless router. It is possible that your wireless router is using the same spectrum as the headphones and is therefore causing interference.
2. My Bluetooth headphones continue to be disconnected
There is nothing more frustrating than listening to good music when suddenly the Bluetooth headphone connection is lost. Sometimes the bluetooth connection is completely lost and you have to reconnect. In other cases, the connection will be lost for a few seconds before the connection is re-established. Both are equally frustrating experiences, but offer equally simple solutions.
- Be within range of your headphones and your smartphone. It’s easy to wander around without being tied to your smartphone’s audio jack, but it’s even easier to move out of range.
- Remove any unnecessary Bluetooth connections. There are times when your smartphone is “overwhelmed” with the number of things trying to connect.
- Make sure your Bluetooth headset has enough battery power. Bluetooth headphones tend to disconnect regularly when the battery is low.
- Try unpairing your headphones and then pairing them with your smartphone again.
- Check to see if others are facing a similar problem. Sometimes random interruptions can be caused by buggy software, and it’s not really your fault. However, in this case, you need to contact the manufacturer for help.
3. The pairing between my headphones and my smartphone continues to fail
It is also common that when you try to pair your headphones and your smartphone, you are either greeted with an error message or the pairing process seems to go on forever – without actually pairing the two. The simplest solution is here:
- Delete unused or unnecessary Bluetooth connections. Some devices respond when there are too many devices in their Bluetooth connectivity list.
If that fails, you can try one of the other solutions we have already listed.
4. It’s static when I listen to music on my bluetooth headphones
Although Bluetooth technology has come a long way, it is still prone to interference such as static or crackling noise when listening to music.
- First, you should disable or disable other unused Bluetooth devices in the area.
- If the static doesn’t go away, try resetting your headphones (you can easily find out by referring to the manufacturer’s website).
- Turn on your media player, disconnect the headphones for 30 seconds, and then pair them again.
- Reduce the distance between your smartphone and your headphones, as this will also help reduce (or even fix) static electricity.
These are all tried and tested methods of getting around some of the more annoying Bluetooth problems, but this isn’t a collection of things. If none of these troubleshooting methods work, it is best to contact the manufacturer directly.
Have you tried any of these methods to troubleshoot problems with your own bluetooth devices? Are there any that we have missed that you find useful? Let us know in the comments below.