Ever since Apple released its AirPods, consumer demand for true wireless headphones has shot up. Despite their technological advancements, Bluetooth headphones sometimes suffer from annoying issues. We’ve had a look at the most common Bluetooth headphone problems and found some solutions.
My smartphone can’t find my Bluetooth headphones:
So you want to connect your headphones with your smartphone but, for some reason, the headphones aren’t showing up in your Bluetooth device list? Here’s a list of potential problem solvers:
- Check to see if you’ve actually turned on the Bluetooth connection on your phone. It’s a surprisingly simple thing to miss.
- Check if your headphones are compatible with your device and OS. If you’re using an iPhone it should run at least which natively supports Bluetooth Smart Ready.” If you’re on android, make sure it’s running at least android. Make sure your smartphone and headphones are close enough to one another when you want to connect them. While the bulk of Bluetooth devices – especially headphones – have enough range, the best way to ensure they connect is when they are within at least three feet of each other.
- Check the manufacturer’s recommended pairing process. Not all Bluetooth headphones will connect with your phone in the same way; sometimes it’s as easy as just turning on your headphones, other times it’s a bit more complicated. To avoid any issues with pairing your device, carefully read through all the details on what you should be doing.
- Try turning them off and on again. It’s an old method, but let’s face it – sometimes it really does work.
- Turn off or remove any interfering devices. It could be that for some reason your headphones are trying to connect with another device instead of your smartphone.
- Move away from the Wi-Fi router. It could be that your Wi-Fi router is using the same spectrum as the headphones, and thus causing some interference.
My Bluetooth headphones keep on disconnecting:
There’s nothing more frustrating than listening to some good tunes when suddenly your Bluetooth headphone connectivity just drops. Sometimes the Bluetooth connection will cut out completely and force you to reconnect, other times it will drop off for a few seconds before it reconnects. Both are equally frustrating experiences, but come with equally easy solutions.
- Keep within range of your headphones and smartphone. It’s easy to wander around without being tied down to the audio jack of your smartphone, but it’s even easier to move out of range.
- Remove any unnecessary Bluetooth connections. It could very well be that case that your smartphone is “overwhelmed” by the number of things trying to connect to it.
- Make sure your Bluetooth headset has enough battery power. Bluetooth headphones have a tendency to periodically disconnect when they are low on battery.
- Try unsparing your headphones and then re-pairing them with your smartphone.
The pairing between my headphones and smartphone keeps on failing:
It also happens quite often that when you try to pair your headphones and smartphone together, you’ll either be greeted by an error message or the pairing process seems to run forever – without actually pairing the two. The simplest solution here is delete any unused or unnecessary Bluetooth connections. Some devices start acting up if there are too many devices in your Bluetooth connectivity list.