Bluetooth headsets have been around for quite some time now, but it took a few years for their audio quality and price to really catch up with customers. Since Apple released its AirPods, consumer demand for wireless headphones has exploded. Despite their technological advancements, Bluetooth headphones are still affected by some annoying issues. We’ve looked at the most common Bluetooth issues and found solutions.
My smartphone cannot find my Bluetooth headset
So you want to connect your headset to your smartphone, but for some reason the headset is not in the list of your Bluetooth devices? Here is a list of potential problem solvers:
- Check if you have actually activated the Bluetooth connection on your phone. It’s a surprisingly simple thing to miss.
- Check if your headphones are compatible with your device and operating system. If you are using an iPhone, it should work on at least iOS 7, which natively supports “Bluetooth Smart Ready”. If you are using Android, make sure it is running at least Android 4.3.
- Make sure your smartphone and earphones are close enough to each other when you want to connect them. While most Bluetooth devices – especially headphones – have sufficient range, the best way to ensure they are connected is when they are at least 3 feet apart.
- Check the manufacturer’s recommended pairing process. Not all Bluetooth headsets connect to your phone the same way. sometimes it’s as easy as turning on your headphones, sometimes it’s a little more complicated. To avoid any issues when pairing your device, carefully read all the details of what you should do.
- Try turning them off and back on. It’s an old method, but let’s face it, sometimes it really works.
- Turn off or remove any interfering devices. There may be some reason that your headphones are trying to connect with another device instead of your smartphone.
- Move away from the Wi-Fi router. Your Wi-Fi router may use the same spectrum as the headphones and thus cause interference.
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My Bluetooth headset keeps disconnecting
There is nothing more frustrating than listening to great music when suddenly your Bluetooth headset connectivity is interrupted. Sometimes the Bluetooth connection gets cut off completely and requires you to reconnect. In other cases, it will be interrupted for a few seconds before reconnecting. Both are equally frustrating experiences, but come with equally easy solutions.
- Stay within range of your helmet and smartphone. It’s easy to walk around without being tethered to your smartphone’s audio jack, but it’s even easier to move out of range.
- Remove all unnecessary Bluetooth connections. It could very well be 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 headsets tend to disconnect periodically when they are almost empty.
- Try unpairing your headphones, then bringing them closer to your smartphone.
The pairing between my headset and my smartphone continues to fail
It also happens quite often that when you try to pair your headphones and smartphone, you’ll either be greeted with an error message or the pairing process seems to go on and on – without actually pairing the two. The simplest solution is as follows:
- Delete any unused or unnecessary Bluetooth connections. Some devices start to work if there are too many devices in your Bluetooth connectivity list.
If that fails, you can try one of the solutions we have already listed.
There is static electricity every time I listen to music on my Bluetooth headphones
Despite the long road traveled, Bluetooth technology remains susceptible to interference such as static or crackling noises when listening to music.
- First, you need to turn off or turn off any other unused Bluetooth device in the area.
- If the noise doesn’t go away, try resetting your headphones (you can easily find out by looking at the manufacturer’s website).
- Turn on your media player, then unplug your headphones for 30 seconds, then plug them back in.
- Reduce the distance between your smartphone and headphones, as this also helps reduce (or even resolve) any static charge.
These are all proven methods to fix some of the more annoying Bluetooth issues, but they’re not an exhaustive list. If none of these troubleshooting methods work, it is best to contact the manufacturer directly.
Have you tried any of these methods to troubleshoot issues with your own Bluetooth devices? Are there any ideas we missed that you might find helpful? Let us know in the comments below.