Bluetooth headphones are so much more convenient compared to wired headphones. No more cables getting tangled, and you can move around easily.
However, Bluetooth technology makes connectivity and sound issues more frequent than you might like. You might be unable to pair your headphones to your phone or laptop. Or you might need help with issues like the audio lagging or stuttering.
If you’re stuck and can’t find a solution, factory resetting your headphones might be a good idea. Resetting can be tedious, but we’ve put together a comprehensive guide for you and other options you can try out if your headphones are still facing issues.
When Should You Reset Your Bluetooth Headphones?
You might have encountered an issue and want to know if it’s a good time to reset your Bluetooth headphones. Resetting your headphones is a good option to restore them to their original settings and eliminate minor bugs. Here is a list of common issues you might face with Bluetooth headphones.
- Your headphones are unable to connect with your phone or PC.
- Your smartphone/PC is unable to detect your Bluetooth headphones.
- Your device has scanned and detected your headphones but is unable to connect to them.
- Bluetooth headphones connect, but they keep disconnecting from your device.
- Headphones get connected to your device, but still, no sound is coming out.
- You’re facing delays in audio while watching videos.
- There is some static noise in the headphones.
General Steps On Resetting Your Headphones
Here is a list of common steps you can follow to reset your Bluetooth headphones.
- Locate the power button on your Bluetooth headphones and press them to turn off your headset.
- Hold the power button for 15 to 20 seconds to reset your headphones.
- In some cases, if your headphones have volume rockers, you need to press those buttons along with the power button. (Usually power and volume up)
- Press and hold the power button and volume up for 15 seconds.
- In some headphones, the LED lights will start blinking to let you know the reset has finished.
- If your headphones reset properly, they will also unpair from other devices.
- Delete the name of your Bluetooth headphones from your device.
- Reconnect your Bluetooth headphones with your device.
- If the reset is successful, your headphones will connect to your device.
Resetting Headphones According to Particular Brands
Here is a guide on how to reset your headphones according to your particular brand.
Apple – AirPods Max
Here’s how to reset your AirPods Max.
- Put them in the charging case and observe the light. If there’s a green light, they are fully charged, and if it’s red, you should charge them. Fully charge until the light turns green.
- You’ll notice two buttons on your ear cup, the noise control, and the digital crown.
- To begin resetting, press and hold the digital crown and noise control button for 15 seconds.
- Hold until you the LED light flashes yellow and then white.
- Your airpods have reset now, and you can connect them to your devices.
Here’s how to reset your boAt Headphones.
- Charge your headphones prior to starting the reset.
- Turn off your headphones using the power button until the LED light stops blinking.
- Press and hold the volume down and power button simultaneously for 15 seconds.
- You’ll notice the LED light flashing red and blue light.
- If this happens, then your headphones have been successfully reset.
- You can now pair your headphones with other devices.
Here’s how to reset your JBL headphones.
- Make sure your headphones are charged.
- Ensure Bluetooth on your other devices is turned off.
- Now press and hold the volume up and down buttons simultaneously for 15 seconds, and the LED lights should begin blinking.
- If this doesn’t work, hold the power button for 15 seconds or until the LED light starts blinking.
- Your headphones have now been reset.
- Turn on Bluetooth on your device and re-pair your headphones.
Here’s how to reset Sony Headphones.
- Make sure your headphones are turned off.
- Once they are off, press the power and custom buttons simultaneously for a few seconds.
- Wait for the LED lights to start flashing.
- Once they do, your headphones have successfully reset.
- You can now connect them to your device.
Here’s how to reset Bose Headphones.
- Connect your devices to charging via their cable.
- Make sure your headphones are turned off.
- Hold the power button and wait for the LED light to start flashing.
- Release the power button when the light starts flashing.
- If done correctly, your device will have reset.
- You can connect your headphones to other devices.
Why Do Pairing Issues Arise?
Having a pair of Bluetooth headphones is so much more convenient than wired headphones. Still, so much can go wrong with using them since they run on batteries and have wireless connectivity. Your headphones might not be pairing for various reasons, such as connectivity issues, interference, or battery levels.
Bluetooth has evolved over time, and while you shouldn’t face problems, they might have trouble connecting to older phones and PCs with older versions of Bluetooth. There might even be problems with Bluetooth compatibility.
Check to know if your device is, in fact, compatible with your headphones.
Interference could also be causing the issue with other devices connected to your headphones or PC/phone.
Too many wireless devices being near your headphones can also create this problem.
Troubleshooting When Bluetooth Reset is Not Working
Here is a list of reasons your headphones are having trouble connecting even after resetting them
Most Bluetooth headphones cannot work optimally because of the low battery. This is why you’ll have trouble connecting your headphones to your device on low charge.
Make sure to charge your headphones fully or to a reasonable level so they don’t have any trouble connecting to new devices.
Bluetooth has gone through changes in the past few years. There are newer versions of Bluetooth coming out with every new device.
While this shouldn’t be a problem as Bluetooth-supported devices shouldn’t have any problem connecting to each other, there still could be a chance that if your PC or Laptop is old and has an older version of Bluetooth, they might not support the newer version of Bluetooth on your laptop.
Check for Bluetooth compatibility between devices before connecting.
If it’s been a while since you’ve been using your headphones or haven’t updated them recently, updating your software could really be worth a shot.
Every headphone brand has a different process for updating firmware, so look up your manufacturer’s official website for detailed instructions. This will easily fix minor bugs and problems with your headsets.
Equalizers / Sound Modifiers
If your headphones can customize sound via apps such as equalizing, different modes, and equalizers, then it might be a good idea to turn them off.
Try turning these settings on and how your headphones sound after that. If you’re facing problems with audio lag or sound distortion, this could be one of the reasons.
Tips to Avoid Bluetooth Connection Issues
Here are some general tips to remember that will help you avoid having bluetooth issues.
Disconnect From Other Devices
Most headphones cannot support being connected to too many devices simultaneously.
There’s a chance if your headphones are connected to other devices, they are interfering with them connecting to new ones. Turn off Bluetooth settings or unpair from different devices so your headphones can go into pairing mode.
Pair Wireless Earbuds Properly
If you have wireless earbuds, you might have tried listening with only one bud on so you can save charge. But you need to follow a process for it.
If you have paired both earbuds and put one earbud else, you might cause a bad connection between them which reflects in their sound output. Refer to the proper instruction on how to listen with single earbuds.
Keep Headphones Close to the Device
You’ll have trouble with audio if your devices are far from each other. Check your specific headphone model for how far apart it can be from your other device to play audio seamlessly.
There will be a problem with the Bluetooth signal if there are too many obstructions in the path.
Learning how to reset your Bluetooth headphones is excellent because it’s an easy fix to all the problems you might run into. It restores your headphones back to their original settings and repairs any minor bugs or issues you might face.
Hopefully, this comprehensive guide helped you factory reset your headphones successfully. Try disconnecting all Bluetooth devices from your phone and laptop before doing a factory reset.
If problems with your Bluetooth headsets still persist, contact the manufacturer.
Samreen Parvez found her love for tech by messing around with the settings on her family’s old digital cameras. This led to a passion for different gadgets and a fascination with all the things they can do. Her interest in all things tech related, combined with a love for writing and research, led her to craft content at Tech Wizard.