Resetting Bluetooth headphones is one of the most common ways of troubleshooting them. When using a decent pair of headphones like the AirPods Max or the XM4’s, I never find myself having to worry about pairing issues.
That said, connectivity issues are still common in some Bluetooth devices due to interference or device incompatibility. One thing that can fix all these issues is A quick reset!
Since every brand has a different reset process, resetting Bluetooth headphones isn’t always easy.
In this blog, we will discuss:
- How to reset Bluetooth headphones
- Reset instructions for popular headphone brands
- Reasons behind connectivity issues
- How to avoid connectivity issues
General Instructions to Reset Bluetooth Headphones
Resetting wireless headphones consists of similar steps mostly across all bands. The only thing that differs is the button placement and control options in your earphone, so make sure you know the function of each button before proceeding with this. Here are the general guidelines for resetting Bluetooth headphones:
- Turn off the headset by force-pressing the power button. This button is typically located towards the outer side of your ear cup or beneath it.
- Then, once the LED light stops blinking/flashes blue or red, press the power button for a minimum duration of 15 seconds which should reset the headphones.
- In case your headphones have power & volume controls mounted together, then you will need to process all 3 buttons for 15 seconds together.
- Another alternative you can try is pressing the combination of the power button & the volume up/down button together.
- You will notice that your headphones will now get unpaired from your device
Resetting Guide: By Brand
Here are some popular headphone brands along with instructions on how to reset them.
Resetting Apple Airpods Max
- Put the AirPods in their charging case and close it. Open the lid after thirty seconds.
- You will notice a green light on your case, or a red light if the case is not charged fully. If the light is red, then charge your case fully. Go to step 3 if the issue persists.
- Open the case lid and check for the AirPods connection prompt on your iPhone.
- Open Settings, then go to Bluetooth options and tap on the ‘i’ button next to your Airpods.
- Scroll down and you will see an option ‘Forget this device’. Tap on it.
- Then, press and hold the noise control button along with the Digital Crown for 15 seconds until the LED flashes amber, then white.
Resetting Beats Headphones
- If you have the Beats Solo Pro, unplug them from the charging port and wait till the light stops blinking.
- Then, press and hold the volume down and power buttons for 10 seconds. You will see an LED blink which indicates that your headphones have been reset.
- In the case of other Studio Buds by Beats, you need to press and hold the power button for 10 seconds.
Resetting Bose Headphones
- Disconnect your headphones if they are paired and plug out any wires that might be connected to the port.
- Turn off the headphones followed by holding the power button for at least ten seconds.
- Go to the Bluetooth settings on your device and delete Bose headphones from the list.
- Start pairing and set up again.
Resetting JBL Headphones
- Turn off the headphones manually or just disconnect them by turning off Bluetooth in your device.
- Press the power button and hold for ten seconds.
- Stop pressing the button when you see a blinking light.
- Your JBL headphones have now been restored to factory settings.
Resetting Sony Headphones
- Turn the headset off along with holding the power button for 10-15 seconds.
- You will notice a blue light flashing continuously and the headphones will automatically get disconnected from any devices they were paired to before.
- Press the power button to turn it back on and begin pairing.
Resetting LG Headphones
- Keep the headphones on, and press the call button along with the volume up & down button.
- Do this till the light starts flashing blue.
- Once your device is reset, pair it again.
- Contact customer support if the issue persists.
Resetting Portronics Headphones
- Turn your headphones on followed by turning them off one time. Then, press the multifunction button for 6 seconds.
- Tap on ‘forget device’ from your device’s Bluetooth settings.
- Pair the headset again when done.
Resetting Skullcandy Headphones
- Turn off your wireless headphones.
- Hold the volume up button along with the center/power button for 5 seconds.
- Turn on your mobile’s Bluetooth so that the headphones get disconnected.
- Initiate the pairing process after 30 seconds.
When Should I Factory Reset My Bluetooth Headset?
Resetting Bluetooth headphones restores all the settings and gets rid of any bugs/glitches that might occur due to software updates. If your headphones often fail to connect or you face lots of audio blackouts, you can consider resetting them to restore factory settings. Some common issues related to Bluetooth headphones are:
- Headphones not connecting with your mobile device
- Your mobile fails to discover Bluetooth headphones
- Headphones not pairing even after being detected
- Static hearing
- Your device keeps losing connection with the headset
Why Do Pairing Issues Arise?
Bluetooth headphones can have connectivity issues due to several problems ranging from low battery level, crosstalk, interference, audio source being too far away, etc.
In case you have an older headphone, check with the manufacturer if it supports versions later than Bluetooth 4.1 or not. If your headphone model was manufactured later than 2015, then this compatibility issue is not likely the cause behind pairing issues.
Another common culprit is interference, which happens when too many wireless devices are placed near your headphones. This causes primary bandwidth congestion and may result in audio stutters or delayed response. Common high-distortion zones are microwaves, baby monitors, electronic cables, etc.
Lastly, you might be facing an issue if your device is not updated with the latest software.
Tips to Avoid Bluetooth Connection Issues
Here are some tips to avoid Bluetooth connectivity issues in wireless headphones:
- When using earbuds, avoid placing your phone on the right side if you are using the left earbud alone and vice versa. This is because Bluetooth waves cannot travel in water; 70% of our body is made up of water.
- Make sure your headphones are fully charged and updated before you start pairing them.
- If they were previously paired with another device, go to the settings and manually delete your headphone’s data from that device so that you can carry out the setup process from scratch.
- If you fail to resolve the issue, try switching your headphones off and then turn on again.
- Bluetooth headphones should ideally be within a 30 feet range of the source device, go any farther and you’ll notice the distortion.
Thanks for reading!
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