Bluetooth Headphone Won’t Work

The short-range wireless technology in Bluetooth headphones is designed to make use of radio waves rather than the standard cables.

It has several benefits over the traditional wired headphones. It makes a lot easier to enjoy your favorite music anytime, anywhere. If your Bluetooth headphone doesn’t work, you might want to go through all the possibilities given in this article.


Turn On Bluetooth Discovery

Bluetooth Discovery feature enables searching, connecting and transferring data with other devices. In order to pair a Bluetooth headphone to your computer or laptop, it is important to switch on this feature.

  1. Type Bluetooth Settings in the Search Box on the taskbar.
  2. Make sure that the Bluetooth option is turned On. (Move the slider to the right if it isn’t).

    Make sure the slider is turned On
    Make sure the slider is turned On
  3. Now click the More Bluetooth options link.
  4. In the new dialog that opens, click the Options tab.
  5. Select the checkbox for Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC.

    Make sure Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC option is enabled
    Make sure Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC option is enabled
  6. Also, select the checkboxes for Alert me when a new Bluetooth device wants to connect and Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area.
  7. Click OK.


Restart Essential Services

Services comprise of a class of programs that are essentially designed to continuously run in the background. Make sure that any services required for the smooth working of your Bluetooth connection aren’t stopped.

  1. Press Windows Key + X, select Run.
  2. Type services.msc and press Enter.

    Opening up Services
    Opening up Services
  3. Right-click the service named Bluetooth Handsfree Service or Bluetooth Support Service and select Start.
  4. Right-click it again and choose Properties.
  5. Make sure the service is set to automatically run at the Windows Boot Interval.
  6. Click Apply | OK.


Provide Registry Permissions

Your system must be equipped with the necessary permissions to access the entries related to Bluetooth device in Windows Registry.

  1. Type RegEdit in the Search Box and press Enter.

    Opening up Registry Editor
    Opening up Registry Editor
  2. Open RegEdit from the Search Results.
  3. Locate the following subkey:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | SOFTWARE | Microsoft | Windows NT
  4. Right-click the CurrentVersion subkey, and select Permissions.
  5. Select the Full Control check box under the Allow column.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Close Registry Editor, and restart your computer.


Update Bluetooth Driver

A driver update is equipped with latest patches that might help you deal with the problem of Bluetooth headphone issue. Obtain the latest driver update via the Device Manager. Alternatively, you can visit the website of the manufacturer and download the driver.

  1. Press Windows Key + X, select Device Manager.
  2. Expand the top node depicting your computer/ laptop name.

    Select Update Driver Software
    Select Update Driver Software
  3. Expand Bluetooth.
  4. Right-click the Bluetooth driver, select Update Driver Software.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions for successful updation of the driver.


Rollback the Driver

If you’re encountering the Bluetooth headphone issue after a recent driver update, you can revert to the previous driver version.

  1. Open up Device Manager again.
  2. Right-click the Bluetooth driver and select Properties.
  3. Click the Driver tab | Rollback Driver.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.


Establish a New Connection

“Forgetting” a Bluetooth connection erases Bluetooth device information stored on your computer. This trick can also come handy at times.

  1. Open Bluetooth settings again.

    Opening up Bluetooth Settings
    Opening up Bluetooth Settings
  2. Find your Bluetooth Headphone on the list of connected devices.
  3. Right-click on a Bluetooth device, select Forget this device.
  4. Try attempting to reconnect to the same Bluetooth.