No sound from Bluetooth headphones? Here is how to fix the Bluetooth headphones connected but with no sound problem in Windows 10.
Bluetooth headphones are one of the best things happened to me. Being wireless gadgets, they give me the freedom to move away from the device without losing audio. It doesn’t matter whether I’m listening to a song or on a call with colleagues, friends, or family; Bluetooth headphones work just fine. Not to mention, Bluetooth headphones make the workspace less cluttered.
In Windows, all it takes is a few clicks to connect to Bluetooth headphones. Once paired, Windows can automatically connect to the Bluetooth device and start working. For the most part, the Bluetooth audio connectivity works as intended. However, there will be no sound in Bluetooth headphones under certain circumstances, even after connecting to Windows 10 Bluetooth connection. This problem is much more pronounced when you switch headphones between devices or with Bluetooth headphones that support quick switching.
For example, my OnePlus headphones don’t produce sound after connecting to Windows 10 Bluetooth. This doesn’t happen every time, but it happens enough to make it an inconvenience.
When there is no sound from Bluetooth headphones, there are few things you can do to fix the problem quickly. This quick and straightforward guide will show four things you can do to fix Bluetooth headphones connected but with no sound in Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Fix No Sound in Bluetooth Headphones After Connecting
These are five things you can do to fix the no sound from Bluetooth headphones in Windows 10 and Windows 11. Follow the below steps one after the other until the problem is fixed.
- Reconnect Bluetooth headphones
- Set playback device to Bluetooth headphones
- Check Bluetooth headphones volume
- Start or restart Bluetooth support service
- Reinstall Bluetooth driver
Important Note: Before proceeding with the below steps, make sure your headphones are working, and it is not a hardware issue. You can do that by connecting the headphones to another device, like your mobile phone.
1. Reconnect Bluetooth headphones
When there is no sound from Bluetooth headphones, the first and foremost thing you should do is reconnect them. Reconnecting will fix any connectivity and configuration issues and solves the no sound in Bluetooth headphones problem.
To reconnect Bluetooth headphones, turn off and turn on the system Bluetooth. Alternatively, open the “Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices” page, click on your Bluetooth headphone entry and then click the “Disconnect” and then “Connect” buttons.
Once reconnected, if you see the “Connected voice, music” or “Connected music” status under your Bluetooth headset name, it is connected correctly, and you can hear the sound.
If you see just the “Connected” status, you might not be able to hear the sound. Try reconnecting again after turning off and turning on the Bluetooth headphones.
2. Set playback device to Bluetooth headphones
If you have multiple audio output devices connected to your computer or laptop, you have to set the headphones as the active output device to get sound from it. Generally, Windows will do this automatically. However, that is not the case for everyone. So, when you cannot hear any sound from Bluetooth headphones, you have to make sure that it is set as the playback device in the Settings app. Here is how.
Open the Settings app with the “Start key + I” shortcut. Go to the “System > Sound” page. Next, select your headphones from the “Choose your output device “dropdown menu.
If you cannot see your headphones in the dropdown menu, make sure they are connected to the system.
3. Check Bluetooth headphones volume
If you cannot hear sound from your Bluetooth headphones after connecting to Windows, it might be because the sound is muted or the volume is low. Due to configuration issues or previous settings, Windows might automatically lower the volume or mute the headphones. So, the first thing you should do is check to see if the volume is muted.
To check the volume of the Bluetooth device, open the Settings app with the “Windows key + I” shortcut and go to the “System > Sound” page. Next, select your Bluetooth headphones from the “Choose your output device” dropdown menu and change or increase the volume using the “Master Volume” slider.
If you can hear sound from your headphones, it’s all good. Otherwise, follow the next steps.
4. Start or restart Bluetooth support service
For Bluetooth to work in Windows, the Bluetooth Support Service should be running. If not, it can cause unintended problems. No sound from Bluetooth headphones is one such issue. Here is how you can start or restart Bluetooth Support Service in Windows.
Press the “Windows key + R” shortcut, type “services.msc” in the Run field, and click the “Ok” button. Here, find “Bluetooth support service,” right-click on it and select the “Restart” or “Start” option.
To make sure the service runs all the time, right-click on the service again and select the “Properties” option. Next, select “Automatic” from the “Startup type” dropdown menu and click the “Ok” button.
Finally, close the Services window and see if you can hear sound from the Bluetooth headphones.
5. Reinstall the Bluetooth driver
Incompatible or corrupt Bluetooth drives are also a cause for no sound from the Bluetooth headphones. In that case, you have to reinstall the Bluetooth driver in Windows. I have already written a detailed guide on how to do it. Please read the linked guide to know how to do it.
That is all. With the above steps, the no sound from Bluetooth headphones problem should be fixed. If you still cannot hear the sound, it is probably a hardware issue.
I hope that helps.
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