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If you want to know how to fix Bluetooth audio device connections in Windows 11, then read this post. Any type of device connected by Bluetooth to Windows 11 is worth considering. Before you think there is a Bluetooth failure, some Windows 11 computers do not have Bluetooth.
Bluetooth technology has greatly improved the way you connect accessories to a computer. However, sometimes errors appear with this type of connection, which luckily you can fix. Read on to find out how to make Bluetooth problems go away in Windows.
Most frequent Bluetooth problems in Windows 11
Before taking a look at the possible solutions, let’s identify the most common failures. Please review the list below to see if you experience any of these effects on your computer.
- The device does not connect. As long as you have turned on your accessory, Windows doesn’t seem to detect it. This can happen even when you have previously paired both devices.
- The audio is not heard or the quality is low. In this case, a classic bug affects Bluetooth headsets in Windows. Is the audio quality low? Do you press play and nothing happens? It doesn’t just happen to you.
- Audio or text input delays Bluetooth connection delays are not uncommon. Now, when it comes to typing, mouse pointing, or listening to game audio, it’s a particularly annoying inconvenience.
- A device disconnects randomly. Another common error is that devices link to your PC’s server for no apparent reason.
In addition to the four scenarios we propose, more problems can arise when using a Bluetooth device in Windows. Let’s see what are the most effective solutions.
11 solutions for Bluetooth problems in Windows
Here are the most effective methods to fix Bluetooth problems in Windows.
Turn Bluetooth on and off
The magic solution is one that you should not stop trying. Turning your Bluetooth on and off restores connections in one go.
Before you do this, make sure you have a peripheral that will control your computer without maintaining the connection. Otherwise, you will lose access to your computer. Users with a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard should be careful with this.
There are two ways to turn Bluetooth on and off in Windows:
- From the control center, as shown in the image above, it is only necessary to click on the corresponding icon and click again once it has been turned off.
- From the settings, more precisely, by visiting Settings > Bluetooth and devices and tapping the slider next to Bluetooth.
restart the computer
- Rebooting the system is something that every computer scientist will recommend. But don’t think it’s an urban legend that turning a PC off and on solves problems. Not all errors on your computer will go away, but some might be fixed.
- The easiest way to restart your computer is from the start menu by clicking the power button and then clicking Restart. However, there are other ways to restart a Windows computer, such as with the keyboard shortcut Control + Alt + Delete.
Check that the device is turned on
- Connection cannot be made when a Bluetooth accessory is turned off. Although it may seem like a no-brainer, not all devices have an indicator that clearly shows their status.
- So before you despair, make sure the device is turned on and ready to connect to your computer. If you are not sure, we recommend you consult the instruction manual.
Delete the device and pair it again
- Go into settings.
- Open the Bluetooth and devices section.
- Click on the three dots that you will see next to the device.
- In the pop-up menu, click “Remove Device”.
- Then put the accessory in pairing mode.
- Click on Add devices, a button located a little further down in this same section of the settings.
- In the popup window, choose Bluetooth.
- Wait for the device to appear in the list.
- Click on it and follow the instructions on the screen.
Connect other Bluetooth accessories
In a Bluetooth connection, there are two involved. In this case, one is the PC and the other is the peripheral. Changing one of the two for a third device is a generic solution to determine where the failure comes from.
We recommend pairing the Bluetooth accessory with another PC or mobile phone. Also, connect different devices to your computer. By doing so, you may encounter the following cases:
- PC issues: If all connections fail, you will conclude that your PC has a Bluetooth adapter failure.
- Accessory problems: If the peripheral fails regardless of the device it is linked to, it is clearly the culprit of the situation.
- Both the PC and the Bluetooth device seem fine: When errors only appear when you pair your computer with a specific peripheral, you may need to install a driver to improve performance. Or maybe there is some very specific hardware incompatibility between the two.
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Update Windows or, failing that, go back to a previous version
Not surprisingly, Windows is the cause of the problems you’re experiencing with Bluetooth. In this case, we propose a double solution.
Updating Windows or going back to a previous version can help you fix performance problems with Bluetooth accessories. This is how you do it:
- Download new versions of the system. Go to settings and click on Windows Update. Then use the top button to check for new versions. Wait for all the updates to install, and if it doesn’t happen automatically, restart your computer.
- Go back to a previous version of Windows. When problems appear after the update, there is a way to go back. Open the Windows Update > Uninstall updates section and click the update you want to remove.
Update the drivers or, alternatively, go back to a previous version
This methodology is similar to the previous one but applied to the Bluetooth controller.
It proceeds as follows:
- Update the driver. In Windows Update, you will find a section called “Optional Updates” > “Driver Updates”. Another option to find new versions is to go to the website of the manufacturer of the Bluetooth adapter or the device itself.
- Uninstall a driver. Open Device Manager by right-clicking on the Windows icon on the taskbar. So, locate the Bluetooth adapter and double click on it. In the pop-up window, open the Driver tab and click Uninstall device. When the process is complete, install the official drivers by downloading them from the manufacturer’s website.
Beware of double binds
Windows often “hijacks” Bluetooth devices that you have paired with your PC, even if they work with another device. If you have linked the same accessory to two computers, it is possible that when you turn on one of them, the peripheral will disconnect.
When there is a need to use the same Bluetooth accessory on two computers, the ideal is to get a model that includes a device selector and supports multiple pairings at the same time.
Change audio output
This is a specific solution for Bluetooth headsets. Windows usually sends the audio signal to the most convenient device. Therefore, when you connect a Bluetooth headset, music playback continues. And the opposite happens when you disconnect them.
Unfortunately, the system doesn’t always get it right, and sometimes stubbornly sends sound where it doesn’t belong, even when headphones are plugged in correctly.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this problem:
- Open the System section, and then click Sound.
- In the Choose where to play sound section, check your Bluetooth headphones.
- Also, check your preferred microphone in the Choose a device to speak or record area.
This last configuration is independent of the previous one, so it is possible to use a webcam microphone while the audio is going to the headphones.
Avoid automatic shutdown to save energy
Most Bluetooth controllers turn the device off automatically when they see fit. The premise is to save energy, although it is also possible that this configuration causes unexpected cuts.
If you’re having trouble with this, turn off Bluetooth power saving like this:
- Right-click on the Windows icon (start button) and select Device Manager.
- Locate your computer’s Bluetooth adapter.
- Double click on it to see all the options.
- On the Power Management tab, uncheck “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.”
After saving the changes, monitor the behavior of the Bluetooth accessory to see if the random disconnections have disappeared.
Contact the Team’s Technical Service
When nothing seems to work and the Bluetooth problems won’t stop, don’t hesitate to contact the technical support of the device or PC. When the failures are repeated, and the guarantee still covers the product, the brand must offer you a solution.
But, even when official coverage has expired, a manufacturer specialist may be able to offer you a more specific solution that is not covered in this guide.
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