Last Updated on March 27, 2021 by Muhammad Junaid Khalid
Bluetooth in Windows 10 is great for all that wireless flexibility, especially when you want to link up some headphones to your PC. However, it gets frustrating when you try to pair them to your PC but see that your Bluetooth headset detection failed. Essentially, Bluetooth is backward compatible. Bluetooth devices built with the Bluetooth 5 standard usually pair without issues with older Bluetooth devices. Each device also has its profile for Bluetooth. Therefore, if your PC and wireless headset both come with the profile for hands-free compatibility, they should pair with no issues.
Some of the most common Bluetooth headphone issues include that the Bluetooth headset detection failed. This may happen because of problems in software for Bluetooth in Windows 10, or hardware malfunction – or even simply a human error!
Read on to see how you can solve your Bluetooth headphone issues.
Note: Before trying any of these solutions, check whether your laptop has the hardware for Bluetooth. Look up the model and manufacturer for your laptop, and go through its specifications. Some older laptop models lack the Bluetooth feature altogether. Carefully read the manual for your wireless headset as well, and try pairing it step-by-step again.
Quick Tips To Try If Your Bluetooth Headset Detection Failed
These are some simple fixes for your Bluetooth headphones issues.
- Check first if you turned on your headset. Also, ensure that Bluetooth in Windows 10 is enabled – navigate to Start > Settings > Devices > then in the Bluetooth and other devices screen, toggle Bluetooth to “On”. The blue-colored Bluetooth icon appears in the notification tray in the taskbar.
- Charge your headphones, even if they are new. Replace batteries if they cannot hold a charge. Ditto for your laptop!
- Try connecting another Bluetooth device to your PC, such as a wireless keyboard or a different headset. If the second device connects to the PC, there is a fault in your Bluetooth headphones. In case no other Bluetooth device can connect to your PC, the Bluetooth in Windows 10 has an issue.
- Are you using a Bluetooth adapter? Insert it in a different USB port e.g. if you connected your Bluetooth adapter to a USB 3.0 port on your PC, switch it to a USB 2.0 port. This might fix your Bluetooth headphones issues.
- Switch off your Bluetooth headphones. After waiting for some seconds, turn it on again. Similarly, reboot your laptop to perform a “soft reset” on the Bluetooth in Windows 10.
- This might seem obvious, but keep your headphones in a proper range. The Bluetooth in Windows 10 can only do so much if your headphones are too far away!
- Insecure (or unshielded) USB devices may interfere with your Bluetooth connection abilities. Ensure your headphones are at some distance from any gadgets that work using a USB 3.0 port.
- Update your computer and install firmware updates by visiting your laptop manufacturer’s website.
- If Bluetooth headset detection failed despite having paired successfully earlier, remove the old pairing, and try pairing again. In case that headset had previously paired with another device, turn off its Bluetooth, unpair it, or power it off.
Other Fixes For Bluetooth Headphones Issues
1) Installing the Driver for Bluetooth in Windows 10
To fix software incompatibilities for clearing Bluetooth headphones issues, installing the driver is a good start.
- Head over to the download or support section on the website for your laptop’s manufacturer.
- Search for the latest Bluetooth driver for your laptop model and download it.
- Check what files were included in the download – either an executable file (.exe) or two system files (.inf and .sys).
For .exe files: Simply double-click the file, follow along with the setup dialog and that’s it – your drivers install easily.
For system files: If you downloaded files with a .inf or .sys extension, you use the Device Manager to install them.
- Either use the search feature on the taskbar to find and launch the Device Manager, or press the Windows logo key + X, and select it from the menu.
- Once the Device Manager launches expand the Bluetooth heading and right-click the name of the adapter. Select the option to update.
- Next, select the option “Browse my computer for driver software”.
- In the window, browse to the location where you saved the files for the Bluetooth driver. Usually, you can find them in the default Download folder. Select them and click OK, then Next.
- Continue with the installation wizard as guided to install the driver. When finished, close the wizard and reboot if prompted. See if this fixed your Bluetooth headphone’s issues with detection.
If you feel a recent update broke the Bluetooth driver, go back to its previous version. Navigate to the Device Manager > expand Bluetooth, right-click, and select “Properties”. In the Driver tab, find the “Rollback Driver” button and click on it. Restart your PC if prompted.
2) Troubleshooting Bluetooth
Check for problems in Bluetooth in Windows 10 using the built-in troubleshooter!
- Navigate to Start, click on Settings, and select Update & Security.
- Select “Troubleshoot” from the menu on the left.
- Look over the section titled “Find and fix other problems”. Find Bluetooth in the list, click on it and then click on the “Run the troubleshooter” button when it appears.
- A new window appears, in which the troubleshooter automatically checks for issues in Bluetooth, then fixes them if possible. This is one way to fix why your Bluetooth headset detection failed.
3) Uninstall/Reinstall the Bluetooth Adapter
Sometimes, although the Bluetooth adapter shows up in Device Manager, the icon is not visible elsewhere. To resolve your Bluetooth headphone issues, first, you must fix the Bluetooth itself, understandably. Uninstalling and reinstalling the adapter may help! Here’s how to go about it:
- Use the search feature on the taskbar to find and launch the Device Manager, or use the keyboard shortcut of Windows logo key + X, and select it from the menu.
- Once the Device Manager launches, find the listing for Bluetooth, expand it, and right-click the name of the adapter. Select the option to uninstall.
- Then close the program, shut down your PC, and wait for some seconds. Turn it on again. Windows automatically reinstall the driver upon reboot.
- Check the Device Manager to ensure the installation was successful. If you cannot find the Bluetooth adapter, then you can install the adapter yourself.
- In the Device Manager, click on Action in the menu, and select “Scan for hardware changes”. Device Manager will then detect the Bluetooth hardware and install the necessary files.
4) Start the Bluetooth Service Again
Bluetooth requires its support service to run correctly. If this particular service is out of order, you get issues like seeing your Bluetooth headset detection failed. To restart this service, do the following:
- First, go to Start, type Run in Search, and open the Run app. Type “services.msc” in the bar, and click “OK”.
- When the Services window opens, scroll and find the “Bluetooth Support Service”.
You can see options for the service on the left. Click on “Stop”, then on “Restart”. Try using Bluetooth again, and check if you still get that the Bluetooth headset detection failed. If the problem still there, there might be a problem with the hardware. In that case, you should consult a technician.
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