Cut the cord, not the connection; here’s our comprehensive guide to resetting your Bluetooth headphones!
Bluetooth headphones have become increasingly popular as people look for ways to listen to music without being tethered via wire. In fact, their value is expected to reach $156.5 billion by 2031.
However, like any electronic device, Bluetooth headphones can encounter issues that may require resetting. These can include connectivity errors, audio lags, or functionality issues that disrupt the listening experience.
Understanding how to reset Bluetooth headphones is crucial for hassle-free listening experiences. That’s why this article delves into the specifics of how to reset Bluetooth headphones depending on the brand, so you won’t have to. Let’s dive in!
How to Reset Bluetooth Headphones: A General Guide
Although different brands of headphones have unique ways of resetting their connection, there is a general guide to resetting that most Bluetooth headphones follow. Here’s how:
- Locate the power button; your headphones may have this at the front or side of either ear cup.
- Press and hold the power button.
- Keep holding the button until the Bluetooth headset’s light indicator flashes blue or red.
How to Reset Bluetooth Headphones According to Brand
Of course, the reset method does vary according to brand. If you’re looking for a more specific guide, then you’re in luck! We’ve got the exact techniques for resetting some of the most popular brands of Bluetooth headphones below.
Here are a few common headphone brands that we’ll be covering in this article:
- Audio Technica
- Bowers & Wilkins
- Poly (formerly Plantronics)
How to reset AirPods
- Put the AirPods in their charging case and close the lid. Wait for at least 30 seconds, then open the lid again.
- Go to the Bluetooth settings of your mobile device and tap the ‘i’ button next to your AirPods.
- Tap Forget This Device, then tap again to confirm.
- Open the lid of your charging case, then press and hold the setup button on the back for at least 15 seconds. The status light will flash amber and then white when your AirPods are reset.
How to reset Anker headphones
- Plug your headphones into their charger.
- Hold the power and volume up (+) buttons for at least 5 seconds. When the LED flashes red and blue alternately, you’ll know the headphones have been reset.
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How to reset Audio Technica headphones
- Plug the headphones into a power source.
- Unplug the charging cable from the headphones, then plug it in again.
- Go to the Bluetooth settings of your mobile device and find your Audio Technica headphones. Forget them from the device to complete the reset process.
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How to reset Beats headphones
- Unplug the headphones from their charging port.
- Press and hold the power and volume buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds.
- Wait for the LED light to blink to indicate that you have successfully reset your headphones.
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How to reset Blackweb headphones
- Unpair your Blackweb headphones from your device.
- Press the power button to turn off the headphones.
- Press the power button again and hold it for 5 seconds. This will turn on the alternating blue and red light.
- The headphones have been reset and you can now pair them with your device.
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How to reset Bluedio headphones
- Turn off your Bluedio headphones.
- Press and hold the answer/end call and play/pause buttons at the same time.
- Wait for the blue LED light to blink three times.
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How to reset Bose headphones
- Disconnect your headphones from all cables.
- Plug the charger into an outlet. Alternatively, you may also connect one end of the USB cable to a computer that is turned on.
- Press and hold the power button. At the same time, connect the other end of the USB cable to the USB-C port on the right ear cup.
- Wait for the Bluetooth light to blink blue.
- Release the power button.
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How to reset Bowers & Wilkins headphones
- Connect your headphones to the mobile device you use to play your audio files.
- Go to the Bowers & Wilkins Headphones app. Swipe from right to left to access your settings.
- Tap on the reset section at the bottom of the menu, then the reset button inside. Confirm the reset.
- When the reset is finished, the LED indicator on your headphones or charging case will turn off, then turn back on and enter pairing mode.
Find out more: Bowers & Wilkins
How to reset JBL headphones
- Turn on your JBL headphones by pressing the power button on the right ear cup. You will hear a sound to confirm that your headphones have been turned on.
- Press and hold the volume up and volume down buttons on the right ear cup at the same time for about 5 seconds.
- Release the buttons. You will hear a sound that indicates your JBL headphones have been reset.
How to reset Jabra headphones
- Turn on your Jabra headphones.
- Press and hold the answer/end call and volume down buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds.
- Wait for the battery icon and Bluetooth icon to flash five times. This indicates that your headphones have been reset.
- Now, turn off your Jabra headset and turn it on again. You can now pair your headphones with your device.
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How to reset Jaybird headphones
- Turn the earbuds off.
- Then, press and hold the power button for 8 seconds until the status LEDs flash red and green.
- Double-press the power button. The LEDs will flash rapidly, and you should hear a double beep, indicating that the Jaybird headphones have been reset.
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How to reset LG headphones
- Hold the power and volume down (-) buttons simultaneously for at least 10 seconds.
- The headphones will turn off once they are reset.
How to reset Marshall headphones
- Put the earbuds in their charging case.
- Push and hold the pairing button for 10 seconds, until the LEDs flash three times.
- If you want to perform a factory reset, continue to hold the button until the lights flash ten times.
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How to reset MPOW headphones
- Turn off your MPOW headphones and put them in the charging box.
- Press and hold the power button.
- Wait for the red and white lights to blink alternately. In some models, you will see blue and red lights.
- Go to your device’s Bluetooth settings and pair it again. If it asks for a PIN, type in “0000.”
- Wait for the blue Bluetooth light to flash. You will also hear an indication voice saying, “Connected.”
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How to reset ONN headphones
- Turn off your ONN headphones.
- Hold down the power button for 10 seconds.
- Wait for the red and blue LED lights to blink.
- Reconnect with your device.
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How to reset Panasonic headphones
- Touch and hold the right touch sensor for 10 seconds.
- Wait for the status LED to blink blue and the headphones to turn off.
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How to reset Philips headphones
- Turn the headphones off.
- Press and hold the power button for 10 seconds.
- The headphones should turn on, enter the pairing mode, then turn off.
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How to reset Poly (formerly Plantronics) headphones
- Turn on your Poly headphones by pressing the power button. A blue light will appear to indicate that the headset is on.
- Press and hold the power and volume down buttons together until the blue light turns off.
- Wait for 60 seconds until the reset is complete.
- Turn your Poly headphones on again by pressing the power button.
For more info and resetting tips for all models, check out our guide on how to reset Poly or Plantronics headsets.
How to reset Samsung headphones
- Put both earbuds into their charging case and keep the lid open. Hold it near your linked mobile device and connect.
- Open the Samsung Wearable or Samsung Galaxy Buds app on your device.
- Scroll down to About Earbuds, and select the Reset option.
How to reset Sennheiser headphones
- Put both earbuds into their charging case and wait at least 10 seconds.
- Take them out of the case and turn them on.
- Connect the case to a power source.
- Put the earbuds back in their case and simultaneously touch and hold the control panels for 6 seconds. They should be reset to factory default, and you will be able to connect them to your device again.
Find out more: Sennheiser
How to reset Skullcandy headphones
- On your laptop or smartphone, delete your Skullcandy headphones from your list of paired devices.
- Press and hold both volume up and down buttons on the right ear cup.
- Wait for the two LED indicator lights to flash yellow to let you know the headphones have been reset.
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How to reset Sony headphones
- Press and hold the power and play/pause buttons simultaneously for 4 seconds.
- Wait for the blue indicator light to flash.
How to reset TaoTronics headphones
- Unpair your TaoTronics headphones from your device.
- Put the headphones back in their box.
- Quickly tap each of the headphones three times.
- Wait for the white LED lights to flash. This helps pair the left and right headphones with each other.
- Take the headphones out of the box and press the touch-sensitive controls on both headphones for 5 seconds.
- Wait for the indicator lights to flash red and blue. This resets the headphones.
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When Should You Reset Your Bluetooth Headphones?
When you reset your Bluetooth headphones, you are reverting them to factory settings, thus eliminating any bugs or glitches that might be causing your problems.
Resetting your Bluetooth headphones is helpful if:
- Your Bluetooth headset won’t connect to your smartphone or laptop
- The Bluetooth headphones won’t charge
- Your smartphone can’t find your Bluetooth headphones
- Your device can find the headphones, but the two won’t pair successfully
- Your headphones keep disconnecting from your device, even though they’re both fully charged
- You’re watching a video and the audio is delayed
- The sound is full of static or audio stutters
- You can connect your Bluetooth headphones, but there is no sound coming out, even when the headphones are set as the Default Playback device.
Aside from fixing your connectivity issues and software glitches, resetting will also get rid of any user-imposed settings that could be messing up your audio.
However, resetting your headphones will not fix any damage your headphones may have endured. If your headphones are glitching because of wear and tear on the electronics or because of water damage, then a reset will not help.
What if the Reset Doesn’t Work?
If the reset didn’t do anything, there are many other things you can try to solve your Bluetooth problems.
- Make sure your device’s Bluetooth is turned on.
- Unpair all devices connected to your headset.
- Restart your smartphone or laptop.
- Delete your headset from your device and rediscover it.
- Make sure your headset is in close proximity to your device.
- Charge your headset and your device.
- Move away from possible interferences, such as your Wi-Fi router, microwave, or a USB 3.0 port.
- Update your Bluetooth headset’s firmware.
If the problem only exists when connecting to a specific device, ensure you are connected properly.
You may consult these guides on how to connect, the possible problems you may encounter, and their solutions:
- Connecting your Bluetooth headphones to Windows PC
- Connecting your Bluetooth headphones to Mac
- Connecting your Bluetooth headphones to Switch
- Connecting your Bluetooth headphones to Xbox One
- Connecting your Bluetooth headphones to TV
And if all else fails, take your headphones to a professional repair center and get them fixed or replaced.
Learning how to reset your Bluetooth headphones is valuable.
When you want to listen to your favorite music, watch videos, or take calls hands-free without a hitch, knowing how to do a reset can do the trick if you’re running up against common Bluetooth headset issues.
Of course, there are other quick fixes you can try, which we outlined above. If we missed any, please let us know in the comments below!