How To Fix Bluetooth Earbuds When Only One Side Works? Read on our guide below to find out more.
Do your favorite Bluetooth earbuds only work on one side? This can be very frustrating and, let’s face it, it can ruin your music experience.
Wait! There are some things you can do to restore their functionality before you throw them away. This is a very common problem with headphones. Fortunately, it can be easily fixed. Let’s find out!
Common Reasons for Bluetooth Earbuds Not Working
There are many reasons why your Bluetooth headphones suddenly stopped working. This can be both good and bad. This is a good thing, as there are often many causes that can cause a problem with earbuds. It can be hard to pinpoint the cause of your earbuds’ failure.
You should always take your earbuds everywhere with you. It is dangerous to throw them in your pocket or bag. They can be tossed around, crushed, bent and twisted. You can do a lot of damage by not using a case.
Do you want to sleep with your earbuds in? It’s risky. You can’t control how we sleep, and once you are in the land of nod, you will likely be moving around, rolling over, or turning.
It’s no surprise that one earbud doesn’t work, considering that you sleep on average for 7-8 hours per night. Don’t worry if you want to sleep with a specific sound, and you can purchase specially-designed sleep buds.
How To Fix Bluetooth Headphones When Only One Side Works
Step 1: Checking whether it is a speaker issue.
This step involves opening the speaker that isn’t working. If you are familiar with how to use a soldering iron, then follow these steps step-by-step:
- If the aux cable is attached to the socket, you will need to remove the batteries from the headphone.
- You can remove the foam pads from your headphone speaker by twisting them clockwise. For some models, you can also use a flat screwdriver to pry open the clips-type foam pad.
- Most likely, you’ll encounter screws. Use the screwdriver to remove those screws and access the wires inside the speaker.
- Make sure you have removed all batteries from the wireless headphones to avoid any short circuits.
- You will need an additional aux cable with a jack at one end.
- Use the slicer tool on the other end to cut the cable. You will have approximately 2 cm of metal cable.
- Temporarily, twist each end of one speaker cable tightly (temporarily sans soldering).
- You will need first to remove solder from the speaker points. Then, solder the new cable to the same points. But remember to take the temporary cable out again with the soldering tools.
- The other end of your cable (the Jack plug) should be plugged into a socket for a media player.
- Play a song, then turn the media device on and check if it works.
- If the speaker is working fine, you will need to turn off the media player, then take out the jack plug. Next, solder the original cables back in their correct places and then cover it back.
Step 2: If step 1 is true, verify that the headphone socket port works well.
If the wireless headphones play music through one speaker, and you’ve checked that it has no technical issues or isn’t the problem, then the socket port may be the cause.
As shown below, the socket port is connected directly to an electrical circuit board that connects to the speakers either indirectly or directly. If the socket suffers from a mechanical problem (just as I mentioned above about the triggers) or an electrical issue on the board, you will need to replace it.
You must, however, verify it first.
- Is it loose when you plug an aux jack into this headphone socket
- Can the voice work on the silent speaker while the music is being played in the other speaker?
- Is an aux jack stuck in the socket port? Or is a small portion of it still outside?
- You should replace your Bluetooth headset’s faulty jack socket if you experience any of the symptoms listed above. Proceed to step 4.
Step 3: If step 1 is false, replace the speaker.
The speaker is connected to the circuit board by cables. We will take out the old speaker and replace it with a new one. To see the cables, remove the screws from the base of the headphones.
We will use the soldering tools to remove the 4 cables shown below. The new 4 cables are soldered back using the same method as the old speaker. We then attach all the parts back together using the same procedure.
Step 4: If step 2 is true, replace the defective jack socket.
To replace the headphone’s socket, you will need to use the soldering instrument to remove it from the board. Soldering the socket at the same locations on the board. You should order the same socket beforehand or use an older socket from the same model of headphones. Reverse all parts of your headphone to get them back as new.
We hope that our guide will help you fix one side of the headphones not working easily. Leave a comment to let us know that you found this guide helpful. Thank you for spending your time at Hookeaudio.com. We are grateful for your support.