Fix Bluetooth Headphones When Only One Side Works

How To Fix Bluetooth Headphones When One Side Works

If you have Bluetooth headphones or earbuds whole only one side works, You must check by increasing the volume. If the error pertains then there may be some errors that are causing problems in your audio Bluetooth device.

You can restart your Bluetooth headphones or earbuds because we have seen in many cases that by only restarting the device, a lot of errors are resolved as the device’s software gets refreshed. If you are unable to resolve the problem by only restarting the device, you may reset its Bluetooth and try to repair your headphones with your device.

You may face errors after trying the fixes above, this may be due to the faulty device’s settings or any third-party volume booster software causing all the issues that you must check and fix. But, you first make sure that either the problem is with your device or your Bluetooth headphones or earbuds. You may check it by connecting your headphones with another device and then check whether the issue is with your headphones or your device.

There are some basic causes which are discussed below.

1) Connection errors

This is one of the most common issues which cause Bluetooth Headphones to work One Side. When you try to connect your headphones with your device, they are not properly paired because the transmitter is creating problems or there is a long distance between both devices or there are some obstacles blocking the connection.

Sometimes, you may have seen that one of the two Bluetooth devices connects to two different devices which may also be the reason why one side of your Bluetooth headphones is not working.

2) Unclean Headphones

Sometimes, our headphones’ ear cups or earbuds are not enough cleaned which blocks the sound. This may be due to unclean ears which produce ear wax that accumulates on the surface of the padding of headphones and cause one or both sides of headphones to stop working.

3) Audio file error

Please make sure that your playing sound has no error. Sometimes, the audio file is corrupted or it is unsupportable by your Bluetooth headphones which is causing the problems.

How To Repair Bluetooth Headphones When Only Working On One Side

How To Repair Bluetooth Headphones When Only Working On One Side

a. Power off/on your headphone

Sometimes, there is no error in your device or your headphones but only the software is causing minor problems which can be corrected by just powering off/on the headphones and the connecting device.

b. Check the user manual

When you buy Bluetooth headphones, you should first read the user manual which can be found inside the packaging because some people think that the headphones will automatically connect to your device which is why they don’t do any kind of installation.

So, when your first purchase your headphones, just make a few settings to enable its pairing mode. You may try to hold down the power button of your headphones for a few seconds which will enable its pairing mode. You may need to do this setting according to your headphones’ specific model.

c. Check Your Track Mono Or Stereo

Mono tracks play only on one side of the headphones. So, don’t forget to check whether the playing track is mono or not. Because the mono track is not going to give sound from both speakers.

Check Your Track Mono Or Stereo

d. Disconnect the device from another headset 

First of all, make sure that there are no other connecting Bluetooth Headphones in the close vicinity of your Bluetooth device which are also trying to pair to your headphones. Because the transmitter does not allow the two connections at the same time with different Bluetooth.

If you try to connect your Bluetooth headphones, first remove other Bluetooth devices from there because your device is automatically connected to the first device which was already paired.

Read more: How to Make Headphones Louder

e. Reset your wireless headphone

If you are facing any issues with your Bluetooth headphones, you must try resetting them. Because it has been an impressive solution and has worked very well in functioning them correctly.

f. Check the Driver

  • First, remove the batteries of your headphones.
  • Now, open the side of the headphones that are not working.
  • You must remove the padding on that side that is not functioning.
  • Take an aux cable with a jack.
  • Cut the other end of your cable to make the connection with the cable.
  • Twist both cable ends together.
  • Now, try to rebond the the connection of cable and remove the old bonding.
  • Plug the jack end of the cable with the socket.
  • Turn on the device and try again by connecting the device.
Check the Driver of headphones

g. Check Your Warranty

If you have tried all the methods discussed in detail above or you don’t want to get involved in any hassle of rectifying things, you must check your warranty. If you are covered by a warranty, you can replace your headphones and get a new pair without any cost.

h. Check if the headset is clean

Check if your headphones are clean or not. Because, if you use your headphones very often, dust and debris gather around the padding and corners of the headphones. This dust causes ear wax which is why you must clean your ears regularly. Because eventually ear wax sticks to the surface of the headphones and blocks the sound. You must clean your headphones to ensure there is no blockage.

To clean your earbuds, first of all, clean the area of the buds which is inserted into your ears. Hold your earbuds and clean them with a spare toothbrush.
You may use a microfiber cloth and damp it in soapy water and clean them by holding your earbuds in your hand. Now, you can clean them with a dry cloth. It will remove any dirt from the earbuds.
Never submerge them in water as they are delicate electronic gadgets and water may go inside.

To clean the metal ear tip, Soak it in deep soapy water for a few seconds.
Now, use a small cloth and rubbing alcohol and rub over it gently and wrap a dry cloth over it for a few seconds.

i. Check the headphone socket

If you have checked that there is no fault in your headphones’ speaker but still you are unable to find the issue, you must check your headphones’ socket which is attached to the main electrical circuit board.

  • Make sure that the aux jack to the headphone socket is plugged in tightly.
  • Make sure that the aux jack is inserted completely inside the socket port.

j. Check the side balance

Some audio devices are set to play only on one side of the headphones. If you are using your headphones with a computer, you must check the audio speaker side balance which might be set to one side either left or right only.

Check the side balance of headphones

k. Check the connection audio jack balance

There is a setting available in Android, Windows, and iOS devices that enable the users to automatically turn off one side of the headphones or it makes adjustment in sound to work only in the left or right ear.

(i)How to adjust stereo sound on Mac

  • First of all, go to system preference.
  • Click Sound there and then press output.
  • You will see a menu screen appearing in front of you.
  • You have to balance both ears by moving the slider and bringing it to the center.

(ii)How to adjust stereo sound on iOS

  • First of all, go to the settings of your device menu.
  • Now, head over to Accessibility.
  • Then, go to the Audio/Visual.
  • Make sure that slider is in between the both L and R ears to adjust the balance.
  • Ensure that you turn off if any mono sound feature is enabled.

Must consider Apple support if the damage is hard to resolve.

How to Fix Bluetooth Earbuds When Only One Side Works

If you are facing issues with your earbuds only one ear working, you must follow the guidelines given in the steps below.

  • Simply turn off/on your Bluetooth from your device.
  • Remove the Bluetooth connection of the earbuds and try to reconnect them from the settings of your device.
  • In the case of Apple AirPods, make sure that you have worn each earbud in the correct ear, then open the case lid a few times, and then check by reconnecting.
  • Make sure that you have your battery charged because we accidentally place the earbuds/AirPods wrongly and they don’t get charged.
  • Check the track type if it is mono or not because mono tracks are allowed to play only in one ear.
  • You can also cross-verify by connecting your earbuds with another device to detect the problem and identify whether it is in your earbuds or in your device.
How to Fix Bluetooth Earbuds When Only One Side Works
Read more: How To Use Headphones While DJing

How to maintain Bluetooth Earphones Technology

  • Don’t ever try to use duplicate cables. Always use compatible and original cables.
  • Always take care of your tech gadgets and keep them away from water or dust to avoid any short circuits.
  • You must charge well your earbuds/AirPods but don’t overcharge them frequently. Use the global rule of charging between 20% and 80%.
  • If you are unable to fix the issues by yourself, you must take help from a technician to repair the headphones despite putting in extra effort and damaging them further.

Do You Need To Buy New Headphones?

If you have had headphones or earbuds for a long time, or you have damaged them badly that you are now unable to get them repaired, you must get new headphones because it is a better option and they are even too expensive rather than implementing fixes on your own.


You can fix Bluetooth headphones if only one side works by changing the device and try connecting headphones with your device or powering off/on your headphones or earbuds and resetting the headphones or you can check your warranty and if they are still covered in that, you better replace your headphones.

I hope this article will guide you about fixing your headphones. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to comment below.

  • First, go to settings on your device.
  • Now, you can see Accessibility option here.
  • Now, tap the mono audio switch and disable it.

You must keep the Bluetooth turned off. Now, you have to press the button twice and start them at the same time. They will start flashing and you can pick them in your settings.

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *