Before you go poking around on your phone or tablet, you should be familiar with the main control you use to manage and pair Beats wireless headphones. Locate the “b” button on your headphones.This is what you’ll be using to operate the headphone side of the process.
It may seem obvious, but it needs to be said: make sure the Beats are actually on before you get on the phone with customer support. Beats wireless headphones usually have an indicator LED light on the left earcup that will be on when the headphones are active.
You also have to make sure that the Bluetooth function is on for the device you want to pair Beats wireless headphones with. So let’s go over that first.
The Android Army
Chances are that your smartphone or tablet runs the Android operating system. This is by far the most popular platform for mobile devices and it’s getting better every day.
The problem is that each company that puts Android into their product can change the way it looks and works. This makes it hard to give universal instructions on how to switch the Bluetooth on.
Still, for most Android gizmos you’d do the following:
- Swipe down from the top of the screen
- Tap the little “gear” icon to get to the settings screen
- Look for something like “wireless and network settings” and tap on it
- Look for an entry labeled “Bluetooth” and make sure it’s checked or toggled on
If you tap on the word “Bluetooth” you should also go to a page that lists any active Bluetooth devices that are in range. This is important because when we’re ready to connect, our Beats headphones will appear in this list.
The Apple Armada
If your taste in phones or tablets is of a fruiter persuasion, then the process to switch on Bluetooth is standard across devices.
- Tap on the “settings” icon. It will be on the home screen or wherever you dragged it to.
- You can also use the search function to find it.
- Bluetooth is usually listed close to the top and tapping on it will reveal the on/off toggle.
Below the toggle, you’ll also see the “My Devices” entry where Bluetooth stuff is listed.
Now we’re ready to put the headphones into pairing mode. With the headphones on, do the following:
- Make sure that there are no cables plugged into your headphones
- Check if the LED on the left earcup is blinking.
- If it is you’re in pairing mode already.
- If not, just hold the “b” button for two seconds and the light will begin to blink
- Head over to your Bluetooth device list on your phone or tablet
- Tap on the Beats entry under Bluetooth devices
If you did it right, the LED should flash four times and then stay on. That’s the sign of a successful pairing. Congrats! You should be ready to rock now.
What to do if Windows can’t find your Beats wireless
If your PC can’t find your Beats wireless, here are some methods for you to solve the problem. You don’t have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.
Method 1: Turn off Bluetooth in every device your Beats wireless have connected to
When you turn on your Beats wireless headphones or earphones, they automatically reconnect to the device you last used with them. If your Beats last connected to a different device than your computer, you can turn off Bluetooth in every device they have connected to, then repeat the steps in How to pair Beats wireless with Windows 10 to help solve the problem.
Method 2: Hold down your Beats’ power button for a longer time
When trying to turn on your Beats wireless, you can hold down the power button for a longer time in order to connect to Windows 10, in some cases up to 10 seconds. It worked for many people who had trouble connecting their Bluetooth audio devices to PC.
Method 3: Enable your Bluetooth driver via Device Manager
Some people can’t reconnect their Bluetooth headphones to PC because their Bluetooth driver is disabled. Manually enabling the driver via Device Manager would fix the issue:
- On PC, right-click the Start button, then select Device Manager.
- Expand the Bluetooth entry, or Sound, video and game controllers, to find your Beats.
- If a down arrow icon is marked on your Beats, you should right-click on your device, and select Enable device.
- Then you can repeat the steps in How to pair Beats wireless with Windows 10 to troubleshoot the problem.
Method 4: Update your Bluetooth driver
A missing or outdated Bluetooth driver may also stop your computer from detecting your Beats wireless. You should update your Bluetooth driver and see if this helps fix the problem.
If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your Bluetooth driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing. Driver Easy handles it all.
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- Click Update next to any flagged devices to automatically download the correct version of their drivers, then you can install them manually. Or click Update All to automatically download and install them all automatically. (This requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. You get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee.)
Hopefully this can help you out.
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