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Bluetooth Headphones Won’t Charge? Here’s How To Fix That

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There’s nothing more frustrating than getting prepped and ready to listen to some music, only to find that your headphones won’t charge. It’s all too easy to think that your headphones are broken and unusable when this happens, but more times than not, the problem can be solved (for free!).

If you frequently struggle to charge your Bluetooth headphones, we’re here to help you out. This guide will uncover popular quick fixes for charging issues, getting you back to listening to your favourite tunes in no time.

How To Fix Headphones That Won’t Charge

When your Bluetooth headphones don’t charge, the problem often lies with the charging cable or USB port. Let’s take a look at some things you can do to solve your charging issues.

1. Check The Contact Points

If you notice that your headphones only charge at a certain angle, it’s worth inspecting all contact points. Take a close look at the USB port and the jack to see if any dust or dirt has got in them. Even the tiniest particles can cause problems with the connection.

To prevent dirt from becoming an issue, make an effort to clean your headphone contact points every so often. With a gentle hand, apply compressed air to the ports and then use a cotton swab for stubborn particles.

Top Tip: Never clean your headphone ports with a metal object. This will scratch the inside and cause permanent damage.

2. Re-Insert The USB Cable

Sometimes, you can fix your charging issues within seconds. It may just be that the USB charging cable hasn’t been inserted correctly.

When your headphones won’t charge, simply remove the USB cable and insert it again. If the problem persists, gently push the cable in a bit further to see if something is blocking it.

Top Tip: If the USB cable won’t stay in place, repeat step one and clean the port. You will likely find that dirt is preventing the cable from inserting itself properly.

3. Adjust The Room’s Temperature

Did you know that changes in temperature can affect your headphone’s battery? The ideal temperature for most headphones sits between 0°C to 35°C, so consider moving to a cooler (or warmer) environment if in extreme temperatures.

4. Try A Hard Reset

If a software bug prevents your headphones from charging, a hard reset might help kick them back in gear. There is no need to panic here – hard resets on headphones aren’t nearly as daunting as hard resets on phones!

Top Tip: Check your headphone’s manual before attempting a hard reset. The manual will tell you how to complete it for your specific model safely.

5. Turn Your Computer On/Off

Turning your device on and off might seem like a joke, but more times than not, it actually works. If you’re charging your headphones via a computer, turn it off and on again. Wait until the computer has fully loaded before plugging the headphones back in.

6. Switch To A Direct Connection

The majority of Bluetooth headphones have a USB charging connection. Poorly made USB ports can melt or get scratched easily, putting them out of use almost instantly.

If you fear this is the case, charge your headphones through a power socket or other form of direct connection. If you have no issues charging through a direct connection, you’ll know that it’s the USB hub causing problems.

7. Use Different Charging Cables

As mentioned earlier in this guide, charging problems near enough always link back to the charging cable itself. Unfortunately, there’s not much that you can do about a faulty cable, so see if an alternative one works.

Any type of brand cable should be fine, but if the problem persists, purchase one that’s made for your exact model of headphones.

8. Install The Latest Software Update

There are many different types of headphones out there, all with their own quirks and features. If you own a particularly high-end pair of Bluetooth headphones, you may find that they use software updates to stay on-trend.

If your headphones require software updates, check to see if the latest one has been installed. Outdated software may cause charging issues, and in addition to this, software updates may solve bugs that currently exist.

Specific Models And Their Charging Solutions

The above eight tips will likely solve minor charging issues. However, if the problems persist, it might be time to take a more specialised approach. Here’s how to solve charging problems on specific models:

AirPod Charging Issues

A lot of Apple charging issues are caused by using non-Apple chargers. While using alternative chargers is perfectly safe for the most part, cheap alternatives may do more harm than good.

If your AirPods don’t charge, try the following tips:

  • Switch to an Apple-brand charging cable
  • See if they charge on the charging pad
  • Make sure your AirPods are paired with your iPhone

Top Tip: AirPods can get dirty quickly. Check out our guide on how to clean your AirPods for thorough care tips!

Bose Headphone Charging Issues

Bose recommends resetting your headphones if there are any charging issues. You can reset your Bose headphones by:

  1. Turn the headphones off
  2. Wait 30 seconds
  3. Plug your headphones into a USB power supply
  4. Wait 5 seconds
  5. Unplug the USB cable
  6. Wait 1 minute
  7. Turn the headphones back on

Beats Headphone Charging Issues

Once again, a simple reset should be enough to fix charging issues on Beats headphones. You can reset your Beats headphones by:

  1. Press and hold the power button for 10 seconds
  2. Release the power button
  3. Wait for all LED lights to stop flashing

In Summary…

Charging issues are incredibly frustrating but usually fixable. Whether it’s a small bit of dirt or a faulty cable, the tips mentioned in this guide will help you to find the source of the problem. Before you know it, you’ll have a fully charged pair of headphones and your favourite tunes blasting!

Kelvin Wan
Kelvin Wan
Kelvin is Upbeat Geek's audio tech expert. He keeps in the loop with the latest releases from soundbars to earbuds. Kelvin enjoys travelling and concertgoing, and has a creative career is fuelled by music - a wide array of it we must say. Kelvin's always been a tech head, working with and reviewing different audio setups, from speakers and amps to any type of headphone you can think of. He knows how to uncover the science behind the tech and explain it in 'me and you' terms. His favourite artists consist of Coldplay, Dave, Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Woodkid, (we told you it was a wide array!)

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