What to Do If No Sound on Bluetooth Speaker After Pairing

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Bluetooth technology enables easy and wireless connection of computer peripherals like headphones and speakers to Windows devices. Pairing the devices is simple, without any need for cables or software installation, making it a convenient feature for users.

Bluetooth devices work well with Windows 10/11 most of the time, but glitches are also known to occur. If, for instance, the software is outdated or the device is incompatible with the computer’s operating system, you might run into some problems with using the accessories. A common scenario is when there’s no sound after pairing Bluetooth speakers.

There have been several reports of Windows users complaining that even though the Bluetooth speaker was paired, there’s no sound in Windows 10/11 computer. This happens for both newly paired or previously paired speakers.

Although most of the reports involved Windows 10/11 devices, there are also instances when the issue involved other versions of the Windows operating system, such as Windows 7 and 8.

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Why is There No Sound After Pairing Bluetooth Speaker

There are several reasons why you are having problems using your Bluetooth speaker with your Windows 10/11 computer, and an outdated Bluetooth driver is the number one culprit. If you have recently installed an update for your OS or it has been some time since your last driver update, then you might need to check Device Manager if there are pending updates you need to install.

It is also possible that your computer is on mute or the volume is too low, which makes you think that there’s a problem with Bluetooth. You should check the volume first before tinkering with your Bluetooth settings.

Another aspect you need to check is whether your speaker is turned off or in low volume. You also have to be prepared for the possibility that your speaker might have a hardware problem.

How to Fix Bluetooth Speaker with No Sound

Fix #1: Update Your Bluetooth Device Driver.

  1. First, you’ll need to note down the speaker set’s product title and serial number. You’ll probably find those details in the manual for the speakers.
  2. You’ll also need Windows platform details. To check if you have 32 or 64-bit Windows, enter ‘system’ in the Cortana’s search box and select System.
  3. Then open the speaker manufacturer’s website, and open the driver download section on the site.
  4. Enter or select your wireless speaker details in the search box or from the drop-down menus on the site.
  5. Then download the most update driver for your speakers that’s compatible with your 32 or 64-bit Windows platform.
  6. After downloading the driver, you can probably select to run an installer for the driver.

Bluetooth device issues can be due to antiquated or corrupted drivers. If the driver is outdated, the speakers might not work with updated platforms or the latest Bluetooth 5 version. So updating a driver might restore the speaker sound.

We strongly recommend to automatically update your drivers with driver updater. This tool is backed up by a library of all the most used drivers in the world, allowing it to identify and quickly fix all outdated, broken, or missing drivers altogether.

All you need to do is install it, let it scan your PC, and then choose which drivers should be fixed. Once your drivers have been dealt with, simply restart your PC, and you’re all set.

Fix #2: Make Sure Your Windows PC Supports Bluetooth.

If you have a more antiquated laptop or desktop upgraded to Windows 10/11, it might not support Bluetooth. As such, double-check that your system is Bluetooth compatible.

This post provides further details for checking Bluetooth compatibility with Device Manager in Windows 10/11. If your PC doesn’t support Bluetooth, you can still connect wireless speakers with a USB dongle. You can insert a Bluetooth dongle into a USB slot, and then connect the speakers.

Fix #3: Check that the Bluetooth Support Service is Enabled.

  1. Open Run by pressing the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut.
  2. Enter ‘services.msc’ in Run’s text box.
  3. Press the OK button to open the window in the snapshot directly below.
  4. Double-click Bluetooth Support Service to open its window below.
  5. Select Automatic from the Startup type drop-down menu if the startup is currently disabled.
  6. Press the Start button (on the properties window) to kick-start Bluetooth Support Service.
  7. Press Apply > OK to confirm the newly selected settings.
  8. It might be case that the Bluetooth Support Service is disabled. If so, your Bluetooth speakers aren’t going to work.

Fix #4: Select the Bluetooth device as the default playback device.

  1. Right-click the system tray icon and select Playback devices to open the window directly below.
  2. Now select the paired Bluetooth speakers listed on the Playback tab.
  3. Next, press the Set Default button to select the Bluetooth speakers as your default playback device.
  4. Click Apply and OK to confirm the new settings.

Some users have got their wireless speakers working by adjusting the default playback device settings. This requires that you select the Bluetooth connected device as the default speakers.

Fix #5: Check the Bluetooth Device’s Audio Level

In addition, check the Bluetooth speakers’ audio level via its properties window. You can do that by right-clicking the speakers on the Playback tab and selecting Properties.

Then select the Levels tab, and drag the audio output bar to the far right. Click Apply and OK to close the window.

Fix #6: Pair Your Bluetooth Speakers again.

Re-pairing Bluetooth speakers might also be a potential resolution.

  1. To reconnect the speakers, enter the keyword ‘Bluetooth‘ in Cortana’s search box.
  2. Select Bluetooth and other device settings to open the window shown directly below.
  3. Select the listed wireless speakers, and press the Remove device button.
  4. Press the Yes button to confirm.
  5. Select the listed Bluetooth speakers and press the Pair button to connect them again.

Fix #7: Open the Playing Audio Troubleshooter.

Windows 10/11 includes a Playing Audio troubleshooter that can fix sound playback. So this troubleshooter might also come in handy for fixing your wireless speaker audio playback.

You can open that troubleshooter by pressing the Cortana button and entering the keyword ‘audio playback’ in the search box.

Select Find and fix audio playback to open the troubleshooter window in the snapshot directly below.

Fix #8: Open the Bluetooth Troubleshooter.

Windows 10/11 also includes a Bluetooth troubleshooter that might be worth noting. You can utilize that troubleshooter to fix your wireless speakers.

  1. Open the Cortana app.
  2. Enter ‘troubleshoot’ in Cortana’s search box.
  3. Select Troubleshoot to open a list of Windows troubleshooters as shown below.
  4. Select Bluetooth and press the Run the troubleshooter button to open the window directly below.

The troubleshooter might then provide potential fixes that will restore Bluetooth speaker audio.

Fix #9: Check the Bluetooth Speaker Set is Enabled.

  1. The Bluetooth speakers might not be enabled.
  2. To check the speaker set is enabled, press the Win key + X hotkey and select Device Manager to open the window directly below.
  3. device manager
  4. Double-click the Bluetooth Radios category to expand a list of wireless devices.
  5. A down arrow sign highlights that a device is not enabled. If your wireless device has a down arrow sign, right-click it and select Enable on the context menu.

There’s a good chance that some of those resolutions will fix your Bluetooth speakers so that they pump out audio once more. If not, then there might be a hardware issue with the speakers; so check that they work with an alternative device such as tablet or TV.

You can get the speakers fixed, or perhaps a replacement set, so long as they are still within the manufacturer’s warranty period.

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