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Bluetooth headphones delay in Windows 11: 5 Fixes

Windows 11 is Microsoft’s flagship operating system and has brought a bunch of performance and aesthetic improvements over Windows 10. However, not everything is as smooth as users might expect. 

In this article, we’re looking at the Bluetooth headphone delay problem in Windows 11 and giving you a few solutions on how to fix them. 

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Are you in range?

When Bluetooth audio starts stuttering or delaying, the first issue you should consider is checking if you’re in range or if something is obstructing the Bluetooth signal. Make sure there are no obstructions between your headphones and laptops and that you’re well within range. 


Reconnect your headphones

First up, try reconnecting your headphones to your computer to see if that solves your problem. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key + I to open Windows Settings. Click Bluetooth & Devices.

Bluetooth headphones delay in Windows 11: 5 Fixes

Step 2: Click the three vertical dots next to your device and click Remove device. 

Bluetooth headphones delay in Windows 11: 5 Fixes

Step 3: Click the Add device button and pair your headphones again. 

Bluetooth headphones delay in Windows 11: 5 Fixes

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Update the Bluetooth drivers

Outdated or corrupt drivers often cause out of the blue problems. Try updating your drivers to see if that solves the problem.

Step 1: Press Windows key + X to open the Quick Access menu. Click Device Manager. 

Bluetooth headphones delay in Windows 11: 5 Fixes

Step 2: Double-click Bluetooth to expand the device list. Select the Bluetooth adaptor, right-click and select Update driver.

Bluetooth headphones delay in Windows 11: 5 Fixes

Step 3: Click on Search automatically for drivers. Windows will automatically look for and download the latest drivers for your device.

Bluetooth headphones delay in Windows 11: 5 Fixes

Run the Bluetooth Troubleshooter

Windows 11 has a number of different troubleshooters built in that can help solve the issue. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Troubleshoot other problems. Click the corresponding search result.

Bluetooth headphones delay in Windows 11: 5 Fixes

Step 2: Scroll down and run the Bluetooth troubleshooter. 

Bluetooth headphones delay in Windows 11: 5 Fixes

Disable Audio enhancements

While audio effects in Windows are meant to enhance user experience, they can be problematic at times. Disabling them might help your situation. 

Step 1: Right-click the speaker icon in the taskbar and click Sounds.

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Step 2: Head over to the Playback tab, select your speakers and click Properties.

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Step 3: Go to the Advanced tab, and under Signal Enhancements, uncheck the Enable audio enhancements checkbox. 

Bluetooth headphones delay in Windows 11: 5 Fixes

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