One of the biggest reasons why people consider wired earphones over Bluetooth ones is that sometimes they experience sound delays. However, this problem can be easily fixed with some little settings tweaks. In this article, we are going over all the possible solutions to fix Bluetooth sound delay in Windows 11/10.
Bluetooth sound delay in Windows 11/10
These are the things you can do to fix Bluetooth sound delay in Windows 11/10:
- Clear all the obstructions
- Reconnect your Bluetooth device
- Run Troubleshooters
- Connect one device at a time
- Disable Audio Enhancements
- Update Bluetooth Drivers
- Restart Windows Audio Service
How to fix sound delay and audio lag on Bluetooth in Windows 11/10
1] Clear all the obstructions
Bluetooth signals are nothing but waves, it uses short-wavelength UHF radio waves to communicate. So, it is normal for it to get distorted because of obstructions.
Therefore, you need to make sure there is no obstruction between your computer (or the source to which Bluetooth is connected) and the Bluetooth device.
Another thing you need to consider is the distance between the computer and Bluetooth if it’s too long, you will experience a sound delay.
2] Reconnect your Bluetooth device
If the first solution didn’t apply to you then start from here. The simplest way to fix the issue would be to reconnect your Bluetooth device.
To do that, hit Win + X > Settings. Now, click on Devices, your Bluetooth device, and then Disconnect.
Now, click on the Connect button to reconnect your Bluetooth device. If the delay is because of any glitch then this will fix the issue for you.
You can even restart your computer’s Bluetooth by using the toggle from the same window.
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3] Run Troubleshooters
Microsoft has built one of the best troubleshooting software in the market and in this section, we are going to use that to our advantage.
To troubleshoot your audio device, hit Win + X > Settings. Now, click on Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters > Playing Audio > Troubleshoot.
A wizard will ask you to select the Audio Device, select, and click Next. Your problem will be detected and hopefully, fixed.
To troubleshoot Bluetooth, open Settings and click Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters > Bluetooth > Troubleshoot.
Finally, follow the on-screen instructions to run this fix the issue.
You may want to also run the Bluetooth Troubleshooter from the same page.
4] Connect one device at a time
Most of us have two or three devices paired to a single Bluetooth headset or speaker. And when we start our Bluetooth device, it connects to all the devices automatically. Because of this, you may experience audio lag. Therefore, you need to make sure that your Bluetooth is connected to one device at a time.
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5] Disable Audio Enhancements
Even though, audio enhancements can improve your listening experience by enhancing certain notes. However, this feature can also make your audio distort and lag. Therefore, to fix the Bluetooth sound delay in Windows 10 we are going to disable Audio Enhancements.
To do that, follow the prescribed steps:
- Launch Settings by Win + X > Settings.
- Click System > Sound > Device properties> Additional device properties.
- Now, go to the Enhancements tab, tick Disable all enhancements and click Apply > Ok.
6] Update Bluetooth Driver
This solution can be applied to any Bluetooth-related problem. An outdated driver can cause a lot of trouble for you and Bluetooth sound delay is one of them. Therefore, we need to update our Bluetooth driver.
To do that, launch Device Manager from the Start Menu. Expand Bluetooth, right-click on your device, and select Update driver. A wizard will ask you to either select Search automatically for drivers or Browse my computer for drivers, select the former one if you want the computer to search the web for an updated driver, and latter if you have already downloaded the updated driver on your computer.
After updating the driver, try restarting your computer to fix the Bluetooth sound delay issue.
7] Restart Windows Audio Service
If you are still not able to fix the Bluetooth sound delay issue then try restarting Windows Audio Service.
To do that, launch Services from the Start Menu, scroll down a bit, right-click on Windows Audio, select Restart, and click Yes to confirm.
Finally, restart your computer, connect to the Bluetooth device and enjoy.
Read: Troubleshoot Windows Sound and Audio problems.
Hopefully, this has helped you in fixing the Bluetooth sound delay in Windows 11/10.