Bluetooth headphones delay in Windows 11: 6 ways to fix it – Business Insider

  • Bluetooth headphones can suffer from delays in Windows 11, but there are ways to troubleshoot the issue.
  • Be as close as possible to your computer and make sure there are no sources of wireless interference nearby. 
  • You can also try toggling Bluetooth off and on, re-pairing your headphones, and updating the Bluetooth driver. 
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Few things beat the convenience of


audio, but there’s sometimes a cost that accompanies wireless headphones or earbuds: the dreaded audio delay. If you’ve found that your Bluetooth headphones suffer from an audio delay when connected to Windows, you’re not alone. The good news is that there are a lot of ways you can troubleshoot the issue and dramatically reduce the delay when using Bluetooth audio in Windows 11. 

Watch your distance 

Bluetooth headphones and earbuds work best when you are close to the source, such as your Windows computer. Most have a range of no more than 30 feet, but you can start to get interference, delays, and other audio glitches at half that distance or less. And watch out for obstructions, like walls and other people. You’ll get the best results when you are right in front of the PC, and when in doubt, get as close as you can. 

Beware of interference from other devices

As a general rule, modern Bluetooth devices like headphones are pretty good at cutting through interference caused by other devices and technology. But if you’re having a problem with your headphones, investigate the immediate surroundings for other devices that might be unintentionally causing a glitch. At the top of the list: other wireless devices, such as Bluetooth speakers or security cameras, cordless phones in use, and a microwave that’s running. To see if there’s anything in the vicinity causing a problem, try taking your laptop and headphones to another room or outdoors. 

Toggle your computer’s Bluetooth connection

In keeping with the tried-and-true IT troubleshooting trick, turn off your computer’s Bluetooth radio, wait a minute, and turn it back on again. Click Start and then click Settings. In the pane on the left, click Bluetooth & devices and then swipe the Bluetooth button to the left to turn it off. After you turn it back on and the headphones reconnect, see if that has solved your problem. 

You can toggle your computer’s Bluetooth radio off and on to see if that fixes the glitch.

Dave Johnson

Re-pair your headphones

Sometimes, pairing your headphones again can resolve a weird and hard-to-solve problem, especially if something went wrong when the headphones were initially paired. 

1. Click Start and then click Settings

2. In the pane on the left, click Bluetooth & devices.

3. Find the headphones causing you a problem and then click the device’s three-dot menu. In the pop-up, click Remove device

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