6 Best Ways to Fix Bluetooth Delay on Windows 10
Watching a movie or playing a game on your Windows PC can be a highly immersive experience. The visuals are stunning, but there’s one problem: the audio output to your Bluetooth speaker is delayed. When you reload a rifle, the sound effect plays a few seconds later on your Bluetooth headphones. This lack of synchronization is frustrating. So, how can you address this issue?
To resolve Bluetooth delay issues on your Windows 10 PC, first disable Airplane Mode. Restart your computer if necessary. If the audio is still out of sync with the visual, try the six troubleshooting solutions listed below. One of them is likely to help.
1. Troubleshoot Proximity & Interference Issues
Distance is crucial in determining audio quality with wireless Bluetooth devices. Ensure that both your computer and the Bluetooth audio device are within range. Also, check for any physical obstructions, such as walls, between your PC and the audio device. These obstructions can interfere with the Bluetooth connection and cause audio delays.
When it comes to interference, make sure that the audio device is not near another device connected to your PC’s USB 3.0 port. Microsoft cautions that this may interrupt the audio signal transmitted through Bluetooth. For instance, if you are facing audio delay with a Bluetooth speaker located close to your PC’s USB port, try moving the speaker away to see if that resolves the problem. We suggest referring to Microsoft’s official guide for troubleshooting Bluetooth issues in Windows 10.
2. Reconnect Bluetooth Device
Launch the Bluetooth settings menu on your PC (Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices) and turn off Bluetooth. Wait a few seconds, then turn Bluetooth back on.
Alternatively, you can manually disconnect the Bluetooth device. Click the device with audio delay and choose Disconnect.
Reconnect the device to your PC and check if that fixes the audio synchronization issue.
3. Troubleshoot Connected Device
Experiencing audio delay, poor quality, and other related issues while playing audio via Bluetooth? The Windows Audio Troubleshooter can help. Here’s how:
1. Launch the Settings menu and select System.
Step 2: Go to Sound section, tap Troubleshoot button.
To launch the audio troubleshooter, wait for the tool to diagnose your audio devices and proceed to the next step. Select the Bluetooth device with the audio delay issue and click Next.
The troubleshooter will diagnose the device and recommend solutions if it detects a problem with audio production and quality. Follow the prompt and proceed to the next solution if no problem is found with the Bluetooth device.
This tool helps detect and fix issues with your Windows PC’s Bluetooth performance. To use it, follow these steps:
1. Open Windows Settings and click on “Update & Security.”
Step 2: Go to the Troubleshoot menu.
Step 3: In the ‘Find and fix other problems’ section, select Bluetooth, and click the ‘Run the troubleshooter’ button.
To launch the Windows Bluetooth troubleshooter, which diagnoses and fixes any Bluetooth glitches, follow these steps:
1. Launch the Windows Bluetooth troubleshooter.
2. The tool will diagnose and automatically fix any Bluetooth glitches it finds.
3. All active Bluetooth devices connected to your PC will be disconnected and then reconnected.
4. Rest assured, this will not affect your device’s settings.
The troubleshooter will notify you of the Bluetooth problems it diagnosed and fixed. Play a media file (preferably a video) on your computer to check if the audio delay issue has been eliminated.
5. Check Bluetooth Device
Sometimes, connectivity or playback issues with your PC’s Bluetooth can be caused by the connected device. If the device is battery-powered, like a wireless headphone or portable speaker, make sure it’s fully charged. You can also try restarting or resetting the device. Consult the device’s instruction manual for troubleshooting tips.
Tinkering with Audio Enhancements can improve your sound quality on your PC. However, these enhancements can also cause audio distortion, delay, and other issues. To disable all Audio Enhancements for your Bluetooth device, follow these steps:
Step 1: Go to the Windows Sound settings menu (Settings > System > Sound).
Step 2: Make sure the affected Bluetooth device is selected as the Output device. Click Device properties to proceed.
To launch the Properties page for the Bluetooth device:
Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘Additional device properties.’
Step 4: Navigate to the Enhancements tab in the new window. Check the ‘Disable all enhancements’ box and save the changes.
Sync Things Up
To further solve the audio delay issue, restart the program or app. For games, close and reopen. For videos, restart the media player or use a different app. Additionally, make sure your PC’s Bluetooth driver and operating system are updated.
Next, are you unable to locate the Bluetooth icon or option on your Windows 10 PC? Check out this tutorial to discover 8 solutions for fixing the Bluetooth missing from Device Manager problem.
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