Bluetooth issues, such as stuttering or sound delay, can be caused by a bad connection between your device and PC. To fix these issues, or you simply want a better connection even from afar, check out the tricks below that can help you master Bluetooth.
Try these fixes
You might not need to try them all. Simply work your way down until you find the one that gives you luck.
- Remove or keep away from interference
- Update your Bluetooth driver
- Install all Windows updates
- Try an external Bluetooth adapter
Fix 1: Remove or keep away from interference
Bluetooth uses the 2.4GHz radio frequency to connect with your device, and this is the same frequency of your wireless router. When Wi-Fi could be the biggest interference, other Bluetooth devices can also conflict with your connection. So first check if you’re too close to the router, and move away from other Bluetooth devices.
If this is not your case, take a look at the next trick.
Fix 2: Update your Bluetooth driver
One of the most common causes of Bluetooth issues is that you’re using a buggy or broken Bluetooth driver. Manufacturers keep updating their drivers to get the best performance. In other words, you should make sure your Bluetooth driver is up to date.
There’re 2 ways you can update your Bluetooth driver: manually or automatically.
Option 1: Update your Bluetooth driver manually
If you’re familiar with computer hardware, you can try to update your Bluetooth driver manually. To do this, visit the website of your motherboard manufacturer and search for your model. Usually you will find the driver installers in the support/download page.
Option 2: Update your Bluetooth driver automatically (Recommended)
If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your Bluetooth driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. It will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your exact Bluetooth adapter, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
(This requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. If you don’t want to pay for the Pro version, you can still download and install all the drivers you need with the free version; you just have to download them one at a time, and manually install them, the normal Windows way.)
After updating your Bluetooth driver, restart your PC and test the connection.
If the latest Bluetooth driver doesn’t do the trick, take a look at the next solution.
Fix 3: Install all Windows updates
While new Windows patches mainly target security problems, they can sometimes do a good job in improving compatibility. You might be able to improve the connection by installing the latest updates.
- On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) to invoke the Run box. Type or paste control update and click OK.
- Click Check for updates. Windows will then check for available updates. (Or click Restart now if it prompts “Restart required”)
Once completed, restart your PC and check if there’s any improvement.
If updating your system doesn’t help, you can check out the next solution.
Fix 4: Try an external Bluetooth adapter
If you’re having issues with the Bluetooth adapter that comes with your PC or laptop, maybe you should consider an upgrade. Most of these adapters are still using Bluetooth 4 (or older), while Bluetooth 5 has already flooded the market. If your device supports Bluetooth 5 (e.g. Apple AirPods), getting a Bluetooth 5 dongle will definitely give you a leg up.
And here’re some Bluetooth 5 dongles we recommended:
So these are the tricks that can help you improve the Bluetooth connection. If you have any questions or thoughts, just talk to us in the comments below.