How To Reset Beats Headphones: A Simple Guide

How To Reset Beats Headphones: A Simple Guide

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Resetting Beats wireless headphones or earbuds can solve a lot of issues you might be having, including problems powering up, charging or connecting the ‘phones, inconsistent or lost connection, no sound or problems, delays and distortion in the sound, and more.

And while resetting Beats headphones is a pretty straightforward procedure, it can really help to have a clear and detailed guide, so that’s just what I’ve put together here.

In this article I will explain the basic process in a simple but detailed way, which should explain how to reset Beats earbuds or headphones of almost any model.

Certain Beats headphone models, however, might have a slightly different reset process, so if the general instructions below don’t work I will also include links for more detailed instructions on a few specific Beats models.

How To Reset Beats Earbuds and Headphones: 2 simple steps

We’ll get into more detail below, but if you want the quickest and simplest explanation, most Beats headphones can be fully factory reset by:

Step 1:

Pressing and holding down the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds

Step 2: 

At which point the LED indicator light should flash, indicating a successful reset, and you can release the buttons.

Why Reset Your Beats Headphones?

A full factory reset of your Beats headphones can solve a lot of problems you might be having, and so it is recommended to reset them if:

  • You can’t get them to connect to your PC, phone, tablet or other device. You may also want to check out my guide on How To Pair Beats Headphones
  • Your headphones will pair with your device, but you keep losing the connection
  • You are having problems charging your Beats, or even powering them on
  • There are problems with sound – stuttering, delays (like between sound and video), gaps or stoppages, any distortion or strange sounds, or no sound at all from one or both sides

After you factory reset your Beats you will need to reconnect them with your phone, PC, tablet or other device, and you might also need to re-enter certain settings and preferences in the Beats app, but these aren’t difficult processes, and so a reset is highly recommended if you are having recurring problems that you can’t quite figure out how to fix.

How To Factory Reset Beats Headphones: General Instructions

Before you reset your Beats earbuds or headphones, you might want to also remove them from the Bluetooth page on your PC or phone – which means that afterwards you will also need to reconnect them.

The procedure for how to reset your Beats earbuds or headphones couldn’t be easier. For most models it is a simple single step:

Press and hold both the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time for 10 Seconds, until the LED indicator light flashes, at which point you can release the buttons

For some models it takes 15 seconds to reset, but in any case you will see the LED flashing when it’s done, and don’t worry – you can’t hold the buttons down too long.

Really, that’s it. You will now need to re-pair them to whichever device or devices you’ve been using (again, you might want to look at my article How To Pair Beats Headphones) and might also need to redo any settings in your Beats App.

How to Reset Beats Earbuds and Headphones: Specific Models

Again, a few specific Beats earbud and headphone models might need to be reset in a slightly different way, so if the above process doesn’t work you can simply find your model below and click on the link, and you’ll be taken to more specific instructions for your particular headphones or earbuds.

What If It Still Doesn’t Work?

If the factory reset of your Beats headphones seems to have worked, and you’re still having the same problems with power and/or charging, with connection or with sound, you might want to do a little basic troubleshooting.

  1. Are your Beats fully charged?
  1. When you are charging them, are the cables tightly connected on both ends?
  1. Are your headphones and your device turned on?
  1. Is the device unlocked, is Bluetooth turned on and is Flight Mode turned off?
  1. Are your Beats in range of your device? Bluetooth can have up to several hundred feet of effective range, but obstructions and interference can decrease this.
  1. Is there any possible interference? This can include wifi routers, other wireless devices, high power transformers or even USB ports.
  1. Are your headphones paired to another device, or is your device paired to other headphones, speakers or anything else? If so, your pairing may not work.

You can also try to restart your phone or PC, and if you haven’t already done this you should remove your Beats from the Bluetooth page on your device and try re-pairing them.

If resetting your Beats has not solved your problem, and none of the above troubleshooting makes a difference, you will probably need to go to the Beats Online Support Page for further assistance.