Bluetooth Headphones won’t Charge or Turn on Issue?

Key takeaway

If your Bluetooth headphones won't charge or turn on, try the following steps: hold the power button for 30 seconds until the headphones are powered down, plug them back in with the USB charging cable and wait for 5 seconds, remove the cable and wait a minute before turning them on. Other potential solutions include checking the contact points, re-inserting the USB cable, adjusting the room's temperature, trying a hard reset, turning your computer on/off, and making sure that the case is fully charged.

Charging problems with bluetooth headset can be aggravating. When this happened to me, I almost threw them in the trash. But logic prevailed, and I resolved to find out what was going on. I am pleased to report that I have discovered a solution and that they are now operational.

However, there are a number of things that can go wrong, so I decided to write a lengthy post to address any issues you may be having. The most likely solution is to use a different cable or USB.

Bluetooth Headphones Won't Charge?
Bluetooth Headphones Won't Charge?

Your Bluetooth headphones are not charging because either the USB is not properly inserted or the charging cable is defective. Check that your USB is fully inserted, both at the power source and on your headphones. If you suspect the problem is with your cable, try a different one.


That will fix it 99 percent of the time. However, there could be additional issues on top of that. Let's take a look at the 12 most common causes of bluetooth headset not charging.

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Your headphones may not be charging for a variety of technical reasons. Let's take a look at the possibilities, because determining the root cause is the first step toward resolving the issue. Keep in mind that we'll be inspecting some of the electrical components, so don't get shocked by your headphones.

  • Your charging cable could be defective.

The cable, which is easily damaged, will be the first point of inspection. Constant twisting and turning will cause weak points to form, which can lead to a tear. If the cable is in good condition, ensure that the USB is firmly inserted while charging. Alternatively, see if plugging into a different port helps.

Another thing to think about is whether or not you're using the supplied usb ports. If not, this could be the source of your issue. To see if the problem persists, try a different cable.

If you're using a USB hub, make sure it's in good working order. Individual ports can become damaged at times. Try plugging the USB adapter into a different port or directly into the computer.

  • The Bluetooth headphone battery may be defective
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It happens, especially if you leave your headphones in a hot car or in direct sunlight. Your bluetooth headsets can overheat, causing the battery to be damaged. It could also be a factory defect; if your headphones are new, consider sending them in for service.

  • The headphone battery hasn’t been charged for quite some time

Yes, your battery can be damaged by inactivity, so keep rocking! But, seriously, storing your headphones for extended periods of time will not be good for your battery. They may die if they discharge completely (and then some). To say the least, this will cause some charging issues.

In general, if the light does not turn on when you plug in to charge, no one is at home. If you haven't given up on them yet, leave the charger plugged in for a few hours to see what happens. There's a slim chance they'll be able to recover after a few rounds of charging.

  • The charging port might be malfunctioning

This has happened to me on several occasions. The metallic surfaces inside the usb ports can become scratched due to normal wear and tear. This will prevent the USB charger from connecting, which means it will not charge.

Furthermore, if you keep your headphones or earphones in your pockets or simply leave them in your bag, they can pick up lint, dust, dirt, oil from food, and so on. This can either interfere with charging or become stuck in the charging port. You'll need to clean it after that, but we'll get to that later.

  • High or low temperatures

Extreme temperatures are not great for Bluetooth headphone batteries, or for the electrical components in your headphones. Try to avoid charging in really warm, humid weather, as well as extremely cold weather.

Turn on the AC to regulate the temperature, or if it’s hot, just charge at night when it’s cooler. The optimal range is anything between 41 °F – 95 °F (5 °C – 35 °C).

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Fix Bluetooth Headphones Wont Charge Or Turn On Issue

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Take this as a step-by-step guide to identifying the source of your charging issues. Along the way, you might even solve a few other issues! We'll get to the bottom of this, but first some fundamentals:

1. When charging your headphones, make sure your computer is turned on

This may appear to be absurd, but it occurs. You could be charging from a closed laptop and not even realize it's turned off. Simply open it and check to see if the screen comes on. Step 2 follows.

2. Use a direct connection instead of a USB hub 

USB hubs can burn out; try plugging it directly into your PC or a portable charger, for example. Just another test to see if it's the USB hub that's causing problems.

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3. Attempt charging the headphones with a power outlet

If it still does not charge from your PC or portable charger, they could be the source of the problem. Connect your headphone charger to the power socket and proceed to the source. If that doesn't work, it could mean that the problem is with one of your headphones' components.

4. Check the contact points of your headphones and charger

Give the usb ports, the jack, and all ports a good inspection. If there are any scratches on the metal connection points, this could be an indication that your headphones need a service. If any of these are dirty, you must thoroughly clean them. At the end of this post, I'll go over a detailed cleaning method.

5. Check that the USB cable is properly inserted

This is a common problem; simply give the usb ports and jack a light push to see if they can go any further; don't be too forceful as dirt may be preventing them from going any further. Check the port with a flashlight (or, if you're really prepared, use your compressed air can to clean it out a little).

6. Try Different USB Charging Cables

Always a good idea just to swap cables to see if it makes a difference, if you’re using a different branded cable, you might also need to try an original cable.

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7. Check your headphone’s charging port

Again, ports become clogged; if you're used to throwing your headphones in your backpack, the charging port may have become clogged with dirt or food. Check not only the power source, but also your headphones.

8. Maintain your headphone's connection to the charging source

If your battery power is completely depleted, it may take some time to recharge to a basic level before you notice any signs of life. Simply leave it plugged in for an hour or so to see what happens.

9. Charge your Bluetooth headphones in ideal temperatures

Extreme temperatures will have an effect on your battery, but specifically, cold weather can prevent your battery from charging completely. Try heating up the room a bit; the ideal charging temperature is anywhere between 41 °F – 95 °F (5 °C – 35 °C) to make it more comfortable.

10. Install the latest firmware update

If your software is out of date, it may affect charging and other functions. If possible, perform a software update (hopefully, your headphones are just having issues and haven't completely stopped charging).

11. Attempt a hard reset on your Bluetooth headphones

This isn't quite as drastic as with a phone; after all, there isn't much data saved on your headphones. A hard reset, on the other hand, may aid in resolving any software bugs introduced by an update.

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12. You may have placed your device in programming mode

This is unusual, but you may have inadvertently put your headphone software in programming mode, rendering it useless – unless you're a programmer.

Fortunately, you can easily remove your headphones from this mode:

  • Connect your headphones to a computer using a usb ports.
  • Wait for it to be “recognized.” You'll get a notification in the form of a pop-up.
  • This will automatically exit programming mode on your device.
  • Simply re-pair your device and you're ready to go.


Wireless or headphones, in general, use the same technology, which is Lithium-Ion rechargeable batteries, but they differ in make and other specifications and quality, so battery issues will be the same but indicators and connectors will be different for each brand or model.

I want you to understand that no matter what brand your wireless headphone is, simply try to investigate using the steps I provided above from the start, then follow the next points based on the complexity or difficulties you are experiencing.

How To Fix Bluetooth Headphones Wont Charge Or Turn On Issue?
How To Fix Bluetooth Headphones Wont Charge Or Turn On Issue?

FAQs About Bluetooth Headphones Charging Issues

Why are my wireless headphones not turning on?

The power on the wireless stereo headphones may not turn on due to a dead rechargeable battery. To fix this, the battery should be fully charged before use or replaced with a new one if it is old or has been used for a long time. If the battery is not the issue, try resetting the headphones by holding power and volume up (+) buttons for at least 5 seconds, plugging them into a powered USB charger or port while holding down the volume – and multifunction button (power button), or ensuring that the power button is pressed properly. Additionally, check your source, re-pair the headphones, bring them closer to your device, pair individual buds properly, and disconnect other devices from Bluetooth.

Why did my Bluetooth headphones stop working all of a sudden?

There are several potential causes for why your Bluetooth headphones suddenly stopped working. First, check that the devices are within 20 feet of each other and that Bluetooth connections are on and ready to pair. If the issue persists, check for damage to the audio cable by bending it. Additionally, outdated audio and Bluetooth drivers could be causing connection or audio playback issues. Finally, try uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers from the manufacturer's website.

Why are my Bluetooth headphones not charging?

Due to rust, broken connectors, or extraneous objects obstructing the port, Bluetooth headphones may not charge. Check the charging cable and USB contact points, modify the room's temperature, and try an alternative USB cable to resolve this problem. Also, confirm that the USB is properly attached and that the power source is turned on.

Barry Moroney

Hi, Barry here. I'm a tech writer and blogger. I write about the latest technology, gadgets, and software. I also provide the best how-to and guides on the latest sound systems. I'm always excited to share my knowledge with others!


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