Beats Earbuds, One Side Not Working [Fixed!]

We all love the amazing sound quality and noise-cancelling abilities that Beats earbuds offer, making them a go-to choice for many music enthusiasts. However, nothing can ruin your music experience more than facing audio issues, especially when only one side of your earbuds is working.

While the first instinct may be to purchase a new pair, remember that good quality earbuds like Beats aren’t exactly cheap.

Rather than giving up on your existing earbuds, let’s explore some steps to identify and potentially solve the problem. If after following this guide you’re still dealing with the same issue, it might be time to consider a replacement.

Troubleshooting Beats Earbuds: The First Step to Diagnosis

The first and most crucial step in solving the issue of one side of your Beats earbuds not working is to correctly identify the problem’s root. There are a few common culprits that can quickly be ruled out.

Check the Source Device (with different earbuds)

By “source device,” we mean the device playing the audio. This could be your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Connect another pair of earbuds to your source device to confirm whether it’s the cause of the problem.

If the alternate earbuds work fine, your Beats earbuds could be at fault. If the alternate pair of earbuds also faces the same issue, then your source device is likely the cause of the problem.

Test a Different Source Device (with Beats earbuds)

If you don’t have another pair of earbuds, try connecting your Beats earbuds to a different source device. If they function correctly, the original source device was causing the issue. If the problem persists, then the issue likely lies within the Beats earbuds themselves.

Check for Application Problems

Try using a different application to play your audio. If one earbud doesn’t produce sound on a particular app, try another one like YouTube or Apple Music.

While this step may seem obvious to some readers, it is still worth being sure that the problem is your earbuds themselves, rather than a malfunctioning Spotify app.

Fixing Beats Earbuds: Starting Simple

Before jumping into advanced troubleshooting methods, start with the more straightforward and less time-consuming fixes that often solve the problem.

Verify Battery Levels

(Apologies if this seems obvious — but you’d be surprised how often the issue is simply “low battery!”)

Sometimes the charging cases may malfunction or the earbuds might not be placed correctly, resulting in one or both not charging. If one earbud isn’t playing audio, it’s essential to confirm that it is fully charged. It may seem trivial, but this often resolves the issue.

Bluetooth Connectivity Check

Bluetooth technology can sometimes be temperamental. If you’re experiencing issues, try forgetting the device on your source device’s Bluetooth settings and then re-pairing the earbuds. Often, this is all it takes to resolve a faulty Bluetooth connection.

Reset Your Beats Earbuds

Reset procedures can vary across different Beats models, so make sure to refer to your owner’s manual or an online guide specific to your earbud model. Typically, holding the power button for a few seconds or placing the earbuds back into the charging case can help reset them.

Reset Your Source Device

At times, the issue may not necessarily originate from the Beats earbuds themselves, but from the device they are connected to. Bluetooth connection problems can sometimes occur on your phone, tablet, or computer.

To troubleshoot this, try resetting your source device. This can help to refresh the system and eliminate any temporary issues causing the malfunction.

Update Beats Firmware

Like many tech issues, the problem may be as simple as dated firmware. If you still haven’t solved the issue, it is now time to update the firmware on your Beats. See here for a step-by-step guide.

Further Steps for Continued Problems

If the above solutions don’t work, it’s time to dig a little deeper.

Check Audio Settings on Source Device

Ensure your source device’s audio settings are not set to “mono” as this can result in one earbud not producing sound. Also, check the audio balance slider to ensure it’s centered. An off-center balance can disproportionately distribute sound, creating an imbalance.

*Note that there are audio settings both within your phone’s native settings, and also within the Beats app. It may be worth checking audio balance in both locations.

Using Android? Toggle “Volume Control”

For Android users, adjusting your device settings can help with connectivity issues with your Beats earbuds. One of these settings is the “Volume Control” toggle. Sometimes, due to software glitches or updates, this setting may interfere with the connection between your phone and your earbuds.

This setting can be found within the app, under the “Press and Hold” section. Here, you can toggle the “Volume Control” on or off.

If you’re experiencing connectivity issues, try switching this setting off and then on again. This can effectively reset the connection parameters and may solve the problem.

Turn Off Automatic Ear Detection

Automatic Ear Detection is a feature found in some models of Beats earbuds that pauses playback when you remove the earbuds from your ears and resumes it when you put them back in. While this is a useful feature for many users, it can sometimes interfere with the earbuds’ connectivity.

If you’re experiencing connection problems, consider disabling this feature to see if it improves your earbuds’ performance. You can usually find this setting within your connected device’s Bluetooth settings for the Beats earbuds.

However, please note that not all models of Beats earbuds have this feature. If you can’t find this setting, your model might not support Automatic Ear Detection. Be sure to check the manual or the official Beats support page for your specific model if you’re unsure.

Clean Earbuds & Charging Case

Maintaining cleanliness of your Beats earbuds and the charging case is not just important for hygiene, but can also impact the performance of your earbuds, including their connectivity. Dust, lint, or other debris in your earbuds’ ports or the charging case can interfere with the charging or connection processes.

To clean your earbuds and charging case, use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Avoid using liquids, aerosol sprays, or any harsh cleaners that could potentially damage the earbuds. Also, be gentle when cleaning to avoid causing any damage.

Gently remove any debris from the ear tips and the charging ports. Make sure to also clean the charging contacts in the case and the corresponding points on the earbuds. After cleaning, let them dry completely before attempting to charge or connect them again. This routine maintenance can often solve connection issues caused by dirty contacts.

Remember, improper cleaning can potentially cause damage, so always refer to the specific cleaning instructions provided in the manual or on the official Beats website.

Consider Water Damage

Earbuds can be prone to water damage, particularly if they lack a sufficient IP waterproof rating. If your earbuds have been exposed to moisture, dry them off thoroughly and allow them to air dry before charging or using them again.

Minimize Bluetooth Interference

Bluetooth is a radio technology, which means it can be prone to interference from other devices or obstacles in its path. Therefore, reducing such interference can enhance your Beats earbuds’ connectivity.

Firstly, keep the distance between your Beats earbuds and the device they are connected to as small as possible. Bluetooth typically works best when the two devices are within a few feet of each other.

Secondly, keep the devices away from sources of electromagnetic radiation, like microwave ovens, cordless phones, and certain types of lighting. These can cause interruptions in the Bluetooth signal.

Also, other active Bluetooth devices in the same area can cause interference. So, if you’re having connection problems, it may help to turn off Bluetooth on any nearby devices that aren’t currently in use.

Finally, physical obstacles like walls and furniture can also block Bluetooth signals. If possible, make sure there are no such obstacles between your Beats earbuds and the device they’re paired with.

By minimizing Bluetooth interference, you can often solve connection issues and improve the audio quality of your Beats earbuds.

Allow Earbuds to Cool if Overheated

Heat is a common factor that can affect electronic devices, including your Beats earbuds. When devices overheat, they may not function properly or could disconnect from your source device. Extreme heat can also potentially damage the internal components of your earbuds.

If you suspect that your Beats earbuds are overheating, it’s crucial to let them cool down. Once they reach a normal temperature, try connecting them again. Allowing your earbuds to cool down helps to reset the internal components and may restore normal functioning.

Always avoid exposing your earbuds to extreme heat or direct sunlight for extended periods of time to maintain their longevity and performance.

Drain Battery to 0% and Recharge

Sometimes, power issues could be causing connectivity problems.

Draining your Beats earbuds’ battery completely and then recharging them fully can help reset the earbuds’ internal components. This process is sometimes referred to as a “power cycle,” and it can fix various minor glitches and issues.

Contact Customer Support

Even after trying all these troubleshooting steps, you may find that your Beats earbuds are still not connecting properly. Remember, technical issues can sometimes be complex and might not always be fixable on your own.

In these instances, don’t hesitate to reach out to Beats Customer Support. Their team of experts can help diagnose the issue, guide you through more advanced troubleshooting steps, or facilitate a repair or replacement if necessary. It’s important to know when to seek professional help for a more efficient resolution.

Final Thoughts

If all else fails, it might be time to consider purchasing a new pair. Beats earbuds are great for their quality, but like any tech, they can experience issues over time.

When it’s time to shop for new earbuds, consider quality brands that offer extended warranties and boast durability and waterproof ratings. With earbuds, the old adage holds true: you often get what you pay for. Therefore, investing a little more initially can save you from regular replacements in the long run.

Remember, while it’s convenient to have a quick fix, sometimes, the most effective solution is replacing the old with the new. Happy listening!


What if only one of my Beats earbuds is connecting to my device?

This issue could be due to a problem with the Bluetooth connection between your Beats earbuds and the source device. Try unpairing your Beats from your device, restarting both your device and your earbuds, and then re-pairing them. If the problem persists, you might need to reset your earbuds, following the instructions provided in the user manual.

How can I clean my Beats earbuds without damaging them?

To clean your Beats earbuds, start by using a soft, dry cloth to gently wipe the earbuds. If there is any stubborn debris, you can use a soft brush to dislodge it. Avoid using liquids or damp cloths as these could potentially cause damage.

What should I do if my Beats earbuds got wet?

If your Beats earbuds got wet and one side isn’t working, you need to dry them as quickly as possible. Avoid using heat or putting them in rice. Instead, use a dry cloth to remove as much water as possible, then leave them to air-dry. Avoid charging them until you are sure they are completely dry.

I’ve tried all the steps, but my Beats earbuds still aren’t working on one side. What should I do now?

If you’ve tried all of the troubleshooting steps and one earbud still isn’t working, it might be time to consider getting them repaired or replaced. Check if they are still under warranty. If they are, contact Beats support for assistance.

How can I prevent one side of my Beats earbuds from stopping working in the future?

To prevent this issue, ensure that your Beats earbuds are stored properly in their case when not in use, kept clean, and not exposed to moisture. Also, make sure you handle the charging case carefully to avoid any charging issues. Regular updates can also help prevent software issues that could potentially cause problems.