Ubuntu 16.04 Bluetooth Speakers

For posterity for me (verbatim from here, thanks to the original poster):

  1. Change #AutoEnable=false to AutoEnable=true in the /etc/bluetooth/main.conf (notice new line is un-commented)
  2. Unpair the headset
  3. Restart the bluetooth service sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart
  4. Pair your headset again and connect it
  5. Go to sound settings. From the output device tab you should now see the headset listed along with other output device like internal speakers
  6. Choose it as the sound output device.

Still scratching my head as to why this stuff still doesn’t work out of the box in 2016, even though all the pieces are there to make it work. Linux could be so much easier.

25 thoughts on “Ubuntu 16.04 Bluetooth Speakers”

  1. Buddy…excellent piece of information…worked like a charm….was stuck from sooo long… your idea did the trick..thank u so much…

  2. Can I connect a Windows 10 laptop and a Ubuntu 16.04 one with Bluetooth? The Win10 can’t find the Ubuntu, the Ubuntu can’t find anything.

  3. June 2017 and I am still unable to connect the Akai bluetooth speaker to Ubuntu now at version 16.04 LTS.
    Will it ever be resolved in an update or upgrade?

  4. That did trick! Thank you so much for your help. I was stuck for 2days out of this UNEXPECTED disconnection.

  5. There was a lot of problem in Ubuntu 16.04 with bluetooth…
    Switched to Ubuntu gnome 16.04 and your solution solved the problem. Thanks!

  6. Hey max,

    You’ve just prevented a user running away from Ubuntu (my very first experience) back to Win environment (love my marshall woburn, sorry). I tried many of the posts on the net about this but only yours did the trick. Thanks a lot.

  7. Solution found if this can help, so simple !

    Just have to install the pulseaudio-module-bluetooth !!
    sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-module-bluetooth

    Why it is not installed by default ? That I don’t know !

    Ubuntu 17.04

  8. The bluetooth connection in Ubuntu 16.04 is never stable. After I commented on your post here, I started to have problems again. I just cannot use my bluetooth speaker. Lots of reboots to connect it successfully. And even when it connects, after some while it disconnects for no reason. It’s been 2 months now and I started to feel tired. Windows 10 is much more reliable and easy to use in my opinion.

  9. Ubuntu-xenial (16.04) updated pulseaudio-module-bluetooth.
    Solution from this article worked for me until the update.
    Right now I see my version as:

    dpkg -s pulseaudio-module-bluetooth

    And I see in output: “Version: 1:8.0-0ubuntu3.4”.
    I found update log:

    zmore /var/log/dpkg.log.1 | grep pulseaudio-module-bluetooth

    I see “2017-10-02 21:13:31 upgrade pulseaudio-module-bluetooth:amd64 1:8.0-0ubuntu3.3 1:8.0-0ubuntu3.4”.
    Before update it was 1:8.0-0ubuntu3.3 and solution from this article worked!
    Right now solution does not work and I do not see any A2DP bluetooth devices. When I swithed back to #AutoEnable=false everything works again. So right now you do not need any hacks with “Version: 1:8.0-0ubuntu3.4”.

    Current version is here https://packages.ubuntu.com/xenial-updates/sound/pulseaudio-module-bluetooth

  10. I found that the Bluetooth redirection of sound to the audio device (Score K1-MINI) is reliable only if sound from Rythmbox music player software is already going to the laptop (Dell Vostro 3550) speakers BEFORE making the Bluetooth connection to the Bluetooth speakers. Then it takes a few seconds to change over in mid stream. Some how, (without an audio stream), the Bluetooth connection just seems to stay connected to the old output destination, even when you use the “Test Sound” button in sound settings. I think this is a bug in the Bluetooth sound redirection control mechanism, not in the Bluetooth setup mechanism. It is probably tested like this and so that bug has been missed.

  11. Hi guys

    what solved it for my was going into the sudo nano /etc/bluetooth/main.conf file and uncommenting the multipleProfile variable and setting it to true.
    Thereafter just restart bluetooth service via sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart and go to sound settings.
    There you’ll now see an extra option to connect to the bluetooth speaker on ubuntu 16.04

  12. I removed and re-installed pulseaudio-module-bluetooth, put AutoEnable back to false (the default), restarted the bluetooth service and voila, c’est marche!

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