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Change Bluetooth Codecs

A while ago when Bluetooth audio was still new, there was a major difference between a wireless and wired headphone. Those differences have since marked down, as have the prices of good wireless audio products. Today, it’s possible to purchase a decent pair of Bluetooth earphones for not as much as Rs. 5,000. Now you can get a good audio performance gadget straight out of the box.

However, there’s a little, fast, simple, and free trick that can help you get a little more out of your headphones. You just need to tweak the Bluetooth codec of your wireless headphone. Follow the steps below to discover how you can improve Bluetooth audio on your Android smartphone for free.

What is a Bluetooth codec?

Before we get into the steps, we should clarify the idea of Bluetooth codecs in brief. It depends on a particular program or ‘code’ which packs data from the source device. And after that transmit wirelessly rapidly and consistently, then decompresses the data on the headset or speaker. Different codecs function different way, with some of the newer and advanced codecs able to move more data packets efficiently.

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The most commonly used Bluetooth codec is SBC (Sub Band Codec), which is considered the universal standard. In any case, there are newer and more advanced codecs, including AAC (Advanced Audio Coding), Qualcomm aptX, and Sony LDAC.

What codec should I choose

Change the Bluetooth codec on your Android Phone

Here’s how to change the Bluetooth codec being used by your Android smartphone and improve the resultant audio quality:

  1. Activate Developer options on your smartphone if not already done. Do this by going into your Android smartphone’s Settings > About Phone/ About Device > tap on the build number of the phone quickly seven times. This will enable Developer options on the smartphone, giving you access to more tweaks and settings for the device. The Developer options can be found in the Settings menu once activated.
  2. Pair your Bluetooth headphones and connect them to the Android smartphone.
  3. In the Developer options under Settings, scroll down to the Bluetooth audio codec and tap it.
  4. Select one of the codecs apart from the default SBC option. If your headphones support the codec, it will use the selected option and improve the sound quality.

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