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How to Make Bluetooth Headphones Automatically Connect to Your Android Device

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After reviewing the Creative Aurvana Ace 2 Earbuds, I turned to them whenever I wanted to use a pair of earbuds with my phone. But there was a slight problem. Every time I put them in my ears, they wouldn’t automatically connect to my Pixel 8 Pro. The two earbuds would connect to each other and be listed as connected devices on my phone, but the two should never meet…at least not manually.

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This isn’t so much a problem as an inconvenience. I would open Settings, tap Connected Devices, then tap the Aurvana list and, voila… connection established. But in the age of convenience, who wants to take extra steps? This is especially true when I want to use these headphones for phone calls and don’t want the person on the other line to have to wait for me to dig through the settings.

Luckily, I discovered an experimental feature that, when enabled, triggered the headphones to automatically connect. This feature is called LE Audio. LE stands for Low Energy and ensures users receive high-fidelity audio without sacrificing battery life.

LE Audio is enabled for each device, so I can enable it for the Aurvana headphones and not the other headphones I’ve used.

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You may find that some older headphones do not require LE Audio to be enabled before connecting automatically. More than likely this will apply to newer headphones. But even some newer earbuds (like the Pixel Buds and Denon PerL Pros) are capable of automatically connecting without LE Audio enabled. If, however, you find that you have a pair that requires manual connection, LE Audio might solve the problem.

Let me show you how to activate it.

How to enable LE Audio on Android

What you will need: First, you’ll need a phone compatible with LE Audio, which includes the following: Google Pixel 7/8, Samsung Galaxy S23, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, and Galaxy Z Flip 4. You’ll also need a pair of headphones that you already have paired to your phone (but which don’t always connect automatically once taken out of their case). That’s it. Let’s make some audio magic.

The first thing to do is remove your headphones from your case. Once you’ve done that, they should appear as available on your phone.

Next, open Settings (either from the notification shade or app drawer), then tap Connected devices.

The top section of the Android Settings page.

You should find Connected Devices at the top of the Settings page.

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Find the list of headphones in question and tap the associated gear icon.

A list of connected devices found in Android 14.

If your headphones aren’t listed, tap See All to expand the entries.

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Find the LE Audio list, then press the On/Off slider until it is in the On position.

LE Audio input in Android 14.

Enabling LE Audio should resolve the lack of automatic connection for your headphones.

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Once you’ve set that up, you can close the Settings app and your earbuds should now automatically connect to your Android device as soon as you take them out of the case, and they’re within range of your phone. Enjoy this new simplicity.

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