I cant seem to pair my airpods to OS 5.1 Hera, has anybody else managed? it just spins at pairing then says unable to pair.

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I already had problems with headphones, the easiest way is to go through blueman

For your Airpods I thinks this answer in the Ubuntu StackExchange can Help your here

  1. Set ControllerMode = bredr or ControllerMode = dual by editing /etc/bluetooth/main.conf file using sudo nano /etc/bluetooth/main.conf command (or another text editor of your choice)
  2. sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart
  3. Try to pair again.

    By Alexander in AskUbuntu

  • Ah it actually worked, i missed the "sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart" also the ControllerMode = dual was commented out, needed to uncomment instead of adding the line, max volume is just low :( but a start
    – duality
    Dec 9, 2019 at 19:39
  • glad that it could help you. It must also take into account that it depends on the Bluetooth hardware you used but also the driver. For example my Bluetooth dongle works better under Windows. I still had to put it on a USB port on the front of my tower to make the sound works well, but I can see that the distance is shorter with my headset under Linux. Dec 9, 2019 at 19:45
  • I'm going to look into the volume issue and post if I find a solution but for now, airpods are working, and reconnect with zero issues !
    – duality
    Dec 10, 2019 at 6:30
  • What is the difference between bredr and dual? Sep 21, 2020 at 2:38

I may add to your problem, since it seems like bluetooth in general is crap for me. Airpods never work, but also my ps4 controller, and many other devices that normally should connect seemlessly on any other desktop.

  • See my Answer below which also has volume fix
    – duality
    Dec 10, 2019 at 16:00


To pair airpods

To fix volume issue

So glad I got this working :)

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