The Bluetooth Quick Connect extension ( should be built-in functionality in GNOME.

It’s a hugely cumbersome process, otherwise, to connect to headphones that you’ve already paired (especially if you also use them with your phone, etc.)

#GNOME #usability #bluetooth

@aral Maybe you have an idea: I have Bowers & Wilkins Bluetooth headphones. Under Linux, no matter which distro, no matter which desktop, they can only be connected with Mono. Stereo simply does not work. Is there something I'm still missing? By the way, I'm not a Linux superuser, just a user.

@westsideblogger @aral It could be a profile setting, such as HSP/HFP versus SBC, mSBC, LDAC, AAC AptX, etc.

You want one of the latter ones for normal headset usage, otherwise they'll be in low quality mono with the microphone enabled.

There's no way to have a high quality codec on with a mic on too, regardless of the operating system. This is a Bluetooth audio limitation.

LDAC is the best, followed by AptX HD, AAC, etc. It depends on your headphones' support.


But then what is the difference between Linux and macOS? There I can listen quite "normally" with them. Does it depend on the headphones, what exactly they support? And about the mic, yes they have one and it doesn't interfere with other OS.


@westsideblogger For whatever reason, it might be the case that the higher quality profile is selected automatically on your Mac, but Linux might select the headset profile instead of the headphone profile. You can manually change it; GNOME Settings has this in its audio page in the settings. (Not sure about other desktops.)

You might have a better experience with PipeWire (newer audio stack) than PulseAudio (now legacy, being replaced by PipeWire; it's default in many distros, but not all).

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