Bluetooth device added successfully but failed to connect

Trying to connect to Bluetooth headphones on Linux Mint 17.
The device is detected and paired, but fails to operate.

In blueman:
Using “Setup…” for the device:
Connect to: A2DP Sink (Send Audio)

Fails with message: “device added successfully but failed to connect”

A bug in the software. Pulse audio module module-bluetooth-discover is not properly loaded. The blueman utility itself is said to unload the module.

Run manually from the command line:

  • pactl load-module module-bluetooth-discover

(Should the blueman be runing while doing it?)

Don’t forget to switch “Output” in “Sound Preferences” to your Bluetooth headphones.

It may not always work straightforward. Be patient and experiment a bit. You may want to play with pavucontrol options in Playback tab.


4 Comments on “Bluetooth device added successfully but failed to connect”

  1. parttimenerd says:

    … and if “pactl load-module module-bluetooth-discover” fails, just install the package pulseaudio-module-bluetooth (it seems to be not installed by default in Ubuntu 15.04).

    Thanks for your helpfull post…

    • Graham says:

      Same here on Xubuntu 16.04. Fix is:
      $ sudo apt install pulseaudio-module-bluetooth
      $ pactl load-module module-bluetooth-discover

      After this I could connect to my bluetooth device without any issue

  2. Malek says:

    Thx, that fixed my problem!

  3. Ignacio Anti says:

    Thsnks so much

    It helped me to fix the problem.

    I just had to add something else, in KDE i change the audio from analog to HDMI output.

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