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Fix disabled A2DP profile for bluetooth headset in Linux

AudioPulse has died on me. RIP PulseAudio. I can no longer select the A2DP profile for my bluetooth headset (Sony WH-1000XM4) under Manjaro Linux. I tried everything: switching between kernels (5.15 through 5.17), the ArchLinux wiki and demon worshipping among others, but nothing helped.

“No A2DP profile” means that everything sounds as if coming out of a tin can (also known as HSP/HFP, i.e. headset/hands-free profile).

Replace PulseAudio with PipeWire

What ultimately worked for me was to replace PulseAudio with PipeWire. When installing the metapackage manjaro-pipewire, the installer will automatically flag PulseAudio packages as conflicting with the PipeWire equivalents. In other words, if everything works smoothly, the following command should replace PulseAudio with PipeWire:

sudo pacman -S manjaro-pipewire

If some unresolved dependencies remain, remove them with pacman -R first.

Finally, reboot:

sudo reboot

Bluetooth headset profile cleanup

If everything works well, the bluetooth device corresponding to your headset should have a selectable A2DP profile:

Bluetooth audio profile

If this is not yet the case, there’s a final cleanup step that may be required:

  1. Unpair the headset
  2. Remove old settings:
    sudo rm -fr /var/lib/bluetooth
  3. Re-pair the headset

Automatically switch to the bluetooth headset

In a previous post, we’ve seen how to automatically switch to the bluetooth headset once it’s on. That was valid for PulseAudio. For PipeWire it’s a bit different. To achieve this, edit the file /usr/share/pipewire/pipewire-pulse.conf and, under content.exec, uncomment the following line:

{ path = "pactl" args = "load-module module-switch-on-connect" }

After this step, if restarting PipeWire is not sufficient, just reboot a last time and everything should be well. The bluetooth headset should be switched to when it is turned on.

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