Bluetooth audio wasn’t as good as it is now when it was first introduced. Wired audio devices provided much better quality when compared to wireless audio devices. Over the years, the flaws of wireless audio devices have been reduced greatly, but they’re still not as good as wired audio devices.
There are some wireless headphones/speakers out there that can compete with their wired counterparts, but the majority can’t be compared to wired headphones/speakers. They’re also more expensive than their wired counterparts, but you can get a pair of wireless headphones for as low as $60 without compromising on the performance.
There’s actually a way to squeeze a little more performance (in terms of audio) by tweaking the Bluetooth codec slightly. This method is only meant for Android users, so if you’re a PC user, this article isn’t for you. In this article, we’ll explain about the Bluetooth AVRCP version, and how you can tweak it on an Android device to boost its performance a little.
(Note: This method does not work with iOS devices either.)
First things first, What is Bluetooth Codec?
Before we tell you how to tweak the Bluetooth Codec, you’ll need to know the concept behind it, what it is first. The way Bluetooth works is that there’s a specific code that it relies on to function; this code compresses data from the device you’re trying to connect your wireless device to, and when it reaches your wireless device, the code decompresses it.
There are several Bluetooth codecs, and they’re all different from one another, and the new codecs are more efficient at transferring data than the previous ones. You’ll find the Sub Band Codec (SBC) in almost every Bluetooth device. It’s the most common Bluetooth Codec out there, but codecs like AAC (Advanced Audio Coding, Qualcomm aptX, and Sony LDAC are more advanced and better codecs. What is the Bluetooth AVRCP Version?
How does it function?
Tweaking the Bluetooth Codec supported by Android devices that utilize Android Oreo and onwards. Like most Android devices, these also use SBC Codec by default, but there is a way to change the Codec to a more advanced version.
You don’t need to change a Qualcomm chipset-powered Smartphone device’s Bluetooth Codec manually if you’re pairing an aptX or apTX HD Codecs headphones, it’ll do that automatically, and switch to a more efficient codec.
In other devices, you’ll need to do that automatically. Keep in mind that the headphone you’re pairing must support the codec you want to utilize with it for it to work. For Android 8.0 Oreo and newer versions, it’s a piece of cake.
What’s the best Codec/Which one should you choose?
You’ll need to select a codec that’s supported by your Bluetooth device, otherwise, it won’t work. You’ll need to look into that before buying a wireless headphone/speaker. Ideally, you’ll want your Bluetooth audio device to support Qualcomm aptX or Sony LDAC, but that’s also quite expensive, so not everyone can/wants to buy it.
Headphones/speakers on the lower end of the budget support AAC codec, or SBC in most cases. Usually, they’ll come with SBC by default, but AAC codec is actually the better of the two, so you’ll want to switch to that. AAC is actually more advanced and supported by all SBC Codec Bluetooth devices.
If you do buy a high-end headphone, you’ll want to switch to Qualcomm aptX or Sony LDAC if it comes with SBC by default. The aptX codec automatically activates on most android devices, but LDAC needs to be switched to manually.
How to change the Bluetooth Codec on your Android Smartphone:
So, without further ado, here’s how you change your Bluetooth Codec:
- The first step is to activate developer options on your Android device.
- Go to Settings>About Phone or Device> build number (tap on it seven times).
- This’ll enable developer options, and you’ll find them under settings.
- Next, you’ll want to pair your Bluetooth device with your smartphone.
- Once connected, go to the developer options and scroll down until you find “Bluetooth Audio Codec”. Once you find it, tap on it.
- If it’s set to SBC by default, change it to AAC or Qualcomm aptX/Sony LDAC, depending on which one(s) your device supports.
That all there is to it, if you do that, you’ll successfully change your device’s Bluetooth Codec to a more efficient version. It’s really not that complicated to do, but keep in mind it’s only more Android 8.0 Oreo (or newer versions) devices.
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