To connect Powerbeats Pros to Linux (Pop!_OS/Ubuntu 20.04):

Temporarily reconfigure bluetooth to set its controller mode to BR/EDR:

1. Edit the config:

sudo nano /etc/bluetooth/main.conf

2. Uncomment the line:

= bredr

3. Restart the bluetooth service:

sudo systemctl restart bluetooth

You should now be able to pair. If GNOME gives you issues, try the bluetoothctl command-line app.

Once you pair, reset the change.

PS. Mic doesn’t work.

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PPS. To pair using bluetoothctl:

# Launch it:


# Start scanning:

scan on

# Once you see it (e.g., BA:DD:AD:C0:FF:EE Your Powerbeats Pro), turn off scanning:

scan off

# Then pair, trust, connect:

pair BA:DD:AD:C0:FF:EE
trust BA:DD:AD:C0:FF:EE
connect BA:DD:AD:C0:FF:EE

Et voilà.

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@aral I also use bluetoothctl directly haha with i3wm I set shortcuts to connect to my devices easily. its a pleasure and easy to debug errors and problems with connections.

@aral When I used Archlinux I had a bunch of issues with Bluetooth and Pulseaudio, which (of course) didn't exist on Fedora, and which have been fixed since then. There are tons of problems with Linux's software ecosystem, from the firmware (bluetooth, printers…) to the compositing window manager, and so on. But blaming Linux because your Apple hardware (or services) is difficult to use outside of Apple's ecosystem looks like a bad faith argument, for example I'm not sure that your Powerbeats Pro would work OOTB on Windows either.

And there's this bad habit on the internet of arguing about your feelings, I don't mean to sound condescending but if you're frustrated about pairing your Powerbeats Pro to a Linux desktop then why don't you just say that? (It's like people on Twitter trying to figure out arguments about why an interaction makes them uncomfortable, I'm not an expert about gaslighting but this looks like gaslighting having become the norm…)
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