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.)

@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).

Ah! "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."

This is the point I missed, I think. Thanks for your help!

@westsideblogger I hope it helps!

Support isn't perfect, but PipeWire (and even PulseAudio before it) worked with every audio device I've thrown at it. Hopefully that means it'll work with your headphones in a higher quality profile too!

@garrett I will give it a try and make use of your hints. Thanks a lot!

@garrett That's totally crazy... After the upgrade to the new Ubuntu and Budgie desktop the headphones are working out of the box in stereo mode. But to be fair, the settings are exactly the way you described. Thanks again!

I had some trouble with newer Bluetooth Versions in MATE that recognize the headphones but without the integrated mic. Any issue like that with that software?

@aurnytoraink @aral Those look so cool! I can't wait to see this stuff implemented

@aral oooh! That's really handy, thanks. Any other favourites you'd recommend?

@Edent The only other one I have installed at the moment is Night Theme Switcher ( which automatically switches between light/dark based on time of day and you can also add a button to the status menu to manually override it.

Works like a charm and really shows off how well the colour scheme animations work in GNOME (also highlights which apps don’t support it yet).

@aral Thanks.
I can highly recommend Clipboard History and the Emoji Picker.

@Edent Neat, will check ’em out, thanks.

For the latter, have you tried Ctrl + . (period) for the native GNOME emoji picker? (Only works in native apps. Haven’t been able to get it to work in Firefox, for example.)

@aral I remember when Bluetooth was the promised land of easy connectivity. But repairing devices is a real PITA. I do like not yanking my laptop off the desk when I stand up though.

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