In this article, we will walk you through the process of connecting your AirPods to Ubuntu 20.04. This can be achieved by tweaking some Bluetooth settings in your Ubuntu system.
To connect AirPods to Ubuntu 20.04, you can try enabling SSPMode by running the command "sudo btmgmt ssp on". If that doesn’t work, you can modify the Bluetooth configuration file by adding "bredr" and "dual" modes to the ControllerMode. Restart the Bluetooth service and then pair your AirPods by putting them in pairing mode and selecting them in the Bluetooth settings on your Ubuntu system.
Before we get started, ensure that you have the following:
- A pair of AirPods
- A computer running Ubuntu 20.04
- Sudo or root privileges to execute commands
The first solution involves enabling SSPMode. SSP stands for Secure Simple Pairing, which is a pairing method introduced in Bluetooth 2.1 to improve the security and simplicity of pairing processes.
To enable SSPMode, run the following command:
sudo btmgmt ssp on
If you encounter any issues, you can try disabling it with:
sudo btmgmt ssp off
Remember, you might need to turn off Bluetooth to switch settings.
Modifying Bluetooth Configuration
If the first solution doesn’t work, you can try stopping the Bluetooth service and modifying the Bluetooth configuration file.
First, stop the Bluetooth service with the following command:
sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth stop
Next, open the Bluetooth configuration file using the
vi text editor:
sudo vi /etc/bluetooth/main.conf
In this file, add both “bredr” and “dual” modes to the ControllerMode. “bredr” stands for Basic Rate/Enhanced Data Rate, which is the classic Bluetooth mode. “dual” mode means the device can operate in both LE (Low Energy) and BR/EDR (classic) modes simultaneously.
Your configuration file should look like this:
ControllerMode = bredr ControllerMode = dual
After modifying the configuration file, restart the Bluetooth service:
sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart
Pairing Your AirPods
Now, you can try to pair your AirPods. To do this, press and hold the noise control button on your AirPods for about five seconds or until the status light flashes white. This puts your AirPods into pairing mode.
On your Ubuntu system, go to the Bluetooth settings and look for your AirPods in the list of available devices. Click on your AirPods and select the “Pair” option.
Connecting AirPods to Ubuntu 20.04 may require some additional steps compared to other operating systems, but with the right instructions, it’s quite straightforward. Remember to switch your Bluetooth settings according to your needs and always ensure your AirPods are in pairing mode when attempting to connect them.
No, you will need to tweak some Bluetooth settings in your Ubuntu 20.04 system in order to connect AirPods.
SSPMode stands for Secure Simple Pairing mode. Enabling it improves the security and simplicity of the pairing process between your AirPods and Ubuntu system.
To enable SSPMode, run the command
sudo btmgmt ssp on in your Ubuntu terminal.
If enabling SSPMode doesn’t work, you can try disabling it by running the command
sudo btmgmt ssp off in your Ubuntu terminal.
If modifying the Bluetooth configuration file doesn’t work, you can try restarting the Bluetooth service by running the command
sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart in your Ubuntu terminal.
To put your AirPods into pairing mode, press and hold the noise control button on your AirPods for about five seconds or until the status light flashes white.
You can find the Bluetooth settings in Ubuntu 20.04 by clicking on the system menu in the top-right corner of your screen, selecting "Settings," and then choosing "Bluetooth" from the left-hand menu.
If you encounter any issues, you can consult the Ubuntu community or the Bluetooth SIG for further assistance.