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(7 Fixes) Beats Headphones Not Turning On [Updated 2023]

Beats Headphones Not Turning On

You’re loving the music of your Beats headphones a few hours ago…

Then suddenly, it won’t turn on.

“Oh no, are my Beats broken?”

Take a deep breath first.

This article will tell you what’s going on.

Continue reading to find out:

  • Why are Beats headphones not turning on.
  • 3 care tips for your Beats headphones to last.
  • 7 quick fixes for Beats headphones not turning on.
  • And many more.

Why are my Beats headphones not turning on?

Your Beats headphones aren’t turning on because they need a reset or update to the latest firmware. Sometimes, battery issues might arise due to a broken charging cable or port. Furthermore, moisture build-up could be causing your headphones to lose power.

Beats headphones not turning on: 7 fixes

#1: Reset your headphones

I know that awful feeling when something was working fine earlier…

And then it begins to malfunction.

But don’t worry.

Your Beats headphones might just need a reset.

In fact, this won’t only solve the power issue. 

It could fix Bluetooth or charging problems as well.

So, here’s how to reset your Beats headphones depending on the model:

For Solo Pro

  1. Locate the mode and volume button on your headphones.
  2. Press and hold them simultaneously for 10 seconds.
  3. Release the buttons once you see a flashing red light.

For Studio 3 Wireless

  1. Locate the power and volume button of your headphones.
  2. Push them at the same time for 10 seconds.
  3. Release the buttons once the blinking of LED lights starts.

For Studio or Studio Wireless

  1. Locate the power button.
  2. Push it for 10 seconds.
  3. Observe a sequence of red and white lights blinking.
  4. Wait for this sequence to happen 3 times.
  5. The reset is successful after the blinking stops.

For Solo 3 Wireless

  1. Locate the power and volume button.
  2. Press them simultaneously for 10 seconds.
  3. Wait for the LED lights to flash before releasing the buttons.

For Solo 2 Wireless

  1. Locate the power button.
  2. Press it for 10 seconds.
  3. Release after the LED lights flash 3 times.

Note: Your headphones shouldn’t be connected to the USB charging cable.

For Solo Wireless

  1. Turn off the headset.
  2. Press and hold the multifunction and volume down buttons for 8 seconds.
  3. Wait for the red and blue indicator lights to stop.

Or, you may see this instruction with images.

#2: Update the headphones’ firmware

Update The Headphones' Firmware

“I thought my Beats are updating automatically.”

Well, not all the time.

You see, when you pair your Beats with Apple devices, they’ll automatically update.

But, your iOS or iPadOS should have the latest firmware as well.

Furthermore, a manual update is required if you pair it with an Android smartphone.

Note: To use the Beats app for Android, you must have an Android 8.0 Oreo or later.

Now, follow the steps below to pair Android with Beats:

  1. Hold the pairing button and wait for the LED to flash.
  2. Turn On Bluetooth on your smartphone.
  3. Place your smartphone near your Beats headphones to pair.
  4. Wait for the pairing to appear on your smartphone screen.

“My device isn’t pairing.”

This happens because you need to open the location access first:

  1. Open your smartphone.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Tap Security & Location.
  4. Choose Location.
  5. Turn on Use Location.

Next, here’s how to manually update the firmware in your Android:

  1. Open the Beats app.
  2. Go to notifications and check if a firmware update is available.
  3. If an update is available, go to Settings.
  4. Select Firmware.
  5. Choose Update.

You can also watch this video on how to pair your Beats headphones with an Android device.

#3: Fully-charge your headphones

Before you panic…

Why not try to fully charge your Beats…

And see if they turn on?

“But, how do I know if my Beats is charging properly?”

  1. Plug your Beats into a power source.
  2. Check your headphones to see if the red indicator light is blinking.
  3. Leave and wait for the 5 white indicator lights to flash.

If it does, then your Beats is fully-charged.

“Can I use my Beats while charging?”

You shouldn’t use your headphones while they’re charging. 


Doing so will cause overheating and damage to the battery.

Read more: Do Wireless Headphones Last Longer Than Wired? (5 Scenarios)

#4: Check the charging cable

Your charging cable is so important.

If it’s damaged, your Beats headphones won’t charge or receive enough power.

Now, here are the signs to know if your charging cable is broken:

  • A tear on the wiring.
  • Part of the wiring is bent.

“What if my charging cable isn’t working?”

Don’t worry.

Try using an alternative charging cable to charge your Beats.

#5: Inspect the charging port

Have you tried checking the charging port of your headphones?

It’s prone to damage because of the following:

  • Corrosion.
  • Wetness.
  • Humidity.
  • Dust, debris, and dirt inside it.

To see if your charging port is still working:

  1. Insert the charging cable into the charging port.
  2. See if a red light flashes.

If it doesn’t, then your Beats charging port may need a repair.

Warning: Don’t try to open your Beats headphones if you’re not knowledgeable about the parts. Moreover, it’s better to schedule an appointment or request a service with Apple Support. This ensures you’re still eligible for a free repair if your warranty is active.

#6: Switch power outlet

The power outlet where you charge your Beats headphones could be damaged.

So, to know if this is the root of the problem… 

Try to plug your charging cable into a different power source.

If it charges, wait for a few minutes and try pressing the power button if it turns on.

#7: Air-dry your headphones

When we use our headphones…

They may catch sweat from our ears, neck, and hair.

And as a result, get sweat build-up.

Once this happens, it’s important to:

  1. Wipe the external of the headphones with a soft, dry, and lint-free cloth.
  2. Dry them using natural wind and away from any heat source.

BONUS: Care tips for your Beats headphones

Tip 1: Don’t expose your headphones to direct heat or sunlight

If you want your Beats headphones to last… 

Then you should avoid exposing them to direct sunlight or heat.

This will prolong the battery life and prevent overheating.

Tip 2: Clean your Beats every session or once a week

When Beats headphones aren’t cleaned regularly…

Dirt, moisture, and sweat will build over time.

If you’re using your Beats during a workout, you should clean them every after a session.

On the other hand, wipe down the Beats once a week if you’re using them on your desk.

So, to clean your Beats:

  1. Wipe them with a soft, dry, and lint-free cloth.
  2. Leave them to dry with natural air.

Warning: Don’t use abrasives, aerosol sprays, or solvents for cleaning.

Tip 3: Never swim or bathe with your Beats headphones

Did you know?

Beats headphones are only water-resistant but not waterproof.

So, never use them during a bath or when you’re swimming…

As water may enter and damage the headphones’ parts.

Also, when they’re not in use, store them in a protective case that’s provided.