Skullcandy earbuds are designed to provide excellent sound quality and work for at least a couple of years.
Whether you use both earbuds at once or flip them into Mono mode (in which you can listen from just one earbud at a time), Skullcandy earbuds should ideally get you through a few solid years of sound service.
But what if one earbud stops working?
So, the left earbud in your Skullcandy set has stopped functioning – at it probably did so seemingly out of the blue.
This is actually the case for a lot of earbuds, not just Skullcandy models.
When one earbud fails, your entire listening experience goes right down the tubes.
There are quite a few reasons why this can happen, ranging from a dirty earbud to a fried connection inside of the earbud.
In most cases, there are workarounds you can try.
As long as your earbud is not damaged beyond repair, you can probably get it back to playing your favorite tunes or podcast episodes.
How are you supposed to handle this all too common earbuds dilemma? Here are some troubleshooting techniques that might help you get that left earbud working once more.
Before you jump the shark and contact Skullcandy for assistance, give these methods a try and see if one of them restores sound to your left earbud.
Skullcandy Left Earbud Not Working? [SOLUTION]
Your left Skullcandy earbud is not working probably because dirt or debris have gotten into the tiny holes in the earbuds, blocking the sound and potentially causing damage; water damage might also be a culprit. Also, there is the possibility that something is causing that particular earbud to not charge at all.
How do you fix a Skullcandy earbud that has stopped working?
Does un-pairing and re-pairing them with your phone work?
Why might your earbuds not be charging as they should?
Which side of the earbuds initiates the connection, and might that play a role?
What should you do if both of your earbuds stop working or you just can’t get that left one going again? Read on to learn all about it.
How To Reset Skullcandy Earbuds When One Side Stops Working
The first thing you should try doing is resetting your Skullcandy earbuds.
Sometimes, there can be miscommunications within the device that cause one earbud to not work as it should.
If this is indeed the case, resetting the earbuds could be helpful.
Here are the steps you need to take in order to reset your Skullcandy earbuds:
- Place both of your Skullcandy earbuds into their charging case. Leave the case’s lid open.
- Go ahead and unpair your Skullcandy earbuds from all of your currently devices, including your smartphone, tablet, and laptop.
- Next, go into your smartphone’s Bluetooth settings and select Skullcandy earbuds.
- Choose Remove or Disconnect from the options.
- After that, you can remove both earbuds from their case at the same time.
- Press down on the center of each Skullcandy earbud and hold these buttons until the LED light turns red. This lets you know that your earbuds have been reset.
- Next, put both earbuds into your ears.
- Turn Bluetooth on using your smartphone and reconnect your Skullcandy earbuds to all of your devices you want them paired with.
Now, try listening to some music or a podcast and see if that left earbud emits sound once more.
If not, move along to the next troubleshooting technique – re-pairing your earbuds with your smartphone.
Re-pair Your Earbuds to Your Listening Device
If resetting your Skullcandy earbuds does not work, you will want to un-pair and re-pair them to your connected devices. This process is actually pretty simple. Just follow these steps to give it a shot:
- Turn off both of your Skullcandy earbuds. Also turn off your smartphone or whichever device(s) you are un-pairing your earbuds from.
- Press and hold down on the back button on your Skullcandy earbuds for at least 6-8 seconds, although you might want to just count to ten before you take your finger off of the button. This will un-pair them.
- Put your earbuds back into their charging case.
- Now, remove them in order to initiate pairing mode.
- Make sure your earbuds are placed next to your device so that they can detect one another.
- Turn your Bluetooth enabled device on.
- Go into your phone’s Settings, then into Bluetooth, and select your Skullcandy earbuds from the list of discovered devices. Go ahead and click on them to re-pair them with the phone.
Voila! Re-pairing really is that simple. But was it actually effective? If you’re experiencing charging issues or have internal damage to the earbuds, probably not.
Let’s move on to talking about that.
Why won’t my Skullcandy earbuds charge?
There is a chance that your earbud actually isn’t charging.
A damaged charging port on the earbud or in the charging case is often the culprit when this happens.
Constant plugging and unplugging can eventually damage a port because of how much stress it places on the components and structure.
The same thing happens to cell phones over time.
It is something to be aware of, that’s for sure.
If the charging port on the case is broken, you will actually want to just go ahead and replace the case.
But if it is the earbud itself, you can try to fix it yourself by opening the earbud and soldering a brand new USB cable connection onto the board.
But that’s a hard job if you’ve never done it before, and you risk causing even more permanent damage.
That’s why I recommend taking it to a professional repairperson.
Which Skullcandy earbud initiates the connection?
The right earbud initiates a connection on Skullcandy earbuds.
If the right earbud stops working, you could actually be experiencing connectivity issues and will need to address that with the manufacturer.
What can I do if my Skullcandy earbuds both stop working?
If both of your earbuds stop working, try resetting them.
If that doesn’t work, then it is going to be time to call in the professionals to assist.
You can contact Skullcandy’s customer service and get help from a knowledgeable technician. They can help you submit a warranty claim if it comes down to that and return your defective earbuds.
Skullcandy earbuds normally work well for quite a few years, but there is always a chance that something might go awry.
If your left earbud fails to produce any sound, try using the troubleshooting techniques I detailed in this article.
And, if those do not help at all, contact Skullcandy’s customer support to get the issue more fully resolved before you go chucking those buds in the trash bin.