Google Pixel 7/6 phones connect to Apple's AirPods Pro 2 wireless headphones with A2DP bug

Apple AirPods Pro 2 has been released in September and is largely regarded as one of the best wireless earphones on the market. Unlike most Apple products, AirPods generally work very well with Android phones. However, due to a bug in A2DP offload, Apple's AirPods Pro 2 doesn't seem to work well with Google's Pixel phones.

The full name of A2DP is the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile Bluetooth audio transmission model protocol. A2DP is able to use the chip in the headset to stack data to achieve high-definition sound.

The bug caused the audio to disappear and stop after about 90 seconds of playback. Once the audio stops, the Apple AirPods stay connected, but playback stops. To make it work again, the user needs to disconnect and reconnect the AirPods, and then the audio will only last for 90 seconds.

There are many reports of this issue on the Google Pixel subsite.

Fortunately, there are currently temporary solutions. Enable "Disable Bluetooth A2DP hardware offload" in developer options. Works around this, but requires developer mode to remain enabled. This also reduces the audio quality of the headphones. A2DP hardware offloading moves audio decoding from the phone to the headset, which is good for compression and quality, especially with the Apple H2 chip and processing available in the headset.

It's unclear if it's a problem with Google's implementation of A2DP hardware offloading or the AirPods Pro 2. Disabling Bluetooth A2DP is the only way to get Apple's AirPods Pro 2 to work properly until an official comes out to fix the problem.

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