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How to Connect Skullcandy Headphones & Speakers to Bluetooth

by on February 09, 2019
in Music and Video, Headphones, Tips & How-Tos, Tech 101 :: 12 comments

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Follow these steps to get your Skullcandy headphones or speaker connected to Bluetooth.

  1. Turn on pairing mode for your Skullcandy headphones or speaker
  2. Find your Skullcandy headphones or speaker on your phone or laptop and pair them
  3. Confirm successful pairing

This will work with most Skullcandy wireless headphones (Venue Noise Canceling Wireless, Crusher 360 Ultra-Realistic Audio, Riff Wireless, Icon Wireless, Crusher Wireless, Hesh 3 Wireless, Hesh 2 Wireless, and Grind Wireless), Skullcandy earbuds (Push Truly Wireless Earbuds, Method Wireless Sport Earbud, Smokin' Buds 2 Wireless, XTfree BT Sport, Ink'd Wireless, and Jib Wireless), and Skullcandy wireless speakers (Barricade XL BT, Barricade BT, Barricade Mini, Air Raid, Ambush, and Soundmine).

1. Turn on pairing mode for your Skullcandy headphones or speaker

Most Skullcandy headphones and earbuds typically share the same button for Power On/Off and Bluetooth pairing. Skullcandy wireless speakers may or may not have separate Power and Bluetooth Pairing buttons, depending on the model.

Press and hold the pairing button for 4-5 seconds (varies by device) until you see the LED light start flashing — this indicates the headphones are now in pairing mode.

2. Find your Skullcandy headphones or speaker on your phone or laptop and pair them

Android. Go to Settings and turn on Bluetooth. In Bluetooth click “Pair new device”. When you see your Skullcandy device come up in the list, tap it and it should be paired with your phone.

iPhone. Go to Settings and then Bluetooth. Turn on Bluetooth. Look for your Skullcandy device under “OTHER DEVICES” and tap on it to connect.

MacOS. On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Bluetooth. Select your Skullcandy device from the list, then click Connect. If asked, click Accept.

Windows 10. Open “Bluetooth & other devices” in the System Settings either by clicking on your Bluetooth button in the tool bar and selecting “Show Bluetooth devices”. If the Bluetooth button is hidden, you'll find it under the upward arrow on the task bar at the bottom of your display (see below).

Bluetooth button on Windows 10

When the Add a device window comes up, click “Bluetooth”. Look for your Skullcandy device in the list and tap on it to connect. Alternatively, search for “Bluetooth” in your Windows search box. When the Bluetooth & other devices window comes up, make sure Bluetooth is on then click “Add Bluetooth or other device” and select your device from the list.

3. Confirm successful pairing

When you have successfully paired your Skullcandy headphones or speaker to your phone or laptop, the LED on your JBL device will stop blinking and you should hear an audio confirmation that your device is paired (either a tone or voice confirmation).

Troubleshooting your Bluetooth connection

If you have followed the steps above and your device still isn’t pairing, try resetting your Skullcandy headphones or speaker. For headphones, press the volume up and down buttons at the same time and hold until you hear two short beeps (about 4 seconds). For speakers, hold the center pairing button and the volume up button until you hear two short beeps. This will clear out any old Bluetooth connections and allow to start the pairing process fresh, again.

If that doesn't fix your Skullcandy connection problem, try our more detailed guide for fixing Bluetooth pairing problems.

And if you're ready to grab a new set of headphones, take a look at our picks for the best Bluetooth headphones under $50.

[Image credits: Skullcandy, Techlicious]

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Pair to laptop

From Debbie Lauridsen on April 16, 2019 :: 10:36 pm

How do I pair JIB Wireless earbuds to my laptop?



skull candy uproar

From JITENDRA PATEL on May 19, 2019 :: 1:45 pm

not able to connect my skull candy bluetooth headphones to laptop or samsung tablet , Help pages are useless.



pin for bluetooth connect

From Scottig on June 14, 2019 :: 10:46 am

My laptop is requesting a pin for my Venue to connect the bluetooth function.



Try forgetting and repairing

From Josh Kirschner on June 14, 2019 :: 6:12 pm

The Skullcandy Venue headphones shouldn’t require entering a PIN. Go to your phone Bluetooth settings and look at your “Previously connected devices”. Are the Venue headphones there? If so, click the settings icon and hit “Forget”. Then turn off your headphones and turn them back on in pairing mode. Did that fix it?

If your laptop is still asking for a PIN, try the standard Bluetooth default PIN: 0000. If that doesn’t work, try 1111 or 1234. But you really shouldn’t need to.



Flashing red/blue light

From Mark Rapha on July 05, 2019 :: 10:32 pm

My headphones centerpiece led light keeps flashing red and blue. I don’t know if it’s trying to pair. I’ve tried turning it on and off again, Bluetooth settings turned on and off as well. I also tried charging it, but nothing. Any help?



Try this to turn the flashing LED off

From Josh Kirschner on July 10, 2019 :: 11:29 am

Here are the instructions from Skullcandy on how to disable the flashing LED light:

“To disable the flashing LED indicator light put the headphones in pairing mode (ie: flashing red and blue) and then press the volume down button. After this action turn the headphones off and then turn the headphones on and connect them to your device in the standard manner.”




That's not the problem from the original commentor.

From ram bdr on August 03, 2019 :: 6:51 pm

There’s a constant red/blue flash that’s not allowing the headphone to be paired. IT seems to be stuck on pairing mode and starts with the pairing mode after turning it on.


Thank you!

From Miranda Darlene Marcantel on July 29, 2019 :: 9:38 am

I absolutely could not figure out how to get my headphones to pair to my phone again. Took two seconds after reading this lol



You're welcome!

From Josh Kirschner on July 29, 2019 :: 1:06 pm

Glad the info helped you out!



One earbud is crackling other is clear

From Brandy on August 11, 2019 :: 3:41 am

The right speaker on my skullcandy Bluetooth headset is crackling and making high pitched scratching sound while the left one is crystal clear. What do I do?



Could be interference or a bad earbud

From Josh Kirschner on August 13, 2019 :: 5:19 pm

Does this happen everywhere or only in certain locations? If the latter, something is probably creating interference with the Bluetooth connection between the buds. If it happens everywhere, sounds like a bad earbud.



How to get my ear phones to work

From Jamie guidry on August 31, 2019 :: 7:59 pm

I have some skullycandy wireless earphones can’t get them to work please help


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