Chrome is a web browser at its core but as a browser, it ens up running versatile apps from spreadsheets and word processors to media players. It’s well equipped to handle all this in most cases but you will find it is lacking when it comes to playing audio through a Bluetooth device. If you’re using a pair of Bluetooth headsets or speakers to listen to something on YouTube in Chrome, you will find the sound isn’t quite right. Some users might not hear sound at all. In either case, you can fix Bluetooth audio in Chrome by disabling Flash.
Make sure audio is working correctly on your desktop, and in Chrome. Connect a wired set of headphones and check the audio quality. If there’s a problem there, then it’s with sound on your system and not necessarily a Bluetooth problem.
You should also check sound quality in other apps using your Bluetooth headsets. If Chrome is the only app where the sound is distorted, or doesn’t play then this solution ought to fix it.
Flash may be dying but it isn’t dead yet and while Chrome doesn’t allow it to run by default, the plugin is still there in your browser. Chrome uses a version of Flash called Pepper Flash and it doesn’t seem to play nice with Bluetooth audio.
Open Chrome and type the following in the address bar;
Here, turn the on the switch that you see and then play audio in Chrome. Restart Chrome, and disconnect and reconnect your Bluetooth device to see if the problem has been fixed or not.
If it persists, you need to add the website you’re playing audio from to the Flash block list. Return the settings page mentioned earlier and click Add next to the Block section. Paste the URL of the website you’re playing audio on and you’re done. For good measure, restart Chrome. Disconnect and reconnect your Bluetooth device and then play audio.
You will observe a noticeable improvement in sound quality.
Bluetooth audio also depends, to some extent on the quality of your headphones. With expensive and/or high quality headsets, the sound will be better even if it isn’t the same as the sound you get from a wired audio device. Lower quality Bluetooth headphones may not play well with desktops and hence there is likely to be some compromise over the sound quality in Chrome.
If the website you’re listening to relies on Flash, you will not be able to use it. Either that or you’re going to have to make-do with the bad audio quality.