The AVRCP version selection screen on Android 10

AVRCP version change can fix Android 10 Bluetooth headphone connection dropout problems (here Pixel 2 + Jabra Elite 65t)

Since the recent upgrade to Android 10 on Google Pixel 2 and 3, there are lots of reported issues with unreliable Bluetooth connections and frequent dropouts, particularly with headphones/earbuds.

So, briefly, my successful fix for this problem (with Jabra Elite 65t earphones) was to turn on the Android developer options and then change from the default Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) version 1.4 back down to 1.3, as explained below.

How to turn on Android developer options

  1. Pull down the notifications screen by swiping downwards from the top of the screen.
  2. Pull the top section down further by swiping down on the tab below the wifi, Bluetooth, torch, and rotate icons, then press the Settings cog icon bottom right.
  3. Swipe to the very bottom of the list of Settings sections and choose About Phone.
  4. Swipe to the bottom of the About Phone screen and then tap repeatedly on Build Number until a message appears telling you “You are now a developer”.

How to change AVRCP version in Android 10

  1. Having already made developer options available, pull down the notifications screen by swiping downwards from the top of the screen.
  2. Pull the top section down further by swiping down on the tab below the wifi, Bluetooth, torch, and rotate icons, then press the Settings cog icon bottom right.
  3. Use the search box at the top of the screen to search for “AVRCP”, then choose the result “Bluetooth AVRCP version”.
  4. On the subsequent screen of developer options, again choose “Bluetooth AVRCP version” and then switch from the default 1.4 to 1.3. (n.b. options of 1.5 and 1.6 also exist, but it seemed logical to me that an older version would be better supported, so I didn’t try the others, and 1.3 resolved the problem, which was my aim.)

Sorry if this doesn’t fix it for you, but since it did work for me, I’m sharing it here so that Google will index it and it might help someone else.

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