I have noticed, that although my "Bluetooth Headset" works perfectly fine, buttons on it, like Previous, Next, Play etc do not.

Why is that?


As of Ubuntu 10.04, uinput module that handles such buttons is not started by default. To fix the situation:

  1. Stop bluetooth service
    sudo service bluetooth stop
  2. Enable uinput module
    sudo modprobe uinput
  3. Start bluetooth service back again
    sudo service bluetooth start

That should fix the issue temporarily, until restart. To fix it permanently, run:

echo 'uinput' | sudo tee -a /etc/modules
  • 1
    worked for me in Ubuntu 14.04 Apr 30 '14 at 8:10
  • Still needed and working in Kubuntu 18.04
    – Lord_JABA
    Jun 29 '18 at 8:10
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    not working on my ubuntu 19.10. uinput does not appear with lsmod. I think it's an obsolete module Nov 26 '19 at 15:42
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    This is still needed in Ubuntu 18.04. It's pretty surprising this problem hasn't been fixed in 8 years. Hopefully in 20.04... Mar 15 '20 at 10:50
  • Still needed, and still helps, in 20.04
    – aap
    Aug 19 at 13:50

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