With Ubuntu 16.04 I've been attempting to pair by Apple airpods as a headset. They come up as headphones. They work fine as headphones, but I would like the microphone to be available
I was desperately searching on the websites, but I finally found this blog post which was really helpful to get familiar with a complementary Bluetooth stack. Here's the solution which I have changed and added to it according to my experience:
Install bluez Bluetooth stack (like a full set of Bluetooth drivers which allows the Linux OS direct access to Bluetooth):
sudo apt-get install bluez*
Optional: install Bluetooth manager, Blueman:
sudo apt-get install blueman
Load USB Bluetooth driver (Bluetooth dongle):
sudo systemctl restart bluetooth
Add controller mode setting to be
/etc/bluetooth/main.confchange this mode to
lein case you have problem with your AirPods:
ControllerMode = dual
Now try to pair your AirPods!
The source of the issue is that Ubuntu's Bluetooth driver doesn't cover AirPods' one.
My system specification:
- Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS
- Mini Bluetooth 4.0 USB 2.0 CSR4.0 Dongle Adapter
You might need to choose either
ControllerMode in step 5.