Bluetooth headphones connected but audio plays through speakers

I am having an issue where I am unable to play audio through my bluetooth headphones (the sony 1000mx3). I understand so far that the issue is due to the fact that these are noise cancelling headphones so there might be some issues there, and I have to do something with audio sinks, which I am unsure of.
I have already tried this to no avail.

Any help?

To get the obvious out of the way, did you open your audio mixer and choose the headphones as output, do they appear in pulse audio?

How do you do that through pavucontrol?

in my output devices I only have headphones (unplugged) and speakers

Try adding the following to



load-module module-switch-on-connect
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Found something here,

Pavucontrol it seems, assuming you have paired successfully via Bluetooth.


I’m going to try and use bluetoothctl instead and see how it goes!

it works if I follow:
this guide in configuring the CLI using bluetoothctl.

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:+1:, the arch wiki is your friend! Generally better than Manjaro forum, because Manjaro sometimes uses their own twist of commands etc. and packages, slightly different from arch.

yes in a lot cases it helps to do the connection the first time with bluetoothctl (using sudo), after this was working it should work just fine from GUI next time…

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