Pixel Buds Pro spatial audio with head tracking not working [Fix]

In this guide, we will show you various methods to fix the issue of Spatial Audio with Head Tracking not working on your Pixel Buds Pro. Even though this offering from the Silicon Valley giant is a relatively newer player in town, but even in such a short span of time, it has managed to grab the attention of the masses. One reason for the same is the plethora of goodies that it gets blessed with at regular intervals.

Among them, spatial audio with head tracking was among the most anticipated features that has just been rolled out by Google. For the unaware, spatial audio sounds wider and more open, is richer in quality, and has added depth when compared with a standard stereo-wired headset. But rather than simply incorporating this functionality, Google has taken it to the next level wherein the sound will move along with you and reposition with the orientation of your head.

But while it has been close to a week since the feature was released, many are still unable to make full use of the same. While it isn’t working along the expected lines for some, for others, it is reportedly missing from their device altogether. If you are among them, then this guide will make you aware of numerous workarounds to rectify this bug. Follow along.

Pixel Buds Pro spatial audio with head tracking not working [Fix]

Pixel Buds Pro spatial audio with head tracking not working

It is recommended that you try out each of the below-mentioned workarounds and then see which one spells out success. So with that in mind, let’s get started.

Check for Device Compatibility

Spatial Audio with Head Tracking is only supported on Pixel 6/6 Pro/7/7 Pro. It is not supported on the A series. So even if you own a Pixel 6A which was released just a few months back, you are out of luck. One of the many reasons why Google wants you to shell out more bucks and opt for its costlier variant instead of the A series [even though it might be released after the Pro version!].

Pixel Buds Pro spatial audio with head tracking not working
Pixel 7 Pro

Check for Buds Compatibility

Spatial Audio with Head Tracking is not supported on Pixel Buds A-Series [now you the reason why!].

Pixel Buds Pro spatial audio with head tracking not working
Pixel Buds Pro

Update Buds to the Latest Firmware

Make sure your buds are on the latest firmware version [which is v4.30 at the time of writing]. Here’s how to get hold of the latest update for your buds:

  1. Put your earbuds into the open case.
  2. Then launch the Google Pixel Buds app.
  3. Now go to More Settings > Firmware update > Update available.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the update.Pixel Buds Pro spatial audio with head tracking not working

Use a Compatible App

Make sure you are using a compatible app that supports 5.1 surround sound, such as Netflix, YouTube, and HBO Max.

Toggle Head Tracking

If spatial audio with head tracking is present on your device but you are still unable to use it, then consider disabling and then re-enabling it. Doing so will refresh its setting and could well rectify the issue that we are currently dealing with. So give it a try using the below-listed steps and then check out the results.

  1. Head over to Settings > Connected devices > Pixel Buds Pro.
  2. Then go to Settings > Head Tracking and disable it.
  3. Now wait for a few seconds and then re-enable it.

Wait for a few days

This feature is being slowly rolled out to the users, so you should wait for a few more days and be on the optimistic side as it might be on its way.

So these were the various methods to fix the issue of Spatial Audio with Head Tracking not working on your Pixel Buds Pro. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.


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