Skullcandy Earbuds Left Not Working: [Solved – ALL Models]

Is the left side of your Skullcandy earbuds not working? We cover simple fixes to get your earbuds back in tune.

Updated on: January 16, 2024

Ever found yourself in the middle of a great song, only to have the left earbud of your Skullcandy suddenly go silent? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? I’ve been there too, and I know how annoying it can be when your favorite music or podcast gets interrupted. But don’t let this little hiccup spoil your audio experience. In this article, I’m going to share some super simple fixes that I’ve personally used to get my Skullcandy earbuds back in action. From quick checks to easy tweaks, I’ll guide you through each step to solve this common issue. So, grab your earbuds, and let’s dive in together to get your music playing flawlessly again!

How to Fix Skullcandy Earbuds Whose One Side Is Not Working?

There are a few steps you can try to fix Skullcandy earbuds whose one side is not working. Follow this guide to troubleshoot and fix the problem:

1. Recharge the Earbuds 

The first thing you should do is check if your earbuds are sufficiently charged. If the battery is low, properly place the earbuds in their charging case. Ensure that the case has enough battery for a full charge.

2. Reset the Earbuds 

You can reset your earbuds by following the below methods. If you’re unsure about the resetting process, you can follow the detailed methods provided on how to reset Skullcandy wireless earbuds.

Resetting Skullcandy Earbuds: Method 1

Follow these steps to reset SESH/ Indy Wireless Skullcandy earbuds.

reset Indy Wireless
  1. Place the earbuds in the charging case. 
  2. Go to the Bluetooth settings on the phone or laptop to which your earbuds are paired.
  3. Turn off the Bluetooth connection on your device and remove your earbuds from the pairing list.
  4. Tap the center of the right earbud 4 times. This will automatically power off the earbud and reset it.
  5. Place the right earbud in the charging case.
  6. Now, take out the left earbud from the case, tap the center of the earbud four times, and put it in the charging case.
  7. Remove both earbuds from the case to have them automatically power on and begin pairing with one another. You will hear one beep indicating buds have paired together, and then the voice prompt will notify you that the earbuds are now pairing, which means it is searching for your device. If you face any issues during this pairing process, you might want to check out this guide on how to pair Skullcandy wireless earbuds.
  8. At this point, turn your device’s Bluetooth mode back on and re-pair them with your Skullcandy earbuds.

Resetting Skullcandy Earbuds: Method 2

Follow these steps to reset Jib True 2/ Jib True XT2/ VINYL/ SPOKE/ SESH EVO Skullcandy earbuds.

reset Jib True XT2
  1. Remove the earbuds from the source device to which you intend to connect them (phone, tablet, or laptop).
  2. Then turn off the Bluetooth connection on your device.
  3. Take the Skullcandy earbuds out of the charging case and turn them off by pressing and holding the power/play buttons on both earbuds for four seconds. 
  4. Once they are turned off, release the button. Then press and hold it again for an additional ten seconds to reset them completely. 
  5. When done, put the earbuds back in the case, until their LEDs turn red. Then take them out again. 
  6. Both earbuds will turn on automatically, and the LEDs will blink blue together as they sync.
  7. When the earbuds have successfully synced, you will hear a beep and only the left earbud will start to blink red or blue.
  8. Finally, go to your source device’s Bluetooth settings and activate Bluetooth. Wait for the Skullcandy earbuds to appear on the device list, and select the earbuds to pair.

3. Clean the Earbuds 

Debris or dirt can sometimes get stuck in the earbud, which may block the sound, causing it to only work on one side and not the other. Try gently cleaning the earbud with a dry cloth or cotton bud to fix this. Be careful not to damage the earbud while cleaning it.

Also, make sure to wipe down the contact points in the charging case to guarantee that it is working correctly. After cleaning, let the earbuds charge in the case for 15-30 minutes before testing them again.

4. Check the Earbud for Damage

Inspect the earbud for visible damage. If the earbuds have been damaged somehow, it could cause one side to stop working. It could be because of a crack or water damage. In case of visible damage, the best solution is to take it to a professional. 

5. Contact Skullcandy Customer Service

If none of the above solutions work, there may be an issue with the earbud itself. In this case, you should contact Skullcandy customer service for further help. They may help you troubleshoot the problem or arrange for a repair or replacement.

Addressing Earbud Common Issues: Expert Insights and Recommendations

Problem: Users are experiencing issues with the Indy earbuds, specifically the left earbud not playing music or connecting to the right one, even though it powers on.

Recommended Solution:

  1. Turn off Bluetooth on the device.
  2. Power on the INDY buds.
  3. Tap the center of each bud 4 times to reset them.
  4. Place the buds back in the case and then take them out to power them on.
  5. Wait for the voice prompt indicating they are pairing.
  6. Turn the device’s Bluetooth back on and re-pair to INDY.

Additional Solutions:

  • Forgetting the device on the phone and then re-pairing.
  • Take out the left earbud first from the charging case.
  • Hold down the power buttons on each earbud for no less than six seconds, then hold both power buttons for at least ten seconds to reset.

Problem: Users are facing issues with the Grind Fuel earbuds, especially the left one not working, not lighting up, or not responding.

Recommended Solution:

  1. Take the non-working earbud out of the charging case.
  2. Hold the button on it for about 15 seconds until it turns off.
  3. Place it back in the case.
  4. Take it out again, and it should connect.

Additional Solutions:

  • Charging them overnight.
  • Holding the button on the left earbud for 10 seconds, placing it in the charger, and repeating the same for the right earbud.
  • Charging the case with the left earbud inside.

Problem: The user is facing an issue with their Skullcandy Dime earbuds where the left earbud continuously charges in the case, leading to the charging case’s battery depletion. Two responses provide potential solutions:

Initial Response:

  • The problem of the earbud continuously charging is not uncommon.
  • A suggested fix is to reset the earbuds by taking them out of the case for a couple of minutes and then placing them back, ensuring proper alignment of charging pins.
  • If the problem persists, the user might need to check for firmware updates on Skullcandy’s official website or contact their customer support.
  • The responder also shares a personal anecdote about their earbuds disconnecting due to their phone’s Bluetooth issues, emphasizing that sometimes the problem might not be with the earbuds themselves.

Response by Mad Max (a YouTuber and tech expert):

  • Mad Max provides a structured approach to troubleshooting the issue:
    1. Reset the earbuds and disconnect them from the device’s Bluetooth settings.
    2. Clean the charging contacts of both the earbuds and the case.
    3. Check for firmware updates.
    4. Look for a companion app that might offer settings related to charging behavior.
    5. If all else fails, contact Skullcandy’s customer support or visit an authorized service center.


there are many potential solutions to fix the Skullcandy earbuds’ left side not working issue. You can check the battery level and connectivity, inspect the earbud for damage, or clean and reset the earbud. 

If the problem is not with the hardware, you will easily get your Skullcandy earbuds back up and running in no time! Otherwise, you can always contact the Skullcandy Customer Support team if everything fails. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q.1. What type of warranty does SkullCandy offer?

Ans: SkullCandy offers a limited one-year warranty on all of its products covering manufacturing defects.

Q.2. Is it covered under the warranty if only one side of my Skullcandy earbuds is not working?

Ans: It depends on the specific terms of the warranty provided by Skullcandy for your earbuds. You should refer to the documentation that came with your earbuds or contact the manufacturer directly to confirm if the issue you are experiencing with them is covered under warranty.

I’m Shaun Conroy, an audiophile & founder of HiFi Audios. Holding a Bachelor’s in Sound Engineering, I bring deep expertise in audio devices and offer insights & recommendations to fellow enthusiasts.

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josiah schrick
josiah schrick
10 months ago

I still cannot get the left bud to go into pairing mode. Ive reached out to skull candy many times. no help.

10 months ago
Reply to  josiah schrick

Oh man, sounds like you’re having a bit of a tough time with your left Skullcandy earbud – and believe me, I totally get it. Tech troubles can be a real pain!

Now, I’m not on the Skullcandy team, but I can still try and lend a hand here. How about we start with a full reset of the earbuds? Sometimes, this can kick out any glitches and help the earbuds go back to their pairing mode.

So, first up, you’ve got to delete the earbuds from your device’s Bluetooth list. Then, switch off the Bluetooth on your device. Pop your earbuds in their charging case, but don’t close the lid just yet. There’s a button on the back of the case – press and hold that for about 10-15 seconds. You should see the LED indicator flash red and then turn white. Close the lid, wait for a few seconds, then open it again. With a bit of luck, your earbuds are reset and ready to pair.

Still no joy? Hmm… it might be that your left bud has lost its connection with the other. There’s a way to reset both earbuds to their factory settings, but the exact steps can vary depending on the model of your Skullcandy buds. You might want to have a look at the manual or check out the Skullcandy website for the lowdown on that.

If you’re still stuck after giving that a go, it could be there’s a hardware issue. I know you said you’ve already contacted Skullcandy a bunch of times, but it might be worth one more shot. Tell them you’ve tried everything, and see what they suggest. Maybe even try their social media or a phone call if email isn’t getting you anywhere.

One more thing – have you checked whether your earbuds are still under warranty? Skullcandy typically offers a 2-year warranty. If you’re still within that period, you could be eligible for a free fix or a replacement.

I really hope some of this helps you out. Don’t let it get you down – tech can be a bit of a beast sometimes, but there’s almost always a way to tame it. Good luck with it, and do let us know how you get on, alright?

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