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There is no sound, or sound is only heard from one side of the headphones (Headband/In-Ear)

    Follow these steps to troubleshoot this issue:

    1. Turn on the headphones, then check if the Power indicator flashes.

      Note: The location and color of the power indicator vary depending on your device model. Check your manual for model-specific information. Manuals are posted on your model support page.

      • WH-1000XM4
        Power indicator on the left side of the headphones.
      • WI-C400
        Power indicator on the left unit of the headphones.
      The indicator flashes
      Go to step 3.
      The indicator doesn't flash
      Go to step 2.
    2. Charge the headphones and the charging case, and check if the headphones turn on and the sound is heard from the headphones.

      Note: The location and color of the power indicator vary depending on the product. For details, refer to the manual supplied with the product.

      • WH-1000XM4
        USB Type-C port on the right unit of the headphones, and the charging indicator is next to it.
      • WI-C400
        Micro-USB port on the right unit of the headphones, and the indicator is above it.
      I can hear sound from the headphones
      The cause may have been a low battery.
      The headphones turn on, but I can't hear sound from the headphones
      Go to step 3.
      The headphones don't turn on
      There may be a problem with charging. Refer to the article The headphones do not charge.
    3. Turn up the volume on the connected device.
      The issue is resolved
      The issue may have been caused because the volume was set too low.
      The issue is not resolved
      Go to the next step.
    4. Check the following on the headphones or connected device:
      1. Initialize the headphones.
        Notes:
        • After initialization, the headphones return to the factory settings, and all Bluetooth® pairing information will be deleted.
        • The method of initializing the headphones differs depending on the model. For details, refer to the headphones Help Guide.
        WH-1000XM4 How to initialize WI-C400 How to initialize
      2. Delete the Bluetooth device information of your playback device.
        For details on how to delete the Bluetooth device information, refer to the article How to delete the Bluetooth device information of your playback device.
      3. Perform the pairing again.
        For details, refer to the article How to pair Bluetooth headphones with a Bluetooth source device.
      I can hear sound from the headphones
      There has been an issue connecting with the device, such as Bluetooth pairing being disconnected.
      I can't hear sound from the headphones
      Go to the next step.
    5. If you have a different smartphone, Walkman, or other devices, perform a Bluetooth pairing with the headphones and one of these other devices, then check to see if the sound is heard from the headphones.
      I can hear sound from the headphones
      The playback device that was initially connected may be malfunctioning. Consult the manufacturer of the device.
      I can't hear sound from the headphones
      The headphones may be malfunctioning, and service may be required.  Go to Product Repair. 

    Go to the Headphones Troubleshooting Guide