You can now turn off the aptX codec on the Surface Earbuds.

What you need to know

  • The Surface Earbuds have a new firmware update.
  • The update brings the ability to turn the aptX codec on or off.
  • When the aptX codec is off, the Surface Earbuds use the SBC codec.

Microsoft’s Surface Earbuds have a new update that brings just a single change. Following the update to version 3.0.0.6, the Surface Earbuds now let you turn the aptX codec on or off.

Microsoft’s support page for the Surface Earbuds outlines the change, which can also be found below.

Firmware version Update info
3.0.0.6 Enables an option within the Surface Audio app that allows the ability to turn on or off using the aptX codec. When turned off, Surface Earbuds will use the SBC codec.

If you turn the aptX codec off on the Surface Earbuds, the buds will use the SBC codec instead.

The update for the Surface Earbuds should be available now.

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