So here I am at work, rocking out to Pandora, when I decide "Hey! I could really use some water". So I carelessly put my cheap-o Bluetooth headphones around my neck and head off to the water fountain.

30 seconds later my co-workers get blasted by Arctic Monkeys.

Is there any way to keep audio from switching to speakers when (for any reason) my Bluetooth connection fails?

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Found a (mostly) satisfactory answer!

  1. Plug in a pair of normal headphones - the audio will switch to them.

  2. Open "Sound Preferences..."

open preferences

  1. Switch back to your Bluetooth device

. Sound preferences

Your sound will now fall-back to the wired headphones. There may still be a bit of noise, but your office-neighbors will enjoy the reduction.

  • Bonus! Snip the plug off of an old pair of headphones and plug that in. No sound-overflow. Oct 22, 2018 at 18:10

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