Bluetooth devices have less audio options, bad audio quality win 11

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Several bluetooth headsets use 2 separate drivers/services for either just audio or handsfree calling. Windows 11 has eliminated the options for which one of these drivers you’ll be using. This causes the handsfree calling to always be active, making the bandwidth for sound to be shared with your microphones audio, resulting in low audio quality.

Until Microsoft fixes this the way to fix it is
1: Go to the old sound device manager (can be found at the bottom of the new options)
2: Go to recording and disconnect(not disable) your headphones microphone
3: Go to playback, if your headphones are still connected on this tab go to step 5
4: Wait until your headphones reconnect(Should be automatic, takes about 30 seconds)
5: If your audio still isn’t working disable and reenable the playback device

Well that’s all, your headphones should be working now, however if you turn your headphones/pc/bluetooth off you will have to repeat these steps
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u were a lifesaver emilywew
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

Oh man Emily thank yoiu so much...This was killing meee @emilywew 

@emilywew  Like many would like to know how do i get to new options cause its very vague

Until MS fixes this mess you can go to Device Manager (right click win start symbol) - right click in audio on hands-free device and deactivate. Maybe restart.
Thank you very much I was about to rage quit after installing windows 11 twice. Your a lifesaver to my devices lol. Microsoft fix this problem now.