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How to connect Bluetooth headphones to your PlayStation
Like other gaming consoles, the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 don’t let you use Bluetooth headsets directly. Don’t worry, there are still some options available to get your headset connected even if it isn’t an officially-sanctioned model that works with your PlayStation. Regardless of your headset, here’s what you need to connect your Bluetooth headphones with your PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS5.
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How to connect an officially-sanctioned headset to a PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS5
If you have a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, or PlayStation 5 and a compatible headset officially sanctioned by Sony, like the Gold Wireless Headset, you can quite easily connect them to your console. Here’s how to do it:
- Ensure the headset is fully charged.
- Plug the USB adapter that came with the headset into your PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS5.
- Turn the headset on and wait for the blue light to stop blinking and turn solid blue.
- A solid blue light indicates successful pairing.
How to use other Bluetooth headphones with a PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS5 using an adapter
If you don’t have one of these specially-sanctioned headsets, you must take some additional steps to connect your Bluetooth headphones to a PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS5. Namely, you can use a Bluetooth adapter dongle. These are available from many manufacturers, but here’s the general idea:
- Plug the USB adapter dongle into your PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS5 and wait for it to enter pairing mode.
- Turn on your Bluetooth headset and put it into pairing mode to connect it to the adapter dongle.
- If your adapter dongle came with a microphone, insert it into the 3.5mm jack on your PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS5 controller.
Note that the steps for getting both the adapter and your headphones into pairing mode might differ depending on the brand and model. If your adapter does not come with a microphone, you won’t be able to use your headphones’ mic, so keep that in mind.
Use the Remote Play app connected to your PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS5 on another device with Bluetooth headphones
Another option to connect your Bluetooth headphones to your PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS5 is to use the Remote Play app for iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows. After you download and install the app, take the following steps:
- Activate remote play on your console in Settings > Remote Play Connection Settings > Enable Remote Play.
- Choose Add Device > Code and write down the eight-digit code that appears.
- Input that eight-digit code into the Remote Play app.
- Sync your Bluetooth headphones with the Remote Play app device.
For this to work, the device with the Remote Play app installed and your console must be on the same network. You’re basically using the device with the app installed as a surrogate, so bear that in mind too. Your headphone’s mic won’t work using this method, but you can use the mic on your phone or other device, if present. Finally, some games do not support remote play, and some devices may not do well supporting remote play, even if you get the app installed and working.
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Yes, if you have a wired headset, you can plug it into the 3.5mm jack on the controller to use it with your PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS5. In our experience, most wired USB headsets will also work, even if not officially licensed by Sony for the PlayStation.
Yes. Latency may still occur when using non-sanctioned Bluetooth headphones and an adapter with your PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, or PlayStation 5. It’s always best to stick to wired headphones if you want to ensure the best accuracy possible.