How to Make Wired Headphones Wireless (Bluetooth Adapter & DIY)
- 10 Jan, 2019
Apple, HTC and Motorola are some of the manufacturers who have presented mobiles without headphone connectors over the past year. In the future, it is believed that even more manufacturers will do the same.
The rumors have come true: The iPhone 7 comes without a regular 3.5mm jack, therefore, but also in the Android camp there is the Moto Z, the first device without the tried and tested jack.
If you do not want to trade your beloved cable headphones for new wireless headphones, you have two options: create more cable jumble through a USB-C or Lightning adapter or adapt the wired headphones with a Bluetooth adapter to their wireless version.
If you want to continue using your favorite headphones on the new mobile without a headphone jack, there's a solution! You can make headphones wireless with a Bluetooth adapter!
Making headphones will be perfectly clear when you finish reading this article!
Possible to Make Wired Headphones Wireless?
There is no question about this: Bluetooth headphones have conquered the market - and for good reasons. The annoying cable to the smartphone is history and thus the annoying cable mess or the cable torn in the depth of the phone.
We live in a technological age where everything is possible. From fully programmed robot that makes a car, to a completely controlled house by technology, so, your problem with wired headphones is easily solved too!
A Bluetooth adapter that makes a pair of wired headphones wireless is a new, lifesaving innovation. The adapter connects to the mobile via Bluetooth and is easily attached to the jacket. It is charged with the included Micro-USB cable and some of them have an impressive battery life of up to 9 hours!
In addition, most of them own a built-in microphone and remote control for controlling both music and calls.
How to Make Wired Headphones Wireless at DIY?
Doing a DIY Bluetooth headphones experiment might seem scary and complicated, but we are here to help, and we will explain the process in just four simple steps.
Keep in mind that owning at least headphones, scissors and tape will lower the costs of this DIY experiment by over 50 percent!
1. First, you need to prepare the following tools and materials:
- 1 pair of scissors (to cut any extensions that are not needed, and to cut the tape),
- 1 tape (and a glue – this is optional and will be explained later),
- 1 pair of wired headphones,
- 1 Bluetooth connector
- 1 external battery (the lasting hours of your headphones will depend only on the power of your external battery – the stronger it is, the longer they will last).
2. The second step is the hardware connection:
- First, you need to take your Bluetooth connector and plug it in the external battery. When plugged, you should turn it on and see if the indicator (the light) is showing rather it’s working or not. It should work, but if it doesn’t, check your battery, maybe it’s empty.
- Plug your wired headphones in the empty jack of your Bluetooth connector.
- Wrap up the cable of your wired headphones along with the connected Bluetooth and battery. When wrapped up, you’ll tape them all together to make sure nothing flies off or wander around.
3. The third step is the software connection:
- Take your phone and follow these instructions: go to Settings - > Bluetooth - > On - > Bluetooth adapter name.
- When connected, you should see a headphone icon just like when you plug your wired headphones, or a Bluetooth icon, both ways you’ll know that you are connected.
- This way you can disassemble your headphones whenever you would like to, and you’ll still have a beautiful pair of headphones. This is pretty much it on how to make a pair of headphones that are wireless.
4. Step four (optional):
- Warning: This step will make your headphones permanently adjusted to the external battery and, if the battery gets removed, the headphones will most probably be damaged!
- If you don’t want any wires beneath your headphones, you can glue your external battery on the right spot of your headphones and then connect all the listed devices above (Bluetooth adapter and wired headphones). Bluetooth adapter can easily be plugged out however battery adapter will stay glued to your headphones.
Best Way to Turn Your Wired Headphones Wireless
With the small battery-powered Bluetooth adapters, every cable headphone can be used to play music or talk via Bluetooth even at a distance. The Bluetooth adapter works as a receiver, picks up the transmitted Bluetooth signal and forwards it via the jack to your headphones. So you can still connect the same headphone to your PC, the system or other audio equipment via a jack or connect via the adapter via Bluetooth.
Some Bluetooth adapters also provide music control buttons on the adapter. So you can go back and forth, louder or softer and pause the music without having to catch the phone from your pocket every time.
The second way is to simply make your own DIY wireless headphones with the minimum effort and investment, and not spend a fortune on buying a pair of wireless ones. Not only will they work, but they’ll be able to be switched back to wired option any time you want them to!
These, however, don’t look really convenient and cool so they are the best option for using them at your house or under your jacket.
If you can do without the additional buttons for controlling music but want to send the Bluetooth signal in both directions, you need a two-in-one device: Bluetooth transmitter and receiver.
With a switchable transmitter and receiver so you can not only provide your headphones or system via Bluetooth with music but also use your Bluetooth headphones with a device that has not previously supported Bluetooth. For example, you can use your TV or even the old disc or Walkman with a Bluetooth headset.
This is also the solution for how to make USB headphones wireless. Just make sure your Bluetooth has a USB port option, which is very often today so you’ll find it in almost any store.
How to Make Wired Headphones Wireless For TV?
There are two possible ways to do this, and they depend on the type of your TV.
The first way:
If you own a newer TV that has all the functions such as Internet connection, android system etc., then you probably have a Bluetooth adapter inside your TV.
Therefore, you just need to connect your wired headphones to the external Bluetooth adapter, pair your Bluetooth adapter with the one on the TV and there you go! You’ll have a nice, smooth connection with your TV.
The second way:
If you, however, own an older type of TV that doesn’t have a built-in Bluetooth receiver or transmitter, you’ll need a two-sided Bluetooth device – a device that both transmits and receives a Bluetooth signal, but with a 3.5mm Bluetooth jack adapter option too.
One Bluetooth adapter goes in the TV, while other Bluetooth adapter for wired headphones stays with you. That way, you’ll be able to hook up your TV on one side, and your headphones on another and make yourself comfortable watching a movie, listening to music or playing a video game from your sofa without any struggle.
How to Make Wired Headphones Act Like Wireless to Create a Language Acquisition Device (LAD)?
Since the 1960s, the LAD (Even if it exists just as a theory) has shown great results in how teaching children a new language is easier and more efficient than teaching adults. This theory later advanced into a new program that’s now familiar as Universal Grammar (UG) that’s developing the ability of language learning as adults.
What you need to do is simply find a strong Bluetooth connector that will be able to transmit words without any mistake or loss of understanding (Which is crucial, because if a child learns words incorrectly, you can be sure that it will take some time to get him back on track). When connected to the main device – let’s say it’s a computer or a laptop if you are going on a road trip, just download the audio language learning course and play it to your child.
The LAD in their brain will help them understand everything the right way and learn as many languages as possible. If you cannot afford an audio language course, you can download an e-book, a movie or anything that has clearly spoken words in it. Avoid music because musicians sing fast and make spelling mistakes way too often.
How to Make Wired Headphones Wireless for Metal Detecting
If you are working in a dynamic environment such as bodyguard or security, and just cannot afford losing focus and being distracted from your main goal by some wires, do not worry!
Now you can work and communicate with your tools without being interrupted or leaking information such as – did the metal detector find something or not.
For this pairing, you’ll need a double function Bluetooth – a transmitter and a receiver.
With the transmitter, you’ll enable your metal detector to transmit Bluetooth signal and with a receiver, you’ll make your wired headphones wireless and ready to use from a long distance!
For example, you wanted to rest but didn’t want to stop working, you ask someone to go over a field with your metal detector and just sit back. If the metal detector finds something, you’ll know it even if you are not there!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are Bluetooth adapters expensive?
The answer is NO.
A Bluetooth transmitter (that can be bought for a fair price up to 30$ and give you the ultimate sound experience) and a Bluetooth receiver (that can vary from 10$ to 30$ for a solid sound experience) or the multi-functional Bluetooth that can transmit and receive at the same time and it costs up to 50$ is a lot cheaper than original wireless headphones.
Unfortunately, you always have to put a little more on the table for good Bluetooth headphones. Starting with prices that vary from the lowest price of 30$ (with poor quality) and can reach several hundreds of US dollars, this is a great way to upgrade your old wired headphones into wireless within the budget.
2. Do I need a special third-party device?
You only need one Bluetooth adapter and your headphones (A charger for a Bluetooth adapter is implied). No need for third-party connections and complicated processes.
3. Which type of headphones provides better sound?
Headphones for the absolute best sound: always wired.
Unfortunately, the technology didn’t advance that much to allow us to have a better experience with wireless devices such as headphones, keyboards, mice, etc.
Yet the pair of wireless headphones is more useful, allows you to move and it’s more efficient than wired headphones.
Housework: If you, for example, just cook or clean up and move around the house a lot, the freedom of cable is located when listening to music. Of course, if you are listening to the PC, it should be centrally located to receive everywhere
Television: Depending on how far you are sitting away from the TV, a cable connection is ridiculously awkward at some point. With a Bluetooth transmitter, any TV without a Bluetooth function is quickly upgraded (how to do that and what devices are suitable we explained in this post) and you can watch your movie wirelessly without sonicating others in the room.
We know that wires can be a nightmare and, when you get caught in them, there is no end! Luckily, technology gives us the opportunity to adapt and overcome difficulties with minimal costs and effort.
We hope that this article helped and hopefully you are now able to turn wired headphones into wireless without any struggle. We wish you an enjoyable, wireless experience!