How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Xbox One [Setup Guide Provided]
Today you are going to learn exactly how to connect Bluetooth headphones to Xbox One in 2019.
We are glad to see that you treated yourself with a nice gift – an Xbox One. Considering that you are here gives us the information that you need help with something, and that’s probably the setup of your new gaming environment. Don’t worry, we are here to help!
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Let’s dive right in.
Is there Bluetooth on the Xbox One?
When it comes to connecting Bluetooth headphones to the Xbox One which is, after your gamepad, the most important ally in your gaming world, we must emphasize that Xbox One, unfortunately, doesn’t support Bluetooth and you can’t connect a Bluetooth headset or headphones directly to your Xbox One.
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Sadly, Microsoft decided that it’s not necessary and they developed a faster way of sound interacting with a player with a new wireless system.
Bluetooth is most likely turned out of this gaming console because it’s too slow for sound transmission, and they discovered a new, faster way to bring sound to gamers ears.
Why can't Bluetooth headsets be used in Xbox One?
Unfortunately, we cannot comment that since Microsoft didn’t say what is the reason, and why they don’t support Bluetooth on Xbox One, or any other Xbox for that matter. But, in exchange, we will explain how to connect wireless headphones to Xbox One, which is very similar, because you use your Bluetooth headphones to avoid vires and play from your sofa, am I right?
Also, wired headphones can be plugged in with just an add-on on your Xbox controller. Notice it’s not the case with Xbox One only, but also every other Xbox is missing a Bluetooth add-on, that way you can’t benefit from Bluetooth on any of their console.
Can wireless headphones be used with an Xbox One?
Luckily, Microsoft didn’t take away that option from gamers, so you surely can connect your wireless headset and enjoy the game! You can connect them with a USB adapter on the controller.
Before, there was only one adapter for headphones, and now there are two USB adapters for your headset! If you already have a wireless headset that’s great, but if you don’t, don’t worry, it’s not that expensive, products for gaming are getting cheaper within every day!
How do you connect Bluetooth headphones to Xbox One?
To be able to make a link between the headphones (or your headset) and an Xbox, plug a 3.5-millimeter audio plug right into the gamepad. The connection is a hole, and you can find it beneath the controller, left under the directional pad:
For this reason, Microsoft continues to offer the Xbox One Headset Stereo Adapter. However, this variant works only for devices that were made after 2015. For everything else, you need an Xbox One Headset Stereo Adapter. You connect this with the USB input on the controller, which is located at the lower part of the controller. Now you need to connect a headset to the jack input of the adapter. It has the advantage that you can regulate the ratio of the volume of the game to the volume of the microphone, adjust the overall volume and issue the microphone.
The third-party adapters for stereo look a bit different, but they work the same way. This particular adapter comes with a 2.5-millimeter to 3.5-millimeter cable that gives you the opportunity to hook up your old Xbox 360 headset for party chat to your Xbox One.
Regardless of the type of the joypad that you own, you will be able to hook up the Stereo Headset Adapter to the joypad with putting it in the free slot on the joypad. With that being done, you can now hook up a 3.5-millimeter audio jack to the Stereo Headset Adapter (that way you will be able to use the audio and party management commands directly from the controller) as shown on the following image:
- A direct link of your Bluetooth headphones with the Xbox One is not possible without detours.
- On the lower part of your controller is a round connector for your headphones
- Alternatively, first insert your adapter into the USB port and then the jack cable.
- Another option is to use a Bluetooth adapter with battery and connect it to the controller.
However, headsets that are not offered by Microsoft may not work or do not work as intended.
A potentially cumbersome way to use wireless headsets with the Xbox One in spite of everything is through an Xbox One Bluetooth adapter. These are often used for car radios without a Bluetooth module. Plug the 3.5mm jack into the controller and properly attach the Bluetooth module so that it does not hang from the controller.
Alternatively, you can use such an adapter for it also with the domestic hi-fi system. Whether you bother the additional device and its occasional charge, you must decide for yourself. However, the microphone function is left out in most cases.
If you have RCA cable on your headphones you can only connect them to your TV so you’ll be able to hear the sound from the game. If your TV is far away, you might consider buying a new set of headphones, a wireless one, but if you sit in front of it, this is just another feature Xbox offers!
There are also special USB Bluetooth adapters for the Xbox One, which are quite clunky and also usually do not offer a headset microphone function.
And that’s it! You are good to go! These examples are the best for today’s gaming equipment and are mostly used not only for gaming but also for everyday activities (Music, TV series, movies, etc.).
Headsets that cannot be used on Xbox One
The following headsets cannot work on the Xbox One platform:
- Mad Catz Tritton Warhead headset
- Mad Catz Tritton Primer headset (Mad Catz offers an adapter for the Primer headset to convert the 2.5-mm audio jack to a 3.5-mm audio jack. Contact Mad Catz for support.)
- The Xbox 360 Wireless Headset and Xbox 360 Wireless Bluetooth Headset
- Headsets with this 2.5-mm connector will not work because of the connector format. This connector includes a long, cylindrical pin in the middle of the connecting side that does not fit into the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter.
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#1- Can you use a Bluetooth 4.0 dongle with an Xbox One controller?
Yes, you can, but with a higher chance of latency than with a regular Xbox 4.0 dongle. It’s a little more expensive, but it’s the best option. You don’t want your sound to be late in an intense session.
#2- How do I connect an X Rocker via Bluetooth to my Xbox One?
There is an S/PDIF yield on the playing console, you may snatch a Bluetooth transmitter that accepts it like data, or if your TV owns a 3.5 mm yield you can get it and associate to it.
#3- Can I use earbuds to chat on Xbox One?
You can with a built-in microphone, and you need a joypad that has a 3.5mm jack. Earbuds are great if you don’t really have a lot of space, they can fit anywhere! And they also provide a fair sound, if you currently don’t have enough money to buy a new headset.
#4- Can I use apple headphones as a mic on Xbox One?
No, but you can always use them only for audio. Microphone, however, is not supported because of different plugins, and there is no production of adapters for it (yet).
#5- How to Set Up a Gaming Headset on XBOX ONE?
Let’s get through this step by step:
First: Shut down your controller. It’s not necessary but it’s useful and it prevents any surprises.
Second: Check the type of a plug your headset owns. Is it a 3.5mm jack or an adapter for headphones from Xbox? If it’s 3.5mm you will be able to plug them in your controller, but if you need an adapter, go shopping.
Third: Plug your headset and set up volume and microphone. Take your time, you don’t want to damage your hearing or to be too loud to your teammates.
Fourth: Turn on your controller and your console and listen to the sound, adjust it and experiment.
Fifth: Start your game and test them out! If, however, your headphones don’t provide sound, go follow these steps: Settings – Devices and Accessories – Controllers and see if your controller needs an update. Yep, controllers need updates just like everything else.
Sixth: Test it with your friends or record yourself and send it to yourself and see how you sound. You don’t want to sound silly in a party session, am I right?
#6- Can you connect a Bluetooth Headset to Xbox One S controller?
The mobile joypad is the only option for making a link to your headphones. That means that outsider headphones are not allowed. Bluetooth is not built-in Xbox and you can’t expect something to work when it isn’t even there.
A straight link of Bluetooth listening device and your Xbox One is not possible. You must take a detour via your joypad.
Most of the headphones you can simply hookup via cable. An adapter from Xbox provides convenient regulation of in-game sound and chat voices. Some remote headsets associate straightforwardly to the base station with an optical cable and USB cable to the Xbox One. In-game voice chat is only transmitted via USB or jack, not with optical or RCA cable. Some Xbox 360 headsets can’t fit the Xbox One, which is really the only con to this amazing platform.
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