- Turn on your Bluetooth headset and switch on “Pair mode.”
- Did we just lose some of you? Pair mode is…well, it’s a mode in which your headset is ready to reach out to other Bluetooth devices. Any modern smartphone has the same sort of function. If your headset comes with an app, open it up and take a look for “Pair mode.” If it doesn’t, you’re going to want to go back to the manual or operating instructions that came with the headphones and check there. Relax – it will be there somewhere. Once you find it, enable “Pair mode” so your headphones are ready to play with others.
- Turn on your PS4.
- See the PS4 Home menu? Select Settings near the top of the menu.
- Select Devices from the Settings menu.
- From the Devices menu, click on Bluetooth Devices.
- With any luck, you should see your headset as an option. If you do, select it. Job done. Happy times are just around the corner.
- If you don’t see your headset listed, perform “standard troubleshooting.”
- Turn everything off.
- Make yourself a soothing beverage.
- Turn everything back on again.
- Re-engage “Pair mode,” and follow the steps on the PS4 menu again.
- Believe briefly in magic.
- If it still doesn’t connect, swear mightily and engage in some satire where you offer the headphones to the PS4 like a tribal offering if it will just see the Bluetooth connection.
- If that doesn’t work – Youtube! Or alternatively, try one of our other listed options first, while you’re here.
- Take your audio cable and connect the headset to the controller directly.
- Turn on the headset.
- Select Settings from the PS4 Home menu.
- Select Devices as you tried to do originally, and Bluetooth Devices from the list.
- Because of the direct connection, you should now see your headset on the list. Go ahead and activate it.
- Go back up to the Devices menu.
- Select Audio Devices, and then choose Output Device.
- You should see an option for Headset Connected to Controller. If you don’t, it’s possible that the Bluetooth gods just hate you. If it’s there though, select it.
- Choose Volume Control (Headphones) to change the volume to a comfortable level for your gaming or viewing.
- Click on Output to Headphones to find some options, then select All Audio.
- Have USB adapter, will connect headphones. Here’s how.
- Find an available USB port on your PS4. Sure it only has two built-in, but if you haven’t opted for a 4-port adapter yet…well, that’ll be for another time when you’re at the geek store.
- Connect the headphones through the USB adapter. Connections rarely get more direct than this. Yes, technically, it defeats the point of having Bluetooth headphones at all, but let’s not quibble.
- Go back to the Settings menu from your PS4’s Home menu.
- Apologies if you’re starting to get Repetitive Button-Clicker Syndrome right about now, but from the Settings menu, choose Devices.
- Annnnd from Devices, click on Audio Devices.
- From there, select the option for Output Device, which will give you the choice of any and all possible output devices your PS4 can see at that moment.
- Look for USB Headset. If you don’t see it listed, then one of three things is not working right – your PS4, your headphones, or the USB adapter.
- Assuming you can see the USB Headset option, click on it.
- As before, choose Volume Control (Headphones) and adjust the volume till it’s at the level you want thudding straight into your skull.
- Then choose Output to Headphones and select All Audio, so you’ll get the audio you want, through the device you want – your headphones – and while technically you’ll be connected more old-style than you might want, given you’ve spent money on Bluetooth headphones, it’ll work for you.
- You’ve found a pair of Bluetooth headphones that simply won’t connect to a PS4, no matter what you do.
- There’s some equipment failure somewhere along the line, either in the headphones themselves, the PS4, the various connectors, or any or all of those elements.
- There’s some fundamental user error, as in the inability to find “Pair mode” on your headphones.
- Or some combination of any or all of the above.
Simple Bluetooth Connectivity
Connecting Your Bluetooth Headphones to a PS4 Controller
If you’ve offered your headphones as a tribal sacrifice and still can’t get the PS4 to see them, don’t panic.
Well, you’re free to panic, what we mean is don’t smash your potentially expensive headphones against the wall, as you may want to do. There might well be a workaround.
Here’s one, for a start. If you have an audio cable with a built-in microphone – which you probably will have, as they’re included with most Bluetooth headsets on the market – there’s a way of connecting directly to a controller, rather than to the console.
That should get you connected through the PS4 controller, in the event that direct Bluetooth connectivity to your console proves impossible.
Of course, while most Bluetooth headphones come with an audio cable, there are always those that don’t. If you’re in the unlucky position of not being able to get your PS4 to recognize your headphones through the scientific miracle of Bluetooth, and you find yourself all out of audio cables…we don’t know what to tell you
Actually, we do. There is one more thing to try, but it involves possession of a USB adapter.
Before we start, do you have a USB adapter? If you don’t, a quick trip to your local geek store is probably in order. Hey – thought! While you’re there, maybe pick up an audio cable too, in case the USB adapter strategy doesn’t work.
Of course, it should work. But then, simply connecting your headphones via Bluetooth should have worked too. It doesn’t seem to be your day for things that should work. If you have a USB adapter, let’s give it a try. If you don’t, go pick one up, and double down on the audio cables, so you have options.
Connecting Your Headset to Your PS4 Through A USB Adapter
If none of this has worked, one of a handful of things is happening.
Ideally, of course, you will know definitively that your Bluetooth headphones will in theory connect to a PS4, because you’ll have done some web research ahead of time, like Googling ‘The best Bluetooth headphones for PS4.’ If you know that your headphones definitely should connect, and definitely have connected for reviewers and happy customers everywhere… you’ve got a Gremlin in the works somewhere.
Normally, if it were just the Bluetooth connection that had failed, we’d suggest the headphones as the chief culprit. If you’ve gone through all these options and you’re still not getting a connection, you should be able to run a simple diagnostic test.
Try connecting the headphones by Bluetooth to absolutely anything else. Try your phone, as the easiest Bluetooth-enabled sound-producing device you have to hand. If it connects and gives you sound through the headphones, you’ll know you have a set of headphones that do the job you bought them for – but which can’t get sound from your PS4. In that case, it’s probably a fault with the PS4 itself.
Of course, if you can’t get Bluetooth connectivity or sound transmission from your phone either, what you have there is a dud pair of Bluetooth headphones.
Still don’t smash them off the walls, as you might want to. You need them in pristine condition to return and either get your money back or get a replacement pair.