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How To Connect Bluetooth Headphones To Xbox One

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Xbox is one of the most popular consoles on the market right now, with plenty of amazing games that you can download from the Xbox store and play straight away. But how better to elevate your gaming experience than with a pair of headphones?

Headphones are a great way of giving you surround sound, creating that next level of gaming that will you put you ahead of your opponents.

Yet corded headphones are becoming a thing of the past. The best way to play is with a Bluetooth headset. These headphones allow you to move around with complete freedom as you play, which is great for gamers who like to get into the action. However, are you struggling to connect your headphones with your XBox One?

How to sync up your headphones with your console? How can you get the best sound settings for your headphones that will eradicate latency and delay issues? How can you avoid your audio dropping out in the middle of an important game?

Well, for those frustrated Xbox enthusiasts, we have compiled a complete how-to guide for connecting your headphones to your Xbox via Bluetooth. We’ll cover the various methods that you can use to enable the Bluetooth settings on your Xbox and what to do if your console does not have anything to connect audio to.

Is It possible To Connect Your Headphones To Xbox One?

You can connect your headphones to your phone, although you will have to buy a specific set of headphones first. Sadly, Xbox manufacturer Microsoft has not made it easy to connect your headphones to your console as it would be to connect it to a mobile phone device.

Xbox has its own system called Xbox Wireless that is specifically designed to link up your headphones with your console. You can use it to connect a whole host of devices, from headphones and computer mouses to controllers and VR headsets.

This Xbox wireless service is generally a lot more stable and secure than your average Bluetooth connection. You’ll have a lot less audio delay with your headphones running through this wireless setup than you would with normal Bluetooth, which generally runs at a lower frequency.

Several specially adapted headsets can be connected using this feature. However, you’ll have to check the product description first before purchasing your next set of headphones.

How Can You Connect It To Your Xbox One Controller?

If you do not want to use this Wireless system for whatever reason, then you can connect your headphones directly into your console, but only by using a wireless adapter. This might not give you that smooth playback, but unfortunately, it’s your only option for connecting this device.

There are two devices that you can use for connecting your headphones, the cheapest one being a Bluetooth Transmitter. This will allow your headphones to hear whatever audio is coming from your Xbox.

The second option is through a Bluetooth Transmitter and receiver, which not only lets you hear whatever is playing on your Xbox, but also lets you transmit your own sounds, usually through a microphone running back into your Xbox. This is great if you’re playing online games and you want to issue commands to your friends.

These options aren’t great and you might experience some delay, but Mircosoft has made it purposefully difficult for you to access this feature without using their software.

Enabling Bluetooth On your Xbox Controller

Before using your Xbox controller to hook up your Bluetooth headphones, make sure that the controller itself is synched up with your Xbox console.

Taking your Xbox controller, see if there is an audio jack in the back of it. With newer models of Xbox controller, there usually is. Then all you have to do is take your Bluetooth Transmitter and plug it into this audio jack. These are usually 3.5mm in length.

This is probably one of the easiest methods of getting your headphones in synch with your Xbox, as it won’t require you to pull out your console and fiddle with the wires in the back. This is an easy shortcut if you are using a friend’s Xbox and want to plug it in and play it as soon as possible.

However, an even easier method of hooking your headphones up to your Xbox is by connecting it to the television rather than your Xbox. A TV will probably have more adaptable ports in the back for a Bluetooth Transmitter than an Xbox. It will also avoid the Transmitter weighing down your controller and affecting your gameplay.

After you’ve plugged in your Bluetooth Transmitter into the back of the TV, then just turn on your headphones and your TV and wait for the two to register each other. It might go without saying, but make sure both are turned on first!

Synching Bluetooth Headphones

If you have an Xbox controller with zero audio jack, then you’ll have to pick up the Xbox Stereo Headset adapter, which is a peripheral piece of hardware that allows you to adapt headsets to Xbox consoles.

Basically what this piece of hardware does is provide you with that 3.5mm audio jack. Once you have connected this to the bottom of your controller, then you just have to repeat the steps above, plugging in your Bluetooth adapter and then syncing it up with your headphones.

Remember to make sure the controller, the Xbox one, the TV, and your headphones are all switched on before trying to synch them all up.

Connecting Bluetooth headphones With An Optical Cable

Another method of attaching your Bluetooth to your Xbox is by finding yourself a Bluetooth adapter that can support an optical connection. This is a cable that is often used to hook up audio equipment to your Xbox, mainly things like soundbars. This makes it perfect for adapting to your wireless Bluetooth headphones.

Often with a Bluetooth transmitter, there might be an optical connection port next to the standard 3.5mm port. All you have to do is synchronize this connector with your Xbox One, which should have an optical port in the back of the box.

All you have to do is connect your Bluetooth transmitter to the S/PDIF port that you find in the rear of your console and switch your transmitter from 3.5mm to S/PDIF if that is an option on your device.

Once all these devices have been connected, simply switch on your headphones and wait for the Bluetooth transmitter to register them.

The one main drawback for online gamers is the fact that due to the optical being an output-only cable, you won’t be able to transmit any audio through your Xbox. This means that you won’t be able to chat with any of your friends during an online game. If you are an avid player, then the option of not being able to chat definitely won’t appeal.

Other versions of the Xbox don’t have the optical cable at all, meaning that you won’t be able to connect your Bluetooth transmitter.

However, if you are using a different brand of Xbox, then you can always use your television, as most of these have an optical cable option in the back. This way, you won’t have to worry about connecting your transmitter to your Xbox One that way.

Connecting Bluetooth headphones With Remote Play

This is an option for people who prefer the comfort of snuggling up on their sofa and playing on a smaller screen. The Remote Paly option lets you play any solo or multiplayer games online, and you can use this console to connect your Bluetooth headphones.

You will have to be within a few feet of your Xbox to get this feature to work, but it is a great way of connecting your headphones. First, you’ll need to make sure that you have the Xbox Wireless app on your Android or iOS.

Firstly, take your headphones and your phone and pair them. Then connect your Xbox controller directly to your phone.

Log into the menu of your Xbox One and find the Guide button. Once you have done that, select ‘Profiles and system’.

Then go to Settings > Device Connections > Remote Features. Tick the sections ‘Enable Remote Features’, with the power mode set to ‘Instant On’.

Then open the Xbox app and enable the Remote Play option at the top of the screen. Once you’ve done all this, then you can start playing your Xbox games on a console with the sound coming through the Bluetooth headphones.

These are just a few of the ways that you can connect your Bluetooth headphones to your Xbox. We hope that you find the perfect method for you!


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