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How to Easily Connect AirPods to PS4

Last Updated Jun 28, 2022
PS4 controller

You feel very comfortable using your AirPods daily. But, now you are wondering if you could use these high-quality Apple earbuds while gaming on your PS4. You want an outstanding sound experience, but don’t want to bother anyone or deal with outside noise. Is there a way to do this with your AirPods?

There is no direct way to connect AirPods to your PS4, as this gaming platform lacks Bluetooth connectivity. However, you can use a Bluetooth adaptor to send all PS4 sounds to your Apple AirPods.

Below, we will look at the different Bluetooth adaptors you can use to connect your AirPods to your PS4 so you can hear all gaming sounds through your headphones. Keep reading to find the option that best suits your needs.

How to Connect AirPods to Your PS4

Listening to in-game sounds or music from your TV speakers may not give you the 360 experience you need to game your best or properly enjoy a song. You want high-quality, immersive sound from your AirPods. Below, we will look at how you can easily achieve this.

Believe it or not, no PlayStation platform offers Bluetooth integrations to pair an output or input device like AirPods. The only two ways to connect AirPods to your PS4 are through the 3.5mm jack on the bottom part of the controller or through one of the two USB ports on the PS4 itself. Let’s take a look at how to use either the jack or USB port to pair your AirPods to your PS4.

Jack Bluetooth Adaptor

To use the 3.5mm jack on the controller, you will need to acquire a jack Bluetooth adaptor. This simple device plugs into the jack port on your controller, turning the electrical signal into a Bluetooth signal. This will output any sounds from the system to the Bluetooth device you have it connected to. 

There are hundreds of different adaptors to choose from, but they all do the same job. Choose the one you think will cover your needs. 

Now, you can put the adaptor into pairing mode by following the instructions that came with it. To pair your AirPods to the adaptor, open the charging case and, with the earbuds still inside, press and hold the button on the back until the LED light starts blinking white. You can confirm that the AirPods have paired successfully once the light stops blinking.

To output sound through the AirPods, follow these steps on your PS4:

  • Navigate to the Settings screen.
  • Choose “Devices,” then select “Audio Devices.”
  • Go to “Output Device” and choose your AirPods from the list of available devices.
  • Go back to the Settings screen.
  • Select “Output to Headphones” under “Audio Output Settings.”
  • Change these settings to “All Audio.”

You should now be able to enjoy sounds from your PS4 through your AirPods. If this method is too complicated or does not work for you, you can use a USB Bluetooth adaptor instead.

USB Bluetooth Adaptor

Similarly to the jack Bluetooth adaptor, you can use a USB Bluetooth adaptor on one of the two USB ports found on the PS4. Once again, choose the adaptor that best suits your needs, then connect it to either port on the PS4. 

Some adaptors will be ready to pair as soon as you plug them in. Others require you to activate pairing mode manually. Follow the instructions that came with your device to ensure you follow the correct setup. 

Now, it’s time to put the AirPods into pairing mode. Open the charging case, leaving the earbuds inside. Next, press the button until the LED light starts blinking white. Once the AirPods are paired, the light will turn to solid white.

Follow the steps below to start using your AirPods with your PS4:

  • Go to the Settings screen.
  • Choose “Devices,” then “Audio Devices.”
  • Go to “Output Device” and find your AirPods in the list of available devices.
  • Return to the Settings screen.
  • Find “Output to Headphones” under “Audio Output Settings.”
  • Change this setting to “All Audio.”

Note that this time, the name of your AirPods may appear as something like “USB Headset.”

Other Considerations

It is important to note that AirPods will only work as an output device when connected to your PS4. This means you can hear audio from the console, but you will not be able to use the microphone on the AirPods to talk to your friends.

However, this process should satisfy your needs if all you need is to hear sound clearly. To talk to other PS4 users, you will need a headset with a microphone specifically made for consoles.

Wrapping Up

The PS4 console has no built-in Bluetooth connectivity, so there is no direct way to connect your AirPods to the system. However, you can use the 3.5mm jack or USB ports to work out a solution. This way, you can output all sound from your PS4 directly to your AirPods. Just keep in mind that this solution will not allow you to use the earbuds’ microphone. 

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