A great gaming headset is just as crucial as a comfortable gaming chair. Take a look at your favorite streamers; they all use headphones that enhance the audio in some way. Being able to hear audio cues and footsteps in intense games like Call of Duty: Warzone and Apex Legends can make all the difference between victory and defeat.
For those seeking high-quality audio equipment without the hassle of tangled wires, Bluetooth headphones are a must-have. In today’s world, everything operates on Bluetooth. Unfortunately, Xbox players might encounter some obstacles when attempting to connect non-Microsoft Bluetooth headphones to an Xbox One. But fret not—we’ve compiled a few workarounds below. This guide will walk you through the process of connecting Bluetooth headphones to an Xbox One.
How Xbox Bluetooth Works
The Xbox One doesn’t have the Bluetooth capabilities we’re used to. Instead, it relies on Microsoft Xbox Wireless technology, which allows for connectivity between systems and Microsoft devices. There are plenty of wireless headphones made by Microsoft available for purchase. These headphones are fully compatible with Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, as they are tailored for Microsoft Xbox Wireless. However, not everyone has access to or can afford a new pair of wireless gaming headphones made by Microsoft.
Using Bluetooth on Your Phone or Tablet via the Xbox App
Let’s say you own a pair of Sony Bluetooth headphones that you want to use with your Xbox One. While these headphones won’t work with Microsoft Xbox Wireless, there is a workaround for players. The following step-by-step guide might seem a bit complex, but it has been proven to work.
- On your Xbox One, go to Devices & Connections and select Remote Features.
- Ensure that the Enable Remote Features box is checked.
- Download the Xbox App on your tablet or mobile device.
- Log in using the same credentials as the Xbox you wish to connect to.
- Click the icon in the top right corner, next to the notifications bell.
- Select Remote Play on This Device.
- Your Xbox will now establish a connection with your device. This may require one or two attempts.
- Once connected, your console will stream the game to your tablet or mobile device in real time.
- Connect your Bluetooth headphones to your tablet or mobile device to hear the in-game volume.
Downsides to This Method
This method is somewhat of a “back door” approach to connecting Bluetooth headphones to your Xbox One. Keep in mind that your tablet or device should be plugged into a charger, as this can drain the battery. Additionally, if you’re using your primary phone, you won’t be able to browse social media during loading screens.
With this method, you won’t be able to use the chat function. Consider it purely an audio output. If you want to relax and play alone, this method will suffice. However, if you wish to chat with friends, you’ll need a wired headset or a Microsoft-compatible one.
Connecting Bluetooth to Your Xbox Controller
As an alternative to the previous method, you can directly connect your non-Microsoft wireless headset to your Xbox controller. To do this, you’ll need to purchase a Bluetooth transmitter that has a 3.5mm audio jack (the same size as a standard AUX cord).
Not all Xbox controllers come with a 3.5mm input. While newer models should have it, some older ones may not. Check beneath the joysticks to determine if you need an additional adapter. If you’re in need of a new controller due to stick drift issues, make sure to get one with a 3.5mm input.
Once you have all the necessary adapters and they’re properly connected, all you have to do is press the pairing buttons to connect your Bluetooth headphones. This setup may seem a bit cumbersome, especially if you have to connect multiple adapters.
Downsides to This Method
Similar to the Xbox App method, this approach only allows you to hear the game’s audio. There are Bluetooth adapters available that support both audio input and output, enabling you to utilize the talk-back feature. However, these models can be quite expensive. In that case, it’s more cost-effective to purchase a Microsoft brand Xbox Wireless Headset.
Additionally, if you have to attach multiple adapters, your controller will become bulky and unwieldy. The battery will also drain quickly due to the increased load.