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How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Any Device


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Bluetooth headphones don’t have any wires to connect to your devices. So, it’s understandable if you’re having trouble connecting your Bluetooth headphones to your computer or smartphone. However, it’s easy to get your headphones to connect to any device.

This article provides an overview of connecting a television, a PC, a Mac, an iPhone, or an Android to headphones. Before attempting to connect any Bluetooth headphones to any device, be sure your current device has the proper adapters if necessary.

What to Know

  • PC: With Bluetooth on open Settings > Bluetooth and other devices > Audio > choose device to connect.
  • Mac: Select Apple > System Preferences Bluetooth > choose headphones > select Connect.
  • iPhone: Open Settings > turn on Bluetooth > choose headset Under My Devices or Other Devices to pair.

Before You Start:

  • Make sure that the audio level of your computer is good. If the audio is too low or is set on mute, it may be confusing if you don’t hear any sound through your headphones even after they have been successfully connected.
  • Make sure your device and your headphones are three feet from each other at most. The closer they are, the stronger the Bluetooth connection is, and the easier it is for you to pair them.
  • Make sure both devices are charged. It is not required that these devices are totally charged, just make sure they have enough battery left that neither one will suddenly shut down when pairing.

Add Bluetooth Headphones to a PC

In Windows 10, be sure to turn on Bluetooth before you can connect your headphones. When your headphones are also turned on, go to Settings Bluetooth & other devices > Audio and tap the headphones to pair and connect. If the device is not on the list already, click Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth and make the new device discoverable.

Connect Headphones to a Mac

On a Mac, click the Apple logo on your desktop. Then click System Preferences > Bluetooth and, when your headphones appear on the list, click Connect. You can also go to Control Center > Bluetooth Bluetooth Preferences > Connect (next to device name).

How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to iPhone

  1. First, tap Settings. This is the gear-shaped icon on your home screen.
  2. Then tap Bluetooth and make sure the slider at the top is green.
  3. Next, press and hold the power button on your headphones. In order to connect your Bluetooth headphones to your iPhone, you need to activate pairing mode on your headphones. Depending on what headphones you have, this will turn them on and automatically activate the headphones’ Bluetooth. You might also have headphones that have a different “paring” button. Check the instructions that came with your headphones to find out more.
  4. Finally, select your headphones from the list at the bottom of your screen. Your headphones might be listed with their model number, which might be a series of letters and numbers.
 Pair and Connect Headphones to Android

On Android phones, the process falls under Settings. Go there, then tap Connected Devices Connection preferences > Bluetooth Pair new device and tap the available device to pair and connect.

You can also get to the Bluetooth menu by swiping down the Notifications shade and pressing/holding the Bluetooth icon.

Connect Headphones to a TV

Every television brand uses a slightly different approach, but, in general, go to Settings Connections menu > Bluetooth, then pair and connect your headphones from the list. You might also see wording differences if you’re using a streaming device instead of a cable company.

  • How do I connect Bluetooth headphones to a PS4?

    The PS4 doesn’t natively support Bluetooth headsets, but you can still make it work. Put the headphones in pairing mode and go to Settings Devices Bluetooth Devices. Select the headset to pair it. If this doesn’t work, try connecting the headset to the DualShock 4 controller or consider investing in a USB Bluetooth adapter.

  • How do I connect Bluetooth headphones to an Xbox One?

    Like the PS4, the Xbox One console doesn’t natively support Bluetooth headsets. Instead, it uses a proprietary technology called Xbox Wireless. If your headset is Xbox Wireless-compatible, put it and the console in pairing mode, like you’d pair an Xbox controller. They should connect in a few seconds.

  • How do I put my Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode?

    The method can vary by manufacturer, but generally, you can put Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode by holding down the power button until the status light begins flashing.

    After you have paired your headphones for the first time, you won’t have to hit the Scan button again. Once your headphones are on and in pairing mode, they will show up in the list of Bluetooth devices.

    Now you know how to connect your Bluetooth headphones to your Windows 10 PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android phone. If you’re not satisfied with your Bluetooth headphones.

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