Use a third-party Bluetooth adapter to pair your AirPods; How to Connect AirPods to PS4 or PS5
This article explains how to connect any model of AirPods to the PS4; Connect AirPods to PS4, including what accessories you’ll need to buy and what features aren’t supported. If you like AirPods and want to use them while playing games on your PS4 or PS5, it can be done via a small workaround and one caveat.
Instructions apply to first-generation AirPods, AirPods with wireless charging case, and AirPods Pro.
You’ll need to connect your headphones to your console via a Bluetooth adaptor, and while you’ll be able to hear everything going on in the game, you won’t be able to chat with other players.
What to Know
- Connect a third-party Bluetooth adapter to an open USB port in the PS4. Hold the button on the AirPods’ case to pair.
- Go to Settings > Devices > Audio Devices to confirm the AirPods are connected.
- Once you’re using AirPods with PS4, you can’t chat with other players.
- To connect AirPods to a PS4 or PS5, you’ll need to pick up a Bluetooth adaptor with audio capabilities.
- The PS4 and PS5 both don’t have built-in Bluetooth — but you can use an adaptor plugged into the USB port or headphone jack.
- This method works with all Bluetooth headphones, but you won’t be able to chat with other players.
What You Need to Connect AirPods to PS4
Believe it or not, the PS4 doesn’t support Bluetooth audio out of the box. That means that you can’t connect AirPods or any other kind of Bluetooth headphones to it without buying accessories. If you try connecting AirPods to PS4 without an adapter, the PS4 will be able to detect them, and you’ll go through all of the pairing steps only to see the process fail at the very last stage. Annoying!
To get around this, you need to get a PS4 Bluetooth adapter that supports Bluetooth audio that you can plug into the console.
For this article, we used the Twelve South AirFly Duo, but any Bluetooth adapter that supports audio and can be plugged into a PS4 (via USB or the headphone jack, for instance) can work.
How to Connect AirPods to PS4
Follow these steps to use a Bluetooth adapter to connect AirPods to PS4:
Make sure you’ve charged your AirPods. Same if your Bluetooth adapter uses a battery. (The AirFly Duo, for example, plugs into the headphone jack on the PS4 controller, so it needs battery power. Other Bluetooth adapters plug into the USB ports on the PS4 itself and don’t need battery power.)
Connect the Bluetooth adapter to your PS4.
Put the Bluetooth adapter into pairing mode. The exact way you do this depends on your device, so check the instructions that came with it.
With your AirPods in their charging case, open the case and press and hold the syncing button.
Keep holding the button until the lights on the Bluetooth adapter stop blinking. This means that the AirPods are paired to the adapter.
Confirm that your PS4 is being sent to your AirPods by checking the settings on the PS4. Go to Settings > Devices > Audio Devices.
There are two important settings to change on the Audio Devices screens:
- Output Device: Set to Headphones Connected to Controller (or the menu that’s correct for your Bluetooth adapter).
- Output to Headphones: Set to All Audio.
You can also control the volume of the audio sent from the PS4 to your AirPods in the Volume Control (Headphones) menu.
With that done, all audio from the PS4 is coming to your AirPods and you’re ready to play!
While this article is specifically about connecting AirPods to PS4, once you’ve got a Bluetooth adapter, you can connect any other kind of Bluetooth device to PS4, too, not just AirPods.
Can You Use AirPods to Chat with Other Gamers on PS4?
While this article explains how to connect AirPods to PS4, there’s one limitation of this approach: You can’t chat with other gamers you’re playing with, even though AirPods have a microphone (as anyone who has used them for phone calls knows). That’s because most Bluetooth adapters only send audio from the PS4 to your headphones, but not the other way around. For that, you’ll need headphones specifically made for the PS4 (or other gaming consoles).
Still, if all you want to do is hear audio without bothering anyone else, a Bluetooth adapter is a great option.
The short answer is no. Even though AirPods have a built-in microphone, the Bluetooth adaptor will only send the audio from your console to your headphones.
If you want to be able to chat with other players via headphones, you’ll need to use a pair that’s made for PS4 or PS5.
How do you connect AirPods to an iPhone?
To connect your AirPods to an iPhone, first make sure Bluetooth is activated on your iPhone, then hold your AirPods close to the phone in their charging case, ensuring the lid is open. Tap Connect and follow the on-screen instructions.
How do you connect AirPods to a Mac?
To connect your AirPods to your Mac, first turn on the computer’s Bluetooth. Press and hold the setup button on the AirPods case until the status light blinks white. When the AirPods appear in the Bluetooth preferences window on the Mac, click Connect.
How do you connect AirPods to an Android device?
To connect AirPods to an Android, open Settings on the device and tap or toggle on Bluetooth. Open the AirPods charging case and hold the setup button until the status light blinks white. On your Android device, tap AirPods from the available device list.
Connectivity between the AirPods and the PS console is still limited right now. But, over time, those limits may soon be (hopefully) removed. Especially when newer Bluetooth technology is unveiled to the public.
But while Sony still hasn’t offered support for other Bluetooth devices, you now know that it is still possible with a few creative tricks.
What did you think of this article? Did you try out any of the methods described above? What were your experiences like? We’d appreciate it if you share with us your thoughts. Drop us a comment below!