How To Connect Bluetooth Headphones To PS4

Deyan Georgiev
Deyan Georgiev

Updated · Nov 07, 2022

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If you decide to “cut the cord” and get Bluetooth headphones for your gaming sessions, you can easily transfer the experience to your PS4 console.

But, there’s an important caveat: The PS4 (including the PlayStation Pro) uses a special version of Bluetooth for audio, which means there’s a long list of Bluetooth headsets that are not compatible. 

Here’s how to connect Bluetooth headphones to a PS4, with and without an audio cable. 

How To Connect Wireless Headphones To PS4

If you want to test a Bluetooth headset and see if it works on your PS4, or have headphones or PS4 Bluetooth earbuds that are compatible with the gaming console, the method is similar to connecting your Bluetooth headphones with your PC.

To pair the headphones with the PS4:

  1. Put your headset in pairing mode. If you don’t know how to do this, check the instruction manual. With most headsets, holding the power button for several seconds should do the trick.
  2. Turn on your PS4 and select Settings.
  3. Select Devices.
  4. Select Bluetooth Devices.

the devices settings in a ps4

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  1. Wait a few moments for the headphones to appear in the list of Bluetooth devices. 
  2. Once you see it in the list, select it and wait to connect.
  3. Register the device.
  4. If the headset is compatible, you’ll see a success message on the screen.

How To Use Headphones With PS4 With a USB Adapter (Dongle)

Some wireless headsets, including top gaming headsets like the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero need a Bluetooth dongle to make the connection work. 

Most headsets that require a middleman to pair with the PS4 console via Bluetooth have limited capabilities when connected.

You’ll still hear everything that’s going on in your game and any sounds from the voice chat, but you might not be able to adjust the volume directly from your headset or may lose access to features like 3D Audio.

To connect your headsets to your PS4 with a dongle:

  1. Plug the dongle into the USB port on your PS4.
  1. Select Settings from the main menu on the PS4.
  2. Go to Devices and select Audio Devices.
  3. Select Output Device and then USB Headset.

audio devices tab in ps4 settings menu

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  1. Select Output to Headphones and switch to All Audio.

audio devices tab settings in ps4

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Note: If your headset comes with a wireless microphone, you can plug it into your controller.

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How To Connect Wired Bluetooth Headset To PS4

Most Bluetooth headsets come with a detachable audio cable that you can plug into the console in case your headphones use different Bluetooth technology that the PS4 console doesn’t support. 

To connect your headphones with your PS4 with a cord:

  1. Plug in the audio cable into your PS4 and your headset and turn them on.
  2. On the PS4, select Settings from the main menu.
  3. Select Devices and then Bluetooth Devices.
  4. Select your headset from the list. 
  5. Go to Devices and select Audio Devices.
  6. Select Output Device and click Headset Connected to Controller.

output device setting in the audio devices menu in ps4

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  1. You can adjust the volume in the Volume Control option.
  2. Select Output to Headphones and switch to All Audio.

How To Connect Your Headphones If The Audio Port Is Not Compatible

If the PS4 does not work with the audio port of your wired headphones, you will need an OMTP (Open Mobile Terminal Platform) to CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association) converter. 

You’ll need to plug the cable into the connector and then insert it into the console/ controller.

For those wondering, the technical difference between a CTIA and OMTP connector is that the ground and mic connections are on different rings.

Here’s what that looks like: an image explanation of a CTIA and OMTP connectors

image credit: hereplus.me – A CTIA (left) and an OMTP (right) connector.

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Bottom Line

Although the PS4 limits its users to a number of compatible headphones they can connect to the console, there are plenty of workarounds for those who want to make it work.

Some gaming headsets come with a dongle that you need to plug into the gaming console to connect the headset to the PS4 and you can always use an audio cable to establish a connection between your headset and the console.

FAQs.


Why is there no sound in my PS4 headphones?

If there’s no sound coming into your headphones, you should check your audio settings on the PS4 and make sure you haven’t muted the sound or disabled the output to your headphones.

Can you use regular headphones on PS4?

You should be able to use any wired headphones with a 3.5 mm jack on your PS4. Once you plug the headphones in, go to the Settings menu and navigate to Devices > Audio Devices, select Output to Headphones, and set it to All Audio.

Can you use Bluetooth headphones on PS4?

You should be able to use most wireless headsets with your PS4 console. If you’re wondering how to connect Bluetooth headphones to PS4, it comes down to their compatibility. Compatible models include Sony's PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset, the Razer Thresher, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600, and the SteelSeries Arctis 7. Some headphones like the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero come with Bluetooth dongles that help make the connection work.

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Deyan Georgiev

Deyan Georgiev

Deyan has been fascinated by technology his whole life. From the first Tetris game all the way to Falcon Heavy. Working for TechJury is like a dream come true, combining both his passions – writing and technology. In his free time (which is pretty scarce, thanks to his three kids), Deyan enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Always with a few chargers and a couple of gadgets in the backpack. He makes mean dizzying Island Paradise cocktails too.

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