How to connect AirPods Max to PS5

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Wanting to use your pair of AirPods Max on your brand-new PS5 console for the ultimate, high-end console experience, coupled with the ultimate, high-end audio experience? We've got you covered.

Wireless headsets are becoming an increasingly popular audio option. With ever-improving battery life and sound quality, the flexibility they offer makes them a compelling proposition. You may even decide that these would be a good option to use for gaming.

Read on, to find out everything you need to know about connecting your AirPods Max to your PS5.

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The PS5 Bluetooth Situation...

We'll state this straight off the bat: the PS5, like the Xbox Series X, does not natively support Bluetooth audio.

So while some wireless headsets such as Sony's official Pulse 3D wireless headset will work seamlessly, there are many Bluetooth headsets that won't automatically connect. Sadly, this also includes the AirPods Max.

One reason cited for this is that Bluetooth can have a higher level of latency, which in general use isn't an issue. But during a game, a delay in hearing something happening can be the difference between life and death.

But this does not mean it's the end of the story. Happily, there are some options that will enable you to still enjoy using those AirPods. You just need to do a little extra work.

How to connect AirPods Max to your PS5

The first thing you need to do is get your hands on a Bluetooth dongle. These are widely available at a very affordable price.

Once you have your Bluetooth dongle, the next steps are really straightforward:

  • Plug your dongle into your PS5 USB port, your TV or monitor audio output, or even into the controller, depending on what type of dongle you have.
  • Next, put your AirPods Max and your Bluetooth dongle in pairing mode. Pairing mode is indicated by a flashing white light on your AirPods Max. They should find one another with no difficulty.
  • That's it! Once your dongle and your AirPods Max are paired, you are good to go, and ready to enjoy high-quality audio.
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One thing worth mentioning is that the AirPods Max will give you a great audio experience, but may not work quite so well if you are also wanting to use them for voice chat. For that, a dedicated gaming headset is still probably the way to go. But if you are quite happy to forego that feature, this is everything you need.

READ MORE: Best PS5 Headsets 2021: Which Gaming Headset Should You Go For?