How to connect Bluetooth headphones to PS5: Pair your Apple AirPods, AirPods Max, Samsung Galaxy Buds or any wireless headset to the PlayStation 5 console

If you want to connect your PS5 to some Apple Airpods, Samsung Galaxy Buds or any other Bluetooth headphones, here’s how to do it…

by Jamie Wootton

With better connectivity and battery life than ever before, wireless headphones and headsets are becoming more and more viable for gaming. So you may well want to connect up your brand new PS5 console to your wireless Bluetooth audio device of choice!

As products such as the Apple AirPods and the Samsung Galaxy Buds are more popular than ever, we have broken down how PlayStation 5 users can connect their Bluetooth headphones and earbuds to the console.

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Read below to find out everything you need to know to connect your Bluetooth headphones to the PS5…

How to connect Bluetooth headphones or gaming headset to PS5

Sony has confirmed that some wireless headsets will be able to connect natively to the console without the need for a cable or any other device. These include Sony’s official Pulse 3D wireless headset (you can click that link to see if it’s in stock right now).

Sony’s PS4-era Gold Wireless Headset and Platinum Wireless Headset will both work with the PS5, as will some third-party options. (Again, you can click those links to check out an official product page.) These headsets could go well with the recently announced Gold PS5.

As for non-Sony headsets, Sony said in its recent FAQ, “Officially licensed headsets from third-party manufacturers will be available after the launch of PS5. Some headsets licensed for the PS4 console may work or may require a device firmware update. Please consult with your headset’s manufacturer for compatibility questions.”

Unfortunately, this FAQ also said, “Wireless headsets from third-party companies that use a Bluetooth connection will not be supported on PS5, though most USB and analogue headsets will be supported.” It appears that many Bluetooth headsets may not be compatible with the PS5 console.

If you have one of these compatible headsets, you should be able to go into your Settings on the console, find the section to do with Devices, and connect any compatible headset from there.

Interestingly, while non-Sony Bluetooth headsets might not connect to the PS5, it appears that Bluetooth keyboards and mice do work with the PlayStation 5.

The Pulse 3D Wireless headset is surely the one Sony wants you to use.

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How to connect incompatible Bluetooth headphones or gaming headset to PS5

If you’ve got some Bluetooth headphones which don’t seem to be natively compatible, don’t worry – it is still possible to connect them, with a bit of trickery at your end.

You’ll need to get yourself a Bluetooth adapter/transmitter gadget, which you’ll plug into the audio output on your TV or monitor – this will connect the noise from your telly to your Bluetooth headphones. (You could even plug the adapter into your PS5 controller if you don’t fancy faffing around on the rear of your telly.)

You can get Bluetooth transmitters from Amazon from around £24.99 / $29.99 / €29.99, although there are some cheaper versions available. We’d say just look for one with good reviews – like the one at this link here.

Once the adapter is powered on, it can be plugged into your TV or monitor’s audio output jack. Next, put your headphones into pairing mode and press the pairing button on the adapter – they should find each other easily, leaving you to play on your PS5 using your favourite wireless headphones. And as an added bonus, you can watch TV quietly too!

As this plugs into your TV, it also means you’ll be able to play your Nintendo Switch and Xbox games with your Bluetooth headset.

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How to connect Apple AirPods Max and Apple AirPods to PS5

If you wish to use the Apple Airpods or the latest $549 AirPods Max headset to listen for footsteps and talk to your friends in-game on the PS5, picking up an adapter can help. 

Following all the previous steps to connect incompatible Bluetooth headphones should result in the AirPods working as required. 

When you need to enter the Airpods into pairing mode, open the case’s lid with the Airpods inside and hold the button on the back of the case.

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The activation of pairing mode will be indicated by a flashing white light in between the two AirPods. Next, make sure your Bluetooth transmitter/adapter is pairing too, and you will be gaming with the Airpods in no time.

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How to pair Samsung Galaxy Buds to PS5

Just like the Apple Airpods, the process to pair the Samsung Galaxy Buds is quick and easy once you’ve bought a wireless transmitter for your PS5 and connected it to your TV’s audio output.

To get the Galaxy Buds to enter pairing mode, simply insert the earbuds into the charging case and close the case. As laid out on Samsung’s support page, “If the battery indicator light doesn’t flash you’ll need to charge the earbuds for at least 10 minutes before they’ll pair”.

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Next, open the Galaxy Buds charging case and the earbuds will “automatically enter Bluetooth pairing mode.”

Assuming both the Bluetooth adapter and the Galaxy Buds are in pairing mode, they should have no trouble connecting and providing you with crisp clean audio while gaming on the PS5.

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Jamie Wootton