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How to connect Bluetooth headphones to your Xbox One

How to connect wireless headphones to Xbox

Bluetooth® headsets make gaming a lot more convenient. They allow you to move around as you play without pesky wires getting tangled. But cutting the cord can sometimes be tricky with an Xbox One®.

Don't worry though. At Asurion, we help millions of customers learn more about their tech every day—from fixing a lagging Xbox One to keeping your phone running like new. Here are our tips for connecting Bluetooth headphones to an Xbox One.

Can you connect Bluetooth headphones to Xbox One?

Yes, but since the Xbox One doesn't have built-in Bluetooth capability, you may have to spend a little extra money—either on a transmitter or on an Xbox One-compatible headset. We'll walk you through both options.

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How to connect compatible Bluetooth headphones to Xbox One

The Microsoft® Xbox Wireless Headset is compatible with all Xbox consoles. If you can get your hands on one—and you're willing to spend $100—it'll be your most reliable option. Here's how to connect it to your Xbox One.

  1. Press and hold the green Power button on the headset until you hear the pairing tone.
  2. Press the Pair button on the Xbox console, and wait for about 10 seconds for the headset and console to pair.

To check and adjust your paired headset's audio settings, go to Profile & System > Settings > Devices & Connections > Accessories. Find the Headset screen, and tap Configure.

If you have trouble finding the Xbox Wireless Headset, or you'd like an alternative option, check out this list of Xbox One-compatible headsets.

How to connect noncompatible Bluetooth headphones to an Xbox One

If you already have a pair of Bluetooth earbuds you'd rather use, you can use a transmitter that plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Xbox controller. They range in price from $15 to $40, and you can find them at most stores that sell electronics. Then you'll need to pair it to your headphones as you would any other device.

If you want to use Bluetooth headphones or earbuds to just chat with friends as you play, you can use the Xbox app (but you won't hear any game audio through your headphones). Here's how:

  1. Tap Settings > Devices and connections > Remote features, then select the Enable remote features checkbox.
  2. Download the Xbox app on your phone, then sign in with your Xbox Live® account.
  3. Tap the social icon on the bottom row to start or join a party with your friends.
  4. Tap the headphones icon in the top-right corner for a voice-chat party.
  5. Connect your Bluetooth headphones to your smartphone to start chatting with your friends.

If you've tried these steps and still need a little help, we're right around the corner. Schedule a repair at the nearest uBreakiFix® by Asurion store and our certified experts can get your device back up and running as soon as the same day.

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