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How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to a PS4?

Gamers value wireless convenience, especially when connecting Bluetooth headphones to a PS4. Although not all Bluetooth headphones are directly supported, there are ways to ensure a smooth wireless audio experience. This guide covers compatibility, pairing methods, troubleshooting tips, and frequently asked questions to help you through the process.

Before You Begin: Compatibility Check

Not all Bluetooth headphones are guaranteed to work flawlessly with PS4. Here’s what to consider:

  • Bluetooth Version: Make sure your headphones have Bluetooth version 2.1 or higher for them to work with your PS4. 
  • Profiles and Codecs: Some headphones might need specific profiles or codecs to work best with the PS4. Check the user manual or the manufacturer’s website for compatibility details.

4 Methods to Pair Headphones to PS4

There are two main methods for connecting Bluetooth headphones to your PS4:

Method 1: Using a Sony Wireless Headset Adapter

This adapter is designed to work with the PS4’s USB ports, enabling you to connect different wireless headsets. Here’s how to get it set up:

  1. Plug the Sony Wireless Headset Adapter into a free USB port on your PS4.
  2. Refer to your headphone manual for specific instructions on activating pairing mode. Usually, this involves holding down a designated button for a few seconds until a light starts flashing.
  3. On your PS4, navigate to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices. Select Add Device” and choose your headphones from the list. Follow any on-screen prompts to complete the pairing process.
  4. Go back to Settings and choose Sound and Screen. Under “Audio Output,” select “Output to Headphones.” You can also adjust microphone and headphone volume levels here.

Method 2: Using a Third-Party Bluetooth Transmitter

Some people have found that using third-party Bluetooth transmitters with the PS4’s optical audio port works, even though Sony doesn’t officially support it. However, how well it works can be different depending on the transmitter and your PS4 model. 

If you decide to try this, be careful and do your research on compatibility before buying anything. Make sure to follow the pairing instructions provided with the transmitter, as they might be different from using a Sony adapter.

Method 3: Using Bluetooth Tethering App

This method involves using your smartphone as a Bluetooth bridge to connect your headphones to the PS4. While not officially supported and offering limited functionality, it can be an option if you lack other methods. Here’s a general outline, but remember, specific steps may vary depending on your smartphone and app:

  1. Search for an app on your smartphone that allows Bluetooth tethering.
  2. Connect your Bluetooth headphones to your smartphone through its Bluetooth settings.
  3. Activate Bluetooth tethering on your smartphone using the downloaded app. This creates a Bluetooth access point.
  4. On your PS4, navigate to Settings > Network > Set Up Internet Connection. Choose “Wi-Fi” and select your smartphone’s Bluetooth tethering network from the list. Enter the password if needed.

Important Note: This method might not support voice chat and may have increased audio latency due to the additional connection hops. Additionally, battery drain on your smartphone can be significant.

Method 4:  Connect Wired Headphones to a PS4

Anyone can easily hook up their wired headphones with PS4 in simple steps.

Step 1:  Firstly,  locate the headphone jack on the DualShock 4 controller, which can be found near the L2 and R2 triggers at the bottom of the device. 

Step 2: After locating the port, plug the wired headset into the jack. However, an additional amplifier may also be used for the best sound quality depending on the type of headset used. 

Step 3: In the end, before turning on any of the devices, ensure that all connections are secure and correctly established. 

After the connection is established successfully, the users will be able to hear the audio through their wired headsets while playing games on the PS4 consoles.  

Note: Refer to your gaming headset user guide/ manual (or) contact customer service if you face any problem in connecting the cables (or) adapters. Using any sort of inappropriate connectors could potentially damage both the PS4 console and headset. 

Bluetooth Device Management on PS4

The PS4 offers built-in functionalities for managing Bluetooth devices:

  • Checking Connection Status: You can see if a Bluetooth device is connected, turned on, or turned off directly within the PS4 settings. This allows you to easily monitor the status of your connected headphones.
  • Pairing and Unpairing Devices: The PS4 allows you to pair new Bluetooth devices, like your headphones, by following a simple on-screen guide. Additionally, if you have reached the maximum number of paired devices, you can unpair unnecessary ones to free up space.
  • Connecting Devices: Once paired, you can easily select your headphones from the PS4 settings and connect them with a few clicks. The number of simultaneously connectable devices might vary depending on their

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1. Can I connect multiple Bluetooth headphones to my PS4 simultaneously?

Ans: No, the PS4 supports the connection of only one Bluetooth audio device at a time.

2. Do I need to pair my Bluetooth headphones every time I use them with the PS4?

Ans: Once paired, your Bluetooth headphones should automatically connect to the PS4 when both devices are powered on and within range. You won’t need to go through the pairing process every time.

3. Are there any latency issues with Bluetooth headphones on the PS4?

Ans: Some Bluetooth headphones may experience latency, causing a slight delay in audio. To minimize this, check if your headphones support aptX Low Latency and adjust audio settings on the PS4 accordingly.

4. Can I use any Bluetooth headphones with my PS4?

Ans: While most Bluetooth headphones work with the PS4, it’s crucial to check for compatibility, especially regarding Bluetooth versions and profiles. Refer to your headphones’ manual for specific requirements.

5. What should I do if my Bluetooth headphones don’t appear in the PS4’s device list?

Ans: Ensure your headphones are in pairing mode and within range of the PS4. Restart both devices if needed. If the issue persists, consult your headphones’ manual or the manufacturer’s support for troubleshooting steps.

6. Do I lose any audio quality when using Bluetooth headphones on the PS4?

Ans: While Bluetooth headphones offer convenience, some may experience a slight reduction in audio quality compared to wired connections. Adjusting audio settings on the PS4 can help optimize the listening experience.

7. Can I use Bluetooth headphones with a PS4 controller for voice chat?

Ans: No, you cannot directly connect standard Bluetooth headphones to a PS4 controller for voice chat. The PlayStation 4 doesn’t natively support Bluetooth headsets for audio output or microphone input.


Connecting Bluetooth headphones to your PS4 can enhance your gaming experience with wireless freedom. By following these steps, checking compatibility, and considering the alternative methods you can enjoy your favorite games with immersive wireless audio.

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