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How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to a PS5

Are you trying to connect your wireless headphone with PS5 with no success? Hate to break it to you, but the PS5 probably doesn’t support your headphone’s connection. However, you can still connect and enjoy music through them while playing games on your PS5. Want to know how?

Only a few wireless headsets are natively compatible with the PS5. The PS5 doesn’t have Bluetooth built-in, but you can use a Bluetooth Transmitter to connect basically any Bluetooth headphones to a PS5. This will only work for sending audio to the headphones, the microphone will not work.

However, you need to get the settings right each time. The article will point you in just the right direction, from choosing the right device to establishing the Bluetooth connection between your headphones and PS5.

Can You Use Bluetooth Headphones on PS5?

Bluetooth Headphones next to PS5 and Controller

The PS5 does not have Bluetooth connectivity built-in. However, there are a few official or supported headsets that use wireless USB dongles.

The most common option is the Sony PULSE 3D headphones (on Amazon). This is the company’s authorized headset which comes with native support for PS5.

Apart from the supported wireless headphones, there are plenty of other methods to connect your Bluetooth headphones to your PS5 for wireless audio.

How to Connect Supported Wireless Headsets to the PS5

Follow these steps to wirelessly connect the PULSE 3D headphones or any other natively supported headphones to the PS5 without requiring any additional devices:

  • Turn the PS5 on.
  • Connect the included wireless USB dongle to one of the PS5’s USB port.
  • Power on the wireless headset.
  • Navigate to the Settings Menu.
  • Go to Sound > Audio Output > Output Device.
  • Set the Output Device to USB Headset (it may list the model of the wireless headset).
  • Once you have set the Output Device correctly, you should hear all audio through the headset.

This process should work for basically any wireless headset that uses a wireless USB dongle.

How to Connect Any Bluetooth Headphones to a PS5

If your wireless headphones don’t have or use a USB dongle, don’t worry, you don’t have to buy another pair of headphones when you already have a set that works perfectly fine with everything else.

You can use ANY Bluetooth headphones with a PS5 with a very simple adapter, and there are various methods by which you can do this.

Method 1: Use a USB Bluetooth Transmitter with the PS5

This is the most common method of connecting any set of Bluetooth Headphones to a PS5. On top of that, the process is a piece of cake to follow.

1. Buy a USB Bluetooth Transmitter

Bluetooth Audio Transmitter - USB transmitters

We suggest getting the Avantree Bluetooth Transmitter (on Amazon). This USB Bluetooth audio transmitter can connect to many different devices including the PS5.

There are other USB Bluetooth audio transmitters out there, but you may have mixed results with the connectivity and the PS5 actually recognizing them.

If you decide to go with another Bluetooth adapter, just make sure it’s a USB Bluetooth Transmitter, not a USB Bluetooth Receiver. A receiver is designed to receive audio, not send it out to another device.

Some Bluetooth adapters can work as either a transmitter or receiver by flipping a switch on the device to TX (transmitting) or RX (receiving). Using one of these adapters set to TX will work perfectly fine.

The PS5 hosts a total of three USB-A slots and one USB-C slot. You should use one of the three USB-A ports for the Bluetooth adapter, never the USB-C port. That way, you can utilize the USB-C port when it’s needed the most. 

2. Connect the USB Bluetooth Transmitter to the PS5

Bluetooth Audio Transmitter -Plugging Into PS5

Next, you’ll need to connect the Bluetooth Transmitter to one of the USB ports on the PS5. Preferably one on the back, so it’s not in plain view.

If you run into any connectivity issues, then move the USB dongle to the front USB port on the PS5.

3. Pair the Bluetooth Transmitter with the Bluetooth Headphones

Bluetooth USB Audio Transmitter -Connecting Headphones

This process will vary depending on the USB Bluetooth adapter that you use.

Most Bluetooth Transmitters will have an LED light on them. When you initially connect it, that light should begin blinking rapidly. If there’s a button on the adapter, try holding the button down until the LED light begins flashing.

Once you’ve started the pairing process on the Bluetooth Transmitter, you need to start the pairing process on your Bluetooth Headphones. Again, there’s likely a pairing button on your headphones that you hold down until a light begins flashing rapidly.

When both devices have entered their pairing modes, get them as close as possible to each other to ensure that they seamlessly pair together.

You may need to repeat this process a couple of times in order to get them paired correctly.

4. Set the PS5 Audio Output Setting

PS5 Settings Menu - Output Device

Once the Bluetooth adapter and headphones have been paired together, you’ll need to change the audio output settings on the PS5 to point the audio to the USB Bluetooth adapter.

Here are the steps for changing the audio output setting:

  • Go to the “Settings” menu on the PS5.
  • Select “Sound”
  • Select “Audio Output”
  • Set the “Output Device” to “USB Headset” (It may show the name of your Bluetooth adapter as well).

Once you’ve changed this setting, you should begin to hear all of the audio through your Bluetooth headphones. If you don’t hear any audio, attempt the pairing process again to ensure that the Bluetooth adapter and headphones are connected properly.

Method 2: Connect Bluetooth Headphones to the TV (no adapter)

TV Bluetooth Settings - Surface Headphones Connected

Connecting Bluetooth Headphones to a TV instead of the PS5 is actually a better solution sometimes, especially if you want to use your headphones with devices other than the PS5.

If you want to use your Bluetooth headphones with one of the TV’s smart apps or another media player like a Fire TV, Roku, Blu-ray player, etc. then this method works best.

This is because all of the audio will be routed to your connected headphones rather than the TV’s speakers or any sound system connected to your TV. It makes things very simple!

Most modern TVs have Bluetooth connectivity built-in, but not all do. Regardless, you can still connect any Bluetooth headphones to a TV to get the audio from a PS5. If your TV doesn’t have Bluetooth built-in, proceed to method 3.

But first, here are the steps for connecting your headphones to a TV that already has Bluetooth connectivity built in.

  1. Open the Bluetooth Settings on Your TV.
  2. Put the Bluetooth Headphones into Pairing Mode.
  3. Select the Bluetooth Headphones in the list of available Bluetooth devices.
  4. Make sure the TV’s audio output is set to Bluetooth.

The major downside with this method is that if you want to use your TV’s speakers or a soundbar to play audio instead, you may have to go back to the audio output settings on the TV and change them every time.

Method 3: Connect Bluetooth Headphones to a TV with an Adapter

If your TV doesn’t have Bluetooth built-in, then you’ll need to use a different type of Bluetooth transmitter than the ones previously mentioned. You’ll need a Bluetooth Transmitter that uses AUX (3.5mm).

You typically can’t use a USB Bluetooth Transmitter with a TV because TV’s don’t output audio through their USB ports. The USB ports on TVs are mostly used to show images, play video files, play music, and provide a small amount of power.

1. Buy a Bluetooth Transmitter with AUX

Bluetooth AUX Audio Transmitter -On Table

We recommend either the Aisidra V5.0 Bluetooth Adapter (on Amazon) or the 1Mii Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter/Receiver (on Amazon).

Both of these Bluetooth Adapters worked perfectly with our TV, didn’t have any noticeable lag or audio delay, and are reasonably priced.

2. Connect the Bluetooth Transmitter to the TV

Bluetooth AUX Audio Transmitter -Connected to TV

If the Bluetooth adapter you purchased has a switch for either TX or RX, make sure it is set to TX for Transmitting.

Connect an AUX cable from the adapter to the TV’s AUX output. This port may be labeled as AUX out, Headphones Out, Line Out, or even just Audio Out. But it should accept a 3.5mm connection.

These types of Bluetooth adapters will likely require a USB port for power. Simply connect one end of the provided USB cable to the adapter and the other end to one of the TV’s USB ports.

Also, older TVs may not have an AUX out, but have RCA out (red and white connectors) instead. If this is the case, you can purchase an AUX to RCA cable (on Amazon) to make this work.

If the TV also doesn’t have any USB ports available, then you can connect the USB cable to the PS5 for power or use a USB power adapter and plug it into a wall outlet.

3. Pair the Bluetooth Transmitter with the Bluetooth Headphones

Bluetooth AUX Audio Transmitter - Pairing Headphones

Again, this process will vary depending on the USB Bluetooth adapter you use.

Press and hold the pairing button on both the Bluetooth adapter and headphones at the same time. Make sure they are very close together so they can pair correctly.

Once paired, the LED lights on both should go from flashing to solid.

4. Set the TV’s Audio Output Correctly

TV Settings - AUX Output Transmitter - Audio Out

Press the setting’s button on your TV’s remote control and navigate to the sound or audio settings.

Look for “Sound Output” or “Audio Output”. Then select the port that you connected the Bluetooth adapter to.

Again, this should be labeled as AUX out, Headphones out, Line out, Audio out, etc.

Once you’ve set the audio output and both the Bluetooth headphones and adapter are paired correctly, you should be able to hear all audio coming through the headphones.

Method 4: Connect the Bluetooth Headphones with AUX to the PS5 Controller

Headphones Connected to PS5 Controller

If you don’t want to spend extra money on an additional Bluetooth adapter, and your headphones have an AUX connection on them, then you can simply connect the headphones to the PS5 controller’s AUX port.

This method is one of the best as you’ll receive almost 0 audio lag because it’s natively designed to work like this. Of course, it’s not completely wireless though.

You could alternatively use a Bluetooth audio transmitter with AUX and connect it to the PS5 controller, but then you’ll have a dongle hanging from your controller which isn’t very comfortable to game with.

Best Bluetooth Adapters for PS5

Bluetooth Audio Transmitter - All Components - In Box

Here are some of the recommended Bluetooth adapters you can use with any PS5.

Avantree DG80 USB Bluetooth Adapter

The Avantree DG80 USB Bluetooth Transmitter (on Amazon) is perfect to use with the PS5. We tested this adapter extensively and it worked exactly as intended. No audio lag or audio sync issues, it’s easy to pair any set of Bluetooth headphones, and it’s very affordable!

It also works with computers and other gaming consoles that can output audio from a USB connection.

The only downside with this adapter and many other USB Bluetooth transmitters is that chat functionality will not work.

Gulikit Route Air

Although designed especially for Nintendo Switch, the Gulikit Route Air Bluetooth Adapter (on Amazon) is a multi-platform gadget. It works with PCs, PS4, PS5, and other devices too.

With its USB-C plug, this adapter is fast and eliminates the Bluetooth delays commonly found in cheaper products. It sits close to the console, making the arrangement look intentional and sleek.

It also allows you to connect 2 sets of Bluetooth headphones at the same time!