Playing XBox One is a great way to connect with friends. Not only can you play the games together, but thanks to modern technology, you can use headsets to chat while you play. But can you use just any set of headphones? Such as one that uses Bluetooth to connect?
When the XBox One was announced, the developers promised it would contain ways to connect headphones with Bluetooth. But when the device was produced, it was done so without Bluetooth functionality. Therefore, you will need to find a different way to connect your headphones or similar device to your XBox One.
Don’t despair just yet, as there are several different solutions to hooking up headphones to your XBox One. Keep reading to learn about these solutions so you can be back to gaming with your friends in no time at all.
Can You Use Bluetooth Devices With XBox One?
The XBox One was produced with no Bluetooth functionality. This means that you will need to purchase Bluetooth devices that also come with wires if you wish to easily use them with your XBox One.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t use wireless devices with your XBox One, as there is a modified form of wireless connectivity available in all XBox devices. This connectivity, however, uses Wi-Fi and will require that you purchase wireless devices that are specifically designed to pair with the XBox One.
Most Bluetooth devices also come with a cord. So if you want to use one of these with your XBox One, simply pull out the cord, and attach one end to the headset and the other to your XBox. However, this can be annoying as there will be a cord stretched across the room that will likely limit your movement.
How to Hook Up a Bluetooth Device to the XBox One
If you’ve already purchased a Bluetooth device with no included cord in the hopes of using it with your XBox One, or don’t want the hassle of a cord, there is no need to return it to the store just yet, as there are ways you can use it with your device.
Use Your Windows PC
You can actually use your Windows PC to hook up Bluetooth devices. The only caveat is that your PC must be running at least Windows 10 and updated to the Anniversary edition. You will also want to update your controllers to the same software. Then, follow the below steps:
- Download the Xbox console companion app on your PC.
- Sign in to your Microsoft account on the app.
- Click ‘connect’ to enable the XBox One app on your PC.
- Click ‘add device.’
- Connect your XBox One.
- Connect your Bluetooth headphones to your PC via your PC’s Bluetooth connection.
- And voila, you can now use your Bluetooth headphones with your XBox One.
Use Your TV
Additionally, you can also use your TV to connect your Bluetooth headphones to your XBox One, and it makes a lot of sense since you usually play your XBox using your TV anyway! Just be sure your TV allows Bluetooth connections before you begin. Follow the below steps to accomplish this:
- Using the XBox’s HDMI cord, plug one end into the console, and the other into the TV.
- Use the TV remote to change to HDMI input.
- Connect your Bluetooth headset to your TV.
- Enjoy playing your XBox One with your wireless headphones!
Use the XBox App
Don’t have a TV or PC that allows you to do one of the above two hacks? Don’t worry, as there is one more thing you can do to use Bluetooth headphones with the XBox One, and this is to download the XBox app on your mobile phone.
- Download the XBox One app on your cell phone.
- Connect the Bluetooth headset to your cell phone.
- Open the XBox app and click the social icon (the icon that pictures 2 people).
- Click on the headset icon in the upper right corner.
- Set the permissions for headsets with the XBox icon.
- Invite your teammates to play on the screen that pops up.
- Play XBox One with your Bluetooth controller!
No matter what type of headset you have purchased to use with your XBox One, there are several ways you can use it, even though the XBox One doesn’t have Bluetooth capability. So whether you use the PC, TV, or mobile phone hack, now you have all the tools you need to enjoy playing your XBox One with a Bluetooth headset.