How to connect Bluetooth headphones to a PS4

Although you can plug any pair of headphones into your PS4 controller and game in private, Bluetooth is the way to go. With native Bluetooth support, you can connect most headphones to your PS4, no annoying cord required. Here’s how to connect Bluetooth headphones to a PS4. Keep in mind, though, that not all headphones are compatible with the PS4. Follow the first few steps of this guide to see if your pair is.

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How to connect a Bluetooth headset to your PS4

Step 1

With the Bluetooth device on hand, select first in your PS4 menu Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices. That will set your console to automatically scan for additional devices to pair. Your already-paired devices will be shown in the Bluetooth devices section, along with an icon detailing what type of device it is, as shown below. 

Ensure the device in question is turned on and is in the appropriate Pair mode. Some headphones require the volume buttons to be pressed down for a certain amount of time while others have a Pair or Bluetooth-specific button for compatibility. The Sony-developed PS4 Wireless Headsets come with a USB driver, allowing for an even more streamlined approach, but always read the manual provided with your headset to better understand the appropriate connectivity function located on the device. 

Step 2

To pair a new device, select it from the list of unconnected devices. This will be indicated with a blue light to the left of the device name in the menu. When connected to the PS4 correctly, the color will change to green.

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Step 3

In some cases, like the versatile SteelSeries Arctis Pro, the device requires an authentication process with a specific passkey, which will be provided via the user manual of your soon-to-be-paired Bluetooth device. Simply enter the passkey and wait for a confirmation message.

Step 4

Once pairing is complete, you’re all set. Ensure the device is functioning soundly by performing a soundcheck. Test out a game to verify the settings. You should also check that your adjustments are on point. Do this via the Audio Devices page in your PS4 settings. It may take some tweaking to achieve the results you want, depending on your headset type and features. Keep in mind that there is a limit to the number of Bluetooth connections a PlayStation 4 can support. The exact amount depends on the console model (check your user manual for specifics). Users can generally expect three to four connections as a practical limit, though.

The PlayStation 4 is a system of immense versatility. It has more than its fair share of quirks and hidden features, beyond Bluetooth pairing and functionality. 

Now that you have Bluetooth pairing experience under your belt, you’re probably eager to explore everything else your PS4 has to offer. Learn even more about your PS4 with our PlayStation 4 Tips and Tricks. Check out our PlayStation 4 Pro guide, too, if you have the premium, updated system. Discover what other controller options are out there, instead of settling for the DualShock 4. You could also take a gander at our how-to for setting up HDR on the console. We also offer up a list of all the games that make the best use of the Pro’s HDR features.

Plus, we know you need some great games to play while adjusting your Bluetooth headphones to your liking. We have a variety of PS4 games lists, including the best indies and best exclusives, to help you choose your next best gaming adventure.

Whatever direction you head next, your PS4 likely has another trick (or a few) in its menus. Don’t stop here — make the most of your console with our extensive guides and how-to’s.

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