How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Xbox One Controller?

As we are witnessing some serious technological advancements, it is clear that the future is wireless.

The devices, especially smartphones, are removing the audio ports from the devices so that more users shift to Bluetooth ones.

The audio quality has also now significantly improved and it won’t be superfluous to say that some of the wireless audio devices even offer better quality than the wired options in the entry-level category.

The setup process is also quite easier, however, the same can’t be said when it comes to connecting the wireless headphones to the controllers of Xbox One and/or Xbox One X. 

The reason behind the complex setup is that these controllers don’t sport any Bluetooth hardware onboard and to make things work; you will need to have certain tools that will help you in connecting the wireless headphones.

Having a wirelessly connected device will allow you to immerse yourself into the game without worrying about any wires or cables.

Though there is no Bluetooth hardware onboard, Microsoft is offering its proprietary Xbox Wireless.

The catch with this technology is that it only supports very few devices that one can easily count on the fingers. 

Is Xbox Wireless a better tech?

The hardware used here has far better capabilities than a standard Bluetooth connection, it offers a high-frequency connection and as it’s a proprietary tech, the connection strength is significantly better along with enhanced latency.

However, it’s not quite relevant, as a majority of gamers will want to use their own pair of headsets and not the one from Microsoft. 


What are the tools you will need to connect your Bluetooth headset to the controller?

Now, for those who are using the Microsoft headsets, there is no point in reading ahead.

The audio device will get paired up very easily and for those who are using third-party headphones; this section is all you need to go through. 

You will need to use an adapter that will offer Bluetooth connectivity and it will be connected to the audio jacks on the controller.

Well, if you are thinking about whether it’s the best option that you can go for, let us reiterate to you that it’s the only option that you can go for.

You should also keep in mind that there will be a significant quality loss that you will witness. 

Here are the two devices that you will need to get in order to make everything work.

Both the devices are also not very premium and you will find them from any local or online store. 

  • Transmitter: When you will step out to get an adapter to make things connected using Bluetooth, a transmitter will be the first device that you will need to get. What it will do is that it will make any non-supported device capable to receive audio wirelessly from the Xbox.
  • Transmitter & receiver: The device above will only let you hear the audio content and if the headphones that you are using has also an inbuilt microphone or the game that you are playing has the chat option in the multiplayer mode, you will need to have a receiver function, as well. The Bluetooth Transmitter & receiver will make sure that you are also able to use the microphone. 

How to connect wireless headphones to Xbox One?

The controller that you are using should have an in-built audio port and you will need to use it to connect the headphones, wirelessly.

There is one thing that you need to keep in mind is that before you start setting up the Bluetooth connection, it’s important to sync the controller & the console. 

Once synced, all you need to do is follow the instructions mentioned below and you will be all set to use the wireless pair of headsets to play the games. 

  1. The transmitter will give you a 3.5mm jack to connect to the audio port of the controller. 
How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Xbox One Controller
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How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Xbox One Controller
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  1. Press the button present on the transmitter for 3-5 seconds. You should see the blinking lights in the front. 
How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Xbox One Controller
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  1. Now, get your headphones and keep the pairing button pressed until the LED indicator shows you the pairing mode. 
  2. Wait for a few moments and it will show you the status as connected. You can now play games and get an immersive experience without any worry. 

As the transmitter is not proprietary for the controllers, you can basically use it for any device to which you want to use your Bluetooth headset, it might be your TV, desktop, or any multimedia device. 


How to connect wireless headsets to a controller with no audio port?

If you are using the controller of the 1st gen Xbox One controller, you will not see any 3.5mm audio port on it.

It’s a bit more complicated because you will need a first-party accessory to attach the Bluetooth transmitter.

It’s an Xbox One Stereo headset adapter. It’s also not quite compact and you will connect it using the USB port. 

Here are the steps you will need to follow to connect and pair the wireless headphone to your controller. 

  1. On the bottom, you will need to connect the headset apart, and the transmitter will be then connected to it. 
  2. Once every port is fitted snug, you will then press and hold the button to get into the pairing mode. 
  3. It will indicate the pairing status using the flashing red & blue LED. On the headset, press and hold the pairing button and then wait for a few moments to complete the setup. 

Wrapping it up

The Xbox One controllers were the ones where you will not get an integrated Bluetooth.

There is a proprietary option in the form of Xbox Wireless that will allow you to connect to first-party headsets.

People who are using third-party headphones will need to use the makeshift method to make it work.

The adapters to use the wireless audio device will be the Bluetooth transmitter and receiver.

There is also a significant advantage that comes with it and that’s if you are going to use this adapter, you will get to use any audio output device, e.g. stereo speakers.

The Windows Sonic will also offer a somewhat 3D surround sound experience. 

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