So you’re trying to connect your favorite pair of Bluetooth headphones to your console and you run into that lousy blue screen saying your Bluetooth audio devices are not supported by the PS4. Unfortunately, the PS4 is not compatible with most standard Bluetooth headphones.
I get you, that’s super frustrating, right?
Here are the two official PS4 headphones models from Sony:
Don’t own any of these? We got you covered. In this in-depth guide, we’ll cover 3 methods that will show you how to connect unsupported Bluetooth headphones to your PS4.
Method 1 – How to Connect unsupported Bluetooth headphones to PS4 (Wired)
This first method requires a male-male audio cable or cord with a built-in mic.
- Connect the audio cable with a built-in mic to your headphones.
- Plug the other end of the audio cable into your PS4 controller and turn on your headphones.
- On your PS4 main menu, go to ‘Settings’ and then to ‘Devices’.
- Click on ‘Audio Devices’, scroll down to the ‘Output Device’ option, and select ‘USB Headset’.
- Next, scroll down to the ‘Output to Headphones’ option, and select ‘All Audio’.
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Method 2 – How to Connect Unsupported Bluetooth Headphones to PS4 (Wireless)
For this method to work, you will need a Bluetooth adaptor and mic.
- Connect the Bluetooth USB adapter to your PS4 console.
- Power on your headphones and let them pair with your PS4.
- Connect the 3.5mm Bluetooth adapter jack to your PS4 controller.
- On your PS4 main menu, go to ‘Settings’ and then to ‘Devices’.
- Click on ‘Audio Devices’, go to the ‘Input Device’ option, and select ‘Headset connected to controller’.
- Hit back, and navigate to the ‘Output Device’ option, and select ‘USB Headphones’.
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Method 3 – How to Connect Unsupported Bluetooth Headphones to PS4 (PS4 Remote Play App)
The PS4 Remote Play app allows you to access your console via a Wi-Fi connection, using your mobile phone. You will be using your phone as controller and be able to communicate through your phone’s mic. While this method may not work for some games or devices, it still gets the job done if you do not want to get Bluetooth dongles.
- Download and install the PS4 Remote Play through Apple’s App Store or Google’s PlayStore.
- On your PS4, go to ‘Settings’ and then to ‘Enable Remote Play’. Activate the feature by checking the ‘Enable Remote Play’ option on your PS4.
- Click on ‘Add Device’ and then ‘Code’. An 8-digit code appears on screen.
- On your phone, open the PS4 Remote Play app and register your device by entering the 8-digit code.
Note: You may experience some gameplay and audio lag, depending on your network connection speed and mobile phone specs.
How to Connect Unsupported Wired Headphones to PS4
Most mainstream smartphone headsets use either CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association) or OMTP (Open Mobile Terminal Platform).
- Turn on your PS4 and got to the ‘Settings’ menu.
- Click on ‘Devices’, and then on ‘Audio Devices’.
- Connect your headphones to the OMTP to CTIA converter and then plug the converter to your PS4 controller.
- Select ‘Output Device’ on your PS4, then select ‘Headset Connected to Controller’.
- To test if your headset mic is working, go back to the ‘Audio Devices’ page and click on ‘Adjust Microphone Level’. Adjust the input level of your mic using the slider.
- Finally, go back to the ‘Audio Devices’ page and select ‘Output to Headphones’, then select ‘All Audio’.
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How to Connect Compatible Wired Headphones to PS4
Most headphones having a 3.5mm audio jack will work with a PS4 with a few settings tweak here and there.
- Switch on your PS4 and go to the ‘Settings’ menu using the controller.
- Scroll to the ‘Devices’ option and click on ‘Audio Devices’.
- Plug-in your wired headset to the PS4 controller.
- Go to ‘Output Device’, select ‘Headset Connected to Controller’.
- Navigate to ‘Audio Devices’ and select ‘Adjust Microphone Level’ to adjust the input level.
- Hit the back button and click on ‘Audio Devices’, set the ‘Output to Headphones’ option to ‘All Audio’.
How to Connect Supported Wireless Bluetooth Headphones to PS4
Here we show you how to connect headphones that are officially compatible with the PS4.
- Ensure your headset is charged and connect it to your PS4 using your USB cable.
- Switch your headphones on and enter pairing mode.
- On you PS4, go to the ‘Settings’ option, then click on ‘Devices’, and move to ‘Bluetooth Devices’.
- Your PS4 will start searching for nearby bluetooth devices; once you see your headphones, click on it and wait for a few seconds.
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Note that you may need to register you Bluetooth device to complete the connection to your PS4.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does PS4 have Bluetooth?
The PlayStation 4 console does have a few missing features, but the PS4 does indeed have Bluetooth capabilities. One of the downsides is that the console does not support all Bluetooth wireless headphones and audio device. The Bluetooth is here for you to enter pair mode with the Ps4 DualShock 4 controllers (using the built-in share button).
Finding a compatible headset may not be easy, but it will take your game audio to the next level and provide an immersive experience. If you are into online gaming (especially competitive multiplayer games), having a pair of headphones with a built-in microphone can boost your overall game performance. A good-quality gaming headset is essential to own your multiplayer game.
Branded PS4-compatible wireless headphones can do the trick when playing your favorite game or you can also choose to connect wired headphones using a micro USB cable through the PS4 USB port. Alternatively, you can use a USB Bluetooth adapter, which will allow you to connect additional devices, through a USB dongle. Note however that there are still a few non-compatible wired headphones as SONY still does not support some major headset manufacturers yet.
Why are Bluetooth audio devices are not supported by the pS4?
The simplest answer; the PS4 does not support A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) and other audio streaming Bluetooth profiles. This is mainly to avoid poor user experience, since these audio profiles have often shown 100ms+ lag in audio. I would be annoying to hear sound effects with a delay, especially if you’re a hardcore gamer relying on optimal audio performance.
Do you Really Need Gaming Headphones?
If you’re a casual gamer and rarely use your console, then it’s not worth investing in a pair of gaming headphones. BUT if you take gaming seriously and want to own the game every single second, gaming headphones are a must! A decent pair can even give you and edge in competitive gameplay, such as hearing your enemies approaching in Call of Duty.
Can You Use Bluetooth Headphones on PS4?
Yes, but make sure your headphones don’t have A2DP, since the PS4 does not support this audio profile for performance reasons.
Can I use AirPods on ps4?
Unfortunately, AirPods is not directly supported by the PlayStation 4. You’ll need to use a third-party Bluetooth adapter to link AirPods to your PS4. The best thing about this is that you can use it to connect several Bluetooth devices, such as Bluetooth speakers.
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Hopefully, with this guide you’ve managed to bypass the annoying Bluetooth audio devices are not supported by the PS4 message and you have managed to connect your unsupported Bluetooth headphones to your PS4.
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