Wireless headphones can make your life easier in many situations, but it is most useful when it comes to gaming, as it gives you freedom from cables. Since you obviously don’t want your gaming experience to suffer due to your headphones, you will likely use AirPods in this situation.
Unfortunately, the PS4 doesn’t have native support for AirPods. However, this can be rectified in a couple of ways. Without any further ado, let’s get into how you actually connect your AirPods to your PS4.
How to Connect Airpods Using Bluetooth Adapter
#1 Turn on your PS4
To be able to pair with your Airpods, the PS4 will need to be powered on, so first of all, turn on your PS4.
#2 Connecting the Bluetooth Adapter(make them h3)
However, this can be easily rectified by using a Bluetooth adapter. There is an added benefit to using a Bluetooth adapter, as it will allow you to connect your PS4 to various other Bluetooth devices, not just AirPods. Look at the front of your PS4; do you see the USB port? That’s where you’ll insert your Bluetooth dongle.
This is what a usual Bluetooth adapter looks like, although I’m sure if you ask at an electronics store for it, they will know what you want.
#3 Set Up the Adapter to Pair
Before you can connect your AirPods to the PS4, you will need to adjust your adapter’s settings to put it into pairing mode. This is different for every Bluetooth adapter.
You will have to look at the manual that came with it to find out how to turn on pairing mode.
#4 Set Up your AirPods to Pair
Now that you have put your adapter into the appropriate mode, you will need to do the same for your AirPods. So, look at the back of your AirPods for a button. You will need to press and hold this button to put your AirPods into pairing mode. You will know that your AirPods are in pairing mode when the LED at the front of the AirPods case starts blinking white.
#5 Pair the AirPods and PS4
Once you are sure that both your AirPods and the Bluetooth adapter are in pairing mode, the pairing process should be automatic. As an indication, both the light on the AirPods and the light on the Bluetooth adapter will stop flashing once they have paired.
#6 Connect your Microphone Adapter to the PS4
If you want to use the microphone function of your AirPods with your PS4, you will also need to insert the microphone that comes with your Bluetooth adapter into the 3.5 mm headphone jack on your PS4’s controller.
The microphone adapter will look something like the adapter in the picture above. You can find the 3.5 mm port between the joysticks on the controller.
#7 Confirm on your Screen
Once the pairing process has been completed, a confirmation message will be displayed on the screen you have connected your console to. You will need to click ‘confirm’ on this message to complete the setup of your AirPods on your PS4. Once you do that, the setup process will be completed, and you will be able to play games on your PS4 while using your AirPods. Enjoy!
How to Connect AirPods without Bluetooth Adapter
You can also connect your AirPods to your PS4 without using a Bluetooth adapter. However, this will require you to own either an Android or iOS smartphone.
This method will allow you to play PlayStation games on your smartphone, so you will effectively be playing games on a PlayStation while also using your AirPods as headphones. Let us look at the steps involved in this method.
#1 Turn on your PS4
First of all, for this process, you will need to turn on your PS4.
#2 Sign in to your PlayStation account
Once you have turned your PS4 on, you will have to sign in to your PlayStation Network account on your PS4.
#3 Open App Store
Before proceeding, you will need to open up your smartphone. You will then open up the app store on your smartphone. This depends on the type of smartphone you own. If you own an Android smartphone, you will open the Play Store, and if you own an iOS smartphone, you will open the App Store.
#4 Download the PS4 App
Once you have opened the App Store on your smartphone, you will search for the PS4 Remote Play app.
#5 Sign in to your account
Once you have downloaded the PS4 Remote Play on your smartphone and accepted all the Terms and Conditions, it will prompt you to sign in to your PlayStation Network account.
#6 Find your PS4
Once you have logged in to your PlayStation Network account in the app, your smartphone will start searching for your PS4. Be patient; this process will take up to a few minutes to complete.
#7 Connect your controller
Once your smartphone has established a connection with your PS4, you will have the option to connect your controller to your smartphone. To do this, you will first go to your smartphone’s settings menu, and from there, to the Bluetooth settings. You will then press the share button and the PS button on your controller.
This will put your controller into sharing mode. Once you have done this, your controller will show up on the list of devices available to pair to on your smartphone. You will select it from the list, and your smartphone will pair with your controller.
#8 Connect your AirPods
Once you have connected your controller to your smartphone, the rest is easy. You will connect your AirPods to your smartphone like usual. This can be done either through the Bluetooth menu on your smartphone, or if you have a newer iPhone, the AirPods will connect to it as soon as you open their case. Once you have done all this, you can go back to the PS Remote Play and start-up any game of your choosing.
This was the complete instruction set on multiple methods of pairing your AirPods to your PS4. I hope you find at least one of these methods useful and will come back here if you need information on more topics like this.