Cables are gradually fading away, and in its place, wireless technology is taking over. Bluetooth speakers, and Google home systems, just to mention a few. This article will explain how to connect AirPods to Xbox.
The Apple AirPod is a best seller when it comes to quality wireless audio that comes with a bulk of convenience and portability. Wireless in-ear audio buds that give you great sound and are easy to wear and carry around, who wouldn’t love to have one in the ear as you horn your Xbox controls?
Xbox wireless audio
Xbox is a popular video gaming brand created and owned by Microsoft. With all the games and streaming services at your fingertips, Xbox consoles are not so Bluetooth-friendly.
Modern Xbox controllers support some third-party Bluetooth adapters. These can be connected to Xbox Wireless Controllers via the integrated 3.5mm headphone jack. It expands your console to AirPods and other wireless accessories, giving you a direct line to your Xbox gameplay audio.
The Xbox has an ecosystem of accessories that utilize the Xbox wireless protocol for connection. A different wireless technology than what your AirPods and other wireless accessories use. Xbox compatible headsets can be connected to an Xbox wireless Controller using either a 3.5mm audio jack or the Controller using either a 3.5mm audio jack or via Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter.
Your Airpods are not going to work directly with your Xbox console. The wireless Xbox headsets are designed for that purpose. But If you already have AirPods, you can still make it work!
How To Connect AirPods To Xbox
The key to connecting your AirPods to Xbox is to utilize the remote play connection between your Xbox console and the Xbox app on your phone.
Enable the remote feature on your Xbox console
The remote feature on your Xbox provides a video stream output from your console to your phone. This also includes game audio, which is what we are looking to get in your AirPods.
To enable the remote feature on your Xbox console
- Open the Guide menu on your Xbox console by pressing the Xbox button on your controller.
- Select your profile icon or picture to open the Profile & system tab.
- Select Settings from the list of options.
- On the settings options, navigate to and then open the Devices & connections tab.
- Select the Remote feature from the options
- Check the box next to Enable remote features.
Additionally, still on the Remote feature settings screen,
Set the Power Mode to “Instant On”
- Select Xbox App Preferences.
- Under Xbox app, select “Only from profiles signed in on this XBOX Console”.
- Under This Xbox console, check the box next to “Allow Play to Streaming”
Connect your AirPods to your phone
Make sure that your AirPods are connected to your iPhone. If you are using an Android phone, AirPods is probably not going to pair with your device. But not to worry, you can make use of any audio hardware that is compatible with your phone. It works, so long as your phone is getting the stream from your Xbox console.
Set up Xbox app for remote play on your phone
First, you need to ensure that your Xbox console is turned on and you are logged in with the above settings. Both your Xbox console and your phone need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network before you proceed. 5GHz Wi-Fi connection is recommended for the best results.
To set up your Xbox app for remote play on your phone
- Open your mobile device.
- Sign in to your Microsoft account.
- On the Xbox personalized dashboard, click on the streaming icon next to the notification icon at the top right corner of the screen.
- From the slide-up menu, click on “remote play on this device” to enable streaming.
- Click on Continue on the wireless network prompt that comes up next. After a while, you will get a notification when your Xbox is playing remotely.
On your phone screen will be a stream of whatever is playing on your Xbox console. This also includes a live audio stream of the Xbox audio as well. With your phone already connected to your AirPods, you will be getting the Xbox audio right in your ears, AirPods style.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use Bluetooth headphones with Xbox one?
The Xbox one does not have Bluetooth connectivity, therefore You can't use Bluetooth headphones with the Xbox One. Wireless connection to the console is via the Microsoft lockdown system of connecting only certified headsets and controllers. The certified Xbox one stereo headset requires Xbox one stereo adapter connected to your controller to work. Alternatively, If you are looking to connect an uncertified Bluetooth headphone to your Xbox One, you could use the remote stream method as explained in this article and pair it through your mobile phone.
How do I pair my Xbox wireless headset to my Xbox console?
The Xbox Stereo Headsets and other certified and compatible headsets can be connected effortlessly to the Xbox. Pairing Xbox Wireless Headset pairs with an Xbox Series X or S can be done directly to the console, just like an Xbox Wireless Controller. To pair your Xbox wireless headset to your Xbox ● Turn on the Xbox headset and power the console as well. The power button of the headset is located on the back of the left earcup. ● Press and hold for up to 4 seconds, the power button on the headset for. This will turn on pairing signified by the repeated flashing of the power light and a pairing sound. ● Next, press the pair button on the Xbox console and allow some time for both to pair. After a successful pairing, both blinking lights on the headset and the console will stop. For the Xbox One console, since it does not feature Bluetooth functionality, you cannot connect directly to the console using Bluetooth. You will need to connect a stereo adapter to your controller and then pair it to the controller
How do I use AirPods for Xbox Party Chat?
With this, you can communicate with friends and teammates during gameplay. If you don't have a compatible Xbox headset, your Airpods can come in handy. Though not designed for this purpose, it still gets the work done. It's cool to have your Xbox game audio playing in your ears through your AirPods, but if you are to use it for Xbox Party Chat you need to press some buttons. To use your AirPods for party chat when playing multiplayer titles ● Access the remote play options by selecting the three dots icon (•••) at the top right corner of the screen. ● Next, turn on the AirPod microphone by selecting the unmute microphone button. If you no longer want to participate in party chat, you need to turn off the microphone. ● Go to the remote play options again. ● Select the microphone button again to mute it. while using Xbox remote play.
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