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So you’ve been trying in vain to connect your wireless headphones to your PS5, but it just won’t work. Sadly, that’s because the PS5 doesn’t support wireless audio. Thankfully, though, there is still a way to connect your wireless headphones to your PS5, so you don’t have to be tethered to your system. You just need another gizmo to achieve it.

If you’re tired of listening to your game through your sub-par TV speakers or if you don’t want to sit cross-legged in front of your TV like the good old days, we will show you how to connect your wireless headphones to your PS5 using a Bluetooth adapter.

How Do I Connect My Bluetooth Headphones to My PS5?

The war between wired vs. wireless headsets and which is better has been raging on for many years. They both have their strengths and weaknesses, but it is hard to argue with the freedom that wireless headphones can grant you.

The first thing you need to achieve wireless audio on your PS5 is a Bluetooth adapter. A Bluetooth adapter is a little USB device that plugs into your system and sends out a wireless signal that your headphones can connect to.

PS5 DualSense controllers

It is important to note when shopping for a suitable dongle that there are a few different kinds on the market. One type is only suitable for PCs and laptops, for example. The one you need is compatible with consoles.

The dongle you will want for your PS5 needs to have a pairing button, so make sure that the one you pick up has a pairing button on it too. It is also a good idea to ensure you are picking up a Bluetooth adapter that has been made to pick up audio signals, and not one that is made only for wireless controllers.

What Do I Need to Connect My Wireless Headphones to My PS5?

There are plenty of different USB pairing adapters available on the market that you can choose from, which will work with any pair of wireless headphones you already own. But since there are a couple of different varieties of Bluetooth adapters on the market, you could accidentally pick up the wrong one if you’re not careful.

Sony PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller with Pulse 3D Wireless Headset
Image Credit: Sony

If you would like to make shopping around easier, Sony offers its own PS5 PlayStation 5 PULSE 3D Wireless Headset that comes with its own Bluetooth receiver included.

Picking up these headphones might be a little more expensive, especially if you already have wireless headphones. But many gamers believe that the PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset is worth it, and you can rest easy knowing you are going to get the correct adapter for the job.

How Do I Connect My Bluetooth Headphones to My PS5?

Once you have a Bluetooth adapter and a pair of wireless headphones, you are ready to set up your wireless audio. Here’s how:

  1. Take your dongle out of the box and plug it into a USB port on your PS5. You can feel free to use either the front or back ports, but the front ones are recommended since there will be fewer obstructions to your signal.
  2. Place your dongle into pairing mode by holding down the pairing button for around five to seven seconds.
  3. Grab your wireless headphones and put them into pairing mode as well. After a few seconds, your wireless headphones should connect to the Bluetooth dongle, and you will be able to hear your PS5 audio loud and clear.

If you can’t hear any audio, make sure the sound output is set to your wireless headphones.

Sound Output Settings on the PS5 Ensure Headphones Are Selected

You can check this by opening your Settings, heading to SoundAudio Output, and make sure your headphones are listed as the Output Device. If not, click the drop-down arrow and select your headphones from the list.

Listen to Your PS5 Audio Without Being Tethered to Your Machine

Sometimes you just want to listen to your PS5 audio on the couch without running the risk of clotheslining your friends or family with your headphone cable, and that isn’t too much to ask. Thankfully, Bluetooth dongles have your back, and wireless audio is only a couple of steps away.

It is less than ideal to have to purchase a whole other device to connect your wireless headphones to your PS5, but the setup is incredibly simple and easy, which does help sweeten the deal.

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