Can You Connect AirPods to Xbox One?

It's tricky, but possible for AirPods to play with Xbox One

Two Apple AirPods in front of a yellow and orange background.

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Apple’s AirPods are a solid wireless earphone solution which can be used to listen to audio and communicate with others via their built-in microphones. Due to this functionality, and their massive popularity among casual consumers, many often wonder how to connect AirPods to Xbox One consoles and use them as a gaming headset.

Can You Use AirPods on Xbox One?

Unfortunately, Microsoft’s Xbox One lack Bluetooth support, meaning there’s no native way to pair Apple AirPods to an Xbox console. It’s also impossible to connect AirPods to the Xbox One controller headphone jack, but don't give up just yet.

Traditional wired headphones or earphones can still connect to the Xbox One controller headphone jack.

While AirPods are unable to connect to an Xbox One console or controller, this doesn’t mean Apple’s wireless earphones can’t be used during an Xbox One gaming session. By using the official Xbox app on iOS or Android, AirPods can be used for chatting with friends in an Xbox Party and for voice chat within popular video games like Fortnite.

How to Connect AirPods to Xbox One With the Xbox App

The official Xbox app can be downloaded on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and most Android smartphones and tablets. It can be used to track Xbox Achievements, buy Xbox One games, and send DMs to your Xbox Live friends.

Here’s how to use the Xbox app and Apple AirPods together when gaming on an Xbox One console. 

  1. Pair your AirPods to your iOS or Android device.

  2. Download the Xbox app for iOS or Android onto your smartphone or tablet.

  3. Open the Xbox app, then tap Sign in and log in with the same Xbox or Microsoft account you use on your Xbox One.

    Xbox app on iOS.

    Xbox and Microsoft accounts are the same thing. They simply go by different names when used with different devices or services.

  4. If you’ve added your Microsoft account to your device previously, it may automatically show up as an option. If the displayed email associated with your Xbox One console is correct, tap it. If it’s not, tap Add new account and enter your account's associated email address and password.

  5. Tap Let’s play.

  6. Tap the Parties icon. It’s the icon that looks like three people.

    Xbox app on iOS.
  7. Tap Start a party.

    You may want to connect to a Wi-Fi signal so you don't use up your cellular data.

  8. An Xbox party will immediately be created.

  9. Tap Invite to party.

  10. Tap the names of every friend you want to add to your Xbox party.

    Xbox app on iOS.

    To deselect someone, simply tap their name again.

  11. Tap Send invitation. All of the invited friends should immediately receive a notification of their invite on their Xbox One consoles or on their Xbox app.

  12. Put your Apple AirPods on and begin chatting with your friends.

    One limitation of this communication method is you can’t use AirPods to listen to the audio from your video game. All sound from your console will still come through your TV and its connected speakers.

  13. When you finish chatting, tap Leave party.

How to Connect AirPods to Xbox One Using Other Apps

In addition to the Xbox app, you can also use your AirPods to chat with your gaming friends using any other chat app.

Many like to communicate via the Discord app, but you can also use apps like these to talk while playing an Xbox One video game:

To use these apps, begin a voice call or chat as you usually would. The only downside to using the above apps over the Xbox app is not all of your Xbox friends may have them installed.