How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Any Device

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What to Know

  • PC: Enter Bluetooth in the search box. Click Bluetooth and other devices settings > turn Bluetooth on > select device > click Connect.
  • Mac: Apple Menu > System Preferences > Bluetooth > select the headphones > click Connect.
  • Android phone: Settings > Connections > tap Bluetooth > tap the device from the list to pair and connect.
  • iPhone: Settings > turn on Bluetooth > tap the name of the headset to start pairing.
  • To connect to a Bluetooth-enabled TV (brands vary): Go to Settings > Connections menu > Bluetooth, then pair and connect.

This article provides an overview of connecting a television, a PC, a Mac, an iPhone, or an Android to headphones.

Before attempting to connect any Bluetooth headphones to any device, be sure your current device has the proper adapters (if needed) and that Bluetooth is turned on so the device is discoverable. Headphones must also be turned on and in pairing mode.

Add Bluetooth Headphones to a PC

In Windows 10, be sure to turn on Bluetooth before you can connect your headphones. When your headphones are also turned on, go to Settings > Bluetooth & other devices > Audio and tap the headphones to pair and connect. If the device is not on the list already, click Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth and make the new device discoverable.

Windows 10 settings with the 'Add Bluetooth or other device' option highlighted

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Connect Headphones to a Mac

On a Mac, click the Apple logo on your desktop. The click System Preferences > Bluetooth and, when your headphones appear on the list, click Connect. You can also go to Control Center > Bluetooth > Bluetooth Preferences > Connect (next to device name).

Bluetooth devices under System Preferences

Learn more about connecting headphones to a Mac.

Pair a Bluetooth Headset to an iPhone

Open Settings and confirm Bluetooth is on. Tap the name of the device (under My Devices or Other Devices) and the iPhone will connect to it.

iPhone Bluetooth settings with 'My Devices' and 'Other Devices' highlighted

Learn more about connecting headsets to iPhones.

Pair and Connect Headphones to Android

On Android phones, the process falls under Settings. Go there, then tap Connected Devices > Connection preferences > Bluetooth > Pair new device and tap the available device to pair and connect.

You can also get to the Bluetooth menu by swiping down the Notifications shade and pressing/holding the Bluetooth icon.


An Android user pairs a new Bluetooth device

Learn more about connecting Androids to headphones.

Connect Headphones to a TV

Every television brand uses a slightly different approach but, in general, go to Settings > Connections menu > Bluetooth, then pair and connect your headphones from the list. You might also see wording differences if you're using a streaming device instead of a cable company.

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How to Connect Headphones to Any TV Via Bluetooth

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FAQ
  • How do you connect Bluetooth headphones to a PS4?

    The PS4 doesn't natively support Bluetooth headsets, but you can still make it work. Put the headphones in pairing mode and go to Settings Devices Bluetooth Devices. Select the headset to pair it. If this doesn't work, try connecting the headset to the DualShock 4 controller or consider investing in a USB Bluetooth adapter.

  • How do you connect Bluetooth headphones to an Xbox One?

    Like the PS4, the Xbox One console doesn't natively support Bluetooth headsets. Instead, it uses a proprietary technology called Xbox Wireless. If your headset is Xbox Wireless-compatible, put both it and the console in pairing mode, the same way you'd pair an Xbox controller. They should connect in a few seconds. Microsoft has a list of Xbox One compatible headsets on its website. Check out Lifewire's guide for other methods of connecting Bluetooth headphones to an Xbox One.

  • How do you connect Bluetooth headphones to a Nintendo Switch?

    The Nintendo Switch doesn't support Bluetooth headphones through its hardware. To use a headset with the handheld console, you need a USB Bluetooth adapter or a headset with a 3.5mm audio cable. Check out Lifewire's guide to the best gaming headsets of 2021.

  • How do you put your Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode?

    The method can vary by manufacturer, but generally you can put Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode by holding down the power button until the status light begins flashing.

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