How to connect AirPods to PS5

Apple’s AirPods are one of the most popular earbuds on the market and you might be wondering if you can plug them into your PS5. Despite all its innovative features, Sony’s next-gen console still doesn’t natively support Bluetooth headphones. Fortunately, you can get around that by using a compatible Bluetooth adapter.

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To connect your AirPods to a PS5, you need a compatible Bluetooth adapter. Plug it into your console’s USB port and put it and your AirPods into pairing mode to connect.

How to connect AirPods to PS5

You may have already tried connecting your AirPods to your PS5, but you are disappointed that they are not supported. Although the console can detect the headphones, it cannot connect to them. Too bad, we know.


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While it should technically be possible to plug in your earbuds, this is one of Sony’s ways of determining which accessories work within their ecosystem — a tactic not much different from Apple’s. Fortunately, there is a solution if you have a suitable Bluetooth adapter.

While we haven’t tested every Bluetooth adapter you can buy, most of the ones we did test didn’t work. For example, adapters with Bluetooth 4 or lower could not connect. However, Bluetooth 5.0 wireless audio adapters should connect your AirPods to a PS5, especially this one from Skull & Co. This model is great because it can connect two headphones at once, has voice chat, and is compatible with other game consoles like the PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

AirPods PS5 Adapter

Just plug the adapter into the USB-C port on your PS5. Then open your AirPods case and press the button on the back to put them into painting mode. After that, press the paint button on the Bluetooth adapter and wait for the LED lights to stop flashing. If the lights are solid, it indicates a successful pairing with your AirPods connected to your PS5.

Sync AirPods with a Smart TV

If you have a Smart TV and don’t want to buy a Bluetooth adapter, there is another way to use your AirPods with your PS5. Fortunately, since most smart TVs support Bluetooth accessories, you can connect your AirPods to your TV instead of your PS5. Each TV’s settings will be a little different, but you should be able to find a Devices or Accessories menu in the main settings. Then select Scan for devices while your AirPods are in pairing mode to sync them. Switch the audio output from your TV to your headphones and you’re all set.

Read more: How to connect Apple AirPods to an Android phone

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use Airpods as a microphone on PS5?

Some Bluetooth adapters, like this one, support voice chat when you connect your AirPods to a PS5, but not all adapters work.


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