The Sony Playstation 5 is here, and it's time to upgrade. Many gamers now have the PS4 in their homes, but if you're looking to upgrade your game, the PS5 might be just what you need. There are also a lot of people who use Airpods with their legacy gaming consoles but do not know if they can connect their Airpods with PS5. This blog post will explain everything you need to know about connecting Airpods to your PlayStation 5.
You probably know that the new Playstation 5 doesn't come with built-in wireless support for headsets. But does that mean you can not use wireless headphones? Of course, you can connect Airpods to your PS5.
If you have Airpods and want to use them with your PS5, you'll need to pair them with a special adapter. When you plug in this adapter to the PS5, it shows up as an audio device in a menu that appears on your TV. Please read on for more detailed explanations about this.
Can You Connect Airpods to PS 5?
Yes, you can connect your Airpods to your PlayStation 5. But you can't connect it the normal way we connect Airpods to a phone as there is no official support from Sony to allow an easy connection. In order to connect your AirPods to your PlayStation 5, you will need an additional Bluetooth adapter.
This is because Sony does not allow third-party headphones to connect to their PS5. There is an official PS5 headphone you can purchase. Hence, you need an adapter to connect Airpods to it.
How to connect Airpods to PS5
If you already tried connecting your Airpods to your PS5, it will give you a false positive before it fails as they are not supported. So, we made a guide on how to connect your Airpods to your PS5 successfully:
- If your Bluetooth adapter uses a battery, make sure it's charged, but if you make use of a dongle that you can plug directly into your TV or PS5, then there is no need to charge it as they get their power source from the USB of these devices. Ensure you also charge your Airpods for better connection and a lasting audio time.
- Turn on your Bluetooth adapter and connect it to your PS5.
- The Bluetooth adapter has to be in pairing mode. This differs from adapter to adapter, so check the adapter's instruction menu to be sure of how to put it into pairing mode.
- To connect the Airpods to the Bluetooth adapter, they have to be in their charging case, then you open the case and press the back button for a few secs.
- Keep holding the button on the Airpods case till the light on the Bluetooth adapter stops blinking. This shows that the Airpods are now connected to the adapter plugged into your console.
- The audio from your PS5 can now be routed through the Bluetooth Adapter to your Airpods. Place the Airpods in your ears, and enjoy your game.
What to do if you can't hear the audio from your PS5
If your Airpods do not receive audio from your PS5 console after following the steps above, you need to ensure they are properly connected.
- Go to the HOME screen on your PS5, then click on SETTINGS.
- Open the SOUND menu and select AUDIO OUTPUT.
- Click the OUTPUT DEVICE, then select your BLUETOOTH ADAPTER.
- Your Airpods should receive audio from your PS5 now.
Note: In the SETTINGS menu, you can also select your BLUETOOTH DEVICE under the ACCESSORIES section.
Can you use your Airpods to chat with other gamers on PS5?
No, you cannot use your Airpods to chat with other gamers during gameplay on PS5.
While making use of your Airpods as your headphone on PS5 to play games, there are two downsides you may face.
The first is the microphone. You would expect the microphone on your Airpods to work for chatting with other gamers on your PS5 since you make use of it to answer calls, but it doesn't work that way. In order to chat with other gamers on PS5, you would have to get a headphone made for PS5 or a Bluetooth dongle that has a microphone you can plug into the console.
The second is the delay in sound – between what you hear and the action onscreen. Airpods tend to produce PS5 audio a little later after the action has happened on screen due to how it receives the audio from the console.
What to do if your Airpods don't connect to your PlayStation 5
It can be annoying when you try connecting your Airpods to your PS5 console, and it still doesn't work even after going through different methods. I'll tell you what to do if your Airpods don't connect to your PlayStation 5.
Check the battery of your Airpods and Bluetooth dongle
One major reason your Airpods won't connect to your PlayStation 5 is if the battery is low. In order for Airpods to connect and work efficiently, they need to be charged. To solve this, you will have to put the Airpods back in the case and charge them for about 15 minutes before connecting them again. Also, check your Bluetooth dongle if it needs to be charged, as this might hinder the syncing process.
Tip: Your Airpods can last over 2 hours with just 15 minutes of charge and even more when fully charged. So to enjoy gaming with it, charge them fully.
Distance between the Airpods and the Bluetooth adapter
Your Airpods won't connect if it is too far from the Bluetooth adapter. Try keeping the Airpods close to the dongle for easy connection. Also, if there is an obstacle between the Airpods and the Bluetooth dongle (e.g a metal sheet), it will stop the free flow of the radio waves passing through them, thereby preventing them from connecting. You will have to remove the obstacle.
Airpods won't pair with the Bluetooth dongle
If your Airpods don't connect to the Bluetooth dongle after observing the two tips listed above, then you will have to check if your Bluetooth dongle is in sync with the PS5 console. If you are not sure how to put your dongle and PS5 in sync, check the instruction on the Bluetooth dongle to understand how to carry it out better.
Bluetooth on but no connection
If both your Bluetooth dongle and your PS5 console are in sync, and your Airpods still can't connect to it, all you have to do is to remove the dongle from your console and pair it again. This is more like restarting the connection.
Frequently Asked Questions about Airpods connection to PS5
Q. Are Airpods good for gaming on PS5?
A. It depends on what you prefer. Some gamers have gotten used to the Airpods and enjoy how comfy they are. But, most gamers believe the official PS5 gaming headphones by Sony will provide a better gaming experience than any other headphones.
Q. How do you change the volume of gaming on your Airpods connected to a PS5
A. To adjust the audio volume coming into your headset while playing a game, go to the menu section of your Playstation 5, select SOUND/DEVICES, then select VOLUME. Here you will see an option for volume. Click on it, and you will be able to adjust the sound to suit your taste.
Q. Can Airpods work directly with PlayStation 5?
A. No, that is not the case. Only headphones specifically made for PS5 can work directly with it. This doesn't mean that you can’t use other headphones, you will need to use an adapter to connect them.
Q. Does the Airpodssound good while using a dongle?
A. Using a dongle to connect your Airpods or other headphones doesn't have anything to do with the quality of the sound. The Bluetooth dongle transmits sounds as received. If you experience poor sound while gaming with your Airpods, then something else might be causing the problem.
Q. How to mute my mic on PS5
A. While using a headphone that has a working mic on your PS5, the mic is set to ON by default. So, to avoid other gamers listening to your voice while you play, you have to turn the mic off.
You can do that either pressing the mute button below the PS button on your PS5 controller. You will see a mute icon on your screen, and the mute button will light up orange to indicate it's on mute. The other way you can do this is by pressing the PS button to go to the control center, select the mic, and press X, your headphones mic will then be placed on mute.
In conclusion, you can connect your Airpods to PS5, but you will need a Bluetooth adapter. Also, the distance between your Airpods and the adapter should not be too much for an easy connection, and there shouldn't be any obstacle blocking the free flow of the connecting Bluetooth radio waves.
If you have any other questions about connecting your Airpods to your PlayStation 5, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.
Thanks for reading.