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Here’s how to pair a Bluetooth headset with your PlayStation 4

One of the most useful concepts introduced by modern consoles is the elimination of wired headsets in tandem with more efficient pairing capabilities of Bluetooth devices. Gone are the days when Sony and Microsoft necessitated gamers to buy a proprietary peripheral. Instead, platforms now allow connectivity to just about anything, including — and most importantly — Bluetooth devices.  If you’re using a PlayStation 4, the process to connect your wireless device is extremely simple. Follow these basic steps to connect any one of the many Bluetooth headphones to a PS4. These guidelines can likewise be followed to connect any other compatible device to your console, so keep this bookmarked in the event you ever link a keyboard and mouse to your PS4 down the line.

How to connect a Bluetooth headset to your PS4

Step 1

With the Bluetooth device on hand, select first in your PS4 menu Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices. That will set your console to automatically scan for additional devices to pair. Your already-paired devices will be shown in the Bluetooth devices section, along with an icon detailing what type of device it is, as shown below. 

Ensure the device in question is turned on and is in the appropriate Pair mode. Some headphones require the volume buttons to be pressed down for a certain amount of time while others have a Pair or Bluetooth-specific button for compatibility. The Sony-developed PS4 Wireless Headsets come with a USB driver, allowing for an even more streamlined approach, but always read the manual provided with your headset to better understand the appropriate connectivity function located on the device. 

Step 2

To pair a new device, select it from the list of unconnected devices. This will be indicated with a blue light to the left of the device name in the menu. When connected to the PS4 correctly, the color will change to green.

If otherwise …

Step 3

In some cases, like the versatile SteelSeries Arctis Pro, the device requires an authentification process with a specific passkey, which will be provided via the user manual of your soon-to-be-paired Bluetooth device. Simply enter the passkey and wait for a confirmation message.

Step 4

Once appropriately paired, you’re all set. Ensure the device is functioning soundly and is properly adjusted via the Audio Devices page in your PS4 settings. Keep in mind that there is a limit to the number of Bluetooth connections a PlayStation 4 can support. The exact number depends on the console model, but users can generally expect three to four connections as a practical limit. 

The PlayStation 4 is a system of immense versatility, laden with more than its fair share of quirks and hidden features. Learn even more about your system through the help of our PlayStation 4 Tips and Tricks, as well as our PlayStation 4 Pro guide for those with the more premium and updated system. Or discover what other controller options are available over the DualShock 4. You could also take a gander at our how-to for setting up HDR on the console, and a list of all the games that make the best use of the HDR features on the Pro.

Surely, you need some great games to play while adjusting your Bluetooth headphones to your liking. We have a variety of PS4 games lists, including best overall games, best indies, and best exclusives to help you choose your next best gaming adventure.

With that, you should be all set to enjoy your system and make use of all its nifty tricks. Happy gaming!

Need to factory reset your PS4? Check out our handy guide.

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