Connect Airpods to Xbox One
AirPods are so convenient; you might as well connect them to your Xbox One; it’s really fortunate to be free of the tangled wires that come with gaming headphones when you’re playing games on the Xbox. Airpods, on the other hand, offers great sound quality wirelessly. Also, compared to gaming headsets, AirPods are very easy to set up. Furthermore, gaming headsets are expensive, so you can take advantage of the Airpods you already have lying around; with Airpods, you can not only hear audio but also communicate with fellow gamers using the built-in microphone.
Unfortunately, at this time, there is no way to have AirPods play the game audio itself. In that matter, you will even have to rely on the speakers of your entertainment system. However, you can always substitute a chat headset/microphone whenever you need to. I’ll explain exactly what you need to do.
Step 1: Download the Xbox
The Xbox App is a mobile app for managing your Xbox account from devices such as iPad, iPhone, and Android phones. Communication support is included so that you can talk with your friends.
If you do not already have it, first download the Xbox app and sign in with your Microsoft account information. Suppose your device does not recognize your Microsoft account information. In that case, you must first select “Add New Account” If you are not already using the Xbox app, follow the simple setup instructions. When the options appear, it is very important to add your gaming device. You can add a game console by selecting the icon in the upper right corner of the home screen.
Before adding a console to the app, the console must be turned on and signed in. When prompted, select enable for the console to complete the connection. This is not strictly necessary for voice chat, but it is an important step if you plan to use the Xbox app for any length of time.
Step 2: Pair Your AirPods with your Mobile phone
AirPods must actually be paired with a device with the Xbox app installed. If you have new AirPods that have not yet been paired with a device, you will need to pair them first; the AirPods will chime to let you know they are paired so you can start using them with your Xbox.
Step 3: Turn on the Xbox and set up the group.
If you haven’t already, turn on your Xbox, see who is online, start the game, and get ready for voice chat. If you are already in a conversation, you may need to exit the discussion and rejoin the application.
Step 4: Create a party in the Xbox app
You can create a party and invite your friends to it by accessing the people icon in the Xbox app, which Xbox calls the “social section.” Here you will notice two icons in the upper right corner of the app’s screen: one icon is the notepad, and the other is the headset.
Locate and click on the headset icon to create a party. Select “Add People” to add people to the party. In the list that appears, priority is given to people who are online. You can also use the gamer tag to add specific people to the party.
If you do not want to start the party yourself first, you can scroll through your contacts by selecting the notepad icon and choose freely to invite them. Note that you can also directly invite any contact at any time outside of these screens by selecting any contact and selecting the menu to the right of the “Send Message” button.
If you are invited to a party, it is even easier. Simply select “Notifications” on the home screen and choose “Notification Invitation.”
Step 5: Start chatting with your Friends.
Once you add participants to the chat, your AirPods should deliver audio and act as a microphone. From here, you can chat with friends, invite new friends, and play as usual.
Another way: Use a Bluetooth adapter
If you don’t want to use the Xbox app with your mobile device, you can also use a Bluetooth adapter to connect your AirPods to your Xbox. The Bluetooth adapter plugs into the headphone port and provides Bluetooth audio capability to your Xbox.
However, Bluetooth adapters can sometimes provide very unreliable and unstable connections. This is dependent on the quality and manufacturer of the adapter itself. Of course, there is an additional cost for the Bluetooth adapter.
Why don’t AirPods work with Xbox Series X|S?
Since the Xbox Series X|S controllers connect to the game console via Bluetooth, one might think that other Bluetooth accessories like AirPods could also be used.
However, like the Xbox One, the Xbox Series X|S does not support Bluetooth to connect it for audio.
Bluetooth accessories must be compatible with Microsoft wireless standards or a compatible USB adapter that connects the wireless device to the Xbox. Using AirPods to chat with friends using the Xbox app is possible; as with the Xbox One, you will need to download the Xbox app to your device and sync your AirPods.
The Xbox may not have built-in Bluetooth audio capability, but it is definitely possible to use AirPods. If you want to do this without the added hardware cost, the Xbox app is the best way to go; however, if you don’t want to use your mobile device while gaming, you will need a Bluetooth audio adapter to connect your AirPods to your Xbox.