These days people preferred wireless devices particularly headphones for the ease of carrying. Also, newer Bluetooth headsets have comparatively faster connectivity and they come at a moderated price too.

However, Xbox X series consoles don’t have a built-in Bluetooth wireless system. Therefore, how to connect Bluetooth headset on Xbox series X is one of the frequently searched questions by gamers. If you use a Bluetooth headset and play games on an Xbox console, you are on the same page as other gamers who are looking for a way to connect their headphone to the gaming console.

Therefore, we have created this easy guide to assist you. This article will help you find a way to connect your Bluetooth headset to your Xbox X series console. So let’s dig into the issue in detail and crack the puzzle.

Can you connect any Bluetooth headset to Xbox series X?

The answer to this question is complicated. As said earlier, Xbox consoles don’t come with a built-in Bluetooth mechanism. It is a surprise element for many because Bluetooth is the most used technology to connect wireless devices in a short-range.


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Saying that Xbox actually wanted to avoid this busy channel for their wireless communications. Therefore, it uses an in-house protocol to connect wireless devices. While Bluetooth uses a 2.4GHz frequency channel, the Xbox wireless protocol transmits signals at a higher radiofrequency. Although this reduces the latency and improves the audio quality, it brings complexity to connect wireless headphones.

However, it doesn’t make Bluetooth headsets unusable for Xbox X. You can still use your Bluetooth headsets for Xbox gaming. In the letter part of this article, you are going to discuss the ways to connect a Bluetooth headset to Xbox series X console.

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How do I connect my Bluetooth headset to my Xbox One series X?

As we know already, Bluetooth devices aren’t plug-and-play compatible for Xbox series X consoles. Therefore, you need to execute a few steps before connecting your Bluetooth headset to the console.


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The process of connecting wireless headphones to Xbox depends on the type of headset you are using. Broadly, we can classify the wireless headsets for Xbox consoles into three categories. They are:

  1. Bluetooth headsets that come with an audio dongle from the manufacturer.
  2. Bluetooth headsets without audio dongle from the manufacturer.
  3. Headphones with Xbox wireless compatibility.

Based on these categories, let’s now explain different ways to connect wireless Bluetooth headsets to Xbox X consoles.

How to connect Bluetooth headset on Xbox series X with Bluetooth adapter

With a Bluetooth adapter of the right frequency and compatible audio jack, you can use your existing Bluetooth headset for Xbox gaming. However, in this process, you can only hear the game audio on your headset, but the microphone functionality is not active. Although the technique may vary regarding the headset and transmitter model, we have discussed the most used procedure here. 

Follow these steps to connect a headset to Xbox series X with a Bluetooth adapter.


Get a Bluetooth transmitter with a 3.5mm audio jack. To make sure the transmitter is charged, hold down the multi-function button for 3 seconds. A blue light will be blinking to indicate that it is powered up and working.


Now put the 3.5mm audio jack into the audio port of your Xbox controller. If there is two audio jacks on the transmitter, usually the one on the right side is the audio output probe.


After that, enable the pairing mode of your headphone by pressing the power button for a few seconds. Once the pairing mode is enabled, you will see an alternating red and blue light blinking on your headset.


Next, press and hold the multi-function button on the Bluetooth transmitter for 5 seconds to activate its paring mode. It will then start searching for Bluetooth devices near it. Once the transmitter finds your headphone and pairs with them successfully, the alternating red-blue will stop blinking and you will see a steady blue light on both devices.

Regarding the types of headsets, the connectivity and audio quality may vary. Pairing the devices is seamless the connection is more stable for the headsets that come with an in-box Bluetooth transmitter. On the other hand, the third-party Bluetooth transmitter may have some disruptions in the connectivity and has a higher audio latency too.

Incompatible Bluetooth headsets for Xbox series X

Headsets with 2.5mm connectors are incompatible Xbox X series. The controller has a 3.5mm audio port. Therefore, if your headsets support the Bluetooth transmitter with a different connector probe than the 3.5mm audio jack, you cannot connect the headset to Xbox console wirelessly.

How to connect Bluetooth headset on Xbox series X via smart TV

You can use your TV’s Bluetooth connectivity to use headphones for Xbox gaming. For that, you need a TV that was Bluetooth connectivity and an HDMI port.


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To connect a Bluetooth headset on Xbox series X via TV:


Connect one end of your HDMI cable to the Xbox X console and the other end to your TV. Then choose the input source of your TV to HDMI.


Now set your headphone to pairing mode. Press and hold the power button until you see an alternating red and blue light blinking on your headset. The alternating blinking lights indicated that your headset is ready to pair with another Bluetooth device.


Next pair your TV to the Bluetooth headset. This process may vary respectively to TV models. But usually, you should find the Bluetooth settings under the connectivity settings or the wireless connectivity options on your TV. Turn on the Bluetooth of your TV then search for nearby devices. When you find your headphone in the list, pair the device. Once a pairing is successful, you can start using your Bluetooth headset as the Xbox gaming headphone.


Final step is to check the audio settings of the Xbox X console. Go to Settings > General > Volume & audio output on your Xbox. Under the Volume & audio settings, make sure the HDMI audio is set to on.

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Connecting an Xbox wireless compatible headset

Xbox manufactures its own wireless headphone that connects to the console using the Xbox Wireless frequency. You can use those headphones by directly pairing them with the console. The Xbox wireless headsets also support Bluetooth connectivity to the Windows PC and mobile devices.

On a final note

Sound effects are as essential as visual gameplay for a gaming experience. It is always satisfying to use your headphone your find comfortable and use regularly. Even though the Xbox X wireless mechanism makes it complicated to use your favorite Bluetooth headset for gaming, you can still connect it to the console and get best the audio experience. 

In this article, we have discussed different ways how to connect Bluetooth headsets to Xbox series X. You can try those methods and connect your favorite headset to Xbox console while playing your favorite game.

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