Apple’s AirPods are one of the most popular earbuds on the market, and you may be wondering if you can connect them to your PS5. For all its innovative features, Sony’s next-gen console still doesn’t natively support Bluetooth headphones. Luckily, you can work around that by using a compatible Bluetooth adapter.
You may have already tried to connect your AirPods to your PS5, only to be disappointing that they are not supported. While the console can detect the headphones, it won’t connect to them. Bummer, we know.
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Though it should be technically possible to connect your earbuds, this is one of Sony’s ways of controlling which accessories work within their ecosystem — a tactic not too different than Apple’s. Luckily, there is a workaround 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 did not work. For example, adapters with Bluetooth 4 or lower failed to connect. However, Bluetooth 5.0 wireless audio adapters should connect your AirPods to a PS5, particularly this one from Skull & Co. This model is great because it can connect two pairs of headphones simultaneously, features voice chat, and is compatible with other gaming consoles such as the PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Just plug the adapter into the USB-C port on your PS5. Then, open your AirPods case and press the button on the backside to put them into painting mode. After that, press the painting button on the Bluetooth adapter and wait for the LED lights to stop flashing. When the lights steady, that 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. Luckily, since most Smart TVs support Bluetooth accessories, you can connect your AirPods with your TV instead of your PS5. Every TV’s settings will be a little different, but you should be able to find a Devices or Accessories menu from the main Settings. Then, select Scan for devices while your AirPods are in pairing mode to sync them. Change your TV’s audio output to your headphones, and you’re all set.