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    Instantly listen to audio on your TV, PC, Mac, iPhone or Android. This article provides a comprehensive overview of how to connect Bluetooth headphones to a TV, PC, Mac, iPhone or Android. Before trying to connect Bluetooth headphones to any device, make sure your current device has the appropriate adapters (if needed) and that Bluetooth is turned on so that the device is discoverable. The headphones must also be turned on and in pairing mode.



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    How to put Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode?

    The method for pairing Bluetooth headphones may vary by manufacturer, but you can generally put the Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode by holding the power button until the status light starts flashing. Press the button on the headphones until they are recognized by the device.

    How to connect bluetooth headphones to Windows PC

    In Windows 10, make sure to turn on Bluetooth before connecting the Bluetooth headphones. When the headphones are also on, go up Settings > Bluetooth and other devices > Audio and tap the headphones to pair and connect. If the device is not already in the list, click Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth and make the new device discoverable.

    Connect the bluetooth headphones to a Mac

    On a Mac, click the Apple logo on the desktop. click on System Preference > Bluetooth and when the headphones appear in the list, click Connect. You can also go on Control Center > Bluetooth > Bluetooth preferences > Connect (next to the device name).



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    Wireless headphones to an iPhone

    Open Settings and confirm that Bluetooth is on. Tap the device name (under My devices or Other devices) and the iPhone will connect to it.

    Pair and connect the headphones to Android

    On Android phones, the process must be configured in Settings. Go there, then tap devices connected > Connection preferences > Bluetooth > Pair new device and tap the available device to pair and connect.

    You can also access the Bluetooth menu by scrolling down the Notifications area and holding the Bluetooth icon.


    Connect the Bluetooth headphones to a TV

    Each brand of televisions uses a slightly different approach, usually to connect Bluetooth headphones, go on Settings > menu Connections > Bluetooth, then pair and connect the headphones from the list. You may also notice wording differences if you're using a streaming device instead of a cable TV.

    How do you connect Bluetooth headphones to a PS4?

    The PS4 doesn't natively support Bluetooth headsets, but you can still get them to work. Put the headphones into pairing mode and go up Settings > devices > Bluetooth devices. Select the headset to pair it. If that doesn't work, try connecting the headset to the DualShock 4 controller or consider buying a USB Bluetooth adapter.

    Bluetooth headphones to an Xbox One?

    Like the PS4, the Xbox One console does not natively support Bluetooth headsets. Instead, it uses a proprietary technology called Xbox Wireless. If the headset is compatible with Xbox Wireless, put both it and the console into pairing mode, the same way you would pair an Xbox controller. They should connect in seconds.




    How do you connect Bluetooth headphones to a Nintendo Switch?

    The Nintendo Switch does not support Bluetooth headphones through its hardware. To use a headset with the handheld console, you need a Bluetooth USB adapter or a headset with a 3,5mm audio cable.


    In short words

    • PC: write Bluetooth in the search box. Click Bluetooth settings and other devices > turn on Bluetooth> select device> click Connect.
    • Mac: Apple Menu > System Preference > Bluetooth > select headphones> click Connect.
    • Android phone: Settings > Connections > touch Bluetooth > tap the device from the list to pair and connect.
    • iPhone: Settings > activate Bluetooth > tap the name of the headset to start pairing.
    • To connect to a Bluetooth-enabled TV (brands vary): go to Settings > menu Connections > Bluetooth, then pair and connect.

    Further Reading:

    • How to pair Bluetooth headphones to your Apple Watch
    • How to connect Bluetooth headphones to PS4
    • The best headphones for wireless gaming
    • How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Mac
    • Find out how to connect Apple AirPods with your Android smartphone
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