Can you use regular headphones on PS4? how to connect

It is a known fact that it is impossible to connect wireless Bluetooth headphones to your PS4. Yes, the console does support Bluetooth connectivity, but the compatibility of this protocol is primarily limited to some specific device certified by Sony. PS4 headset compatibility has always been an issue.

If you, too, are trying to connect your wired or wireless headphones to the PS4 and looking for a guide that explains the complete process, then you are at the right place because today, we are going to cover this topic in depth. We will explain three different ways in which you can connect your headphones to the PS4. 

Let’s get started.

How to connect wired headphones to PS4 via Dualshock controller

Let’s start with connecting wired headphones first. We’ve seen a lot of questions like ‘can you use regular headphones on PS4?’. Using this method, you certainly can. For this, we are going to make use of the Dualshock controller’s inbuilt audio port. It is one of the best features of the Dualshock 4 controller released with the PS4. Here’s the complete process that explains how to use headphones with PS4: 

Step 1: Plug in your wired headphones or earphones into the Dualshock controller’s audio jack. 

Step 2: Now press and hold the PlayStation button on the controller till you see a pop-up. 

Step 3: Open the ‘Adjust Devices’ setting. 

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Step 4: Here, the third option will let you set the audio output options. On most of the PlayStation consoles, it is set to only chat audio by default. Change to output all audio, and you are done. 

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How to connect Bluetooth headphones to PS4 via Bluetooth adapter

A lot of people keep asking, ‘can you connect Bluetooth headphones to PS4?’, for all of them, the answer lies in this section. To connect your Bluetooth headphones to the PS4, the first approach that we can try is by using a Bluetooth audio adapter. This is a tiny device that plugs into your Playstation 4’s USB port and lets it connect to wireless earphones/headphones/speakers. 

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You can buy any Bluetooth dongle that is compatible with PlayStation consoles. These devices typically cost under $15 and can be purchased from online stores. Zamia Mini Dongle Receiver and Transmitter is a great option to consider if you are looking for one. 

Let’s now take a look at the steps involved and find out how to listen to PS4 through headphones: 

Step 1: Plug in the USB dongle on the Bluetooth adapter into the USB port of the PS4. 


Step 2: Plug in the mic of the Bluetooth adapter into the audio port of the Dualshock controller. 

Step 3: Turn on the console and the controller. This should put the USB Bluetooth dongle in the pairing mode. If the LED indicator starts flashing, then you are good to go. 

Step 4: Turn on your headphones and put them in pairing mode as well. After a few seconds, new devices will be connected. 

Step 5: From the PS4 home screen, navigate to the settings menu. 

Step 6: Under the settings menu, open ‘Devices’. 

Step 7: Select the second option, ‘Audio devices’. 


Step 8: Finally, select input devices and pick the ‘Headset connected to the controller’ option. 

Step 9: Now, both the input device and output device should be set to ‘The headset connected to the controller’. But we have to change the output device to ‘USB headphones’. 

Step 10: While you are in the audio menu, you can choose to adjust the mic and headphones’ audio levels. 

Step 11: Before you exit the menu, open the last option, which lets you switch between the audio that should the sent to the wireless headphones (‘Output to Headphones’). It will be set to ‘Chat only’, but you should switch it to ‘All audio’ to hear everything via the headphones. 


Make sure you follow the last step very carefully otherwise, all you will hear through the Bluetooth headphones is the voice chat. 

For all the iPhone users wondering how to use iPhone headphones on PS4? we’ve got an entire section for you. Keep reading.

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to PS4 via PlayStation remote play app

What if we tell you that there is a way to connect Bluetooth headphones to the PlayStation 4 without using a dongle adapter? It is definitely possible using the PlayStation remote play app. All you need is a good Wi-Fi connection and a smartphone. How? Let’s see. 

Step 1: Head over to the PlayStation settings. 

Step 2: Here, make your way all the way down till you find the ‘Remote Play connection settings’ option. Open it. 

Step 3: Enable the Remote Play feature from this menu. 

Believe it or not, but the tough part of the process is already over. 

Step 4: Download the PlayStation Remote Play application from the PlayStore or the App Store, depending on whether you are using an Android or an iOS device. Links to the download page are provided here: 

Step 5: When you open the application for the first time, you have to log in to your Sony account. Log in to the same account that you use on your PS4. 

Step 6: The application will then connect to your console. Wait for the connection to complete. 

Step 7: You will see the PlayStation’s home screen if the connection is successful. You will also be able to use the onscreen controls to use the PS4 now. 

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Step 8: Connect your Bluetooth headphones to the mobile device on which you are using the PlayStation Remote Play app. 

Step 9: Put your phone to charge and have fun.

What headphones work with PS4?

Instead of purchasing a dedicated Bluetooth adapter for connecting your wireless headphones, it is always a good idea to purchase a headset that is designed for gamers and is compatible with the PS4. Here is a list of some good options to consider:

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In the end, it boils down to what you decide to do. If you have an old wired headset that still works fine, then you can directly connect it to your PS4 via the Dualshock controller. If you have an old wireless headset, you can either purchase a Bluetooth adapter or PlayStation remote play app to connect it to the PS4.

However, if you are looking to buy new headphones, make sure you buy the ones compatible with the PlayStation to avoid getting into the trouble of making them work. On that note, we hope this article solved at least some of your queries and 

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