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How to connect AirPods on Xbox One

connect AirPods on Xbox One

If you were wondering if AirPods can connect on Xbox One, the answer may surprise you. Technically, the answer is not, because Xbox One does not support Bluetooth pairing. Since AirPods are Bluetooth headsets, they cannot connect to Xbox One or its standard controller. However, there is an alternative solution for this problem, which means you can use yours AirPods on Xbox One. Not as simple as on devices that support Bluetooth technology, but possible.

Read on for detailed instructions.

XBOX ONE does not support Airpods

Curiously, Xbox One does not support AirPods or other Bluetooth devices. However, there is an official Xbox wireless controller, which has Bluetooth support. If you have this controller, you can connect your AirPods via Bluetooth.

Here is a link where you can purchase the Microsoft Xbox One Wireless controller. Don't worry, you don't need to buy a new controller if you don't want to. There is also a free solution.

However, a compatible Android (Android 6.0 or later) or iOS (10.3 or later) device is required. You can use the app Xbox by downloading it from Google Play Store for Android or from App Store for iOS.

The solution with the Xbox app

After installing the Xbox app on your Android or iOS device, easy to use Airpods while playing or streaming on Xbox One. Your device will need to support the AirPods or AirPods Pro in use.

As we know, AirPods are designed to work best with Apple products. This means that things will go much easier on an iPhone or iPad than on an Android phone. However, most modern Android devices (phones and tablets) also support AirPods, or at least their basic functionality. If you don't know how to connect AirPods to Android, I recommend you read on this guide.

Without further ado, here's how to connect AirPods on Xbox.

How to connect AirPods on Xbox One with the Xbox app

Make sure to connect your Android or iOS tablet or phone to the AirPods. Also, make sure you have a Wi-Fi internet connection. It is not recommended to use cellular data connection unless you have an unlimited gig plan.

  • Launch the app Xbox on your phone and sign in using your Xbox account credentials (Microsoft). Make sure it's the same account you use on Xbox One. For those who have already used the Xbox app on their device, it will be easier. If not, select Add new account and enter your Microsoft credentials.
  • After logging in, press Let's play.
  • Select the menu Party.
  • Choose to start a game. You will be asked to invite friends.
  • Press the Invite to game option to add your Xbox friends. Add as many as you want by clicking on their names.
  • Awards Send invitation to invite all selected friends.
  • They will receive a notification inviting them to participate.
  • Now you can put the AirPods and start a voice chat with your game team.
  • If you want, you can stop at any time by pressing Leave party.

Are AirPods the best choice?

Of course, AirPods are great for talking to your Xbox friends. However, we will only allow voice communication. All other sounds will be transmitted through the audio system (speakers, TV, etc.). Actually, your friends don't like it because the sounds of the game may be too loud.

AirPods are not the ideal combination for Xbox One or the old Xbox. Many other models of headphones are more suitable for console games. In particular, wired headphones work best and require no additional apps or purchases.

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Check out professional gamers, over 90% of them use wired headphones. because they are more suitable for games and offer better in-game sound quality. Of course, not so if you go all-in and buy a premium Bluetooth headset (Sennheiser, Corsair, Logitech, etc.).

However, there are excellent inexpensive wired headphones that will do their job (SteelSeries, Razer, HyperX, Beexcellent etc.).

Are there better apps for communicating?

Not only can you have better headphones for gaming on Xbox One, but you can also use better apps. Of course, we're talking about Discord. Most players will agree that Discord the best app for in-game communication.

Why? Since Discord draws the least amount of resources from your device, it has excellent customization and easy to use. Also, everyone is already on Discord.

There are other communication apps, but they are not as efficient as Discord. These platforms offer quality sound but draw many resources from your device. And they can even clutter your network (Skype, WhatsApp, Messenger, etc.).