How To Use Regular Headphones on XBox One [2022 Guide]
by SoundGearLab-Team. Last Updated On July 16th, 2022.
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The Xbox One is one of the most popular gaming consoles of all time. Adding a headset to your Xbox One can significantly upgrade your audio experience, particularly when it comes to multiplayer games like Call of Duty and Fortnite.
However, gaming headsets can be expensive, and after buying your console and games, you might be wondering how to use regular headphones on Xbox One.
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Can You Use Regular Headphones on Xbox One?
You can absolutely use your regular headphones with the Xbox One. The newer model Xbox One controllers come equipped out of the box with a 3.5 mm jack that you can plug your headphones into directly.
Chances are, either you or someone in your household has a set of Apple headphones that came with one of your other devices.
I have a pile of the things sitting around the house from old iPad and iPhone purchases. I’ll have to admit that the sound quality of the stock Apple headphones is pretty good, and I try to use them whenever they are compatible.
The good news is, you can use your Apple headphones with Xbox One (and even on PS4). As a bonus, if you have a set that has a mic, you’ll be able to use that feature as well.
However, there’s some tinkering with the Xbox One settings that needs to be done to get this setup to work correctly.
How to Use Apple Headphones on Xbox One
Plugin your Apple earpods into the 3.5 mm jack on your controller.
Double-tap the large button on your controller and scroll down to settings.
Move the slider for mic monitoring all the way to the left to mute it.
Follow those three steps, and you’re in business. You should have audio and talk features through your Apple earpod headphones and probably just saved a few bucks by using something you already had around the house!
Suppose you run into trouble and find that your headphones are not compatible with any of the above methods we’ve discussed so far. In that case, there’s a good trick and workaround to enable you to both hear and talk with your fellow gamers without buying a pricey headset.
Check out this trick!
How to Use Your Phone as a Mic on Xbox One
Using the Xbox app on your Apple or Android phone may be one of the easiest ways to avoid having to buy a gaming headset to get both audio and chat features.
Simply download the app on your phone. Sign in with your Xbox credentials once it’s downloaded and follow these steps to start an Xbox Live party using your smartphone.
Download and open the Xbox app on your phone.
Tap the icon with multiple people at the top.
Invite friends from your list of Xbox Live contacts.
Speak into your phone to chat with other party members.
You can even mute and remove people in the chat, essentially giving you the same features as the console itself.
We’ve covered many effective ways to use your regular headphones with your Xbox One. With today’s technology, there are always multiple methods to achieve the same results.
Remember that if all else fails, you can easily reference the Xbox support website to check your console’s specifications and compatible add-on devices.
If you’re looking to improve your audio and chat experience on Xbox One, give one of these methods a try before you run out and buy a dedicated gaming headset. Chances are you already have everything you need….Happy Gaming