Have you ever ask yourself this "how do I use both headphone speaker and mic in one port?", if you have read this article to know the answer.
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.
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.
If you have an older model controller, there are several other ways to solve this problem. In this article, I’ll cover specific examples that will allow you to use your existing wired or wireless headphones to avoid having to buy a pricey dedicated gaming headset.
Don’t forget to stick around to the end of the article to find out what I feel is the easiest and best way to add regular headphone audio and chat features to your day-to-day gaming.
So, let’s take a look at the different ways to connect your existing headphones to the Xbox One.
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The easiest way to connect your headphones to Xbox One is to plug a set of wired headphones into the 3.5 mm jack found on the bottom of the controller.
If you want to know if USB headsets are better than 3.5mm headsets, we have an article here comparing the two.
It’s just as easy to connect wireless Bluetooth headphones to the Xbox One as long as your existing headphones are compatible. Follow these steps to get your Bluetooth headphones set up in no time.
If you’re connecting a set of headphones, either wired or Bluetooth, to Xbox One that doesn’t have a microphone feature built-in, you’ll be missing out on half of the fun of online multiplayer gaming.
You won’t be able to communicate with your Call of Duty squad to organize a successful attack if you can’t talk to your other team members!
The easiest way to add mic functionality to your Xbox One gameplay without a dedicated gaming headset would be to connect a USB mic.
The USB mic can be plugged into a controller with a USB jack or into a stereo adapter added on to older generation controllers.
I feel the stereo adaptor option is better as it also adds volume control functionality to your controller.
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. 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.
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!
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.
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