Released in late 2016, AirPods revolutionized the wireless audio industry, by providing users with an effective way to listen to audio and communicate with others. That’s right, AirPods actually have a built-in microphone, that filters out background noise and makes taking phone calls, a delight.

The latest AirPods, released in 2019, even provide “Hey, Siri” support. The new AirPods provide 50% more talking time, and you can also purchase an optional wireless charging case. Since AirPods have gained immense popularity, and for good reason, many people wonder whether these innovative earphones can connect to other systems, such as an Xbox One.

Can You Connect AirPods to Xbox One?

Unfortunately, Xbox One doesn’t have the Bluetooth support needed to natively pair AirPods with the coveted console. Before you begin to wonder, it’s also impossible to connect AirPods to the Xbox One controller headphone jack. Only traditional wired headphones can connect to the Xbox One controller headphone jack. However, none of this means that AirPods can’t be used during Xbox One gaming sessions.

If you use the official Xbox application on iOS or Android, you can use your AirPods to chat with your friends in an Xbox Party, and for voice chat in games such as Fortnite. In order to get started and learn how to connect AirPods to your Xbox One with the Xbox application, follow the instructions below.

How to Connect AirPods to Xbox One

You can download the official Xbox application on your iPhone, Android, iPod, iPad, and most Android tablets. Downloading the Xbox One app is what will allow you to use your AirPods with your Xbox One. Once you’ve downloaded the Xbox app, It’s best to connect your Android or iOS device to a Wi-Fi network if possible, in order to avoid using too much of your personal data when chatting. Once you’ve downloaded the application on the device of your choosing, follow the instructions below to pair your AirPods with your Xbox One.

1. First, pair your AirPods to your iOS or Android device, as you normally would.

2. Download the Xbox application on your iOS or Android device, if you haven’t already.

3. Launch the Xbox application.

4. Tap Sign in.

5. Enter your login credentials accordingly. These credentials are the same Xbox or Microsoft credentials you use on your Xbox One. Note: Microsoft and Xbox accounts are the same thing, even though they go by different names, depending on the services you’re currently using. If you previously added your Microsoft account to your device, it may automatically show up as an option. If this email is correct, tap on it. If the email is incorrect, tap on Add new account and enter the correct login credentials associated with your account.

6. Tap on Let’s play.

7. Tap on the Parties icon. The icon will look like three people.

8. Tap on Start a party. This will immediately create an Xbox party.

9. Tap Invite to party.

10. Tap the names of the friends you would like to add to your Xbox party. If you would like to remove a friend, all you have to do is tap on that person’s name once again.

11. Tap on Send invitation. All the friends you invited will then receive a notification on their Xbox application, or Xbox console.

12. Happily, put your AirPods on and begin chatting with your friends. Because your AirPods were already connected to your Android or iPhone, you can automatically start using it to speak to people you’re in the party with because you have the Xbox One app. Without the app on your phone to communicate with the people you’re playing with, you won’t be able to connect your AirPods to your Xbox since it doesn’t allow wireless Bluetooth Headphones to connect. You don’t necessarily have to do it happily, but who wouldn’t be happy at having figured out this loophole?

You’ve now connected your AirPods to your Xbox One. However, please note that there is a limitation to this method. You won’t be able to use your AirPods in order to listen to the audio on your video game.

The sounds from your Xbox console will still come through your TV speakers, instead of the AirPods. After you’re done chatting, all you have to do is tap on Leave party. Hopefully, the Xbox One will soon enough provide Bluetooth support with the Apple AirPods, in order to make this process a lot easier, and much more enjoyable.

For now, though, you’ll have to settle with using the application and relying on your TV to listen to audio from the game you’re playing. If you prefer you can also purchase external speakers, so you won’t have to rely on your TV speakers in order to hear audio from the console.

Connect AirPods to Xbox One with Other Apps

If you don’t want to use the Xbox One app to speak to your friends when playing and want to use other apps, such as Discord, WhatsApp, Skype, FB Messenger, and Telegram, you can listen and communicate to everyone while having your AirPods connected. To make sure that you’re using your AirPods with your Xbox One, you need to make sure that your AirPods are connected to your phone and that you’ve started a normal voice call with everyone that’s in the party.