Sony’s PlayStation 4 is capable of supporting most headset these days, however, that means some headsets aren’t compatible. You could end up dropping a bunch of money on a pair of incompatible headphones, and wouldn’t realize it until they refused to work. For example, Bluetooth headphones are almost always out of the question. But that’s the keyword “almost.”

Hypothetically, what if you wanted to connect a pair of your Apple AirPods to your PS4. Could it be done? They are Bluetooth, and Bluetooth headphones aren’t supported. Not to mention the PS4 is pretty picky about third party headphones. But is it possible? Absolutely, if you’re willing to set some time aside to make it happen.

Here’s how you connect your Apple AirPods to your PlayStation 4 console.

Connect Using the PS4 Remote Play App

Now that the PS4 Remote Play app has finally seen an official release–after crawling its way out of beta–Android users can finally take advantage of the PS4 Remote Play app.

PS4 Remote Play is an app that you can install to Android, iOS, Windows 10, and Mac OS, that allows one to remotely play their PS4 games on supported devices. And recently, the app for Android has finally be released and Android users rejoice.

There is some legwork that needs to be done to get this setup to work, but it’s definitely worth it considering many recent models of Android also have DualShock 4 compatibility.

Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll need:

  • An Android device running version 5.0 and above. For iOS, you need a device running iOS version 12.1 and above.
  • A PS4 that’s been updated to firmware version 7.0 and above.
  • Your pair of Apple AirPods.
  • The PS4 Remote Play app installed to your Android and or iOS device.
  • A DualShock 4 controller. If your device isn’t compatible, PS4 Remote Play app comes with on-screen buttons to use.

Updating Your PlayStation 4

If your console isn’t already updating, you can skip ahead. However, for those of you who don’t know how, here’s how you update your PS4:

Settings

1. Start by heading into your Settings. Move up while you’re on the XMB (that’s the PS4 dashboard). Settings is on the right hand side.

System Software Update

2. In your Settings, head down the menu and highlight System Software Update.

3. If an update is available, your PS4 will immediately download the new firmware update, provided you’re connected to a network. If so, select Next.

Update

4. Finally, select Update. Let your console do its work, and it will reboot when it’s finished.

Installing PS4 Remote Play

[NOTE]: Screenshots showcased are based on the Android OS. If you’re using an iOS device, your screen will be entirely different, but the steps are nearly identical.

1. For Android users, you’ll be launching the Google Play Store app. If you’re using an iOS device, you’ll be launching the App Store.

2. Once launched, select the search function and look for “PS4 Remote Play.” For Android, it’s at the top of your screen. For iOS, “Search” is in the bottom right corner of your screen. Tap on it when it appears in your search results.

PS4 Remote Play

3. On the app’s info page, choose Install.

Connecting AirPods with PS4 Remote Play

Now that everything is ready to go, it’s time to bring everything together.

1. Start by heading into your Settings. Move up while you’re on the XMB (that’s the PS4 dashboard). Settings is on the right hand side.

Remote Play Connection Settings

2. In your Settings, head down until you’ve highlighted Remote Play Connection Settings.

Enable Remote Play

3. In your Remote Play Connection Settings, select Enable Remote Play.

4. Locate and launch the PS4 Remote Play app.

Start

5. Once opened, press Start.

6. Your browser app will open a secure site with the PSN website. Provide your login information, which will register your device to your PSN account.

7. Over on your device, open your device’s Settings app. Its app icon is a gear. You can open the Settings app from one of your home screens (swipe back and forth to reveal more home screens). If you can’t find the Settings app there, check inside your App Drawer or in any app folders.

8. In your Settings, locate and select Bluetooth. For Android users, it’s near the top. For iOS users, Bluetooth is in the left hand menu.

Turn Bluetooth ON

9. Turn Bluetooth ON.

10. Press the Bluetooth button on your AirPods’ case and hold it. When it appears in your list of Bluetooth devices, select your AirPods.

11. Connect your DualShock 4 controller by pressing the PlayStation button and the Share button at the same time and hold it. After a few moments, your device will pick up on your controller’s Bluetooth signal.

Now that everything is connected, you can enjoy your AirPods and a remote viewing of your PS4. That wasn’t so hard, was it?

Use a Bluetooth Dongle

One of the major drawbacks to using the PS4 Remote Play is, well, screen size. Not to mention Android devices can be pretty picky about connecting to DualShock 4 controllers.

If you want to stay connected to your TV, and you’re willing to spend a bit of cash, then consider using a Bluetooth dongle. You can get a cheap Bluetooth dongle for $30 (USD) over on Amazon, but you may find cheaper. Don’t be afraid to shop around, provided you check ratings, reviews, and that’s it compatible with your PlayStation 4.

This is by far one of the easiest solutions to getting your AirPods to connect to your PS4. You don’t have to do any fancy setups or anything like that. All you have to do is wait at the door for your Bluetooth dongle to arrive, or go out and buy one at a nearby tech store.

Once you have the Bluetooth dongle, here’s what you do:

1. Power on your PS4 by pressing the Power button at the front or by holding in the PlayStation button on your DualShock 4 controller.

2. Insert the Bluetooth dongle into an open USB port on your PlayStation 4.

3. Place your Bluetooth dongle into Pairing Mode by pressing and holding the Bluetooth Pairing button. Do the same with your AirPods.

4. After a few moments, the two devices will pair with one another. You can now enjoy the sounds of your PS4 in your AirPods.

To check that your AirPods are connected, you can:

5. Open Settings on your PS4.

Devices

6. Navigate to Devices and select it.

Audio Devices

7. Under Devices, choose Audio Devices.

8. Next, select Input and Output.

9. If you see your Bluetooth dongle listed, then your AirPods have been connected successfully.

There is one downside you should be aware of. If you were hoping to use the mic, you are out of luck. Your audio will be filtered through to the earbuds, but the mic will not work.

Bottom Line

Even though the AirPods are generally not supported, there are some clever workarounds that can reliably filter the sounds of your PlayStation 4 into your comfortable, and wireless, set of AirPods. You can properly enjoy your game without a wire getting tangled around your wrists.