If you are a fan of Apple headphones and have a PS4, you might have tried to connect them to your console at some point. However, you may have run into some difficulties, as not all Apple headphones are compatible with the PS4.

In this article, we will guide you through the process of how to get Apple headphones to work on a PS4 and provide solutions to common issues you might encounter.

Are Apple Headphones Compatible With PS4?

Yes, Apple headphones can be compatible with a PS4, but it depends on the model of headphones and the method of connection.

Apple headphones with a 3.5mm audio jack can work on a PS4, including the following models:

  • Apple EarPods
  • Apple EarPods with Lightning Connector
  • Older models of Apple headphones with a 3.5mm audio jack

However, if your Apple headphones only have a Lightning connector, you will need an adapter to convert the Lightning connection to a 3.5mm audio jack to use them with the PS4.

Additionally, some models of Apple headphones with Bluetooth connectivity can also work with a PS4, but compatibility may vary depending on the model. It’s always a good idea to check the compatibility of your headphones with the PS4 before trying to use them.

The microphone, however, will not function(which can work by the different methods explained below). The reason is that PS4 controllers only support OMTP standards; Apple uses CTIA standard headphones.

Why Apple Headphones May Not Work on PS4?

  • PS4 has some limitations regarding compatibility with different headphones
  • Apple headphones with a 3.5mm audio jack or Bluetooth connectivity can work on PS4
  • Compatibility with PS4 depends on the model of the headphones and the connection method used

How to Get Apple Headphones To Work on PS4?(4 ways)

Apple headphones are an excellent choice for anyone who wants high-quality sound and privacy. They are compatible with most smartphones, including the PlayStation 4.

Here are different ways to connect your Apple headphones to your PlayStation 4:

1. Pair via Bluetooth: Connecting Apple Headphones to PS4 Wirelessly.

If your Apple headphones have Bluetooth connectivity, you can pair them with the PS4 console to use them wirelessly.

To do this, go to the PS4 settings menu, select “Devices,” then “Bluetooth Devices,” and put your Apple headphones into pairing mode. Once the PS4 detects your headphones, select them from the list of available devices and connect.

However, not all models of Apple headphones are compatible with the PS4 Bluetooth connection, so you should check the compatibility before trying to connect wirelessly.

Apple wirless headphones

2. Connect By using Bluetooth Adapter:

 To use the PlayStation 4, Apple headphones must be powered by a Bluetooth adaptor. Here are steps to connect to PS4 by using a Bluetooth adapter.

  1. Bluetooth-enabled PS4 is required
  2. Insert a Bluetooth adapter into the USB port of the PS4
  3. Pair the Apple headphones with a Bluetooth adapter.
  4. After pairing, enjoy your Game!

You can get Third Party Bluetooth adapters from most certified PlayStation parts dealers.

3. Connect by using a USB receiver:

You will need a USB receiver to connect your Apple headphones to your PS4.

PlayStation 4 features a standard headphone jack that adheres to CTIA specifications. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Connect your Apple headphones to the USB receiver and enable pairing mode
  2. The Apple headphone will display a solid blue light when attached to PS4.

There are many different USB receivers available on the market, so it is essential to find the one compatible with your Device.

4. Connect by using a set of Audio cables:

Apple’s brand of headphones is not compatible with PlayStation 4. To use these Apple headphones with a PlayStation 4, users need to connect the wired headphones to the PlayStation 4 using an audio cable.

  1. If you’re using the USB cable, ensure your headphones are charged.
  2. Now plug your headphone’s USB adapter into your PS4’s port. 
  3. Add your headphone to pairing mode. 
  4. If the blue light stops flashing and becomes solid blue, your headphones can play audio.

Audio cables

The audio adapter can be bought online or at various stores. The audio adapter will need to be connected between the Apple headphone and the audio port on the PlayStation 4. 

5. Troubleshooting: What to Do If Apple Headphones Still Don’t Work on PS4:

If your Apple headphones still don’t work on your PS4, try the following troubleshooting steps:

  • Make sure your headphones are fully charged or have fresh batteries if they are wireless
  • Check the audio settings on the PS4 to ensure they are set up correctly
  • Try a different set of headphones to see if they work with your PS4
  • Update your PS4 system software to the latest version
  • Restart your PS4 console and try again


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Adjust Audio Settings: Configuring Sound and Microphone on PS4

After connecting your Apple headphones to the PS4, you may need to adjust the audio settings. Go to the PS4 settings menu, select “Devices,” then “Audio Devices,” and choose “Output to Headphones” to configure how the audio is routed through your headphones.

You can also select “Adjust Microphone Level” to adjust the volume of your microphone.

How to Talk Without a Mic on PS4?

If you want to use Apple headphones with your PlayStation 4, there are a few ways to do it. One way is to use the remote play app on your phone. 

 To use the “Remote play app,"

  • You must first download it from the App Store or Google Play.
  • After downloading the app, please open it and sign in with your PS4 account.
  • Then, select “Add Device.” You will be asked to input the type of Device (i.e., Apple headphones). On your PS4, go to Settings > Remote Play Connection Settings> Add Device 
  • Connect your PS4 controller to your smartphone. You will now get a code to link your Device to the PS4
  • Press and hold down the PS4’s controller and Share buttons simultaneously until your controller’s LED blinks.
  • Locate your Device’s Bluetooth list in the Settings tab of your phone.
  • Click on your PS4 controller & pair it with a smartphone
  • Select Settings from the remote play app on your phone.
  • Turn on the microphone.

Remote play app


By following the steps outlined in this article, you should be able to get your Apple headphones working on your PS4. Whether you prefer a wired or wireless connection, using Apple headphones with your PS4 can enhance your gaming and communication experience. Enjoy

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Connect Your Headphone To PS4 Through Mobile Phone?

It is possible to connect your headphones to a PS4 through a mobile phone using the Remote Play app. Once you have installed the app and connected your Apple headphones to your PlayStation 4, you can start playing games.

Oliver Dules
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