Tired of always getting tangled up with the wires and untangling the earphones, which continue to “magically” knot in the pockets of your jeans, you have decided to buy your first pair of Bluetooth headphones . The problem, however, is that you have no idea how they work and especially how to connect them to your devices. Don’t worry: it is a procedure that, once explained, turns out to be very simple and, above all, very fast.
In the following chapters, in fact, I will show you how to synchronize the Bluetooth headphones on all the different devices in your possession (computer, smartphone, tablet, TV and so on), so that you can start listening to your favorite music right away. , but also movies, TV series and video games wirelessly, without disturbing those around you.
So, are you ready to go? You will see that the procedure you are going to do is really quick and will become even faster after the first synchronization. The practicality of Bluetooth headphones, in fact, lies in the fact that after the first connection with a device, every time you activate Bluetooth and the headphones are turned on, they will connect directly without the need for any intervention on your part. For all the details, read on.
- Preliminary information
- How to synchronize Bluetooth headphones with PC
- How to sync Bluetooth headphones with Windows
- How to Sync Bluetooth Headphones with Mac
- How to synchronize Bluetooth headphones with smartphones and tablets
- How to Sync Bluetooth Headphones with Android
- How to Sync Bluetooth Headphones with iPhone
- How to sync Bluetooth headphones with other devices
- How to sync 2 Bluetooth headphones
Before we venture into the process of pairing Bluetooth headphones , let me give you a little more information about these devices and the technology that makes them work.
Well, first you need to know that Bluetooth is a short distance communication system . This, in the specific case of headphones, means that you can move away from the device to which you connected them (e.g. the smartphone), but if you go beyond a certain distance the signal will stop arriving and you will begin to hear your music, film or video you are listening to in a noisy way, until the device is completely disconnected. A pair of Bluetooth headphones, in most cases, covers a distance of 10 meters as the crow flies.
Another important thing you need to know is that Bluetooth technology is differentiated by versions, gradually improved, made more functional and deprived of data transmission problems. The latest version available is Bluetooth 5 . Many headphones still use older versions of the standard (such as, for example, versions 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2) which perform below 5.0 but still perform very well.
Of course, the newer versions of the Bluetooth standard have great advantages over the previous ones, such as lower energy consumption (which results in a longer battery life) and less interference in the presence of other Bluetooth devices nearby (so nothing. buzzing, croaking sounds or vibrations). The advice I give you, in case you need to buy a new pair of Bluetooth headphones, is therefore to pay attention and choose a model with version 4.0 or higher of the aforementioned technology. In this regard, you may find my buying guide dedicated to Bluetooth headphones very useful .
The last aspect that I would like to point out, before proceeding with the procedure to synchronize your headphones, is the following: not all computers support Bluetooth technology and in particular the fixed ones do not have it many times. If, in fact, your PC is a bit dated it is possible that you cannot find the Bluetooth settings anywhere. Even to this, however, there is a rather simple solution to adopt, as well as economic.
In fact, you can buy Bluetooth adapters and easily give support to this technology to any PC. There are mainly two types of Bluetooth adapters on the market: those in key format that connect to the USB port of the PC (easier to use) and the expansion cards to be installed inside the computer. However, the choice is yours.
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Well, now that you have discovered the salient aspects of Bluetooth technology, we can take action and see how to connect headphones to various devices. So take five minutes of free time and put into practice the instructions you find below.
How to synchronize Bluetooth headphones with PC
Regardless of the make and model of your PC , connecting Bluetooth headphones to it will be quick and easy: just a few steps, I promise!
How to sync Bluetooth headphones with Windows
The steps to follow on a computer running the Windows operating system are, as mentioned, quite simple. The first thing you need to do is turn on Bluetooth (if necessary). There are several methods to do this: now I will show you the main ones, so you can choose the one that is faster for you.
First, you can turn on Bluetooth via your computer keyboard . Some models have a key with the typical stylized “B” symbol : once pressed, usually a light comes on or the Bluetooth logo appears on the screen, at the bottom right, in the Windows notification area (next to the system clock).
If the key apparently doesn’t work, you can try pressing it at the same time as the Fn key and look for the icon again. In case the Bluetooth icon is not visible in the notification area, you can try clicking on the arrow (▲) and see if it appears.
Alternatively, you can turn on Bluetooth via Windows Settings . In this case, you have to click on the Start button (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen) and then the gear icon on the side of the menu that opens.
Now, among the items in the new window opened, you must select the one called Devices : you will be redirected in a new window, where you will have to select the Bluetooth item and other devices and move the Bluetooth lever to ON .
At this point, the road is all downhill. Now you just have to turn on the Bluetooth headphones by pressing and holding the appropriate button on them. If the headphones are new, it will automatically enter pairing mode ; otherwise you will have to activate it by holding down the key or keys indicated on the device manual. A headset light should flash and a beep should signal pairing mode is activated.
Now there is only one very last step left: the computer’s search for the device . Doing so is very simple; you just have to click on the cartoon icon in the notification area, at the bottom right, and press the Connect button , next to the name of the headphones.
If you have chosen the second mode, however, the name of the headphones will appear in the Bluetooth settings screen and just click on Connect . It wasn’t that hard, was it?
Note: In some cases, you may be required to enter a confirmation code for headset pairing. Typically, it’s 0000 , but check the manual to be sure.
How to Sync Bluetooth Headphones with Mac
If you are using a Mac , the first thing you need to do is turn on Bluetooth . To do this you need to access the System Preferences , which is the icon marked by the wheel in the Dock bar.
Once this is done, click on the Bluetooth icon and press the Activate Bluetooth button , to activate Bluetooth. I recommend that you leave this window open because you will also need it in the next step.
Now you need to pair the headphones to the computer. To do this, you must activate the pairing mode (i.e. the pairing mode) on the latter, by holding down the button on the same for a few seconds or by pressing the combination of keys shown in the instructions in the case (this varies from brand to brand, to times from model to model).
Now, returning to the System Preferences, you will see the name of the headphones appear : all you have to do is click on the relative Connect button and wait for the pairing to finish.
Note: In some cases, you may be required to enter a confirmation code to establish the connection with the headset. Typically, the code is 0000 , but check the instruction manual to be sure.
How to synchronize Bluetooth headphones with smartphones and tablets
If you want to connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones to your smartphone or tablet , you have to follow, even in this case, a few simple steps. Here’s everything in detail.
How to Sync Bluetooth Headphones with Android
The first thing to do, if you are using an Android device , is to turn on Bluetooth in the system settings. To complete this first important step, you need to unlock the device screen, go to the Settings menu (the gear icon on the Home screen or in the app drawer), select the Wireless and networks> Bluetooth items from the screen that opens and move the lever relating to the aforementioned technology to ON .
Now that the Bluetooth connection is active, you can connect the headphones to your smartphone or tablet. To do this, you just need to put the headphones in pairing mode , holding down the power button or the combination dedicated to pairing (which you can find in the instruction booklet).
If you’re not sure if pairing mode is activated, check your headphones – if there is a flashing LED , it means everything is going fine. Furthermore, many headphones emit an acoustic signal that often consists of a voice that says, in fact, “peiring”.
Now that Bluetooth is active and the headphones are in the correct mode, all you have to do is create a connection between the two devices: to do this, you just have to select the name of the headphones on your smartphone or tablet and wait a few seconds. Under it the word “Connected” will appear .
How to Sync Bluetooth Headphones with iPhone
Also for the iPhone and iPad, the procedure for synchronizing the Bluetooth headphones is very simple and fast: just unlock the device screen, go to the Settings (by pressing the gear icon located on the Home screen), go to Bluetooth and move the lever relative to this technology to ON . Bluetooth is active when the lever turns green.
Now you just have to activate the pairing mode on the headphones and pair them with the iPhone. To do this, just hold down the power button of the headphones (or the combination of keys provided by your specific model of headphones; check the manual) for a few seconds and wait for a light signal or, alternatively, an audio signal.
When the mode is activated, tap on the name of the headphones that appeared on the iPhone or iPad (always in the Bluetooth menu) and wait a few seconds.
Some models of headphones produced by Apple, such as the most recent Beats branded ones , have a particular chip (H1) that allows you to perform an even faster pairing to iPhone and iPad and at the same time associate the headphones to all connected Apple devices to the same user account ( Apple ID ).
To take advantage of this possibility, simply activate the pairing mode on the headphones (e.g. by holding down the power button), bring the latter to the iPhone or iPad (screen unlocked) and answer affirmatively to the pairing request. that appears on the display.
How to sync Bluetooth headphones with other devices
Computers and smartphones aren’t the only devices that Bluetooth headphones can be connected to. In fact, you can also use them on numerous other devices, such as Smart TVs .
The way to synchronize the Bluetooth headphones remains practically unchanged regardless of the device with which to pair them: it is always necessary to activate Bluetooth on the latter, put the headphones in pairing mode and, once done, select the name of the same in the Settings of the target device (usually in the same screen that enabled Bluetooth to be activated).
Also with regard to Smart TVs, the procedure is very simple even if not all of them, even when equipped with this technology, allow any type of Bluetooth headset to connect. If you want to connect the ones you own to your Smart TV and you encounter difficulties, I suggest you read my guide dedicated to the subject . This way you can watch movies and series without disturbing other people who may be engaged in different activities and concentration.
As for gaming consoles, however, things are different. PlayStation 4 , for example, has some problems when it comes to Bluetooth headphones, as Sony has decided not to allow a standard connection to headphones of this type. For more details, check out my guide on how to connect headphones to PS4 .
How to sync 2 Bluetooth headphones
Did you know that, in addition to everything I have described to you, there is also the possibility of connecting two pairs of Bluetooth headphones to a single device ? This is a nice advantage that allows, for example, two pairs of headphones to simultaneously listen to the same sounds coming from a single smartphone, tablet or PC.
This possibility is offered, however, only by devices with support for Bluetooth 5.0 . How do you say? Are your headphones and those of your friend compatible with this technology? Then you just have to find out how to synchronize them both by following my guide on the subject : you won’t regret it!