How To Connect A Bluetooth Headset To A PS3
How to connect a Bluetooth headset to a PS3 is a rather simple task as long as you know what you are doing. Because no cords are involved with a Bluetooth headset it will take a few more steps than a USB or corded headset.
To connect a Bluetooth headset to a PS3, you will need:
- PS3 Controller
- Bluetooth Headset
- Bluetooth Headset Owner’s Manual
- Read your Bluetooth headset owner’s manual. You want to read the manual to ensure that you know the proper want to set your headset up for pairing. You also want to ensure that there is nothing specific your headset requires while setting it up.
- Turn on your PS3 and PS3 controller. Once you have turned on your console and controller use your controller to navigate to your “Settings” menu. When you reach the settings menu press”X” on your controller to select the “Settings” option.
- Scroll down to the “Accessory Settings” menu option. Once you are in the “Settings” menu you will need to scroll down until you find the menu labeled “Accessory Settings”. Once again press “X” on the controller to select the “Accessory Settings” option.
- Select the “Manage Bluetooth Devices” options. Once you are in the “Accessory Settings” menu you will want to find, and select by pressing “X” on your controller, the “Manage Bluetooth Devices” option.
- Turn your Bluetooth Headset on and set it up for pairing. As mentioned above you should always check your owner’s manual to ensure that you are setting your headset up for pairing properly. For most Bluetooth headsets setting it up for pairing is quite easy. You would simply press and hold the button on your headset until the light on your headset flashes. This may not be the proper way to pair your headset so always follow the owner’s manual directions.
- Register a new device. Once you enter the “Manage Bluetooth Devices” menu option your PS3 will display the following message, “There are no Bluetooth devices registered. Do you want to register a device?” Navigate to the “Yes” option and select it by pressing “X” on your controller.
- Begin to scan for a Bluetooth device. After selecting that yes you would like to register a device your PS3 will display the following message, “To register (pair), you will need to prepare the Bluetooth device. For information on preparing the device, refer to the instructions supplied with the Bluetooth device.” Once you are sure that your Bluetooth headset is set up for pairing you will want to navigate to the “Start Scanning” option and press “X” on your controller to select the option.
- You will need to verify your Bluetooth device now. While your PS3 is trying to pair with your Bluetooth headset it will display “Scanning…” on your screen. Once it has found and paired with your Bluetooth headset the PS3 console will prompt you to supply a four digit code that verifies this Bluetooth device is actually yours. You will be able to find this code in your owner’s manual as well.
- Verify your “Audio Device Settings” are correct. You will want to navigate back to the “Accessory Settings” menu then scroll down to the “Audio Device Settings” menu option. Enter this menu by pressing “X” on your controller when it is highlighted on your screen. There is an option to change the microphone sensitivity, before assuming that the highest setting is needed you should test the different levels out. With the newer Bluetooth headsets setting the microphone sensitivity on “1” may be enough, while older ones recommend you set the headset on “5”.
- Verify your Input Device and Output Device settings. Within the same menu where you adjust the microphone sensitivity you can also select what device is use for the input and output on your PS3 console. Most people prefer to have their “Output Device” set as their Bluetooth Headset, while others prefer to use their TV. You will need to ensure that your “Input Device” is set to your Bluetooth headset so that your microphone will work.