How To Use Xbox Headset On Pc


If you're a gamer, chances are that you have an Xbox One or another console. If so, this post is for you! You can use your Xbox headset with your PC if you have Windows 10 installed.

While the steps in this post will be specific to Windows 10 users, other versions of Windows should have similar functionality.

I'll walk you through how to get your Xbox One headset set up and working with your computer it's easy-breezy!

Use Your Xbox Headset on Your PC

Let's get started.

  • Connect your headset to your PC.

  • Set up your PC and headset for use with Windows 10 or Windows 8.1/8, or set up speakers for use with Windows 7

  • Change your PC sound settings so that the microphone is active when you want it to be active and inactive when you want it to be inactive.

Set up your Xbox One headset

The first step is to plug in your Xbox One headset to the controller.

  1. Once you've done that, turn on your console and open the Xbox app on your PC.

  2. Once you're in the Xbox app, select Devices from the left-side menu and then pick your headset from the list of devices connected to your computer.

  3. Once selected, click Connect next to it (if prompted).

Connect your Xbox One headset

  • Connect the Xbox One headset to the controller by plugging the headphone jack into the controller's port.

  • Connect your console to an electrical outlet and turn it on.

  • Connect one end of each cable, or set of cables, to a corresponding port on your Xbox One console and connect the other ends of each cable to a corresponding input on your television or monitor.

  • If you have an HDMI cable connected to your TV or monitor: Plug one end of a component/composite video adapter into either side of your component/composite video input connector (the yellow RCA connector) from step 3; then plug that side into your TV's component video input (or S-Video if available).

If you have an HDMI-to-DVI cable connected: Plug one end into each side of an HDMI-to-DVI adapter; then connect both sides to DVI ports on your PC display with DVI connectors.

Set up your PC

Now that you have the Xbox headset connected to your PC, it's time to set up your computer. We'll assume that you've already downloaded the necessary drivers from Microsoft.

If not, plug in your USB adapter, and Windows will automatically install them for you (you may have to restart your computer after this).

Connect your PC and headset

To connect your Xbox One headset to your PC, you'll need to do the following:

  • Make sure that your Xbox One controller is connected and turned on.

  • The light on the bottom of it should be blue when plugged into a USB port on your computer or green if it's connected via Bluetooth. Please refer to our troubleshooting guide for assistance if this is not the case.

  • If you have never connected an Xbox One controller before, follow these steps:

  • Connect the headset adapter cable from your console's jack to one end of each cable (you may need two sets of 3-to-mini jacks).

  • Plug one end into one side of a mini jack and plug another end into another side with another half of the mini jack; repeat for the other three connections (two more sets)

Once you've done this step successfully after checking again that everything is still working properly and lights are flashing or solid colors as expected, then proceed!

Change your PC sound settings.

After installing Xbox software and a headset, you may utilize the microphone. In Windows Sound Settings' Recording tab, choose your default recorder. If this is your first time, choose Microphone (Stereo).

Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound. All installed devices appear under "Playback" and "Recording." Click each option to hear whether it plays or records.

Control Panel > System & Security > Action Center > System > Device Manager. Right-click audio drivers with red exclamation marks and choose Update Driver Software.

This process can take some time; let it run its course without worrying about how long it takes because we want no red exclamation marks after updating drivers (meaning everything is working fine) and we want this process completed before starting recording to save frustration and time.

Start, Sound, Recording. Search for Sound if you don't see it.

Start, Control Panel, Sound, Recording. Search for Sound if you don't see it. Mics are connected. "Your headset" window Properties (Figure A). Figure B: Test the microphone before continuing.

You can use your Xbox headset on your pc with Windows 10

  • Download the Xbox app.

  • A gaming headset will need a 3.5mm jack for audio and a USB for power, like this one from HyperX.

  • Plug your headset into the USB adapter, then plug that adapter into your PC's USB port.

  • Open up the sound settings on Windows 10 and make sure that "Playback" is set to "Stereo Mix."

If not, click on it and select Stereo Mix from the dropdown menu that appears in its place at the bottom of your screen (or wherever you're setting up your audio devices).

You'll also want to turn off any other applications that may interfere with Sound before installing these drivers like Skype or Discord so they don't cause any distortion while using them together later on down the line (this is common).


With just a few steps and some basic setup, you can use your Xbox One headset on any PC running Windows 10. Enjoy!

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