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How to Connect Turtle Beach Headphones to Xbox One: The No-Fuss Guide

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 with Xbox One controllers
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 with Xbox One controllers

Learn how to pair and use your Turtle Beach Headphones with Xbox One and what to do when they won’t connect.

Turtle Beach headphones are renowned for their ability to give gamers a bigger competitive edge, so getting a pair for your Xbox One can be a fun experience! But it can all go down fast if you have trouble connecting them.

Not knowing where and how to start can be frustrating – especially if you have very limited game time. Who wants to spend the rest of their rest day fixing a supposed-to-be straightforward problem?

We’ve got you covered. In this guide, we’ll show you how to connect your Turtle Beach headphones to Xbox One and how you can troubleshoot any connection issues that may crop up.

Let’s begin!

Which Turtle Beach Headphones Work With Xbox One?

As long as your headset has the standard 3.5mm audio jack, it will work with the Xbox One, Series S, or Series X.

Unfortunately, that kind of universal compatibility does not apply to wireless headphones.

That’s because Xbox One does not support Bluetooth audio, which is the most common wireless communication technology used by wireless devices such as headphones.

Instead of using Bluetooth, Microsoft developed their proprietary wireless technology – Xbox Wireless, for the Xbox One, Series S, and Series X.

“Xbox Wireless” uses radio frequency (RF) technology that offers gamers two significant advantages over Bluetooth: reduced latency and better sound quality, among other things. In short, Xbox Wireless, despite lacking the universal appeal of Bluetooth, is thought to be the better choice for people seeking premium wireless gaming experiences.

Wireless headphones can transmit sound through Bluetooth, RF, or other technologies. If you’re considering buying new headphones, here’s a complete guide breaking down the pros and cons of each wireless technology.

The good news is, just a little ahead of the Xbox One’s launch in 2013, Turtle Beach became one of the few brands to officially produce Microsoft-licensed gaming headsets for Xbox.

These Xbox-friendly Turtle Beach headsets do not use Bluetooth but adopt the same “Xbox Wireless” technology to connect seamlessly with the Xbox One, Series S, and Series X. This means you can only virtually use them with Xbox consoles.

Right now, the only available Xbox-compatible wireless Turtle Beach headsets are Stealth 600 Gen 2 and Stealth 700 Gen 2.

But, if you have a headset that is not compatible with the Xbox, don’t worry. With some workarounds, you can still connect and use it with your Xbox One, Series S, or Series X, with a few limitations.

Refer to this complete step-by-step guide to learn how to connect any Bluetooth headphones to your Xbox One.

How to Turn Turtle Beach Headphones Into Pairing Mode

It’s pretty straightforward to set up an Xbox-compatible Turtle Beach headset with your Xbox console.

Your Turtle Beach headphones should automatically be on pairing mode when you turn them on for the first time. Otherwise, you can manually turn on pairing mode to kickstart the process.

Enabling pairing mode can differ slightly depending on the model of your Turtle Beach headphones. But to save you some trouble, here’s an overview on how to turn your wireless Turtle Beach to pairing mode:

The connect button is on the underside of your headphones’ left ear cup, just below the USB charging port.
  • For Stealth 600 Gen 2 Max: Turn on the USB transmitter and plug it into Xbox One’s USB port. Then, press and hold the power button on the underside of the left ear cup (next to the headset’s USB charging port) to turn on the headset. This should automatically connect the headphones with the transmitter and, effectively, with Xbox.

How to Connect Turtle Beach Headphones to Xbox One

With pairing mode activated, you are now ready to start the connection process. Fortunately, Xbox-compatible Turtle Beach headsets are easy to connect as they can connect directly to the console’s built-in wireless adapter.

Here’s what you need to do (if you’re trying to connect Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 to Xbox One):

  1. Press the power button to turn on your Xbox One, Series S, or Series X console.
  2. Next, press the Enroll/Connect button on your Xbox One console till the power LED light blinks, which indicates it’s ready for pairing.
    For Xbox One, the enroll or connect button is on the adjacent side of the disk drive. For Xbox One Series S and Series X, you can find the connect button on the lower right side of the front panel.

    Turning Xbox One to pairing mode (From: Youtube/My Mate VINCE) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zekch0_z_IM
    Turning Xbox One to pairing mode (From: Youtube/My Mate VINCE)
  3. Activate pairing mode on your Turtle Beach headset as per the steps laid out in the previous section.

    Turning Stealth 700 Gen 2 to pairing mode (From: Youtube/TurtleBeach) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57mPl7gfArM
    Turning Stealth 700 Gen 2 to pairing mode (From: Youtube/TurtleBeach)
  4. Both LEDs will start to flash rapidly before turning static moments later.
    A static green light on your Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 will glow solid – this means your headset and console have paired successfully.

    Successfully paired Turtle Beach headset to Xbox One (From: Youtube/TurtleBeach)
    Successfully paired Turtle Beach headset to Xbox One (From: Youtube/TurtleBeach)
  5. Once your headset is paired, a notification indicating “Headset Assigned” should pop up on your screen, and you should hear in-game audio immediately.

What to Do When Turtle Beach Headphones Won’t Connect to Xbox One

Despite them being Xbox-friendly wireless headsets, it may sometimes happen that your Turtle Beach headphones won’t connect to the Xbox One, Series S, or Series X console.

Common causes include outdated firmware on either your headset or Xbox console, low battery, or even Bluetooth interference.

Don’t fret because it’s fairly easy to rectify these issues once you know the steps.

Make sure you got the right Xbox-compatible variant

One of the first things to do when your Turtle Beach headphones won’t connect with Xbox is to verify that you have the correct variant.

Each Xbox-compatible Turtle Beach headset also has PS4/PS5-compatible variants. Unfortunately, there are times when buyers go for the wrong model, whether intentionally or not.

The bad news is that the Turtle Beach headsets’ PS4/PS5 variant would not be compatible with Xbox. The only way to use these is to use the headphones’ 3.5mm jack, which ultimately renders useless its wireless functionality.

To determine whether you got the correct variant, check the packaging or contact your headset store.

Hard reset your Turtle Beach headphones

Performing a hard reset usually helps resolve technical problems such as an unresponsive headset (i.e., displaying a solid red LED) and clears any connectivity-related issues.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Hold down the Connect/Bluetooth and Mode buttons on your headset for about 20 seconds or until the headset turns off automatically.
    Make sure to avoid releasing the buttons too early, as this might interfere with the hard reset process.

    Pressing Connect/Bluetooth and Mode buttons on Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 (From: Youtube/ YourSixStudios) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dghTCNS6Pk
    Pressing Connect/Bluetooth and Mode buttons on Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 (From: Youtube/YourSixStudios)
  2. Press the power button to turn your headset back on and restart the pairing and connecting process.

    Restarting Turtle Beach headset
    Restarting Turtle Beach headset(From: Youtube/YourSixStudios)

Update your Turtle Beach headphones’ firmware

Make sure your Turtle Beach headphones are running the most up-to-date firmware. An updated headset will help solve any remaining incompatibility or connection issues, allowing you to enjoy the whole audio experience.

To update your headset’s firmware, you need to automatically download the official Turtle Beach Audio Hub Updater program, which is available on both PC and Mac.

This should not be confused with the Turtle Beach Audio Hub App. This companion app allows you to customize audio EQs easily, adjust microphone settings, and enable other features from your mobile device.

Follow these steps to update the firmware:

  1. Connect your Turtle Beach Xbox headphones to your PC or Mac using the USB cable.

    Connecting Turtle Beach headset to PC via USB cable (From: Youtube/YourSixStudios) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k137gZ4VVlw
    Connecting Turtle Beach headset to PC via USB cable (From: Youtube/YourSixStudios)
  2. Launch the Turtle Beach Audio Hub Updater program on your PC or Mac.

    Running Turtle Beach Audio Hub Updater on PC (From: Youtube/YourSixStudios)
    Running Turtle Beach Audio Hub Updater on PC (From: Youtube/YourSixStudios)
  3. The program will automatically detect if your headset requires an update. If it does, you should see a prompt to begin the process.
    Do not disconnect your headset during this process, as it might interrupt the update.

    Updating Turtle Beach headset on PC (From: Youtube/YourSixStudios)
    Updating Turtle Beach headset on PC (From: Youtube/YourSixStudios)
  4. Once the update is complete, restart the connection process as per the steps provided in the previous section.

Make sure your headset has enough charge

Turtle Beach wireless headsets like the Stealth 700 Gen 2 for Xbox One use rechargeable batteries that can give up to 20 hours of power on a full charge.

Ensure your headset has enough battery power to connect with your Xbox One, Series S, and Series X consoles. Without enough charge, wireless accessories like headphones either lose their pairing functionality or cannot maintain a connection with other devices.

Your headset’s LED lights will change depending on the battery levels. A “breathing” red light indicates low battery, while a “breathing” green light indicates a fully charged headset.

Here’s how you can charge the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2:

  1. Connect your headset to the Xbox One, Series S, or Series X console’s USB port using the Micro-USB to USB cable that comes with the kit.

    Connecting Turtle Beach headset to Xbox via wire (From: TurtleBeach) https://support.turtlebeach.com/s/article/115001606014-Stealth-600-for-Xbox-One-Charging-the-Headset?language=en_US
    Connecting Turtle Beach headset to Xbox via wire (From: TurtleBeach
  2. The headset’s LED light should turn a solid red once it is plugged in and charging.
  3. Leave your headset to charge for three to four hours.
  4. Once charging is complete, your headset’s LED will glow green.

Check if your Xbox system is up-to-date

Just like your headphones’ firmware, it’s equally important to keep your Xbox One’s system up-to-date as outdated consoles may not function properly, which could prevent external devices like headsets from connecting.

Microsoft occasionally rolls out these system updates to improve the Xbox platform, such as patching security vulnerabilities or adding other gaming features and enhancements.

Do not confuse Xbox system updates with firmware upgrades for your Xbox One controller. The latter help maximize your controller’s capabilities and compatibility.

An outdated Xbox One, Series S, or Series X console will not be able to take advantage of these new features. In some cases, you won’t even be able to connect to the Xbox network to play multiplayer games.

By default, your Xbox console is set to download and install updates at night when it’s not in use. However, there may be situations where it might get accidentally disconnected from the internet, thus interrupting or preventing the update.

If that’s the case, follow these steps to manually update your Xbox One, Series S, or Series X console:

  1. Ensure your console is connected to the internet.
  2. Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the home page.

    Xbox button on controller
    Xbox button on the controller
  3. Select Profile & system > Settings > System,then select Updates & downloads.

    Accessing 'Updates & downloads' option (From: Youtube/Gauging Gadgets) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJwnvIdsT5M
    Accessing the ‘Updates & downloads’ option (From: Youtube/Gauging Gadgets)
  4. You should see the prompt ‘Console update available’ if there is an update. Select it to start the update process.

Reboot your console

You can also physically disconnect and reboot your Xbox console, which is a common fix for issues like freezing, technical glitches, or connectivity problems.

It’s a quick and straightforward process that is perfectly safe as it does not erase your games or saved data inside the console.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Press and hold the Xbox button on the front of the console for about 10 seconds until the light turns off, and the console shuts down completely.
  2. Disconnect the Xbox One’s power cable and wait 20 seconds. Doing so resets the power supply.
  3. Reconnect the power cable to your Xbox One.
  4. Press the Xbox Power button on the front of the console to turn it on.
  5. You may now reattempt the pairing process with your Turtle Beach headset.

Conclusion

As a Turtle Beach headphones owner, you deserve to enjoy an immersive gaming audio experience. Unfortunately, connection issues may occasionally get in the way of your fun.

Luckily, if you ever face issues trying to connect your Turtle Beach headphones with your Xbox One console, you know how to rectify this problem.

Hopefully, you’ll now be to fully enjoy your Turtle Beach headphones and also help out your fellow gamer friends if they face a similar situation.

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