How To Use ANY Bluetooth Headset With Your Playstation 3 PS3

Ed Steele December 9, 2006 74


So you’ve got your Playstation 3, a copy of Resistance: Fall Of Man and you’re all setup to go multiplayer online. The only thing missing is a wireless headset to chat with your team right? The Playstation 3 uses Bluetooth for its wireless controllers which got me to thinking…what about a Bluetooth headset? Turns out you can pair ANY Bluetooth Headset with your PS3 for voice chat, here’s how.

Turn on your Playstation 3, and from the main menu go to Settings – Accessory Settings – Register Bluetooth Device
You will be presented with two options:
Register BD Remote Control
Register Headset/Microphone/Headphones

Select Register Headset… and put your Bluetooth headset into pairing mode. On your PS3 select Start Scanning
Select your device and enter your pairing code. In most cases for audio devices the default pairing code is “0000”
Now on your PS3, go to Audio Device Settings and change your “Input Device” and “Output Device” to your Bluetooth headset name. Try speaking and watch your “Mic Level” move!
While playing Resistance: Fall Of Man you can voice chat with other players by pressing and holding down L3. I use the Plantronics Pulsar 590 Bluetooth Stereo Headset&nbsp PlayStation 3 Bluetooth Headset 2.0 with my phone, for Bluetooth audio on my laptop, and now for voice chat on my PS3. The Plantronics 590 allows for up to eight device pairings and it works flawlessly with the PS3 – I was even able seamlessly answer an incoming cell phone call and then switch back to PS3 voice chat. :)While playing Resistance I only came across one other person using a Bluetooth headset for voice chat, and he so I wanted to get the word out.
PlayStation 3 Bluetooth Headset 2.0


  1. max ebanks April 24, 2007 at 1:06 am -

    thanx man it really worked.

  2. mlg December 21, 2007 at 4:51 pm -

    does this headset allow you to hear all of the sound effects in the background while you are chatting with your team? If its not default to do that how do you change your settings for it?

  3. enomish January 22, 2008 at 5:19 am -

    my jabra620s bluetooth headset works perfectly with my samsung sgh-u600 cellphone but its untraceable to my ps3 40gb system any suggestions ???( i follow all the steps correctly but my system scan takes hours without finding any device/ im using 2.10 firmware)

  4. MG_SRIK February 20, 2008 at 12:24 am -

    I purchased the Pulser 590 like the article says but for some reason cant get any sound out of the speakers when playing COD4 … the mic is working just no sound….. and yes I set both input and output to be the headset. Any feedback?

  5. rgoff31 February 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm -
  6. james February 22, 2008 at 5:13 pm -

    it will never pick up my bluetooth headset when i try to programme it in. Why is this? Will i have to buy a different one?

  7. alex June 7, 2008 at 5:04 am -

    I bought a headset and i have it connected and everything but when i talk into it nothing happens. and i can’t hear anything through it. can you tell me what’s wrong with it?

  8. WILLIE July 8, 2008 at 6:39 pm -


  9. josh July 24, 2008 at 6:10 am -

    i have a plantronics 220 headset it says on wikepedia it is compatable with ps3 i go to manage bluetooth to pair it up but it never gets picked up on the scan neone that can help i would appreciate it

  10. tamer August 1, 2008 at 12:26 pm -

    where is the L3 button

  11. oscar September 2, 2008 at 9:28 pm -


  12. oscar September 2, 2008 at 9:32 pm -

    hi does any body knows why i CAN’T play PS2 games on my PS3 80GB i upgrade my PS3 AND DOWN LOAD THE PS2 SOFT WARE AND DID MOSTLY EVERYTHING !!CAN ANY ONE HELP ME PLEASE.THANKS.

  13. Guus September 4, 2008 at 6:32 pm -

    I have the Plantronics Pulsar 590A and i connected it with Bluetooth to my PS3.
    The microphone is working fine! But when i play Call Of Duty 4, I hear only my chat on the headset, and the normal gunfire sounds, with the TV boxes. I would LOVE to have the sounds of COD4 on my headphone instead of my TV. Any suggestion? Help appreciated!
    Greetings Guus

  14. kenny1975 September 16, 2008 at 12:03 pm -

    hello i tryed that code an still nothing just cant get the thing 2 pair up can anybody help me cheers

  15. eastboy September 24, 2008 at 11:41 pm -

    i have bought a EX-01 bluetooth handset for P3 but i have failed to pair it with my playstation3. i have a 40GB ps3. i have tried to go to
    accessory settings
    then my ps3 has manage bluetooth
    when i go there en i try to scan it doesnt
    pick up anything.

  16. Robert Grubbs October 2, 2008 at 11:01 pm -

    I setup my bluetooth that I used for the cell phone and it worked …But, when I’m in the middle of playing a game it cuts out. I can still hear the other people, but they can’t hear me… I have a Motorola HT500 v1.2 Can somebody give me some information on why it does that plz and thanks

  17. G Bluetooth October 13, 2008 at 3:37 pm -

    For those of you who have a Plantronics (220,230,320,330,340,350,650,665)headset, the headset needs to be in pairing mode for the PS3 to find it. To do this first switch off the headset, wait a few secs and then power the headset back on only don’t release the power button until the headset light starts to flash Blue/Red. Once it is in pairing mode you can go the PS3 Bluetooth setup and search for device. The PS3 only allows voice Chat and not music or game sound. Actual game audio is played through your speakers.
    I hope at some point that Sony will allow both Game sound and Voice to be sent via BT.
    Cutting out of BT headsets are normally a sign of low battery, the signal then drops due to insufficient power to maintain the connection. I have also heard that there are quite a lot of counterfeit Motorola headsets out there , these cause all sorts of audio problems. Also try to have the headset on the same side as the console so as to not have your head blocking the signal to the console.
    If you still have problems setting the BT headset up you can go to the following links to get step by step info.
    The best most comprehensive instructions and compatibility list i have found to date.

  18. Rachel November 9, 2008 at 8:44 pm -

    Hello! I’m trying to set up my wireless headset that i got with the Tom Clancy game. I can get to the bit where i am pairing it but it’s asking me for a pass code. Any ideas?

  19. TONY November 29, 2008 at 11:57 am -

    0000 SHOULD DO IT

  20. mike December 1, 2008 at 3:36 pm -

    hi guys . did anyone know if the plantronics 360 works good with ps3 80 gb .???

  21. Jamie December 13, 2008 at 5:52 pm -

    How do you talk to your opponent on NHL 09′?

  22. bonger December 30, 2008 at 4:05 pm -

    just use a eye’toy , works fine for me , also have a BT headset, but 4 those who cant get theres working and have a eyetoy say in the corner doing nothing , crack on !

  23. dan January 14, 2009 at 3:19 am -

    thanks.. didnt know you had to switch you i/o devices

  24. chico February 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm -

    my ps3 stays scanning 4 bluetooth want pick up

  25. nick February 9, 2009 at 3:09 pm -

    Is the Jabra VBT185Z Wireless Bluetooth Headset, compatible with the PS3?

  26. James March 2, 2009 at 6:39 pm -

    I cannot hook up my bluetooth to the ps3. I trying scanning and nothing will pick it up.. How do you regestor the bluetooth

  27. MARCUS March 10, 2009 at 6:14 am -

    My ps3 picks up my bluetooth name to select but when i put in the default code it says its and error(8001009)what do i need to do to conect my bluetooth. please send me ancode or something.

  28. marcus March 10, 2009 at 6:21 am -

    By the way i have a motorola H555 and i dont know the pass key to connect it. Ive tried 0000 but its giving me a error. couuld you please give me some advice??

  29. neil March 27, 2009 at 2:40 am -

    when i play online with my motorola bluetooth H555 headeset i can talk but the people can’t hear me. what do i do?

  30. calvin March 28, 2009 at 2:29 am -

    josh, Plantronic220 works fine, just hold the power button while it scans, the power button should blink red and blue.

  31. Jamie April 8, 2009 at 3:00 pm -

    I have been playing BIA Hells Highway and can’t chat with my squad. My headset works fine in SOCOM but it won’t work in this game. I see that my headset is connected and see others talking but I can’t hear them and they can”t hear me. Do you know what I am doing wrong? Also, is there a button you need to press to talk in the game?

  32. denaie May 7, 2009 at 9:21 pm -

    i have paired a new headset 2 my ps3, its asking me for a code so i put in the code from the pack 0000 and it says error!!!! any ideas wat now???? thanx

  33. Pj May 8, 2009 at 5:47 am -

    Can you use 2 headsets in one PS3 console?

  34. Lanfear May 8, 2009 at 10:14 pm -

    I did the same with with my motorola H710, and it works like a charm. However, I find it easiest to buy the stock headset for the PS3. The charger is handy, and using the same headset for my cell and PS3 can lead to battery drain issues.

  35. Craig June 4, 2009 at 9:28 am -

    My dad has gone on holiday and has forgotten his handset. I suggested, instead of buying another hardset, to buy a PS3 BD remote.
    Ans by pressing the PS button / Enter it should pair with the console? Didn’t work.
    When I bought mine I never had any issues with having to enter the accessories/settings menu. I just inserted batteries and off I went!
    Anybody know if he’s flogging a dead horse, and will have to accept that the only way he’ll be able to pair the new device is by using the existing handset to access the relevent menus(50 miles away at home)?

  36. Matt June 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm -

    hey when trying to talk into the headset, while in the audio device so i can test my voice i dont see anything come up, it seems to disconnect itself 2

  37. Matt June 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm -

    i have a Motorola DC800

  38. Jason266 July 12, 2009 at 10:48 pm -

    Evrything seems to be working… But as soon as i turn my mic on i cant hear any 1 talk… It registers that im talking and other people can hear me but i cant hear any 1 els or myself… any idea how to fix it?

  39. Gena H August 9, 2009 at 9:10 am -

    Jabra headset was bothering me, but really I just turned it off, then turned it on while still holding on the “on” button, until the light remained on then the ps3 scanned it. Then it was easy…

  40. DJ September 5, 2009 at 10:52 pm -

    I bought a Motorola S9 bluetooth stereo. I have hooked it up to my PS3 and people are having a hard time understanding me and said I sound like a robot. I’m not sure how to fix it. I tried messing with the pitch but it doesn’t seem to work. Any ideas?

  41. Dave September 7, 2009 at 1:08 am -

    I have several different bluetooth headsets and none work in game. The mic will pick it up in the OS menu but the games will not recognize the the headset. I guess that It could be the games that I am using, please help.

  42. vic September 16, 2009 at 5:03 pm -

    I have a plantronics series 300. I tried to pair it with my ps3 slim. However, my ps3 doesnt seem to detect the bluetooth signal from the headset. any help?

  43. Lee Lugosi October 22, 2009 at 7:09 pm -

    I have the darklite head set but it will not pair up to the ps3 what else has to be done. i have followed everything

  44. April November 7, 2009 at 3:04 am -

    Thanks so much! My PS3 was able to find the Plantronics 220 headset but I couldn’t figure out what to do next. I followed your steps and it works perfectly. Thanks again! :o)

  45. Jodi Gatehouse November 8, 2009 at 7:24 pm -

    I have been searching for an answer to connect my husbands bluetooth to call of duty 4 for the past hour until i came across this…bloody good answers!!! this site is fantastic…thankyou for stopping my husband from moaning…all the other sites i came across were s$%t!

  46. jeremy Prince November 23, 2009 at 10:22 am -

    I have a BT portable bluetooth unit in the car that I use for hands free mobile calls; will this unit if paired up with the PS3?

  47. jeremy Prince November 23, 2009 at 10:24 am -

    I have a BT portable bluetooth unit in the car that I use for hands free mobile calls. Will this unit WORK if paired up with the PS3?

  48. ryan c December 18, 2009 at 4:27 pm -

    I tried to pair my motorola h710 to my ps3 but all it keeps sayin is scanning and wont pick up my headset? Can any1 help with this

  49. Tony December 29, 2009 at 5:09 am -

    I have a nokia BH 102 headset it picks up fine on the ps3 pairs and connects no problem but I can’t chat or here chats playing NHL 2010?? Everything is set up right bit the version is 2.2 does this make a difference in chats? Anyone please help.
    Thank you

  50. RAJ December 30, 2009 at 11:59 am -

    All the people with the connection problem, u have 2 put the headset in to a connection mode. For example on the 02 headset u have hold the on button for 7 secs so a red and blue flashing light appears! The device can then b paired with the ps3, hope this helps.

  51. none December 31, 2009 at 3:37 am -

    i have a motorolla s305 headset and i paired it with my ps3 and i’m trying to play cod4 but i can’t hear the game audio through it and all i am getting is feedback from my own mic any solutions?

  52. graham January 1, 2010 at 4:48 pm -

    hi my bluetooth is connected but no1 can hear me n i cant hear them y is this my input is the bluetooth n my output is off device can any1 help me pls

  53. frankie January 29, 2010 at 1:16 am -

    i have the ps3 slim when i try to scan my 9xxplantronics it wont find it i need help

  54. Tom February 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm -

    when i pair my headset, it is taking ages to scan is this normal, how long should it take to pick it up usually

  55. eric February 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm -

    I paired my bluetooth with the ps3 easily, it picks up my voice and i can adjust the volume just fine. but when i get online to play socom confrontation it doesnt work. it shows i have a headset on the game screen and i can hear other people talk but noone can hear me. am i missing something? i have the input and output set to my bluetooth device in the ps3 audio settings.

  56. Beeza54 March 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm -

    I bought a Sony Bluetooth for PS3 but it fails to pair up with my PS3. I have tried go to settings – accessory settings – manage bluetooth, then it begins to scan but never pairs up. It just keeps scanning. HELP!

  57. kareem March 5, 2010 at 6:53 pm -

    It really works

  58. Cariga Da Wolfman March 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm -

    THIS MESSAGE SHALL HELP EVERYBODY I MEAN EVERYBODY.. every blu tooth works for ps3 thas a fact every blu tooth.. Every headset thas blu tooth every head set thas blu tooth works.. go to scanning ur blu tooth then click and hold ur blu tooth power button till it pops up on ur system the pass key is 0000 and there ur str8

  59. nicole March 30, 2010 at 8:27 pm -

    Hey my names nikki and my headset works for my phone but not for my ps3 =/ what could I do to fix that because I need my cod friends to hear me

  60. Adam August 2, 2010 at 2:48 am -

    how do u set up ur code

  61. j August 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm -

    how do you find out your bluetooth headset name

  62. Sal August 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm -

    using Samsung blue tooth earpiece ( for mboile phone) – to register – make sure bt device is charged up fully, then switch off. Then hold down on/off switch on bt device until you get a steady blue light – you are now in pairing mode – then scan. Once completed – go to audio settings and edit input and output to show the samsung bt device. easy!

  63. Duane February 10, 2011 at 12:47 am -

    Not every bluetooth headset works for a ps3 i just bought one from walmart and it would not pair with my ps3 but it will psir iwth my phone i called sony and they told me that not all bluetooths work basically dwpends on the brand of them. For your best bet try to find one on ebay or sumting like that that is made for the ps3. i know what some people are saying that every bluetooth headset wors. But it is complete bs this is my second try at trying one. And im just gonna buy one that is made for the ps3. I know hty are more expensive than others. that is why i went with the other 2 ones i bought brand was jabra and platronics. I’m just tired of trying to find a cheaper one that works. They have one that is 35 buck at walmart that does work with the ps3 it is in the gaming aisle. Sorry to tell you people this cause trust me i dont wanna buy such a expensive one but it is what it is so yea

  64. (grl)Reganci March 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm -

    Do you have to delete an existing Bluetooth to register a new one? My old BT broke.

  65. kenny May 18, 2011 at 12:51 am -

    how do i get my bluetooth headset into pairing mode?

  66. Bucksatan May 28, 2011 at 2:43 am -

    Go to audio options or device settings. I forget which one. Then you hit options or the triangle button and it brings up all devices. There is a delete option so highlight it, triangle, delete. It’s like the “forget” function on a phone. That gets rid of the old. Go thru the set up for your new one and your good to go man. Hope this helps.

  67. ErikP97 June 1, 2011 at 3:53 am -

    Hi, I recently bought a bluetooth headset know as H200. I set it up correctly, but whenever I talk into it, the bar does not rise in the audio settings.

  68. tyler July 3, 2011 at 8:54 am -

    for the people who keep on saying that it wont pair up, you guys need to manualy put the bluetooth set into pairing mode(should say how to do this in the headsets manual). I have a JAWBONE headset.


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