AirPods are a popular pair of wireless headphones that many people use to listen to music, make phone calls, and watch videos. But several people have asked if they can connect AirPods to a VR headset like Oculus Quest 2?
AirPods can be connected to various devices, including Oculus Quest 2 through a Bluetooth connection. Though there are limitations like latency in games, this can be solved by using an external Bluetooth transmitter.
In this article, I will show you how to connect your AirPods to Oculus Quest 2.
Can I Connect Airpods to Oculus Quest 2?
There is no doubt that AirPods are a popular product. They can be connected to various devices, including Oculus Quest 2.
This allows users to increase the audio quality when having a virtual reality experience, listen to their music, and take calls while playing games or using other apps on the Quest 2.
However, there are some factors to consider before connecting AirPods to Oculus Quest 2.
First, latency in games can be a problem and is a common issue. It’s difficult to play an FPS game at a fast pace when the sound is coming half a second after you shoot. This can be solved by using an external transmitter.
However, there are considerably fewer issues while using streaming apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime, so if your goal is to use your AirPods for streaming through the Oculus, you may be able to bypass the majority of the issues that gamers face.
Second, there is always the potential for interference with other devices that users may have connected to their Quest 2. In this case, users will need to take caution and test compatibility before connecting AirPods.
How to Pair AirPods with the Oculus Quest 2
Oculus prefers that users use a cable connection when using headphones or the headset’s built-in sound system. A wired connection is significantly more reliable than a wireless one, especially when gaming.
That doesn’t mean you can’t utilize Bluetooth earbuds like the AirPods; it simply takes a few minutes to get the pairing process set up.
To connect your AirPods to Oculus Quest 2, follow these simple steps:
- Open the “settings” on your Oculus Quest 2 home screen.
- Navigate and Go to “experimental features” from the sidebar.
- Make sure your Apple AirPods is in pairing mode. If not, click and hold the Bluetooth Pairing button on the AirPod case.
- When In experimental mode you will get a list of Bluetooth devices.
- From the list of Bluetooth devices that you can connect with your Oculus Quest 2, select your AirPods.
How Can You Fix the Pairing Issues When Connection AirPods To Quest 2?
If you’re having trouble connecting your AirPods to your Oculus Quest 2, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot the issue.
First, make sure that your AirPods and Oculus Quest 2 are both properly charged. If they’re not, try charging them both overnight.
Next, try restarting your Oculus Quest 2 and your AirPods.
If all else fails, you can try resetting your AirPods by holding down the power button for 10 seconds.
Using Bluetooth Transmitter For Reduced Latency
One of the benefits of VR is that you want an immersive experience. Since Oculus Quest 2 will have latency using Bluetooth headphones, some people have been wondering if they can use an external Bluetooth transmitter to reduce latency.
While there is no guaranteed way to reduce latency, using a Bluetooth transmitter can help improve performance.
A Bluetooth transmitter connects to your Oculus headset’s 3.5mm audio jack, and your AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones connect to the transmitter.
One of the best transmitters for this purpose is the Avantree Orbit. The Avantree Orbit supports the most recent aptX-LL audio codec, which provides low latency streaming for gaming and movie watching.
How to Set Up a Bluetooth Transmitter for an Oculus Quest 2
Once you’ve decided on the ideal Bluetooth transmitter for you, you’ll need to configure a few things in your headset settings to ensure everything works properly.
Most Bluetooth transmitters, on the other hand, should function automatically when plugged in.
Using the included cable, connect the Bluetooth transmitter to the 3.5 mm audio jack.
To avoid getting tangled in long cords or accidentally yanking the cable out of the audio port, use velcro to secure the cable to the cable and the transmitter to the headset.
Consider purchasing a short 30-centimeter replacement wire, which is the optimum length for keeping everything neatly out of the way.
Can You Connect Bluetooth Headphones to the Oculus Quest 2?
Performance Issues when Oculus Quest 2 Paired to AirPods
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How do I Listen to Music on Oculus Quest 2 With AirPods?
Log in to any Spotify Premium account and start listening to music.
How do I Watch Videos on Oculus Quest 2 With AirPods?
AirPods can be connected to Oculus Quest 2, but there are some limitations like latency and interference. If you want to reduce latency for fast pace games, consider purchasing a Bluetooth transmitter that you can connect to your Quest 2 using a 3.5 mm jack cable.
Espen is the Director of PursuitMeta and has written extensively about Virtual Reality and VR Headsets for years. He is a consumer product expert and has personally tested VR Headsets for the last decade.