How to Use Headphones for the XBox 360

By Cassandra Tribe

Updated September 22, 2017

You can use a generic multimedia headset with an Xbox 360.
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A popular feature of the Microsoft Xbox 360 is its headset capability. Headphones let you play without disturbing those around you and increase the feeling of being totally immersed in the game. You can also use the chat feature and communicate with other players through an Xbox or generic multimedia headset, which is a set of headphones with a built-in mic. Using headphones with the Xbox 360 is simple, requiring only a 3.5 mm plug.

Decrease the volume on your Xbox game controller by turning the volume knob as far as it can go to the left.

Tilt the controller away from you so you can see the expansion port on the bottom of your controller.

Remove the cover to your expansion port by using your fingernail to pry it out.

Insert the plug from the headphones into the center socket of the expansion port. Make sure the plug is fully pushed into the socket.

Turn the volume back up on the controller and start the game. Find a comfortable listening setting for the game. If you are using a headset, adjust your mic so that other players can hear you when you speak.


You don't have to use a headset with an Xbox 360 game that is chat enabled. Headphones will let you listen to other players, although you won’t be able to chat.

If you cannot hear anything or other players cannot hear you when you speak, check to make sure that your multimedia headset is unmuted and the volume turned up on the headset control.


Prolonged exposure to loud sounds through headphones can damage your hearing. Use moderation both in the volume you choose and the amount of time you play while wearing headphones.