How to Connect a Headset to a Computer

By Andrew Smith

Headphones can be very useful when enjoying music or playing video games on your computer. If you want to interact with others through your computer, though, you should consider buying a headset. Headsets combine a microphone and earphone into one device, making it much easier to speak with and hear others through the computer. Headsets will come in handy while video chatting or playing online games against friends.

For Desktop

Step 1

Identify the two connector plugs on your headsets. There will be a plug for both the microphone and earphone jack of your computer. If your headphones came with instructions or a manual, read that information to learn which plug is for the microphone and which is for the headphones.

Step 2

Look at the ends of the plugs to find out which is which. The end of the headphones chord will most likely be green or blue, or sometimes black. There will probably be a headphones icon on the end of the plug as well. The plug for the microphone will most likely be pink, although it could be red. Once again, there will probably be a microphone icon on the base of the plug.

Step 3

Find the right jacks on the back of your computer. There should be two jacks that match the colors of the plugs found on your headset. These jacks may also have the microphone and headphone icon underneath them.

Step 4

Plug the microphone chord into the microphone jack and the headphone chord into the headphone jack.

For a Laptop

Step 1

Locate the two jacks on the side of your laptop. These are what you'll need to plug your headset into.

Step 2

Find the microphone and headphone icon above or below the appropriate jack.

Step 3

Plug the microphone chord into the microphone jack and the headphone chord into the headphone jack.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can buy a headset with a USB plug instead of the two separate chords.
  • Only use a headset that is meant for computers. Headsets for the PS3 and Xbox 360 have to be modified to work on your computer. This can actually be more expensive than buying a computer headset.