July 10, 2022How to Use Xbox 360 Headset on Xbox One Without Adapter?

The Xbox 360 was among the most popular gaming consoles, selling about 85.8 million units across the world. But on April 20, 2016, Microsoft suddenly announced that they would end the production of the Xbox 360 hardware but would still support the platform. 

But why was the Xbox 360 so popular? It was because it was equipped with world-class (at the time) components with top-notch features and was competitively priced at its launch. 

Just like how popular the Xbox 360 is, its accessories also sold pretty well during their launch. One of which was the Xbox 360 headset. The Xbox 360 headset, unlike many other gaming headsets, came with a 2.5-mm jack instead of the widely-used 3.5-mm jack. 

Then, fast forward to the release of the Xbox One with a 3.5-mm jack. The issue with the 2.5-mm jack on the Xbox 360 has started to raise some concerns among headset users. Many are concerned regarding how users of the headset will be able to use it on the Xbox One without an adapter.

But, don’t worry! We’ve got your back! We’ll discuss three different ways how to use Xbox 360 headset on Xbox One without adapter. We’ve listed for you one hard way and two easy ways you can do it. 

Now, let’s get into it!

Surgical Intervention


The first way that we’ll walk you through is the hardest way. This is the correct (but maybe not the best if you’re not a pro) way of doing it. But before you start, you must be aware of the precautions associated with doing this. 

Performing surgery on your Xbox 360 headset is a high-risk but high-reward procedure. If done correctly, you’ll be able to utilize your headset on 3.5-mm headphone jack audio devices like the Xbox One. However, if you fail, your Xbox 360 headset may no longer work, and you will need to purchase a new headset or other third-party headsets.

That being said, you would take your own risk by doing this. Now that’s out of the way and you still want to continue with it, we’ll run you through the steps to do it. But first, you’ll need the following tools:

Things You’ll Need:

  • 3.5-mm headphone jack replacement
  • A cutter, an Exacto knife, or any other sharp knife.
  • Wire stripper (optional)
  • Soldering iron
  • Electrical tape
  • Your Xbox 360 headset

The first step to doing this properly is to cut the Xbox 360 cable that’s just above the jack using your cutter, an Exacto knife, or any other sharp knife. Trim the cable about 3 inches beyond the pin. Once you’ve cut the cable, slowly strip the wires back until you see the copper wires behind their colored plastic covers. 

Now that you see the copper wires, it’s time to splice them together. You’ll notice that the color of the two cables is different. This will help you determine which wires need to be matched together. 

This is where it gets kind of confusing. The older Xbox 360 headset has white, red, and gold wires, while the latest version of the Xbox 360 headset has red, green, and black or gold wires. Meanwhile, the Xbox One has white, blue, and gold wires. 

To splice the three wires to the new 3.5-mm headphone jack replacement, you’ll have to splice:

Older Version

  • White to white
  • Red to blue
  • Gold to gold

Newer Version

  • Red to white
  • Green to blue
  • Black/gold to gold

When doing this, take your time because there isn’t a time limit for this. Taking your time will avoid making mistakes and increase your chances of success.

Once you’re done soldering the wires to the 3.5-mm headphone jack replacement, let it cool for a few seconds first before using the electrical tape to cover the exposed wires

After wrapping electrical tape on the exposed wires, your headset should work perfectly with your Xbox One console once you connect it. Check out the game audio if it works with your Xbox One.

Most would say that doing this would be too much work or that it’s too hard, which it really is. But that doesn’t stop other people from doing what they want with their own headsets. So, if you don’t want to invest in an adapter, you can easily perform surgery or the next easy steps we’re going to discuss below.

Aluminum Foil Wrap

Aluminum Foil Wrap

The next process is an inexpensive and quick way to allow you to use Xbox 360 headset without an adapter. Using foil beats performing surgery on your headset. Additionally, aluminum foil is very accessible and is a great conductor. 

Things You’ll Need:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Scissors

Before anything else, you must know that this is a Hail Mary and it isn’t always guaranteed to work. But of course, it’s much easier than performing surgery on your headset. Plus, you won’t lose anything by trying this (well, maybe except for a bit of foil).

The first step is to cut a small sheet of aluminum foil and fold it neatly about three to four times. Remember, don’t crumple the foil since we need a seamless flowing current for this to work.

Once you have folded your aluminum sheet, wrap it tightly around the 2.5-mm pin. Make sure that you wrap it securely. 

After wrapping it around the 2.5-mm pin, try inserting it into the jack. Ensure that you have enough foil that it’s not too tight or too loose or it won’t work. There’s a chance that the foil will get stuck inside the jack, but don’t worry because you can just pull it out using a pair of tweezers.

Once you’ve successfully inserted it, you can now try it out to see if it works.

Doing this process may cause you to miss out on a few features, but at least you’ll be able to connect your headset to your Xbox One to enjoy the headset’s top-notch sound quality.

Copper Wire

Copper Wire

Things You’ll Need:

  • Thin copper wire
  • Wire cutter

The last process that you can try out is by using a thin copper wire. This process, just like with the foil, might not work. 

Take a thin copper wire and wrap it around the 2.5-mm pin. You don’t have to use too much, just enough to make the pin sit on the jack. Using too much might damage the jack, and using too little will make it not work, so be careful.

Start to wrap the wire from the bottom and move upwards until you reach the tip of the pin. Make sure to cover as much of the pin before you try inserting it into the jack.


And that’s it! We hope this article helped you! But if you want a sure solution, it would be best to use a USB adapter, a stereo headset adapter, or just purchase any other third-party headset

Happy gaming!