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How to Connect Onn Headphones & Earbuds to Bluetooth

by on February 11, 2019
in Music and Video, Headphones, Tips & How-Tos, Tech 101 :: 28 comments

ONN is an inexpensive brand of headphones and earbuds sold by Walmart. Based on the poor ratings, it looks like many people have issues with them. If you're having trouble figuring out how to connect your ONN headphones to Bluetooth, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on pairing mode for your Onn headphones
  2. Find your Onn headphones on your phone or laptop and pair them
  3. Confirm successful pairing
  4. Troubleshoot your Bluetooth connection.

1. Turn on pairing mode for your Onn headphones

Onn headphones and earbuds use a shared button for Power On/Off and Bluetooth pairing. If you press and hold the button for 3-4 seconds (based on comments from owners below, some models may require 8-10 seconds), the headphones will power on and you'll see a flashing LED light indicating the headphones are now in pairing mode. The LED will either flash between red and blue or just blue, also depending on model.

2. Find your Onn headphones on your phone or laptop and pair them

Android. Go to Settings and turn on Bluetooth. In Bluetooth click “Pair new device”. When you see your Onn headphones come up in the list, tap it and it should be paired with your phone.

iPhone. Go to Settings and then Bluetooth. Turn on Bluetooth. Look for your Onn headphones under “OTHER DEVICES” and tap on it to connect.

MacOS. On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Bluetooth. Select your Onn headphones from the list, then click Connect. If asked, click Accept.

Windows 10. Open “Bluetooth & other devices” in the System Settings either by clicking on your Bluetooth button in the tool bar and selecting “Show Bluetooth devices”. If the Bluetooth button is hidden, you'll find it under the upward arrow on the task bar at the bottom of your display (see below).

Bluetooth button on Windows 10

When the Add a device window comes up, click “Bluetooth”. Look for your Onn headphones in the list and tap on it to connect. Alternatively, search for “Bluetooth” in your Windows search box. When the Bluetooth & other devices window comes up, make sure Bluetooth is on then click “Add Bluetooth or other device” and select your device from the list.

3. Confirm successful pairing

When you have successfully paired your Onn headphones to your phone or laptop, the LED on your headphones will stop blinking.

4. Troubleshooting your Bluetooth connection

If you have followed the steps above and your device still isn’t pairing, try the steps in our detailed guide on how to fix Bluetooth pairing problems.

And if you're ready to ditch your Onn headphones for something better, but still don't want to spend a fortune, take a look at our pick for the best Bluetooth headphones under $50.

[Image credits: Walmart, Techlicious]



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Cannot pair to a new phone

From Craig J Hiatt on March 13, 2019 :: 4:16 pm

I have been using my ONN earbuds for several months.  When powered on the message is power on then blue tooth connected.  When pairing the phrase is ready to pair.  I change phone and now I get the power on but not ready to pair or blue tooth connected.  I have tried charging the earbuds, leaving them off for several hours.  Is there any thing else i can do?

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Did you put in pairing mode?

From Josh Kirschner on March 13, 2019 :: 5:27 pm

It’s not clear from your question, but did you try to put the headphones in pairing mode by pressing and holding the power button for 3-4 seconds (step 1)? If you did, what happened?

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Got it figured out

From Craig J Hiatt on April 07, 2019 :: 10:10 am

Thanks for your help I have them paired and working now

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Problem to connect the bluetooth of ONNearbuds

From Lovena on June 06, 2019 :: 10:21 pm

I got the same problem need help ?

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Problem to connect the bluetooth of ONNearbuds

From Lovena on June 06, 2019 :: 10:20 pm

I got the same problem as you ! I can’t even found the bluetooth name on my phone i keeps charging it ! And never works i turn it on and off severals time never work can you help me ?

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Did you follow Step 1 to put them in pairing mode?

From Josh Kirschner on June 07, 2019 :: 12:14 pm

If you’re not seeing the ONN earbuds on your phone, they’re not in pairing mode. You need to hold down that button for at least 3 seconds (up to 10 seconds, depending on model) to make sure it’s in pairing mode.

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Earbud sound issues

From I hate Computers on March 17, 2019 :: 6:34 pm

Okay these things are really making me mad. I can pair them, I can connect them to a laptop. Until today they worked fine.Now they are not paired with anything else. Ever since I got them on the computer they don’t work on my phone. Now today they are paired and connected with my computer. this morning they worked fine. now IF and that’s a big IF, they work on the computer after 30 seconds they cut out and buzz. okay tune them off and back on- they did it again. after 3 times like this I turned them off and back on… they are still connected but now will not produce any sound and my laptops speakers are doing the work. I didn’t change any setting. They are the default speakers. yet they are doing nothing. They worked just fine until I paired them with the laptop.. now even if removed from the laptop they will not connect to my phone and they only work 50% of the time on the laptop… I know enough to know this is not on the computer or phones end. How can I reset ONN earbuds to factory standards and reintroduce them to my devices. This is really getting frustrating since I didn’t have this issue 3 days ago.

and to make sure there was no interference from my phone the Bluetooth feature is turned off completely. Is it possible it is being picked up by another device, say a phone or computer in another apartment in my building?

Its newest game is to only connect for voice not audio… do I just have bad earbuds? Now it is connected for music but still not transmitting sound the laptops speakers are.

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Trouble finding an answer for you

From Josh Kirschner on March 18, 2019 :: 12:09 pm

I haven’t been able to find any documentation on how to factory reset Onn headphones. The best solution I can offer is to try combinations of button presses that work with other brands to see if Onn programmed in something similar. This could be holding down the Power button and one of the Volume buttons for 10 seconds, or something similar.

But this headphone brand gets pretty terrible ratings on Walmart. So you may just want to dump them and buy something better (we have some recommendations in the link in the article above).

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Working now

From Craig J Hiatt on March 18, 2019 :: 4:07 pm

The button combination worked and the earbuds went to pairing mode.  Thanks

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Button combination

From V on March 20, 2019 :: 10:17 am

What was the button combination you used?

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Onn model number ONB18AA006

From Caleb on April 04, 2019 :: 7:15 am

I go to pair them with my phone and it wants a pin that I don’t have is there any way to reset them or use a factory overwrite pin

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Try standard default PINs

From Josh Kirschner on April 04, 2019 :: 9:30 am

The headphones shouldn’t require entering a PIN. But if your phone is asking for one, try the standard Bluetooth default PIN: 0000. If that doesn’t work, try 1111 or 1234.

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Pins won't work

From Jared on April 04, 2019 :: 3:55 pm

I’ve tried 0000, 1111, 1234. None work. I didn’t have to use a pin in the past either.

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Try this

From Josh Kirschner on April 05, 2019 :: 3:04 pm

Go to your phone Bluetooth settings and look at your “Previously connected devices”. Are the On headphones there? If so, click the settings icon and hit “Forget”. Then turn off your On headphones and turn them back on in pairing mode. Did that fix it?

If not, try our more detailed troubleshooting steps HERE.

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Press button longer

From Fiona on April 07, 2019 :: 7:31 pm

I tried all afternoon to pair the Onn headphones to my iPhone- followed the instructions, googled for tips- when I pressed the on button on the headphones for 3-4 sec it just did not work- I got the flashing lights though couldn’t absolutely tell you which colours were flashing- then I read a comment on another forum that you need to press that on button for 5-6 seconds- and voila! Paired immediately! And the colour of flashing lights did change slightly: so try pressing that on button on the headphones for longer; 5-6 sec and see if it helps:

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Thanks, Fiona

From Josh Kirschner on April 08, 2019 :: 11:42 am

Yes, the pairing process varies slightly by model, so it’s helpful to know what worked for you.

Best,
Josh

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Pairing

From Amanda on April 09, 2019 :: 8:29 pm

My earbuds had previously been connected to my tablet. That broke, and now we can’t get it to work anymore. Now I can no longer get the earbuds to unpair with the tablet and pair with something else.

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I fixed it

From Amanda on April 09, 2019 :: 8:51 pm

I was fiddling with the earbuds for about twenty minutes, searching stuff up and found a solution. So what I had to do was power off the earbuds, wait a couple seconds, and then hold down on the power button for about ten or so seconds and it worked.

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The connection name will not pop up on my phone

From Za'Khyra on April 11, 2019 :: 3:15 pm

Every time i press search, the name does not pop up on my screen. What do i do?

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Are you sure you're in pairing mode?

From Josh Kirschner on April 11, 2019 :: 3:42 pm

On the Onn headphones, you need to turn them off and hold the power button anywhere from 3-10 seconds (depending on model) to get them in pairing mode. Are you sure they’re in pairing mode?

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This works

From Janneth on April 22, 2019 :: 10:02 am

Thank you so much for this info, i just got the earbuds and i was about to give up and buy another ones.
I just turned off the earbuds, then when i turn them back on i just kept pressing it for about 6 seconds in a row even after they were on, and finally it said pairing mode on.

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Fixed it

From Robert Shaffer on April 20, 2019 :: 11:48 pm

I held in the + and - volume button for 10 seconds and that seemed to work idk if this helps you but it worked for me

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The pin for my device wont work

From Annie on May 02, 2019 :: 3:50 pm

I’ve tried everything from 0000 to 1234 to 1111, I can’t get anything for pins to work tp connect my bluetooth earbuds. They are ONN brand

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Shouldn't need a PIN

From Josh Kirschner on May 08, 2019 :: 1:49 pm

Go to your phone Bluetooth settings and look at your “Previously connected devices”. Are the On headphones there? If so, click the settings icon and hit “Forget”. Then turn off your On headphones and turn them back on in pairing mode. Did that fix it?

If not, try our more detailed troubleshooting steps HERE.

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onn with iphone XS Max

From Ashok Silwal on May 21, 2019 :: 1:55 am

I was stuck with pairing Onn earbuds, which was previously paired with a different phone, iPhone XS Max. This thread is much helpful.
Just hold power button for 8-10 sec (pairing mode). Onn will appear on your Max. I am just loving $7 Onn earbuds.

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It worked

From Nathan Lopez on May 22, 2019 :: 9:10 pm

I disconnected the headphones and forgot the Bluetooth headset on my phone, then i found them and had a hard time reconnecting them, i look all over the place and when i held it down for 10 seconds it really helped me, thanks👍.

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On headphones and ps3

From Vertigo 1311 on June 05, 2019 :: 6:12 am

I’m trying to connect my on blutooth headset with my PS3 is that possible?

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Yes, you can pair a headset to your PS3

From Josh Kirschner on June 05, 2019 :: 3:41 pm

You can pair your Onn headphones or headset to a PS3. Here are the instructions to do so from Playstation Support

Pairing a Bluetooth Headset or Device to your PS3
Step 1
In the XMB™ home menu, go to [Settings] > [Accessory Settings].

Step 2
Select the “Manage Bluetooth® Devices” option to register (or “pair”) a Bluetooth-compatible device with the PS3.

Step 3a
If no Bluetooth device is paired with the PS3, the message The Bluetooth® device has not been registered. Do you want to register? Highlight “Yes” and press the X button.

Step 3b
If a Bluetooth device has been paired with the PS3, a list of all the Bluetooth devices will appear. To pair a new Bluetooth device, highlight Register New Device and press the X button.

Only one Bluetooth headset can be registered (paired) to a PS3 at a time. If you wish to use another Bluetooth headset, you must un-register the previous headset from the PS3.

Step 4
You will see the message To register (pair), you will need to prepare the Bluetooth® device. For information on preparing the device, refer to the instructions supplied with the Bluetooth® device.

This means that the PS3 will scan for any Bluetooth device that is within range. Make sure you have placed the Bluetooth device into “pair” mode. Check the manual of your Bluetooth device for details on placing the Bluetooth device into “pair” mode.

Once you’ve prepared your Bluetooth headset to pair, press the button to “Start Scanning”.

Step 5
If the scan is successful, then the PS3 will list the Bluetooth devices that are ready to be registered (paired) and are within range. In this case, the PS3 found the Jabra BT 125 Bluetooth headset. Press the button to continue. If no device is shown, then it is likely you have not correctly prepared the device to be registered (paired). Please consult the documentation of your Bluetooth device for “pairing” instructions.

Step 6
At this point you may need to enter your Bluetooth device’s pass key in order to complete the pairing process. The pass key is a security measure that helps to ensure a secure connection between the Bluetooth device and the PS3. If you don’t know the correct pass key, consult the instructions for your Bluetooth device. Press the button to begin entering the Pass Key.

Step 7
Use the on-screen keyboard to enter your Bluetooth device’s pass key. Move the cursor onto the green Enter button and press the X button.

Step 8
You should now see your correct pass key in the center of the screen. Use the D-pad to highlight OK, and press the X button.

Step 9
Once the pairing is complete, you’ll see this confirmation page. This means your Bluetooth device shares a secure, wireless connection with the PS3. Press the X button to continue.

Setting Your Newly Paired Device as Input/Output Device (for headsets)
Step 1
After the Bluetooth headset has been successfully registered (paired) with the PS3, you must set it as the default Input / Output Audio device before it can be used.
In the XMB™ home menu, go to [Settings] > [Accessory Settings] > [Audio Device Settings] and press the X button.

Step 2
Highlight [Input Device] and press the X button. This is where you select the microphone for voice chat. Scroll up and down until you find your desired device and press the X button.

The [Output Device] will automatically change to match the selected [Input Device]. This setting will allow you to hear other players’ voice chat message on the Bluetooth headset. If you prefer to hear other player’s chat messages on your television or on a connected receiver then you should adjust the [Output Device] to “System Default Device”.

Be sure you have the Bluetooth headset turned on when choosing the input and output device. If the Bluetooth device is off, the name of a that device will be “grayed-out” in Output Device and Input Device and you will not be able to choose it as an [Input Device] or an [Output Device]. If the Bluetooth device is turned on but the device name still appears “grayed-out” then you should connect the Wireless Headset. Do this by highlighting the headset on the [Input Device] option and press the button, then select “Connect.” This should light up the device name that’s displayed on your screen, allowing you to select it as [Input Device] and [Output Device].

Step 3
Once the input and output device have been selected, you can test the headset’s input/output levels by speaking into the microphone. You should be able to hear your voice over the selected Output Device. If your voice is too soft, you can select [Microphone Level] and press the button to adjust volume. When you are finished adjusting Audio Device Settings, you should select [OK] and press the button to return to the XMB.

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