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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 :: 18 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 (depending on model), 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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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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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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