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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 :: 174 comments

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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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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?


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?


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.


Thank You

From Brianya Watkins on August 24, 2019 :: 10:25 pm

I had accidentally unpaired my ONN Headphones and couldn’t remember how I paired them in the first place. I tried everything o had read so far and your comment is the only thing that worked. Janneth your comment is the best. Thank you…..

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


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


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.


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.


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👍.


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?


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.


Pin code problem

From G.O. on July 01, 2019 :: 4:00 pm

At first I had problems with connecting the onn with my phone(I successfully did at some point) but when I attempted to connect with something else and failed I had pressed forget on my phone because I had thought that was the problem then when camebback to my phone I had to give a 4 diget pin code and when I came back to the other divisive I had previously used it also asked for a pin code and I had lost the lettle paper so I can’t even check if the pin is on their


Can't turn on device

From Faith Naso on July 08, 2019 :: 8:54 pm

So, I have the model ONB18AA006 and no matter what I try it will not turn on for me and I also cannot tell if it is even charging… help please.



From Blackstar on August 18, 2019 :: 3:11 am

If you have a blue or red light on your set then it is either charging-red or charged-blue. Apart from that all you need to do is hold the power button. Or hold the power button with the cord plugged in


calls not connecting

From Eva Colon on July 18, 2019 :: 9:37 am

I’m not able to pick up or make calls using the airbuds.  If I receive a call, I have to take off my earphone and answer the call.  I should be able to just press a button and pick up the call, correct?



From Margaret on July 31, 2019 :: 6:35 pm

How do I get this to work with a Ruizu bluetooth Mp3?


how to pair without pin

From Seth Starrett on August 12, 2019 :: 10:39 pm

When powering on the headphones do not let go of the power on/off button when it says, “powering on” instead keep holding it for a little longer until it says “ready to pair.”


Thank you

From Summer on September 05, 2020 :: 8:34 pm

Thank you thank you thank you


Connection issues

From blackstar on August 18, 2019 :: 3:08 am

I have the Onn bluetooth earbuds. Ive had them for a few months now amd worked fine. Now out of no where they keep disconnecting and reconnecting to android stylo 3. What do i do? Ive tried everything. Turned bluetooth off and on. Turned off and on the earbuds. Unpaired the earbuds then paired them. Turned off my phone then back on and redid all steps. In at a complete loss. Any help?


Omg. Forever

From Angie Gwyn on August 22, 2019 :: 2:30 am

I held down the power until they said “power off” and then
I held the power key + and the - all at the same time til it said power on. . Didn’t let Go then it said device pairing and then. . Then Bluetooth connected. . Holy hell !


Cant connect to phone

From Juan Manuel Ortiz on August 25, 2019 :: 4:17 pm

i charged them and tried everything, i do get them to the “pairing” pint when it flashed red and blue, but they dont appear on my phone’s bluetooth list.
ive tried to find an answer online but i cant find anything about it


failed to connect

From customer on October 02, 2019 :: 10:04 pm

hey, I just bought my new onn earbuds and it was able to pair my device with them and i still cannot connect the device (failed to connect) I need help.


and it is a chromebook

From customer on October 02, 2019 :: 10:07 pm

and it is a chromebook


it is a chromebook i

From customer on October 02, 2019 :: 10:08 pm

it is a chromebook i am trying to connect to


Can you clarify?

From Josh Kirschner on October 03, 2019 :: 4:39 pm

You can pair, but you can’t connect? Don’t understand what you mean by “connect” and how that is different than pairing. Can you provide more detail about the issue?


Onn bluetooth that goes around your neck

From Shenna on October 07, 2019 :: 9:24 am

I had these for about a month and they were working just fine but now the wont pair or say powering off or on but the red and blue light is flashing at the same time but it wont connect to my phone anymore it dont even show up on device for the options to pair. But when i put it on the charger it has a solid red light. And i let it charge for about 4 hours and still not working. What is wrong with it


Answering call using the headphones

From Charity Nyamari on October 10, 2019 :: 7:47 pm

Can u be able to answer calls using the onn headphones?


Depends on the model

From Josh Kirschner on October 21, 2019 :: 4:25 pm

If your headphones have a mic, then there should be an option to answer calls - usually pressing the button on the left or tight earbud. If there is no mic, then, obviously, you can’t answer calls.


Asking for code

From Kk on October 17, 2019 :: 6:20 pm

My phone asks for a code whenever I go to pair, I’ve followed the instructions left on the other comments with this problem, like going to the other page, but it still doesn’t work? I can get them into a state where they connect, like my device recognizes that it can pair with them, but the light isn’t flashing, just solid blue? I don’t know where to start even looking for a code, or if I even should, seeing as the packet they came with doesn’t even mention a code.


No code needed

From Josh Kirschner on October 21, 2019 :: 4:26 pm

If your phone is asking for a code, “forget” the earbuds in your phone’s bluetooth settings. Then turn off your earbuds, and turn them back on holding down the power button for 510 seconds until they go back into pairing mode. Then re-pair with your phone


Keeps asking for a code

From A on October 26, 2019 :: 10:12 am

I got these onn ond19aa type headphones yrsterday and i have a Samsung s7.  I have paired other devices.  I was finally able to get the device to show up on the available devices.  I had to press + and - to get the steady blue light.  But then it asks for a code.  I tried 0000 and 1234.  No good.  I tried many other combos and 1111 to 9999.  They have never paired in order to forget it as in other responses.  It lists bk3260dm-beken.


Mine do the same

From Krystalramsey on August 05, 2020 :: 7:42 pm

Mine do the same

Pairing the left ONN earbud

From Roger Utz on October 17, 2019 :: 8:02 pm

My earbuds paired just fine, if running just the right or both buds at the same time. In order not to run out of listening time, when battery low happens I like to put that side in the charger and continue to listen with the other side. My problem is I can’t get the left side to pair by itself.


That's probably normal

From Josh Kirschner on October 21, 2019 :: 4:34 pm

Many earbuds are made so that one side pairs to the device and then pairs directly to the other side. Both sides aren’t capable of pairing to the device. Depending on the specific ONN model you have, this may be what you are experiencing.


Only one is pairing

From Lucien on October 28, 2019 :: 12:10 pm

I have one groove ear buds and I’ve had for a bit now and the have been working fine I didn’t do anything they were working just lantern night but now only one is connecting and the other refuses to connect and makes a beeping sound. help?


Hold for longer

From Cathie Mills on March 01, 2020 :: 3:36 pm

I had the same problem with my groove headphones I had to hold them both down for like 20 seconds


No recuerdo el pin como

From Selene on November 02, 2019 :: 7:15 am

No recuerdo el pin como podría ponerlo en un celular nuevo el otro no sirve y esta conectado al otro hay manera de q se reinicie


Un pin no es necesario

From Josh Kirschner on November 04, 2019 :: 7:14 pm

Si su teléfono solicita un pin, “olvide” los auriculares en la configuración de bluetooth de su teléfono. Luego apague los auriculares y vuelva a encenderlos manteniendo presionado el botón de encendido durante 5-10 segundos hasta que vuelvan al modo de emparejamiento. Luego vuelve a emparejar con tu teléfono


Earbuds not pairing to phone

From Jayda Bell on November 03, 2019 :: 11:41 am

So I got the ONN. TWS EARPHONES and the earbuds work and it allows me to charge them but I can’t connect it to my phone beaus it’s not showing up on my Bluetooth screen.


Doesn't work

From Reggie on November 06, 2019 :: 6:54 am

Ok my headphones work turn on even when I fully charged it and I just got it today


Take them back

From Josh Kirschner on November 06, 2019 :: 9:21 pm

If you can’t get them to turn on and you just got them, take them back.



From Luca on November 13, 2019 :: 7:57 pm

my ear buds say that they are connected but they aren’t working like they wont play noise and it go threw the computer and i don’t know what to do.


Is your computer set to play sound through them?

From Josh Kirschner on November 13, 2019 :: 10:10 pm

When you open your sound settings on your computer, does it show your ear buds as the sound device? If not, are they there to select? If you don’t see your ear buds as one of the sound options, confirm they are connected to your computer in your PC’s Bluetooth settings. Perhaps, the ear buds are connecting to another device, like your phone, and not the PC.


Onn In-Ear Wireless Earphones with Charging Case, White: SMBT-10118

From Izzie Marie on November 14, 2019 :: 3:05 am

Hi I’m not sure where to look or how to find this out but can anyone help me please!!! I bought the Onn In-Ear Wireless Earphones with Charging Case from Walmart and they are decent but I can one get the right one to connect individually, the left one turns on by its self but idk how to make it pair to my device by itself. If I pull out the right it works byself, and with the left, but the left wont work alone. Any help would be so appreciated! I use these to listen to music or books while working and can only have one in my ears at a time so i would love to be able to switch them up and maximize the battery life


May not be possible

From Josh Kirschner on November 14, 2019 :: 4:37 pm

Someone asked a similar question above. The issues is that many earbuds are made so that one side pairs to the device and then pairs directly to the other side. Both sides aren’t capable of pairing to the device. Depending on your specific ONN model, this may be what you are experiencing.


ONN grove won’t sync together

From Ryan on November 18, 2019 :: 12:15 am

For what ever reason my ONN ear buts won’t sync and play together. I have forgotten the device, charged them, but when I take them out of the charging pod to pair, they show up individually on the Bluetooth options


It won’t work

From Faith Wernicke on November 29, 2019 :: 2:48 am

Ok, so I have mine in paring mode and I k ow that because the are flashing blue and red. No matter what I do though they won’t pop up in my Bluetooth selection screen. I charged them and everything. Please help


Possible bad set of earphones?

From Josh Kirschner on December 03, 2019 :: 12:04 pm

If they’re flashing for pairing but still not showing up in your Bluetooth, it’s possible there may be a hardware issue. You may want to exchange them for another pair and see if that fixes things.



From Karina on November 29, 2019 :: 5:33 am

Me pide pin pero no es 123r ni 0000, no sé que poner me regalaron los audífonos no tengo la caja.


Groove onn earbuds

From Christian Garcia on December 02, 2019 :: 1:12 am

the left side earbud keeps beeping when turned on is there a way to fix it


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