The Jabra Elite 85t is one of the new wireless headphones from Jabra. And this time, Jabra did things a little differently. In addition to the ambient sound features, these truly wireless headphones also bundle ANC or Active Noise Cancellation. You can easily pair them with your Windows laptop and MacBook.
The good thing about these buds is their passive isolation from noise. So even if you don’t turn on ANC, you can go about your work in peace without any distractions while listening to your favorite songs. And the same goes for calls and online meetings.
So if you’ve been looking for ways to connect your Jabra Elite 85t to your Windows laptop, Apple iPhone, or MacBook, here’s how to do it.
1. How to connect the Jabra Elite 85t to a Windows laptop
Connecting the Elite 85t isn’t rocket science, as long as you have a working Bluetooth card on your PC or laptop.
Step 1: Open the settings on your laptop by pressing Windows key + I simultaneously. Select Devices> Add Bluetooth or other devices and select Bluetooth from the menu.
2nd step: Meanwhile, open the charging case of your Elite 85t earphones and press and hold the buttons on the earphones until you see them flashing.
When finished, close the charging case cover for a few seconds to complete the reset process.
Step 3: After you reset the headphones, you will see them appear in the Bluetooth menu on your Windows laptop. Select it, and that’s about it.
Your headphones are now connected to your laptop.
Controls and ANC for Windows
The best part about connecting to your laptop or Windows PC is that you can activate both ANC and HearThrough (ambient sound) via the buttons. Plus, you’ll be able to play and pause songs even if you don’t have a dedicated Windows app.
All you have to do is press the left button for ANC and HearThrough. And press the right button to play / pause music. Simple, right?
Windows pairing is not perfect, however. One of the limitations is that you won’t be able to customize and modify button actions. You also won’t be able to experience the dedicated sound modes on your PC like you can on your Android phone.
2. How to connect the Jabra Elite 85t to the iPhone
Okay, let me put it there. Connecting the Elite 85t to your iPhone is as easy as pie as the Jabra Sound + app guides you through the process.
Step 1: Before pairing them with your iPhone, make sure the headphones are reset. Otherwise, just do it by holding and pressing the buttons on the headphones until the LED lights flash blue.
2nd step: Open the Sound + app on your iPhone and select Elite 85t from the menu to start the analysis. If the buttons are nearby, you will see the name appear in the menu.
Tap the name and that’s it. The Elite 85t headphones are now connected to your iPhone.
Controls and ANC for iPhone
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, the Jabra Elite 85t’s companion app works well on the iPhone. So not only will you get all the controls, but you can customize the controls as well. You can cycle through the moments or change the equalizer to your preference.
To customize the actions of the buttons on the headphones, press the Settings cog in the upper right corner and select Personalize your headset> MyControls> MyControls for Media.
Once inside, select the action you want to change and choose the action needed. You can do this for both heads.
3. How to connect the Jabra Elite 85t to the MacBook
Again, you will need to reset the headphones when you begin the pairing process.
Step 1: Once the headphones are reset, open the Action Center on your Mac (upper right corner).
And while you’re doing that, the headphones should stay close to your Mac. Then select Bluetooth> Bluetooth Preferences.
If the headphones are in pairing mode, they will appear under Devices.
Click the Connect button, and that’s about it. Simple, right?
Controls and ANC for Mac
Here, too, you will be able to use the default button actions. For example, the Elite 85t lets you cycle through HearThrough and ANC mode with just one click.
You can also turn off sound modes. However, you will not be able to modify the actions according to your choice.
Bonus tip: customize moments
The Sound + app comes with many tweaks and customization options, including Moments. The Moments function allows you to set the degree of ANC or HearThrough according to your preference. For now, you can set the degree of ANC and Hearthrough between 0 and 5.
To record a particular moment, select a particular mode (Focus or Commute) and drag the sliders for ANC and HearThrough to your liking.
For example, if you want ANC to be full throttle in Focus mode and HearThrough at zero when you are working, drag the sliders and hit the Record button.
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The Jabra Elite 85t has a wider soundstage, and these great-sounding headphones work well inside and outside the home. You can use them on your evening walks or when attending your morning scrum calls. And the fit is added to the fit. As long as you wear the proper fit, they will stay hooked and let you go about your business without any distractions.
Last updated on March 8, 2021
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