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How to connect your wireless headphones to a TV or streaming device

You can enjoy your favorite shows without disturbing others in the same room.
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October 21, 2022
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Sometimes you want to watch TV without bothering others, and that’s when you should know how to connect Bluetooth headphones to a TV. While there are many models of TVs and headphones, this guide will cover the basics you need to know.

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QUICK ANSWER

Though the specifics may vary, to use your Bluetooth headphones with your TV, put your Bluetooth headphones in pairing mode > Open your TV's settings menu > Navigate to the Bluetooth or audio devices section > Select your headphones from the list of available Bluetooth devices.


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How to connect your Bluetooth headphones to a TV

If your TV has Bluetooth connectivity, you can sync practically any pair of headphones with your TV. The specifics may change depending on the model of your TV and headphones, but the basic idea should remain the same. We’ll use a Samsung TV in this guide for illustrative purposes.

To get your Bluetooth headphones connected to your TV, do the following:

  1. Put your headphones or earbuds into Bluetooth pairing mode. This may involve pressing a pairing button or taking earbuds out of their case.
  2. Open the Settings menu on your TV and put it into Bluetooth pairing mode. You may find this option under “Audio,” “Sound Output,” or similar places. On a Samsung TV, you’ll navigate to the Sound Output option.
  3. Connect your headphones to your TV. This will usually involve selecting the name of your headphones from a list of devices on TV and then choosing to pair them together. On a Samsung TV, press Up on Sound Output > select Bluetooth Speaker List > select the name of your Bluetooth headphones and then choose Pair and connect.
  4. You should now hear the audio from your TV through your headset.

As mentioned, these steps may vary depending on your TV. For an LG TV, for example, you will select Settings > Advanced Settings > Sound Out > LG Sound Sync Bluetooth > Detect > Choose your headphones from the list.

You’ll find Bluetooth pairing options for Vizio TVs in the Settings Menu > Bluetooth Headphones > Choose your headphones from the list of devices.

Because the specifics can vary so much, check the documentation that came with your TV and headphones if you’re not sure how to put your them into Bluetooth pairing mode

How to connect your Bluetooth headphones to a streaming device

Sometimes you may use a streaming device to watch content on your TV, and if that’s the case, pairing your headphones to the streaming device may work better than pairing them to your TV. Below are the steps to pair your headphones with some of the most popular streaming devices.

Roku devices

A Roku Streaming Stick 4K lying next to its box.
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Roku TVs and streaming devices like the Roku Streaming Stick do not have Bluetooth. If you have wired headphones, you can plug them into the headphone jack on the side of your Roku device’s remote. These remotes are a bit rare for Roku TVs but more common for Streaming Sticks. Alternatively, you purchase a Roku Voice Remote Pro ($30) from Roku to get a headphone jack-equipped remote.

You can use the Roku app (Android and iOS) if none of these options seem appealing. Connecting your mobile device to your Roku device allows you to redirect audio to headphones you have paired with your phone or tablet. However, this option is a bit fussier, and some Roku TVs may not work with it.

Amazon Fire devices

An Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max stick shown close up next to its remote and partially-visible box.
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Things get more straightforward with Amazon Fire devices. For the Fire Stick, do the following:

  1. Put your Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode.
  2. Open the Settings menu on your Fire TV stick.
  3. Select the Remotes & Bluetooth Devices option.
  4. Choose Other Bluetooth Devices.
  5. Open Add Bluetooth Devices.
  6. Once your Bluetooth headphones appear in the list, press Select on your Fire Stick’s remote to finish the pairing process.

For Fire TVs, do the following:

  1. Put your Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode.
  2. On your Fire TV’s main screen, scroll up and then go to Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices > Other Bluetooth Devices.
  3. When your Bluetooth headphones appear in the Discovered Devices, select them and wait for the pairing process to complete.

Apple TV devices

An Apple TV 4K streaming box with its remote resting on top of it.
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You can use Bluetooth headphones with an Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K. To do so:

  1. Put your Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode.
  2. On your Apple TV, open Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth.
  3. Choose your Bluetooth headphones from the list.
  4. If necessary, input the four-digit PIN required to pair your device.
  5. Your Bluetooth headphones should now appear in My Devices.

Xiaomi Mi Box

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The Xiaomi Mi Box makes it pretty simple to par Bluetooth headphones. To get them connected, do the following:

  1. Put your Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode.
  2. On your Xiaomi Mi Box, open Settings > Controllers and accessories > Add accessory.
  3. Select your Bluetooth headphones from the list of available devices.

What if my TV doesn’t have Bluetooth?

A pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50X wirred headphones resting flat on a table on top of three face-down smartphones.

Your TV may not have Bluetooth connectivity, but that does not mean you’re totally out of luck. As mentioned, if you have a Roku TV, you can use the Roku app to use your Bluetooth headphones with your mobile device to listen to your TV’s audio.

For other models of TV, check if it has a headphone jack. If that’s the case, you can use a Bluetooth transmitter. Essentially, you plug the transmitter into your TV’s headphone jack and then pair your Bluetooth headset to the transmitter.

Finally, all hope is not lost if your TV doesn’t have a headphone jack. If you have a soundbar or audio receiver paired to your TV, you can try syncing your Bluetooth headphones to that device.


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FAQs

Yes, you should be able to use a Bluetooth speaker with your TV by following these steps.

Yes, latency and lag could still happen when you use Bluetooth headphones with a TV.