How to Connect Wireless Earbuds to a TV
When it comes to streaming movies or videos, your phone or laptop can never give you the full, immersive viewing experience like your TV can. And guess what? You can make it even better by using wireless earbuds with your TV to get the best audio experience as well.
But here’s the problem. While Bluetooth is available in almost any modern digital device, it’s still a little uncommon in televisions.
Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t use wireless headphones with your TV at all. In fact, there is actually a quick get-around to this.
Whether your TV has Bluetooth compatibility or not, this article will show you how you can connect wireless headphones to any TV.
How to Check if Your TV has Bluetooth?
Before we get into it, you need to know if your television has built-in Bluetooth compatibility or not. Depending on your TV’s compatibility, or lack thereof, you will need to use the appropriate methods of connecting your wireless earbuds to the TV.
Generally, Bluetooth only started being built into TVs after 2016. But that doesn’t mean all models will be Bluetooth compatible.
If you don’t know how to check your TV’s compatibility status, try the following tips:
Check the Remote
The remote is a pretty clear indicator of whether your TV has Bluetooth. Basically, if your remote has a Smart TV option, your TV has Bluetooth connectivity as well because that’s how the remote connects to your TV!
Check the User Manual
You can easily check your TV’s features using the user manual. Otherwise, if you don’t have your user manual but know the model, just search it up.
Go Over to Your TV’s Settings
If your TV has built-in Bluetooth, then it will be clearly indicated in the “System Information” section of the settings.
Of course, if your TV does have Bluetooth compatibility, then it makes your job a lot easier. But if it doesn’t, you can still connect your wireless earbuds to your TV very easily.
Let’s have a look at both cases.
How to Connect Your Wireless Earbuds to Your TV With Built-In Bluetooth?
While the process might differ slightly from model to model, the basic premise is pretty standard.
- From your home screen, go to your TV’s settings and look for “Remote and Accessories.” Here, you should see an option to “Add Accessory.”
- Next, put your wireless earbuds in pairing mode. Once they go into pairing mode, their name will appear in the “Add Accessory” menu. Your headphones are now paired with your TV.
- Now select your earbuds from the menu, and the devices will successfully connect with each other.
Just like that, you can easily enjoy an uninterrupted movie session.
Additionally, if your earbuds have Active Noise Canceling technology, that’s even better! ReduxBuds feature a unique AI-powered Active Noise Cancelation, giving you an immersive viewing experience.
So here’s the million-dollar question: what can you do if your TV doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth? It turns out, there are still many ways you can connect your Bluetooth headphones to your TV.
Bluetooth Audio Transmitter
Using a Bluetooth transmitter is the most common way to make your TV Bluetooth compatible. Not only is it pretty straightforward, but it’s also surprisingly affordable, with decent ones being as low as $10.
Let’s recall some basic information first. The transmitter is a small external device that receives analog or optical audio signals from your TV and transmits them using Bluetooth. In other words, it adds an external Bluetooth feature to your TV.
How? It connects to your TV’s output jacks. A 3.5 mm jack is standard for most boxes, and cheaper transmitters will only explicitly connect to a 3.5 mm audio jack.
The thing about these audio jacks is that they’re not the most reliable connection. Instead, you should opt for a slightly pricier transmitter with an optical audio input. You can also get both types of inputs in the same transmitter.
Now that you know how Bluetooth audio transmitters work, let’s find out how to connect it to your TV.
- Switch on the transmitter. Hold down the power on button until you see a flashing blue and red light. This indicates that it is in pairing mode.
- Connect the transmitter to your TV’s aux or optical audio jack. These jacks are located on the back or sides of your TV.
- Next, put your wireless earbuds into pairing mode and wait for them to connect with the audio transmitter.
In just three simple steps, you’re all set.
Wireless Earbuds Not Connecting to the Transmitter
If you’re having trouble connecting your wireless earbuds to the transmitter, here are some things you should be wary of:
- You must set up the transmitter first before trying to sync it with your headphones. The most important thing to do is to switch on the transmitter before your headphones.
- Additionally, the transmitter needs to be plugged into your TV first before switching on your headphones.
- Transmitters need to be charged consistently. If you can’t get it to pair with your headphones, try charging it first.
- In most cases, you won’t get any audio output from your TV’s speakers if the transmitter is connected to your TV.
Can You Use Your TV’s Internal Speakers and Wireless Earbuds Simultaneously?
This mainly depends on your TV’s model and features. Unfortunately, most TV’s will automatically disable their internal speakers as soon as any wireless headphones connect to them.
That’s not it. We have another way!
Dedicated Wireless Headphones
Another way you can watch TV with wireless headphones is by using dedicated wireless headphones. You can get these headphones for anywhere between $20 and $300.
These headphones use either Radio Frequency or Infrared Frequency instead of Bluetooth to connect to your TV.
And coming to their main advantage, they have a much higher range of up to 300 feet when unobstructed. On the other hand, Bluetooth’s 10 feet range keeps you confined to one spot.
These headphones come with a base station which acts as a transmitter. The base station is always connected to your TV, hence the term “dedicated.” This means that you won’t have to go through the hassle of setting everything up whenever you want to watch something.
The base station operates similarly to a Bluetooth audio transmitter, as discussed before. Basically, the station plugs into the 3.5mm jack, RCA connector, or optical audio jack. Then, all you need to do is switch on the headphones and wait for them to connect to the base station.
Sometimes, all you want to do after a long day is kick back, and binge-watch your favorite television show without disturbing your roommates or neighbors.
As you saw, there are many ways you can connect your wireless headphones to your TV. However, some of these methods are clearly better than others.
If you already have a pair of wireless earbuds and don’t want to purchase additional dedicated wireless headphones, then a Bluetooth audio transmitter is your best bet.
However, if you actually prefer having a separate set of headphones for your TV, then you should definitely opt for dedicated wireless headphones.
Happy watching on the big screen!