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How to connect AirPods and other wireless headphones to your TV

There are tons of ways to use wireless headphones. Using Bluetooth technology, you can wirelessly connect your headphones to many devices like your phone, computer, smart speaker, fitness tracker or tablet. But did you know you can pair your wireless headphones to your Smart TV?

Whether you’re trying to connect AirPods to your Apple TV or pair wireless headphones to a streaming device like a Roku TV or Chromecast, we’re here to talk you through it. Asurion helps more than 300 million customers get the most out of the technology they love and rely on. And we’re ready to help you connect your wireless headphones to your TV so you can get back to watching that season finale you’ve been looking forward to in peace.

What is Bluetooth?

Your wireless headphones are able to connect to your Smart TV thanks to Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth is a wireless technology that sends data over short distances using radio waves in devices. Basically, this means it allows you to play music from your phone through a wireless speaker, talk hands-free while driving your car or listen to your TV through wireless headphones.

Wireless headphones features to consider

When it comes to buying wireless headphones, there are multiple features to consider like noise cancelling, overall sound, waterproof, some even have Alexa built-in (see: Sony). The Sennheiser brand has been synonymous with great sound for years. Check out there wireless headphones here. If you’re an Apple lover, AirPods or AirPods Pro are both great options.

The options are truly endless, but identifying which features you care the most about will help you narrow down your choices. The best part? Wireless headphones can fit almost any budget. CNET compiled this list of the best wireless headphones for under $50.

Alright, so now you have your wireless headphones, now let’s get them paired with your Smart TV or streaming device.

How to pair wireless headphones to Smart TVs

While Smart TVs are similar in features, their instructions for pairing Bluetooth devices, like wireless headphones, vary slightly from brand to brand. When in doubt, follow the instructions on your TV screen.

How to connect AirPods to Apple TV

  1. Put your AirPods in pairing mode by pressing the pairing button on the back of the case and hold until it starts flashing white.
  2. On the Apple TV, enable Bluetooth by opening the Settings app.
  3. Click on Remotes & Devices, and then Bluetooth.
  4. Select your AirPods when they appear in the list of available devices.

How to connect wireless headphones to Apple TV

  1. Put your wireless headphones in pairing mode.
  2. On the Apple TV, enable Bluetooth by opening the Settings app.
  3. Click on Remotes & Devices and then Bluetooth.
  4. Select your wireless headphones when they appear in the list of available devices.

How to connect AirPods to Samsung TV

  1. Put your AirPods in pairing mode by pressing the pairing button on the back of the case and hold until it starts flashing white.
  2. On your Samsung TV, enable Bluetooth by going to Settings.
  3. Select your AirPods when they appear in the list of available devices on the TV screen.

How to connect wireless headphones to any Smart TV

Pairing instructions vary slightly for LG, Samsung and Sony Smart TVs, follow the instructions on the TV screen.

  1. Put your headphones in pairing mode.
  2. Enable Bluetooth on your TV.
  3. Select your headphones when they appear in the list of available devices.

How to pair wireless headphones to streaming devices

There are so many options when it comes to streaming devices and each one is a little different in how they pair with wireless headphones. Take Roku streaming devices and Roku TVs, for example, they don’t have Bluetooth technology, but you can still connect headphones to them through the Roku TV app.

Depending on which model of Roku you have, you have two options: plug wired headphones directly into the headphone jack on the remote or use private listening through the Roku app.

How to connect wireless headphones to Roku TV or Roku streaming device

  1. On your phone, install the Roku app (available on iOS and Android).
  2. Make sure your phone and Roku are on the same network.
  3. In the app, connect your wireless headphones to your phone using Bluetooth and that enables private listening.

How to connect wireless headphones to Amazon Fire TV

  1. Put your headphones in pairing mode.
  2. On your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, go to Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices > Other Bluetooth Devices.
  3. Select your headphones from the list of available devices.

What is a Bluetooth transmitter?

If you want to listen wirelessly through headphones to a Chromecast or any other device that doesn’t have Bluetooth, consider looking into a Bluetooth transmitter. To put it simply, a Bluetooth transmitter adds Bluetooth to devices that don’t have it. All you have to do is plug the transmitter into the back of your Smart TV, pair your Bluetooth headphones and you’ll be streaming audio through your Chromecast in no time.

Now that your headphones are connected to your TV, crank up the volume and enjoy your favorite shows any time no matter what’s going on around you.

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