Headphones let you listen to music privately. You presumably use them to listen to music or podcasts on your phone or computer, but they’re not confined to those devices. Below are numerous ways to link headphones and earphones to your TV for private audio and a big screen.
When viewing TV with friends, use the TV’s speakers (or a soundbar) to broadcast the sound. You don’t need to share TV audio while you’re alone. If you’re the lone one viewing TV late at night or using your TV as a second monitor while working from home, you may not want to disturb your partner, roommates, kids, or neighbours. If you wish to be silent, you can silence the speakers and use closed captions. Headphones.
TV with wired headphones?
It’s the easiest way to utilise headphones with your TV. Inconvenient. Plug connected headphones into your TV’s 3.5mm jack. If your TV has RCA outputs but no 3.5mm jack, use an RCA-to-3.5mm adaptor.
To listen comfortably away from your TV, you need a long wire. Even with a wire, you’re linked to your TV. Also, don’t pull or trip over the cable. Even if your TV is small and close, we don’t advocate this strategy.
Bluetooth on Fire TV
If you have an Amazon Fire TV media streamer (such the Fire TV Cube or Fire TV Stick 4K) or a Fire TV-powered TV, Bluetooth is built-in. Fire TV supports Bluetooth game controllers, keyboards, and headphones. You can pair Bluetooth headphones with your Fire TV device exactly like a smartphone.
Home screen Settings > Controllers & Bluetooth Devices. Add New Device under Other Devices. Pair your Bluetooth headphones and pick them when they show. After connecting headphones, your Fire TV should start streaming audio.
Bluetooth Google TV
Google TV (and Android TV) can pair with Bluetooth devices, just like Fire TV (which runs Android). You can use Bluetooth headphones with Hisense, Sony, or TCL Google TV models or Chromecast With Google TV.
Android TV and Google TV use the same method. Home screen Settings > Remote & Accessories. Add Bluetooth headphones by selecting Add Accessory. Select head-phones from the options. Finally.
Voice Remote Pro or App
Roku media streamers and TVs like the TCL 6-Series Roku TV don’t have Bluetooth, but you can listen wirelessly. Private Listening transmits audio to a Roku remote or smartphone or tablet app.
Plug headphones into your Roku remote’s headphone jack to listen. The TV mutes when headphones are plugged in. Roku Ultra, Streaming Stick+, and Streambar Pro all have headphone-jack remotes. If your Roku remote doesn’t have a headphone jack, you may upgrade to the $30 Roku Voice Remote Pro for a jack, a lost remote finder, and hands-free voice control.
Use the Roku app on your mobile device (available for Android and iOS). After connecting your phone or tablet to your Roku TV or video streamer via the app, you can connect headphones to automatically reroute audio through the mobile device’s speakers or headphones. Some Roku TV inputs may not be able to stream through the app, though.
Other smart TV platforms?
Even if your TV isn’t one of the three most popular, it may feature Bluetooth. LG’s webOS and Samsung’s Tizen OS enable Bluetooth headphones. Link to TV platform instructions. Bluetooth is most probable on higher-end TVs; older or lower-end TVs may not have it.
If your TV or video streamer lacks Bluetooth or app-based audio streaming, you’ll need a transmitter. Bluetooth transmitters fit into the back of your TV to wirelessly transfer audio to a nearby Bluetooth audio device.
Amazon has various Bluetooth transmitters, but not all are TV-compatible. Cheaper transmitters connect via 3.5mm connectors, which are on some TVs but aren’t ideal. Optical audio outputs (TOSLink or SPDIF) are widespread on TVs and provide great, steady audio quality due to their digital connectivity.
We haven’t tested many of these transmitters, but they’re cheap online. The Mee Audio Connect ($62.99) transmitter is well-reviewed on Amazon and supports 3.5mm and optical audio (though we haven’t tested it).
Can I use wireless headphones to watch TV?
Wireless headphones are an option if you don’t have TV headphones or don’t want to use Bluetooth. Make sure they’re not Bluetooth.
If you want to utilise wireless headphones with your TV, acquire a pair with a specialised transmitter. The Avantree HT4189 ($99.99) and the Makemate BKM2000 ($75.99) are well-reviewed on Amazon.
You won’t always watch TV with headphones. When you’re done, check out our article on how to set up home theatre speakers. Read our five simple TV modifications for the optimal home theatre experience. How to build a home theatre for $1,000.