How to Add Bluetooth to A TV

Wireless connections have become standard for any mobile device as they are more convenient and portable than wired connections that require long lines of cables. Nothing is better than connecting your TV to a pair of wireless headphones or external speakers, allowing you to play music from your TV through a wireless output. Not all TVs support Bluetooth, but there is a way you can add it to your TV. 

How to Add Bluetooth to Your TV

Adding Bluetooth functionality to your TV is simple, but you’ll need to know a few things before going any further. 

First, Check If Your TV Has Bluetooth

The first thing to do is to check to see if your TV supports Bluetooth natively. Most TVs now come with Bluetooth built-in. Big names like Sony, Samsung, Hisense, and LG all make Bluetooth-enabled smart TVs, allowing you to connect to any Bluetooth-enabled sources for audio output. 

The easiest thing to see whether your TV has Bluetooth is to check the user manual If you do not have the manual or have misplaced it, Google your TV’s model. Alternatively, go to Settings > Audio and see if there is an option for Bluetooth. 

Now, check The Audio Output Ports on Your TV

It’s essential to check what audio output ports your TV has, as there are different types of connections. If your TV does not have Bluetooth, you will need to rely on a 3.5mm AUX, RCA, or optical audio output. If yours does, you do not need a separate adapter. Below are some standard output ports you should know.

RCA. This is a typical analog output that should be at the rear of your TV. Most RCA ports are color-coded red and white. So look at the back of your TV to see if it has an RCA port. 

Auxiliary (AUX). Auxiliary is one of the most popular audio ports. It’s located on the back or side of your TV and will be labeled AUX Out or AUX Output. 

How to Add Bluetooth to a TV

  • You will need a Bluetooth transmitter to handle wireless audio from your TV to your headphones or speakers. All you need to do is to connect the transmitter to the corresponding port. 
  • If your transmitter is not battery-powered, plug it into a power source. The light indicator should blink to show that it’s turned on or plugged in.
  • Now, put your Bluetooth transmitter into pairing mode. The steps for pairing mode are different for each device so you can read the instructions. 
  • Also, put your TV into pairing mode. To do it, go to the Source menu, select the “Connection Guide” > Speaker option and select the Bluetooth tab. While in pairing mode, select your external device under the Available Outputs section.
  • You can add a soundbar to your audio setup for a better listening experience. We have a guide on using a soundbar with other speakers

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About Mike Herrera

Mike is a freelance journalist who specializes in writing about technology. He has a degree in computer science, and he likes to stay up-to-date on the latest software releases. He's an avid reader, and he enjoys spending time outdoors. When he's not working, you can usually find him playing video games or exploring new hiking trails.

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